Rockland St Peter
We managed to have our traditional Agape Meal service on Maundy Thursday 14th April. It was a huge success. It was a chance for everyone to get together and share food and wine to remember the Last Supper, when Jesus shared food with his Disciples.
We now have the go ahead to demolish the wall that has partially collapsed. It will be replaced with a post and rail fence.
We will have a Family Service on Sunday May 1st at 10-30
Looking forward to June and the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.
We will have a special Thanksgiving Service on Sunday at 10-30, with the Benefice Choir. This is Rockland St. Peter's contribution to the Platinum Jubilee.
Rockland All Saints
What a beautiful day it was on May 18th when we were able to hold Barbara’s Day for the first time since 2019! The sun shone all day long and it was so lovely to see so many people coming, after such a long break, to sample the delights of home cooked lunches (including desserts to die for!), drink tea and coffee and catch up with friends old and new in the big marquee as they chatted!
The plant stall was just about sold out by three o’clock and the bric-a-brac tables were looking bare! The cake tent that had been bursting at the seams at 9am was completely empty….and all our wonderful helpers were exhausted (I was so busy I completely forgot to take any photos!) but on a high after our swansong (yes, this was the very last) garden party had been a success!
We are so grateful to the wonderful crew who helped make Barbara’s Day a success. Everything had to transported from the church down to the venue in Low Lane in various cars and Mr Mac’s trailer, marquees and more tables had to be collected from other corners of the village, the tents and marquees had to be erected (and dismantled afterwards!) and that’s without all the baking and cooking that was done! At the end of the day, all the above had to be done in reverse as everything was returned whence it came!
Thanks to all who helped with preparation, on the day and afterwards – many from other churches in the benefice who were so generous with their time. It is much appreciated.
The biggest ‘thank you’ of all, of course, has to go to John and Barbara Scase who were the hosts and arch-organisers and allowed their home and garden to be used yet again to raise some money for the little church on the hill! What the public sees on the day is just the tip of the iceberg ……the organisation behind the scenes is extraordinary! So THANK YOU Barbara and John! I have lost count of the number of times Barbara’s Day has been held but it is a village event so many will remember fondly, not least all the Rocklands schoolchildren who come over during the school day, with their helpers, each clutching an envelope with £1 inside and then return to school clutching their bargain buys and are so excited with their purchases! Magic!
We now look forward to the Flower Festival in July so please mark the weekend of July 16-18 in your diary! Another event not to be missed!
Shropham with Snetterton
A piece of the font that fell out has been replaced and a window has been repaired.
Looking forward to the service on 29th May
St Peter, Little Ellingham
We are busy preparing for our Flower Festival to be held in our church over the week-end of the Queen’s Jubilee. This promises to be a wonderfully colourful celebration of our queen and her 70 years reign, highlighting her achievements and her interests. The church will be open Friday to Sunday between 10am and 4pm. There is no entrance fee, only donations invited towards the church maintenance fund. Light refreshments will be available throughout the week-end.
Our service of Thanksgiving at 4pm on Sunday will bring our Jubilee celebrations to a close. Some traditional hymns will be at the core of this Thanksgiving reflecting on the service our queen has given to her country and her church.
St James, Great Ellingham
Our café church service on 8th May was on the theme of Noah and the Ark. Due to two members of the music group being unavailable (covid strikes again!), the songs were adapted to be a simpler and led by the flute. It was lovely to see new faces in the congregation – one family to hear their marriage banns being read and another visiting prior to their child’s Baptism. Along with extracts from the bible telling the story, we also heard ‘All afloat on Noah’s boat’, a lovely rhyming book adaptation ending with all the animals performing in a talent show. Whilst we like a bit of audience participation at café church, the suggestion of a talent show as part of the service, was swiftly dismissed! We did use the ark as a visual prop and the children enjoyed lining up the animals and sorting them into different colours, to signify the rainbow sent as God’s promise never to send a flood again.
The Celtic service continues to grow, with a regular established congregation enjoying the quieter reflective pace. Within it, there is plenty of opportunity for discussion and fellowship at this service. As I type, the choir is rehearsing for its ‘outing’ at Great Ellingham on Sunday. They continue to add an extra dimension to our services, bringing additional sung elements to the communion service.
Plans are also in final stages for the Big Breakfast – thank you to all the volunteers who have made this happen, particularly Charles with the bbq cooking. Watch this space for the amount raised…. (£428.55)
During June and July there will be some disruption to access to the church and library – this is due to the set-up for the Village Singers concert and the Teddy Festival art exhibition. Notices will be displayed on the porch door advising of closures and apologies for any inconvenience.
Look out for the July café church – this will feature ‘Thanksgiving’ for the teddy festival and be followed by a teddy bear’s picnic. Everyone is welcome; please bring along your teddy, picnic blanket and nibbles.
This continues to be well supported, with 6-8 boxes being collected each week from Sainsbury’s and 1-2 boxes from the village shop. The donations are mostly taken to the Thetford warehouse for sorting and packing, before being distributed to its centres at Watton, Attleborough and Thetford. ‘Bumper’ weeks are also sent onto Norwich. Thank you to Mary, Neville, Colin & Margaret for their help.
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