My eyes have seen your salvation! This Sunday is the great feast of CANDLEMAS which wraps up the Christmas season as we celebrate Jesus being presented in the Temple where old Simeon acclaimed Him as the Light of the world.
The Parish Eucharist (10am) ends with lighted candles, and then please join us in the evening for a special Festal Evensong (6.30pm): the service begins with a candlelit Procession from the Crib and the choir will be singing lovely music by Ayleward, Stanford (Evening Canticles in B flat) and Eccard ('When to the Temple Mary went').
The picture shows Mary and the Child Jesus in the Crib at St Mary's. The Crib is on display in the church from Christmas Eve until Candlemas.
Lent will be soon with us: Ash Wednesday is 10 February, when the Eucharist will be said at 10am and sung at 7.30pm. (On the previous evening, Shrove Tuesday, there's a pancake party in the Church Hall: children come at 6pm for games, adults come at 7pm when pancakes will be served.)
After we've begun with our ashes, our Lent programme gets going. Click here to download a copy and please join us for as much as you can as we keep this season together in preparation for Holy Week and Easter.
We'd particularly love to see you at Sunday worship and on Wednesday evenings from 7pm for our Lent series, 'Many gifts, one Spirit.'
Repairs have begun to the buttresses on the south side of the nave. There have been cracks for several decades but the stonework had deteriorated to the extent that the buttresses were in danger of collapse. As they hold up the nave wall the repairs are vital. They should be finished in about six weeks after which they should hold up the Church for another 500 years or so.
‘May they all be one, so that the world may believe’: This was our Lord's own prayer for the unity of His friends. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins tomorrow (Monday) and concludes on Monday 25, the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul. It’s our annual opportunity to join with Christians around the world in seeking the healing of the divisions which separate us from each other.
The sermon at Evensong tonight will prepare us for the Week of Prayer, we will pray for the gift of unity at all our regular services this week, and from Monday to Friday we will gather with other Christians in Attleborough for prayers at 12 noon every day:
Monday 18th at the Lighthouse, Hargham Road
Tuesday 19th at the Baptist Church, Leys Lane
Wednesday 20th at St Mary's
Thursday 21st at the Methodist Church, London Road
Friday 22nd at St Mary's
Please try to come at least once if you can.
Find out more about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity here.
It's hard to believe it, but an early Easter means Lent is rapidly approaching. Make sure you've saved the Wednesday evenings for this year's Lent series: 7pm onwards on 17 and 24 February and 2, 9 and 16 March. We'll be welcoming five guest speakers who will be talking about ways in which the Gospel is impacting lives in unusual or unfamiliar contexts. After each talk there'll be chance for questions and discussion. We begin at 7pm with the Eucharist, followed by coffee and then the talk at 7.45pm, finishing at 9pm. Compline will follow for those who want to stay.
Sunday Club's Epiphany Party was held on Saturday afternoon. There were plenty of party games, face painting, biscuit decorating and a feast fit for a king! Thank you to everyone who organised and help at the event. All the children had a fabulous time.
The Men's enjoyed their annual Epiphany Meal on Wednesday evening. A wonderful carvery and great company made for a lovely night.
The ladies group enjoyed afternoon tea together yesterday. Hopefully photos to follow.
On Saturday 9th January 'Sunday Club' will be having an Epiphany Party in the Church Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Please let us know if you have any little ones who would like to come!
Our Epiphany Celebrations begun on Sunday by making some crowns and thinking about the visit of the magi in Sunday Club Plus. Even teddy got a crown!