Fifty of us sat down in St Mary's Hall last night for the Harvest Quiz and supper. Nine teams tackled fiendish questions fuelled by wine, soft drinks and snacks, and we paused halfway through for a tasty fish & chip supper. It was a close-run contest, but many congratulations to the victorious team, Maggie's Mob! Thanks to the organisers and helpers, and to all who supported the evening. The profit was a splendid £237 which is going to The Children's Society.
It was brilliant to see about 35 people at St Mary's last Saturday on a damp, gloomy afternoon to produce 562 (count them!) origami doves of peace to form an art installation in St Mary's for the Armistice Centenary this November - 104 red doves for each Attleborough man who died in World War I, and 458 white doves to represent all the others who served. There was a great atmosphere in the Hall, fuelled by coffee & cake, and lots of us went home with newly-discovered skills! The doves will be on display in St Mary's from Monday 5 November.
It was fantastic to see 125 people in St Mary's last Sunday morning celebrating Harvest Thanksgiving in a church filled with flowers and displays highlighting many aspects of food production, farming and agriculture in our own parish and local community. Here are some photos from the Parish Eucharist.
Our prisons have been much in the news lately, following an inspection which found that HMP Birmingham has ‘appalling’ levels of squalor and violence. It’s reported that many gaols in England and Wales are struggling to maintain decent conditions and good order, amid high levels of assault, drug-taking and self-harm.
Prisons Week – which began in 1975 as a Roman Catholic initiative – enables the Christian community to pray for the needs of all those affected by prisons: prisoners and their families, victims of crime and their communities, those working in the criminal justice system and the many people involved in caring for those affected by crime inside and outside our prisons. Prisons Sunday marks the beginning of this week of prayer and awareness-raising.
We’re delighted that our guest preacher at the Parish Eucharist on Prisons Sunday will be Fr James Ridge, who is the new Chaplain-General of the Prison Service in England & Wale. Until the last week of September he was Managing Chaplain at HMP Wayland. It’s a great privilege for us to welcome him to St Mary’s on this day – please come to hear him preach and to wish him well in this new and influential ministry.
Find out more about Prisons Week by visiting the website here.
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