It's been a chilly day in Attleborough with more snow than we've seen for many years! The Parish Church was open all day as normal and Morning and Evening Prayer were said, but all the other activities on site were cancelled for the day. We managed to get some photos as the day progressed, including some views of the town taken from the church roof when the sun came out in the afternoon. Enjoy!
We had an excellent and inspirational evening last night with Karin Heap, headteacher of Chapel Green School, which caters for children with a wide range of learning difficulties and additional needs. Her enthusiasm for her work was infectious and the power of her Christian testimony was moving. In spite of the dreadful weather 20 of us gathered in St Mary's Hall and we greatly enjoyed having Karin with us.
Next Tuesday, 6 March, our Lent study series ‘Faith at work’ continues with ‘Faith on the Frontline’, an evening with the Revd Christian Heycocks, Vicar of Sheringham and formerly Chaplain to the Royal Marines. His unit was the first to arrive in Kuwait at the start of the Iraq war, and he also served in Afghanistan and the Arctic Circle. The evening begins with the 7pm Eucharist with hymns, followed by coffee and then at 7.45pm the talk, questions and discussion, ending with candlelit Compline at 9pm. Join us!
We're already looking forward to St Mary's Summer Fete which will be held on Saturday 21 July in the churchyard, church and Church Hall. Right in the heart of Attleborough, it's always a great community day - come rain or shine!
One of the big attractions of the Fete is the craft stalls in the churchyard. Bookings are now being taken for craft stalls, and we'd love to have a great selection of local crafts. If you're interested, download the form below and return it to us. We're trying not to duplicate stalls so bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Booking closes on Monday 30 April.
Twenty two of us enjoyed hearing Russell Davis speak about his work with Anglian Water, his journey of faith and the place of Christianity in the workplace in St Mary's Hall this evening: an honest and moving testimony and a powerful witness. Thanks Russell!
It was the first part of this year's Lent series, 'FAITH AT WORK'. We'd love to see you for this Church Family evening together - every Tuesday until Holy Week. Next week we welcome Karin Heap, Headteacher of Chapel Green School, to speak on the topic 'Faith in the Classroom'. We begin with the Eucharist at 7pm, followed by refreshments, then at 7.45pm the talk, questions and discussion, and close with Compline in church at 9pm.
For seventeen years Father Val Hollands, who was for many years one of our retired assistant clergy, wrote a monthly article for our benefice magazine The Link on the subject of Saints.
The PCC decided that Father Val's fine writing and scholarship must not be lost and so, to make these more widely available, we have published a booklet which contains forty of his Saints, both ancient and modern. St Columba is on the front cover and Blessed Oscar Romero on the back.
Saints Ancient & Modern is now available at services and from the Church Office at £5. It can be sent by post for £6.50. Cheques to Attleborough PCC please. It would make good reading for Lent: one saint per day!
This Lent we are inviting members of the Church Family to join together for Lent fellowship lunches. Lent is an excellent time to build fellowship in our Church Family, get to know each other better and support one another, and also raise some money for those in need around the world. Here’s our plan:
Please consider whether you might host a simple, ‘frugal’ Lent lunch in your home, and invite up to six guests – not just your friends, but a mixture of people who you know well and people who are new to the Church Family, or whom you’ve never really had a chance to chat to. Put together some soup, bread, fruit and cheese. Have a bowl available on the side at the end of the meal so your guests can pop in a donation, and then drop that money off in the Church Office. We’ll send the money to Christian Aid.
If you can host a lunch, let either the Revd Richard Stanton or Dorothy Woolliscroft know, and tell them the date you’ve picked. (It can be whenever you like!) There will be some blank invitation cards available at the back of the church: take six, fill them in with the time, date and place and give them to your guests. We want to make sure as many people as possible are included, so please tell us who you plan to invite and, if you wish, we can also suggest people.
This is a new venture for 2018 and we’d love it to be part of a really good Lent in the parish, so please give us your support.