As always, there's lots planned for the autumn at St Mary's and you're welcome at all of it! As well as all our usual Sunday and weekday services, group meetings, coffee mornings and so on, here's just a selection of what's coming up...
Friday 29 September: Michaelmas: 5pm Eucharist.
Saturday 30 September: 7pm Harvest Quiz (tickets £7 including fish and chip supper: buy by 25 Sept).
Sunday 1 October: Harvest Thanksgiving. 10am Harvest Eucharist with First Holy Communions. Please bring non-perishable food for the Foodbank. 4.30pm Harvest Choral Evensong at All Saints' Besthorpe with St Mary's Choir, followed by tea.
Saturday 7 October: LOTS!
9.30am - 11am: Messy Church - breakfast bacon rolls and crafts to explore the Parable of the Prodigal Son
10am - 11.30am: Coffee & Chat in the Church Hall, with stalls raising money for St Mary's: our autumn fundraiser
11.30am: Blessing of Animals in St Mary's Churchyard (church if wet): all creatures great and small invited! Hot chocolate and gingerbread afterwards.
Sunday 15 October: The Archdeacon of Norfolk preaching at 10am and 11.30am.
Wednesday 18 October: Feast of St Luke: 7.30pm Holy Eucharist with Healing Ministries.
Saturday 28 October: All day Wedding Extravaganza with display of wedding dresses and memorabilia, a wedding fair, and an evening talk on marriage in Attleborough with supper (tickets £7) in partnership with Attleborough Heritage Group.
Sunday 29 October: 4pm Celebration of Marriage - an uplifting service to give thanks for marriage and family life, open to all. Preacher: Canon Jonathan Riviere, Rector of Sandringham and Domestic Chaplain to HM The Queen. Tea and cake afterwards. Organ recital of popular wedding pieces from 3.40pm.
Tuesday 31 October: 3.45pm - 5.30pm Saints & Sausages: an All Hallows' Eve party for children in church and Hall.
Sunday 5 November: All Saints' Sunday: 11.30am Patronal Festival Eucharist at All Saints' Besthorpe followed by two course lunch with wine (all welcome: let us know if you're coming for lunch). 6.30pm All Soulstide Service to Remember the Departed.
Sunday 12 November: Remembrance Sunday: 8am Holy Communion; 9.30am The Parish Eucharist (nb earlier time); 10.50am Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Queen's Square (in church if wet); 11.10am Remembrance Service; 6.30pm Evensong.
Thursday 16 November: 7.30pm Wine tasting at Attleborough Town Hall (raising funds for Christian Aid).
Saturday 25 November: 11am Confirmation at Norwich Cathedral.
Sunday 26 November: Feast of Christ the King: Festival services in the morning. Attleborough Christmas Carnival in the afternoon with Carol-oke at 4.30pm.
Sunday 3 December: Advent Sunday: 6.30pm The Advent Procession (Advent carols, music and readings by candlelight).
Saturday 16 December: 11am Grand Christmas Draw in the Hall (tickets on sale from November: all proceeds to Church funds).
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