Colin

Shellrock News - October

St James, Great Ellingham

It was a lovely day for those who took part in the annual Norfolk Churches Trust Walk/Drive/Cycle – six people recorded their visits to St James’.  We hope you enjoyed yourselves!

By the time this edition prints, we will have held our Harvest Festival service, welcoming the young people from the Scout Group.  Food donations will be taken at this service and added to the donations collected elsewhere in the benefice for the foodbank.

Looking ahead to October, I made the tricky decision to cancel the autumn fair.  Many of our ‘regular’ stallholders were unavailable and I ran out of time to look further afield.  However, if you are local and would be interested in a stall at a future event, please drop me a message: sunflowerjones@hotmail.com.

Can you help?  If you have an interest in fundraising to keep the building open, it would be great to hear from you.  The building is solely funded by its collections and fundraising – it costs a minimum of £5000 to simply open the doors each year; this does not include the cost of holding services or paying towards ministers.

Keep an eye on the service sheet in the porch or notice board for our services.  There is a Holy Communion each month, plus additional services now at 4pm.  In October there will also be our annual service for All Souls Day – a reflective moment to remember loved ones in our lives who are no longer with us.  Everyone is welcome, especially those who have been bereaved during the last year.

KD

St Peter, Little Ellingham

We are continuing to hold two regular services of worship each month; a morning service on the second Sunday of the month and an evening service on the third Sunday.  See the listing for details.  We also continue to work closely with St James Great Ellingham in co-ordinating our services and any events.

Margaret Thomas participated in the Norfolk Churches ‘bike’ ride last month by walking the four churches of Rocklands and the Ellinghams.  Thankfully the weather was dry and cool for the most part.  The walk took just over five hours and raised £60.  Margaret would like to thank all who sponsored her.  Maybe next year the bike will be ready and more churches can be visited (and more money raised?).

Our Macmillan Coffee morning was a great success thanks to the wonderful efforts of the various bakers and to the many people who came along, supped lots of coffee and tea, and munched their way through plates of cake and other nibbles.  A lot of new families have moved into the village recently and it was good to see many of them had come along to support the event.  The total sum raised so far is just over £360.  A big ‘thank you’ to everyone involved.

CT

Rockland St Peter

What a wonderful Baptism on 5th September. The Marriott family filled the church and made it a joyous occasion.

We have another Baptism on Saturday 9th October, Jenson Joshua Owen, we hope the Owen family have a fantastic day.

On 30th October we are going to have a Pudsey lunch in St Peters with the church dressed as a cafe. This will be to raise money for Children in Need. We are hoping the Little Rockies toddler group will join us. Lots of cakes to eat.

The Winter Market will happen in November.

JB

Shropham

 It was so good to see such a happy wedding in the church. The only sadness was the replacement of the familiar Registers of Marriages and Certificates used for generations with a bland A4 Marriage Document.

DN

Centering Prayer workshop

Several months ago I announced I was considering setting up a workshop on Centering Prayer, a form of Contemplative Prayer. This workshop has now been arranged for 10am to 4pm on Saturday 13th November in Little Ellingham village hall (Old School Hall).  The workshop will be led by Debbie House who is part of the Norwich Christian Meditation Centre based at St Augustine’s church, Norwich.

If anyone is interesdted in attending this workshop please get in touch with me so I can make the necessary arrangements.  Coffee and Tea will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch.

If you are wanting more information here is a link to a website:

https://www.contemplative.org/contemplative-practice/centering-prayer/

Colin

Food Donations

Donations received at the church (there is a green lidded box in the porch) and the village shops are now being split according to need.  During September these have been taken to Norwich Foodbank and NNUH.  Most wanted items on the list include: tinned tomatoes, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit, UHT/long life milk, long life juice & tinned fish.  They are well stocked with pasta!  If you are in need of a referral, contact Citizens Advice on 0800 144 8848.  For donation queries, contact Kathryn 456525 or sunflowerjones@hotmail.com.  Please don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.

I'm looking for some help with taking the foodbank donations to Norwich as I've taken on a new role at work which comes with increased hours.  It doesn't have to be every week (I've been going every two weeks) on a Friday morning.  There are usually around 6 -8 large boxes.  Norwich foodbank is open on Mon/Thurs/Fri 9-1 for donations, located on Ivy Road (off Bowthorpe Road) - UEA side of the city.  Please drop me an email or give me a call!  Thanks Kathryn

KD

 

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Colin

Shellrock News - September

St James, Great Ellingham

Our August service in St James was a benefice service, café style with music group.  The ‘café’ service is moving in September to make way for a Holy Communion.  Please check the services listed in the magazine, on the notice board or website for more information.

Don’t forget the Norfolk Churches Trust Cycle Ride/Walk/Drive is back on Saturday 11th September!  Dust off your bicycles or boots and raise some money for your church by raising sponsorship to visit as many churches as possible.  Sponsor forms are available in church and, as per last year, we will provide a ‘snack stop’ for visitors during the day.  Any funds are gratefully received.

The church is entirely funded and maintained by money received in the parish, at services or through events.  As with many charities, the income was significantly decreased during last year so we welcome any amount, small or large.  If you are able to make a regular donation, that helps throughout the year – if you would like bank details to set up a direct debit, please contact Kathryn: 456525 or sunflowerjones@hotmail.com

KD

St Peter, Little Ellingham

We have started sorting ourselves out post Covid restrictions and trying to get to some sort of normality.  We have two services each month as will be seen from the service listing.  Everyone is welcome to attend any of our services.

It is with regret that it has been decided not to open the church building each day as we did pre Covid restrictions.  We have experienced several acts of anti-social behaviour recently and feel it is not an appropriate time to leave the church building open unattended.  This is not what the church wishes as it should be an oasis for those who require a time of solitude, peace and prayer.  Maybe those responsible will decide to change their habits from being destructive to something constructive.  We shall continue to monitor the situation.

We shall be holding a Coffee, Tea and Cake morning in the church on Saturday 25th September in aid of the McMillan charity.  This excellent charity supports people with cancer and their families to live as full as life as is possible.  Everyone is invited to join us with all the proceeds going to the charity.

CT

Rockland All Saints

HARVEST SUPPER  IS BACK AGAIN
On Saturday, 2nd October we will be holding our Annual Harvest Supper at the Village Hall.   The meal will begin at 7pm. Seating from 6.30.   There will be quiches with ham and cheese accompanied by various salads and baked potatoes as well as a selection of home made desserts.  We will also be welcoming our Roskette Musical group with their popular music and song.  Please bring your own drinks and glass if you wish.   Amazingly, water will be free!

Tickets will be on sale in September priced £10.    You are assured of a lovely evening.   If you wish to order tickets please ring Cath 483542 or Barbara on 483420 or Julie on 488640.

PARKING CARS UP THE HILL
Please be aware when parking cars outside the church along the grass verge that often on a Sunday morning there are huge tractors travelling along the lane.   If cars are parked close to the hedges there should not be a problem.  If these tractors are unable to pass through please call in the church whether there is a service or not to request that a car can be moved to a safer position.

CHRISSY LISTER, our oldest Rocklander sadly died on 8th August at 97 years old.   The church was packed with family and friends to say goodbye to such a lovely lady, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.   She had lived in Rocklands nearly all her life with Walter, her husband.   Their four children all attended the village school.   Before 'lockdown' she enjoyed meeting knitting friends each Friday morning for coffee and a chat.  In fact she loved knitting and taught all her children, their children and grandchildren.   Latterly she knitted squares for charity blankets.  It was lovely to see that the family flowers included balls of wool and knitting needles.

Chrissy, Rest in Peace

BS

Rockland St Peter

September is a busy month for Rockland St. Peter.

We have a Baptism on the 5th September, a local family having their daughter Baptised at 10-30. Everyone is welcome to attend, we think the church will be full. Such a happy event after all the troubles we have gone through in the last eighteen months.

The Shellrock Benefice Fellowship Group will start meeting again on 7th September at 10am in Rockland St. Peter's Church.

The Rockland Clangers handbell ringing group are also starting on 13th September at 17-30.

On Tuesday 21st September is the first of the Rockland St. Peter's Talks.

A talk called "Bods" by John Brown. This is at 1900hrs. Complimentary Refreshments from 1815.

JB

Shropham with Snetterton

Shropham church is looking forward to the next service on 29th August and to the wedding scheduled for the 4th September.

DN

Food Donations

Donations received at the church (there is a green lidded box in the porch) and the village shops are now being split according to need.  During August these have been taken to Norwich Foodbank.  Most wanted items on the list include: tinned tomatoes, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit, UHT/long life milk, long life juice & tinned fish.  They are well stocked with pasta!  If you are in need of a referral, contact Citizens Advice on 0800 144 8848.  For donation queries, contact Kathryn 456525 or sunflowerjones@hotmail.com.  Please don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.

KD

Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride

Don’t forget the Norfolk Churches Bike Ride which takes place on Saturday 11th September.  You don’t even have to have a bike; you can walk or drive your way around.  Your local church should have a sponsorship form if you wish to take part.

If you cannot participate, then please consider sponsoring someone who is.   If your church is open, check to see if they require anyone to be in attendance.  Remember that half the money raised will go to the Norfolk Churches Trust and the other half to the church nominated by the participant.

Church sponsored events to look forward to...

Saturday 11 September

9am-5pm            Norfolk Churches Sponsored Bike Ride  (see item)

Tuesday 21 September

7pm                      Rockland St Peter Talks, ‘Bods’ with John Brown.  Doors open at 6.15pm

Saturday 25 September

10am-12noon    McMillan Coffee Morning, in St Peter church, Little Ellingham

 

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Colin

Shellrock News - August

St James, Great Ellingham

During June and July, we have had art work from class 6 at Great Ellingham Primary School displayed in the church.  The pictures by year six have now been returned, but a small number of year five pictures still remain.  Do drop by and have a look at their talents!  We hope to feature more work from the children during the year.  The start of July saw the teddy festival art exhibition move into the church.  Many people attended the preview evening, enjoying a lovely burst of evening sunshine and plenty of conversation.  The exhibition featured a wide range of pieces, several from artists within the village.  It was great to see this back in church, along with visitors – a small step towards normality!

On 11th July we held our café style service, with a teddy theme.  As part of the service, we had a talk about the festival and an activity about what our bears, or the festival, mean to us.  Charles wrote a poem entitled, My Ted:

He may live most of his life these days in a quiet corner and gather dust but, sure as night follows day, when he does come into sight, he takes me back to my childhood and family love and kindness, of days of joy and frivolity and for that, he is a cornerstone of who I am, and for that, I give thanks to Ted.

 After the service, we sat outside to enjoy our picnics.  Sadly, the rain appeared so this was cut short but definitely something to consider for the future!

During August there will be a service in St James on Sunday 8th, 10.30am.  This will be the only service in Great Ellingham during the month.  Please see the service list or website for details of other services across the benefice.

The Norfolk Churches Trust Cycle Ride/Walk/Drive is back!  Dust off your bicycles or boots and raise some money for your church by raising sponsorship to visit as many churches as possible.  The date is Saturday 11th September.  Sponsor forms are available in church and, as per last year, we will provide a ‘snack stop’ for visitors during the day.  Any funds are gratefully received.

With the closure of Chequers Lane, please beware of additional traffic using Church Street - take extra care when accessing the car park or walking along the boundary walls.

KD

St Peter, Little Ellingham

With the changes to the rota, there will now be a service in our church on the fourth Sunday of each month.  This will be in addition to our normal Prayer and Praise service.  There is currently no other services being planned.

The doors of our new units have been removed for maintenance.  Apparently they are to be dried and new hinges fitted to make them fit better.  We hope this will be a long term solution to the problems we have had previously.  It is a great facility which will undoubtedly benefit our church for many years to come.  The church remains closed when not in use for the time being.

In July Margaret Thomas was sworn as churchwarden.  Margaret is only one of three churchwardens in the benefice which should ideally number ten. 

CT

Rockland St Peter

St. Peter’s Church is open daily if anyone would like to wander in to have a look around or just sit for a quiet time for reflection.

We will be adopting a new system for services during August on a trial basis.  There will be a morning service in one of the Benefice churches each Sunday.  On the first Sunday in August there will be a service at Rockland St. Peter’s and on the third Sunday there will be a service at Rockland All Saints. The morning services will commence at 10.30 am.  Whichever church you choose to attend, you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. We know it will take time for people’s confidence levels to return but we can assure you that we will remain vigilant and maintain Covid guidelines, for the present.

Looking ahead, we have a really special Family Service with Baptism on Sunday 5th September.  A child from a local family will be baptized in our church. We know this will be a joyous occasion and are looking forward to welcoming the family into our church.

*Saturday 6th November*: Winter Craft Market in the village hall supporting St. Peter’s Church and Cancer Research. Doors open to the public from 10.00 am-2.00 pm. Many local artisans have applied to have tables to sell their wares but if anyone else is interested, please contact Sharon Brown on 01953 483 187. The cost of the ‘table’ is £10 if you wish to be inside or £8 if you would prefer to be outside.

We look forward to seeing you.

SB

Rockland All Saints

Nothing to report

Shropham with Snetterton

There is nothing to report from Shropham.

DN

Food Donations

Donations received at the church (there is a green lidded box in the porch) and the village shops are now being split according to need.  A batch was sent during July to the N&N Chaplaincy.  Thetford Food bank has re-opened for selected donations – tinned tomatoes, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit, UHT/long life milk, long life juice & tinned fish.  If you are in need of a referral, contact Citizens Advice on 0800 144 8848.  For donation queries, contact Kathryn 456525 or sunflowerjones@hotmail.com.  Please don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.

KD

Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride

The annual bike ride this year will take place on Saturday 11th September.  You don’t even have to have a bike; you can walk or drive your way around.  Your local church should have a sponsorship form if you wish to take part.

One of the many causalities of Covid has been the (severe) reduction of church funds.  Of the money raised by the bike ride, half goes to the Norfolk Churches Trust and the other half to your nominated church.

Benefice Team meeting

From the meeting held on 12th July it was decided that there will only be one morning act of worship in one church in the benefice each Sunday.  Other acts of worship may be planned for the afternoon and evening.  Please keep an eye on the Notices.

There is still no update on any changes to the structure of the benefice.  It is not expected we shall hear anything for a few months yet.

 

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Colin

Shellrock Ramblings - 13th June

Peggy Joan Thomas

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Peggy Thomas has died, 11 days short of her 100th birthday.

 

 

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Christina

Shellrock Ramblings - 2nd May

My Dear Friends

Earlier this week we had a ministry team meeting following on from all the APCMs that took place last week. One of the topics we discussed was the on-going issue of communication, about church services and events connected with the church. As you know Colin has been chiefly responsible for co-ordinating communication and has done so effectively and efficiently for a long while. Before lockdown Ramblings consisted of just a list of the key services, events, and a small amount of “special” news.

At lockdown it was decided that in addition to the telephone calls and e-mails I make, I would try to keep in touch with everyone by sending an introductory reflection on the week which would be contained in each week’s Ramblings. Now that we have the opportunity more readily to meet face to face we decided at the ministry team that this would no longer be necessary. So ------ this is my last, at least for the time being, although Ramblings as it has been previously, will continue, along with several other sources of information, including new magazines. 

I also want to let you know that I shall be away from 7th-21st of May. We are having some work done on our house and shall be without water, gas, electricity etc. Hopefully on our return the worst of the disruption will be over.

Finally, I am adding below the letter received from our Bishop Graham about the appointment of the new Bishop of Lynn. I know that not all of you take the EDP where it was announced, and this pastoral letter gives information about her. 

You remain in my thoughts each day.

My love to you all

Christina

Letter from the Bishop of Norwich

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

I am delighted to let you know that 10 Downing Street has announced that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the nomination of The Venerable Dr Jane Steen, currently Archdeacon of Southwark, to be the next Bishop of Lynn. Archdeacon Jane has a deep pastoral care for the people and communities that she serves currently in Southwark and has a rich experience of mission in the Church of England, including supporting church communities to flourish. She will bring these aspects, together with her great sense of joy and fun, to the role of Bishop of Lynn. ------- Archdeacon Jane will be consecrated a bishop in Norwich Cathedral on the Feast Day of St Etheldreda, 23rd June 2021. For further details please see the news article and a short video where Archdeacon Jane introduces herself:

https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/news/new-bishop-of-lynn-announced/

I am confident that Jane and her husband, Pip, will soon come to love this diocese and its people. Please pray for them today and as they prepare to join us. May we be a blessing to them, as they will be a blessing to us

Notices

Sunday 2nd May, the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 8 v 26-end, Psalm 22 v 25-end, 1 John 4 v 7–end, John 15 v 1-8

10.30 St James, Great Ellingham - Morning Service

10.30 Rockland All Saints - Holy Communion

Sunday 9th May, the sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 10 v 44-end, Psalm 98, 1 John 5 v 1-6, John 15 v 9-17

10.30 St James, Great Ellingham - Morning Service

Scheduled broadcasted religious programs this Sunday

8.10am Radio 4 - Sunday Worship with members of the Church Leaders’ Group, Ireland

10.45am BBC1 - Sunday Morning Stories, the Revd Kate Bottley share tales of faith, hope and spirituality

1.15pm BBC1 - Songs of Praise, with Claire McCollum and Sean Fletcher

3.00pm Radio 3 - Choral Evensong, from St Peter’s Eaton Square, London (23 April 2021)

This will be the final program listing.  I hope they have been of some use during this period of limited Sunday services.  Of course, the programs will continue! CT

Centering Prayer

‘Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, that is prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us.’

Prior to our first lockdown in 2020, a workshop was being organised to introduce this form of prayer to our benefice.  Obviously this got cancelled.  Now the bonds of isolation and restrictions are being loosened I have started the process of organising this workshop again.  It is likely to be held on a Saturday in July or (more likely) early Autumn, and will run from 10am to 4pm.

I have attended one workshop on this form of prayer and it is simple and effective.  It can be used as part of your individual prayer or within a group prayer session.

So are you interested?

It would be helpful to have an idea of numbers for this workshop before I go too far into the planning stage.  So can you please let me know of your interest either by email on colin.thomas196@btinternet.com or by telephone on 01953 453455.  Although this is essentially a form of Christian prayer, it appears that some who have attended a workshop have no religious belief and found it beneficial, so it is open to everyone.

Thank you.

Colin

 

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Christina

Shellrock Ramblings - 25th April

My Dear Friends

Speaking to several people during the week, they all remarked about what a shock it is to go to a busier schedule. Certainly, I have felt it as this week has been particularly active with quite a lot of time being taken up with the Annual General meetings of the 5 PCCs, and which need to happen before the end of April. This year has been complicated because of course last year it was only possible to meet via zoom or through e-mails, so there was more business to get through.

At the RAS meeting we said goodbye to John Scase who is retiring as warden of that parish, and also as a member of the PCC. John has been a wonderful warden, totally reliable, extremely conscientious, and always head of the game in terms of seeing what needs doing and ensuring the smooth material functioning of this church. The role and duties of a warden are often underestimated. There should be two wardens for each church in order to share the work- load, and for too many years John has been on his own. We are glad that he will be having a rest from this heavy responsibility, but of course he will be sorely missed. John, we thank you for everything you have done for the parish of RAS as well as the benefice as a whole.

In addition to the five annual meetings, we have had two funerals: Isobel Rann on Monday 19th at Breckland crematorium and Anne Ellis on Thursday 22nd at RAS.  We shall continue to pray for their families and friends.

The weather on several days has been gorgeous and all of us must surely be grateful for some warmth for our tired bodies. Robin and I went for a lovely walk in Merton earlier in the week and just caught the tail end of the daffodils. The ground was covered with them. I would certainly recommend Merton as a not too difficult walk, not just now but at any time of the year. On the way back we called for a beer in a marquee outside a pub, the first opportunity for many months. I guess there will be many firsts for the next weeks ahead, including the opportunity to greet new grandchildren and relatives who are in care. It’s not over yet, but slowly and surely, we’re emerging out of what for so many has been such a difficult and indeed traumatic time.

My love to you all

Christina

Notices

Sunday 25th April, the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 4 v 5-12, Psalm 23, 1 John 3 v 16–end, John 10 v 11-18

10.30 St James, Great Ellingham - Morning Service

10.30 Rockland St Peter - Morning Prayer

Sunday 2nd May, the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 8 v 26-end, Psalm 22 v 25-end, 1 John 4 v 7–end, John 15 v 1-8

10.30 St James, Great Ellingham - Morning Service

10.30 Rockland All Saints - Holy Communion

Scheduled broadcasted religious programs this Sunday

8.10am Radio 4 - Sunday Worship with Revd Ann Easter, former royal chaplain

10.30am BBC1 - Sunday Morning Stories, the Revd Kate Bottley share tales of faith, hope and spirituality

* 1.15pm BBC2 - Songs of Praise, with Revd Kate Bottley

3.00pm Radio 3 - Choral Evensong, from London Church of St Matthew, Westminster (6 April 2021)

* change of channel for football again.

 

 

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