So what exactly is a ‘Benefice’?
It’s more than one parish joined together under the care of one Vicar or Rector. In our case, it’s because we are made up of the combined parishes of Widcombe and Lyncombe. But actually both St Thomas à Becket and St Matt’s happen to be in Widcombe Parish… yes, it is a bit complicated!
However, what that means in practice is that Widcombe covers quite a large area.
We have one Parochial Church Council (PCC) for the whole Benefice which looks after both churches. The members are all volunteers and give very generously of their time to managing the finances, the buildings, organising services as well as supporting clergy.