Last night our Servers worshipped together at the Eucharist and then went to Ry's Bar & Grill for their Annual Dinner. They had a super time with great food and drink and enjoyed each other's company. We're very thankful for the support and ministry of all who serve at the altar in St Mary's, and enrich our worship through their dedication and commitment.
November begins with the wonderful Feast of All the Saints. On this day we give thanks for all the Saints, known and unknown, who have pleased God in every generation. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated in St Mary’s at 10am, followed by coffee and cake.
The next day, Friday 2 November, our prayers turn to the Faithful Departed. There will be a Requiem Eucharist at 5pm on All Souls’ Day. You might like to visit the church during the day to light a candle in remembrance and say a prayer. May they rest in peace.
We save our principal celebration of All Saints for Sunday 4 November, with festal services in the morning including a joyful Parish Eucharist at 10am. We’d love to see you. At Besthorpe Church it’s the Patronal Festival, and after the 11.30am Eucharist there'll be drinks and a two-course lunch. Our gentle, prayerful All Soulstide Service to Remember the Departed takes place in St Mary’s at 6.30pm.
A prayer for All Saintstide
Almighty and ever-living God, we are celebrating with joy the triumph of your grace in all the Saints. With so vast a multitude praying for us, may we be heirs with them of your Kingdom, and receive from you the fullness of mercy we have always desired; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
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