Instead of a Christmas Day lunch we are, this year, planning a Boxing Day tea party. Anyone who would otherwise be alone on that day is welcome to come along. Please extend this invitation to your friends and neighbours.
Guests are invited to arrive at 2pm for a drink and some nibbles and a chat before we sit down to tea at 3.30pm. Guests will leave at about 5pm. Please book in by ringing Dorothy on 01953 456211. If there is no answer, please leave a clear message with your name and phone number. We can offer lifts within Attleborough.
There is no charge for the party, but donations will be invited towards St Martins Housing Trust.
If you would like to help by making sandwiches or sausage rolls, or are able to offer lifts either at 2pm or 5pm, please contact Dorothy on the phone number above.
Over 100 worshippers gathered in St Mary's yesterday morning for a wonderful celebration of Christ the King. At 10am the choir sang beautiful Mozart (his Spatzenmesse), in the sermon we thought about how we are ambassadors for Christ's Kingdom, Sunday Club Plus made super crowns and afterwards the wine flowed freely. It was lovely to see new people with us and we hope you felt very welcome.
Our new Assistant Priest will be licensed on Thursday 20 December during the 10am Eucharist celebrated by the Bishop of Thetford. Here, he (re-)introduces himself...
It is with great pleasure that I shall be returning to the benefice at the start of December. My wife, Jo, and I are really looking forward to coming back to Saint Mary’s and All Saints where we worshipped for over twenty years before my ordination five years ago and my curacy in the Wymondham benefice.
Jo and I have been married for thirty-two years, and we have two children, Rebecca and Barnaby, who are both grown up. Rebecca works in a veterinary practice in Hampstead and Barnaby is completing his DPhil at Cambridge University. They both attended Saint Mary’s as children and sang in the choir. We worked as teachers in secondary education but have reached the happy land of retirement.
I have enjoyed a very fruitful ministry at Wymondham Abbey and at Holy Trinity in Spooner Row. The congregations are lovely and very welcoming. I have been blessed in the experience which I have gained working with a number of wonderful priests. I shall miss them all but am looking forward to supporting Matthew in Attleborough and Besthorpe.
Reverend Andrew Slater
We warmly welcome children to sing in St Mary's Choir. It's a wonderful experience for young people, a chance to work in a team, sing amazing music, develop key skills and find a voice for life. If you're interested, get in touch with the Director of Music, Ben Miller, to find out more: click here to email him.
St Mary's Choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and you can read more on our website here.
It was great to see over 100 people in St Mary's on Sunday morning. At 10am we had a Guided Eucharist where we looked at the different parts of the service and took time to think about what our worship means. We rejoice that our Church Family is growing and we give thanks that today and every day the Risen Lord walks with his gathered people, unfolds for us his word, and meets us all in the Breaking of the Bread. You are always welcome here.
Nearly 60 of us enjoyed a fun evening at our Wine Tasting night last Thursday, when we sampled six wines amid much laughter. It was all in a good cause and we raised a superb £530 profit for Christian Aid, taking the total raised for Christian Aid in Attleborough so far this year to just over £4,000. Thanks to Peter and all the committee for their hard work.
We're pleased to announce that Revd Andrew Slater will be joining the Staff at St Mary's, Attleborough with All Saints, Besthorpe as Assistant Priest. Andrew will be licensed on Thursday 20 December at the 10am Eucharist and we'll have a further chance to welcome him on Sunday 23 December.
Andrew was Churchwarden at St Mary’s before he trained for ordination and is currently coming to the end of a Curacy at Wymondham Abbey. Please pray for Andrew and Jo as they prepare to join us.
To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, we have hung 562 origami Doves of Peace in our Parish Church: 104 red doves represent the Attleborough men who died in the Great War, 458 white doves represent the Attleborough men who served and returned. All the doves have been made by members and friends of St Mary’s.
Come in to see this powerful and moving display. The church is open every day from at least 9am to 5pm.
As you look at them, give thanks for the sacrifice of so many, and pray for the gift of peace in our world today.
You can light a candle near the altar under the tower at the far end of the church, and there are commemorative prayer cards to take away.
We've also got three There But Not There 'Tommies' in the nave of St Mary's, kindly sponsored by parishioners. They speak to us of those who never came back to their places in their homes, churches and families. The funds raised from this national art project will go to help heal those suffering from the hidden wounds of war.
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