We had a fabulous day on Sunday at the Town Carnival. Loads of people stopped by for coffee and cake, and to do the crafts. Great to provide hospitality for and chat with so many people from our Community.
“Thank you for the music” was the message on the cake that we shared yesterday to mark David Hilton’s retirement as Assistant Organist after more than 30 years playing at St Mary’s. It was also Choir Sunday when we give thanks for the dedication and skill of our choir and musicians, and how much their music enriches our worship. Some of the highlights of the day were the presentation to David, the sermon from Canon Richard Capper, the choir BBQ and a lovely Choral Evensong.
Over the weekend we celebrated 25 years since the Church Hall was Officially Opened by Princess Alexandra. Three events were held over the course of the weekend. On Saturday afternoon we had a tea party at which we'd invited hall users to have a display of what they do. We reminisced with plenty of tea and cake as we watched video footage of the opening day and some services from the late 1990s. On Saturday evening our Hall Caretaker Trevor entertained us with his Band, 'the Konnections'. There was a BBQ and bar, including beer generously donated by the London Tavern. Then, on Sunday afternoon, we welcomed the Bishop of Lynn, Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, as our Preacher at a Celebratory Service followed by bubbles and cake. We reflected on the Church's role in the Community and all the good achieved by the users of the Hall as we gave thanks for the vision and dedication of those who brought the Hall into being.
Everyone agreed that it was a truly lovely weekend. It was good to see people enjoying themselves and to have a few old friends join us for the celebration. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard for all three events. Celebrations continue during the week as the Day Centre celebrate their 25th Anniversary.
Sunny skies and eager pilgrims met the Bishop of Lynn from the train in Attleborough on Tuesday for his Prayer Pilgrimage to the Deanery of Thetford and Rockland.
The latest in a series of Prayer Pilgrimages across the Diocese of Norwich in which the Bishops are exchanging areas to experience a different part of the County.
After saying morning prayers near the town sign in Attleborough the Bishop jumped in a former London taxi provided by Rosedale Funeral Homes to head to St George’s Distillery.
After a brief tour of the distillery during which the Bishop learnt about the process of whisky making he breathed in ‘the angel’s share’, the whisky which evaporates during ageing process, before blessing the whisky and tasting a small sample.
Next stop was Attleborough Day Centre which is celebrating its 25th anniversary next month. Bishop Jonathan sang to the service users and enjoyed lunch with them.
In the afternoon the Bishop visited Banham Zoo where he met with pupils from Brisley Primary School who were enjoying a day out. The Bishop was pleased to hear from zoo staff about the zoo’s community engagement and conservation projects. He also posed with Scruffy the vulture.
Later Bishop Jonathan visited the Bishop’s School in Thetford where he took questions from children in year 4, including what a Bishop does and why he wears purple, before walking to Thetford Priory where prayers were said among the ruins of the ancient Church.
The Bishop’s tour concluded at the Charles Burrell Centre where he saw a variety of community enterprises including a horticultural project for ex-offenders.
We're very proud of our choir at St Mary's. Yesterday they had a bank holiday trip to Bury St Edmunds to sing Choral Evensong at the Cathedral. Highlights included Stanford in B flat and Rutter’s Christ the Lord is Risen again. Thanks everyone for your hard work and to the members of the congregation who came from Attleborough to show their support.
We had a great weekend celebrating the Joy of the Resurrection. After an emotional Holy Week some highlights of the weekend included the Easter Vigil, presenting Choristers with their medals at the Parish Eucharist in front of a packed Church and the Hallelujah Chorus with the evening sunlight flooding into the Church for Choral Evensong.
Thank you to our choir and organists, flower arrangers, servers, readers, intercessors, stewards and everyone else who worked so hard to make a success of the week. What a great team we have!
Here are just a few photos of the week.
There's lots going on in our Churches as we approach Holy Week and Easter. We'd love to see you for as much as you can make. Together we join in the last weeks of Jesus' earthly life as we 'Walk the Way of the Cross'. Through the Services of Holy Week we join in his triumphant procession into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; we are there in the Upper Room as he washes the disciples' feet on Maundy Thursday and we stand at the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. Then begins the time of waiting. On Easter Eve we gather for the Vigil during which we hear the history of salvation, we light a fire and spread the joy of the resurrection. Then we gather again on Easter Day to celebrate the joy of Easter with all God's people.
Join us on Sunday evening, 7th April,
as Passiontide begins,
to 'Walk the way of the Cross'.
There will be readings and special music; including 'Crucifixus' by Lotti and Leighton's 'Solus ad victimam'. The service begins at 6.30pm.
We're already looking forward to St Mary's Summer Fete which will be held on Saturday 20th July 2019 in the churchyard, church and Church Hall. 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 church and 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 send it back to us.
Our Lent course this year, on Tuesday evenings, will focus on St John’s Gospel and some of those who shared the journey to the cross with Jesus or met him on the way. What can we learn from their experiences? How can we encounter Jesus today and deepen our faith in him?
Week 1 - 12th March - My Best Friend, John: John 13
In this session we will look at the author of this gospel and Jesus’ relationship with him by way of introduction to the events leading up to Jesus’ death.
Week 2 - 19th March - Darkness and Light, A blind man: John 9
One of the great themes of St John’s gospel is illustrated vividly in this story of an unnamed man who encounters Jesus and whose life is transformed by him.
Week 3 - 26th March - Family Values, Lazarus: John 11
Lazarus and his sisters were close friends of Jesus, but when their brother falls ill the sisters cannot understand why Jesus doesn’t come to see him.
Week 4 - 2nd April - Failure and Forgiveness, Peter: John 18:1-27
How did Peter, whose courage failed him when challenged about his relationship with Jesus, come to be “The Rock” on which the church is built?
Week 5 - 9th April - Suffering and Sacrifice, Jesus: John 19As we prepare for Holy Week we focus on Jesus himself and relationships with those present at his death.
7pm Holy Communion
7.45pm Bible Study
Today we said our Farewells to Richard as he leaves us to be Interim Priest-in-charge of St John’s Timberhill and St Julian’s in Norwich. One of the things Attleborough is famous for is Peter Beales’ Roses so at the end of the Parish Eucharist we presented him with two rose bushes to remind him of his time here (an Attleborough bush and a Norwich Cathedral, as the Cathedral can just about be seen from Timberhill) and a cheque with the remaining money collected from the congregations. We reflected on the big impact he has had on many people’s lives in Attleborough and Besthorpe in the last three and a half years. We also shared a lovely lunch in the hall. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make the day such a success. Please pray for Richard as he prepares to begin his new ministry in March.
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