Stuart

Confirmation service

Confirmation service

The Bishop of Thetford conducted the confirmation service for 6 new members of our church on 4th December 2017.

The service was well attended and it was followed by a free lunch!

 

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Stuart

Soul Café

Soul Café

More than 40 of us, of mixed age range, gathered in the Old School Hall (it's warmer than the church!) at 6pm on Sunday for our monthly informal worship and sharing of food in Soul Café.

The theme of our recent celebrations has been to familiarise ourselves with the Bible, both Old and New Testament:

  • In September we focussed on 'Your Word is a Lamp to my Feet'.
  • In October we looked at Prophecies and their Fulfilment.
  • This month we looked at some of the many miracles described and how they still occur today.

There will be no Soul Café in December.

January's Soul Café is slid back one week from the 1st to the 8th and will be held in the Methodist Church in White Hart Street.

 

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David

Daily Morning & Evening Prayer around the Benefice

Daily Morning & Evening Prayer around the Benefice

Between Friday 21/10 and Friday 28/10 inclusive, please check with Caryll (01953 717451) or the churchwardens of the parishes in question before attending to confirm that the service will take place.

The weekly schedule for Morning & Evening Prayer is as follows:

  Morning Prayer Evening Prayer
Tuesday East Harling 9:00am Bridgham    6:00pm
Wednesday Rushford 9:00am East Harling 6:00pm
Thursday Larling        9:00am Bridgham    5:30pm
Friday Bridgham    9:00am East Harling 5:30pm
Saturday West Harling 10:00am  
 

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David

Rev'd Lynn Fry's Last Service (for 2 years)

Rev'd Lynn Fry's Last Service (for 2 years)

Everyone is welcome to attend a very special Benefice Eucharist service at East Harling on Sunday 21st August at which we'll be saying a fond farewell (for the second time!) to Rev'd Lynn Fry and her husband Tony, who are to depart for Papua New Guinea in September for a period of two years. It will be a chance to profess our profound gratitude to Lynn and Tony for their collective ministries and their friendship amongst us and to send them off with our love and every blessing. Lynn will be presiding and preaching and so we will have one more opportunity to receive God's blessing through her and to receive God's words of wisdom through her preaching and engaging spirituality.

There will be a "bring 'n' share" lunch to follow, so please do come along and bring some food along with you.

All are welcome.

 

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Caryll

Monday Club

Monday Club

Monday Club is for years 1-4 and takes place after school at East Harling Primary School for the first 5 weeks of each term.We have just completed this terms activities finishing with activities related to the Holy Spirit. We have lots of fun playing games and making things, learning together about God and his love for us – we often cook and taste different foods too! We regularly had approx 20 children attending and we had 4 leaders/helpers.

 

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Stuart

The Bishop of Thetford's Visit

The Bishop of Thetford's Visit

The Bishop of Thetford visited the East Harling Parish Church on Sunday 17th February for the Benefice Family Communion Service. These are some photos which were taken after the service.

 

 

 

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Caryll

Priest-in-Charge

Bishop Alan asked us to announce this last Sunday (13th December):

“Following recent interviews I can confirm that The Revd David Smith, currently Assistant Curate, Thorpe St Andrew, in the Diocese of Norwich, has been offered and has accepted the post of Priest-in-Charge of the Harling United Benefice, subject to DBS clearance.

Details of David’s Licensing and Installation will follow in due course”
 

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Varlie

Christmas Services

Christmas Services

Saturday 12th December

4.00pm Bridgham Church Informal Carols and Tea

 

Sunday 13th December

3.00pm West Harling Church Carols Concert,

 

6.30pm Methodist Church Carol Service

 

 Saturday 19th December

5.00pm Rushford Church Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

 

Sunday 20th December

4.00pm East Harling Church Community Carols by Candlelight

 

Tuesday 22nd December

7.30pm Larling Church Carols by Candlelight followed by Mulled wine and Mincepies Collection in aid of St Martin’s Housing Trust (Norwich Night Shelter)

 

Thursday 24th December

4.00pm East Harling Church Christingle and Crib Service Collection in aid of Children’s Society,

 

11.15pm East Harling Church Midnight Mass

 

Christmas Day

10.30am East Harling Church Family Communion Service

 

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Stuart

The Story of Christmas

Click here to watch a very short animated story of the first Christmas, narrated by the Bishop of Norwich.

 

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Stuart

Christmas with Thetford Voices: Young singers needed

Thetford Voices is once again looking for young singers to join them for a Christmas Carolling holiday workshop. This annual event, in its eighth consecutive year, takes place on Tuesday 22nd December.

Singers aged from 6-16 are invited to meet at 11.30 in the Williamson Hall  of Thetford Grammar School to rehearse carols and Christmas songs before an afternoon travelling by coach to perform in residential homes across Thetford. While singing we shall be collecting for EACH and the children at Quidenham Hospice.

We end the day in concert in St Peter’s Church, Thetford at 6.30 (to 7.15) with guests joining us to perform for families, friends and members of the public.

There is no charge for the day, made possible through the support of Thetford Grammar School, Coach Services of Thetford, Thetford Town Council and Breckland Council.

Carolling makes a great day for audiences and performers alike, getting everyone in the mood for Christmas (and the children from under parental feet). We look forward to welcoming new and past singers alike for 2015. Application Forms can be can be obtained from Music coordinators in many local schools, through e-mailing thetfordvoices@gmail.com or by telephoning John Weeks on 01842 820060".

 

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Stuart

Monday Club for Years 1-4

Monday Club for Years 1-4

Monday Club is a Christian-based club which normally takes place after school in the first half of each term. Here are some recent pictures that were taken:

           

    

       

    

    

 

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David

Charities supported by East Harling Church

The Children’s Society (the collection from our Christingle Service on 14th December)

Christian Aid (the Aquila Trust concert raised £270, £135 towards Christian Aid and £135 for our church)

St Martin’s Housing Trust: ‘Night Shelter’ (the collection from our Midnight Mass on 24th December)

Compassion UK: Sponsor a Child (ongoing monthly sponsorship of £25)

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices ‘EACH’ (The November concert raised £1,516.00, the December Carol Concert is taking place on 10th December)

Thank-you to everyone who supports these charities.

 

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Stuart

Each Concert Proceeds

Each Concert Proceeds

Ivor Thulborn would like to thank everyone concerned for the recent concert in East Harling Church featuring St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir, Downham Preparatory School Choir and Lauren Hoskins, in aid of the charity Each which raised the amazing amount of £1,516.00.

 

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Lynn

Lynn & Tony's email 24/9/14

Lynn & Tony's email 24/9/14
Dear all,
we are very happy to tell you that we have been to the place that sent the gold! It was a very long trip -2 hours down a very bumpy road then 5 hours in a dinghy and not a very comfortable one! Sitting on the floor surrounded by luggage. It was worth every second. The villagers were so excited to have white people visiting them - in the village memory they couldn’t remember an English person visiting. The children had never seen a white person and all the babies cried when we looked at them.
It was dark when we got there - and from the landing we couldn't see any sign of life and we were taken off through the jungle - after about ten minutes we started to hear Oro Oro being called out (Welcome) and then we were surrounded by a great mass of people all taking us up to the village centre - they had erected a big gateway for us to go through and on the other side was lots more people and a worship band singing us in.
The next day we told them the story of how we had come to their village - Tony pulled out the yellow envelope and from the side I could see an elderly man jumping to his feet and people started pointing to him and saying it was him that panned the gold. I talked to them about never underestimating the power of a gift that is given in Christ’s name. One of the preachers said that they were ridiculed about sending the gift - that it was such a small thing no-one would take any notice.
I told them that we didn't come with big promises or money but that we wanted them to know that they weren’t on their own -
I would really like it if we could set up a link with them. They feel very isolated - if they can’t afford the dinghy which most of them can’t they have a 2 day walk to get to the road then a days journey on a bus into town. It is a totally off grid place - no power or water  - there are 2 mobile phones and a satellite for emergencies. They have healthy women dying in childbirth.
Tony and I are hoping that we will be able to go and live with them for a couple of months and see what support we can give them. For them to know that another church across the world is praying for them would be a great support to them and we may then be able to think of a couple of small projects that need some funding.
The next day the villages got together to re-enact when the first missionaries came. We were put on a boat and told to look scared - when we came round the corner all the young people had covered themselves in mud and armed themselves with spears which they threw at our canoe while we pretended to scream! Up until 80 years ago they were eating people! When the first missionaries came in a very short time they gave up fighting and flesh eating.
Hope you are all well,
Lots of love
Lynn and Tony xxx
 
Banner from St Andrew's Church, Ave Parish, Oro Province
 
Boys dressed up for the enactment of the arrival of the first missionaries - Oro Province
 
Father Philip and family
 

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David

Pictures from our "Creation" Third Sunday Service

Pictures from our "Creation" Third Sunday Service

Some of the results of people getting creative and moulding their own new creations …

 

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Stuart

Book of Souls-Justice by Jaycee Moul

Book of Souls-Justice by Jaycee Moul

Congratulations to Janet on the launch of her new book in East Harling Church on Saturday 13 September. The event was well attended and Janet  was kept busy signing copies of the book.

Janet

 

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David

September News and Dates

This is the monthly news for the East Harling Parish Church.

Please click here to view it.

 

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Stuart

Photos from the Crib Service on 24th December

 

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Stuart

The Christmas Quiz

The Christmas Quiz

The following quiz formed the basis of Revd Frank Howard's sermon on the Sunday after Christmas. See how well you know your bible before scrolling down to see the answers.

1. Does the Bible say that Christ was born on Christmas Day?

2. Does the Bible say the shepherds saw a special star when they were out in the fields keeping watch over their flocks?

3. Did the Wise Men follow the star from the east all the way to the Holy Land?

4. How many Wise Men were there?

5. Does the New Testament call the Wise Men Kings?

6. Did the Wise Men go to the stable in Bethlehem?

7. Roughly how old was Jesus when the Wise Men arrived?

8. In which Chapter of which Book do we read about Christ's birth in the stable and the shepherds?

9. In which Chapter of which book do we read about the Wise Men?

10. When the Wise Men came to Jesus they offered gold, frankincense and myrrh. What else did they do?

11. What does the name of Mary's Son mean in English?

..... and the answers are:

....

....

1. no

2. no

3. no

4. more than one

5. no

6. no

7. a young child under two years of age

8. Luke Chapter 2

9. Matthew Chapter 2

10. They fell down and worshiped Jesus

11. Saviour

So how well did you do with the extremely well known story of Jesus' birth? Do you need to spend more time getting to know God through His written word? Do you need regular bible study notes or to join with others in understanding God's word? If so, please speak to one of the clergy (or even me).

 

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Stuart

Erika Jordan's Baptism on 18/08/2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David

Caryll's Ordination

Caryll's Ordination

We celebrated Caryll Brown's ordination and the tenth anniversary of Lynn and Varlie's ordination on September 29th. A large congregation gathered at the service in East Harling Church to give thanks for the ministry of all three women. Lunch and celebration cake was enjoyed by parishioners and friends and families.

 

 

 

 

Caryll - newly ordained (centre) with Lynn Fry and Varlie Sheldrake who celebrated the tenth anniversary of their ordination on September 29th.

Caryll's OrdinationCaryll's Ordination

 

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David

Big Thank You Tea

Big Thank You Tea

at East Harling Church

on Sunday, October 13th at 3pm

All church volunteers are warmly welcomed to this popular event


 

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Stuart

George Sharpe

George Sharpe

Due to continued ill health George Sharpe, our Lay Reader, has sadly decided that it is time for him to retire.

 We thank George for his contributions to the life of the ministry in this benefice and wish him well for the future.

 

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Stuart

David O'Neale's investiture

David O'Neale's investiture

Our congratulations to David O'Neale on his receiving the MBE. 

The photo was taken in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle on 19 July at David's investiture.

 

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Stuart

Safari Lunch Photos: 14th July 2013

SF 1

SF 2

SF Caryll

SF 3

SF 4

SF 5 Larling Church

 

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Stuart

Photos from the Fun Day on 6th July 2013

Bouncy Castle

Food

Willy Wonka

Church exterior

Church interior

Recital

Hand Bells

Organ

 

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Stuart

Family Service Photos

Family Service Activity

Dancing!

 

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Stuart

East Harling Church, Toilet Extension: 14/03/13

The work has now started.  Completion is planned for late summer.

Mark Oakland, Project Manager. 01983 718231 or waveneyman@me.com

 

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David

Weddings at East Harling in 2013

Weddings at East Harling in 2013

The eleven couples we are going to marry this year gathered for an initial meeting in the church on March 2nd. It was an opportunity for everyone to gather information, ask questions, see the church in sunlight (!) and sample home made heart-shaped biscuits with their tea and coffee. We aim to make everyone's wedding day a very special occasion.

 

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Stuart

Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Norwich

The Most Revd Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, is to spend the day in Norwich on Thursday 14th March on the first of a five day pilgrimage around the Province of Canterbury in the lead up to his enthronement at Canterbury Cathedral on Thursday 21st March.  To see details of his itinerary, please visit the Diocesan website here.

 

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Anne

Midnight Mass

Photos from the Midnight Mass at East Harling.

Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass

 

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Stuart

EACH Carol Concert

Photos from the EACH Carol Concert.

Each Carol Concert

Each Carol Concert

 

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Lynn

What does Christmas mean to you?

What does Christmas mean to you?

If you come to church over Christmas you will be able to see what some people make of that question. It is amazing what you can get in a box! Many thanks to all of you who took your time and your talent to create this interesting focus for our Advent services.

 

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2012 Friends Craft Fair

2012 Friends Craft Fair
The Friends' Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, 17th November, was busy and well supported and entertainment was provided by the SingStart Glee Club singers. We do not yet have a final figure but we estimate we have raised in excess of £700.

The Glee Club Singers Glee Club Singers at the Friends Craft Fair

Home-made produce Home-made produce
 

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Dorothy

Remembrance Day Service

Remembrance Day Service

Bridgham Remembrance Day

 

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Lynn

Messy Halloween

Messy Halloween

Messy Halloween

Thank you to everyone who came out on a cold and blustery afternoon for our latest session of Messy Church. Our theme was 'Dark and Light'. We had lots of children making dream catchers and lanterns, eating doughnuts on a string and icing biscuits. We gathered together at the end for a prayer and then went outside to light sparklers. We had some Sky Lanterns as well but the weather was too much for them! We finished up with hot dogs and hot chocolate and just about had enough to go round!

Our next Messy Church will be in the spring for a Pancake Party.

 Messy ChurchMessy ChurchMessy ChurchMessy Church

 

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Lynn

Christmas in a Box!

Christmas in a box!

 

This Christmas at St Peter and St Pauls we are planning an exhibition called
‘What Christmas means to me’.

You are invited to decorate the inside of a shoe box (or larger) for display in the church for the month of December.
Boxes need to be in church by Saturday 1st December.

For further details, please contact Rev’d Lynn Fry 717423 or fryfam@talktalk.net

 

 

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