The Benefice of Ruscombe & Twyford with Hurst was formed in 2012 following a pastoral reorganisation within the Anglican Sonning Deanery.
In the Church of England a ‘Benefice’ is an area that is the responsibility of one incumbent or Vicar. A Parish is an area that is the responsibility of one Parochial Church Council (PCC). In our benefice, St Nicholas Hurst and Ruscombe & Twyford are two parishes with their own PCCs, which share one vicar and one ministry team and a shared church office.
While the parish of Ruscombe & Twyford is in a Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) with the Twyford United Reformed Church (see more information on the LEP here), St Nicholas Hurst is not currently a formal part of the LEP.
We are steadily learning how to work closer together whilst retaining our separate identities. We share one church office which is the first point of contact for all enquiries about the two parishes and the LEP. It is also the place to make first enquiries about baptisms, weddings and funerals.