Giving thanks for all the blessings of the past year, we wish you and yours peace, health and joy in the Year of our Saviour 2019. Here are some of the highlights of the past year in Attleborough and Besthorpe, condensed into three minutes. Make sure your sound is on!
Yesterday we welcomed the Bishop of Thetford to celebrate the Eucharist and license the Revd Andrew Slater as our new Assistant Priest. The Gospel for the day was St Luke's account of the Annunciation to Mary, and in his homily the Bishop invited us to consider the ways in which we are being challenged to say 'yes' to God. We're delighted that Fr Andrew has joined our team and we pray for God's blessing on his ministry as he seeks to say 'yes' to the Lord. He'll celebrate the 10am Parish Eucharist this Sunday and there'll be wine and cake afterwards to welcome Andrew and Jo (back) to the parish.
We had a lovely celebration of the Second Sunday of Advent this morning. The choir sang a beautiful Fauré Mass, in the sermon we thought about how we're invited to cooperate with God in his work of bringing in the Kingdom of his grace, and we welcomed Anne Aves to update us on the work of the John Aves Education Project in the Dheisheh refugee camp outside Bethlehem, which we're supporting this Advent.
At St Mary's, we marked the evening of Advent Sunday with our Advent Procession - a candlelit liturgy of movement and music, during which the choir processes from west to east as the light in the church grows and strengthens, expressing our hopes and yearnings for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Advent hymns and pieces of choral music are interspersed with readings from the Bible which give expression to our Advent prayer: come, Lord Jesus! Here are some photos from the service.
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.
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