The community work of a Haverhill church will not be hindered by its minster being placed on ‘Bishop’s extended leave’.
Revd Canon Ian Finn had his leave extended by St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese Bishop David Thomson after ‘financial irregularities’ came to light.
The irregularities relate to money from weddings and funerals, which Revd Finn says he has now refunded to the church and was due to ‘an administrative and accounting mistake’.
Rural dean Revd Cheryl Collins has been placed in charge of the church with immediate effect, with no date set for Revd Finn’s potential return.
However, Capt Andrew Payne has insisted that Revd Finn’s absence will not impact upon the church’s community work.
“Revd Finn will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” he said.
“The church is doing some great stuff in Haverhill and all the things we are involved with will not be compromised in any way and will continue.”
More to follow.
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