All Saints' Church

A welcoming parish church at the heart of the community.

"I love the church because you have the choice of different types of services - the traditional with the beautiful old hymns accompanied by the organ (at the Sunday 9 a.m. service) or the more modern with newer songs, with a mixture of both louder or quieter reflective songs each week (at the Sunday 10.30 a.m. service)."

All Saints’ Church in Mattishall (ASM) is a community of people living in and around Mattishall near Dereham in Norfolk. We meet up on Sundays and at times during the week (in various people’s homes) to worship God and learn together. We would love you to join us, whether as a one-off or more often.

We are a welcoming, supportive and accepting bunch (at least that is what others have told us) as we try to reflect the loving and forgiving nature of God.  With our Sunday services we aim to make people feel at ease with the options of a more traditional service at 9 a.m. (with organ) and a more informal service at 10.30 a.m. (with worship group).

We are a church which takes the bible seriously, trying to allow God to challenge, encourage and change us through it. Our aim is to understand and accept the love of God the Father as shown by Jesus Christ and to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

We hope to see you soon! We have an accessible toilet, baby-changing facilities, (some) parking space available, easy access for wheelchairs and a hearing (induction) loop on the right side of the church. For the various activities, some of which are based in Mattishall and some which are in various places around the benefice, please see the rest of this website.

Outside service times, the church can be visited by borrowing a key from Victoria Stores on Church Plain during shop open times.

If you wish to return directly to the Mattishall page in future, you can type http://mattishall.matvchurch.uk into your webbrowser.

 

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Benefice Women's Breakfast

Our monthly benefice women's breakfast is at Patricia's house. We start with a continental breakfast followed by prayer together. We would love you to join us.

 
Contact Tricia for more details - 01362 850205
 

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Who Let The Dads Out? (2 weeks to go)

 

Benefice Men's Breakfast (3 weeks to go)

 

Bishop's Day: "All are called" (3 months to go)

 

ASM prayer breakfast (3 months to go)

 

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Thought for the Month - March

Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so people have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:20

Are you willing to step into a relationship with the Maker of the Universe, or do you want to play it safe? For those wishing to see the divine revelation, it is evident in the world, in our interactions with others and in the depths of our very being. Even though Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did not have the Bible, they still knew God by the relationship called faith. That faith was an unshakable trust in goodness.

Faith goes hand-in-hand with revelation. It is not always obvious which comes first. On occasion it seems that God reveals more of himself in response to our stepping out in faith. Then we can build on that infant trust as God reveals more of himself to us - if we will let him.

Either way, it is meant to be an ongoing dialogue of divine disclosure and human response - an ever deeper divine disclosure and an ever deeper human response - just like any human love affair. People who are incapable of vulnerability thus cannot get very far on the journey of faith. They usually substitute either an atheistic denial or a casual indifference.

For to love is to become vulnerable, but what is the alternative? It is to build higher and higher walls around ourselves in a vain effort to be safe from hurt.

For Christians, the dialogue with and self-disclosure of God is summed up and encapsulated in Jesus. While present throughout all creation from the beginning of time - as “Christ” (Colossians 1:15-20, Ephesians 1:3-14) - Jesus makes the universal and cosmic message both personal and lovable and thus more easily healing.  

It is important to see that Jesus was not born fully mature: “The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). He fully entered into the human journey. Many want to imagine that Jesus lying in the manger knew everything from the beginning (which would make his faith a mere caricature and he would not be the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith” as stated in Hebrews 12:2).  At Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan, we witness Jesus’ dawning realization of who he is: God’s “beloved Son.” Throughout his life on earth, Jesus continued to discover his own ways of embodying God’s likeness through his ministry of teaching and healing, his non-violent resistance to religious and political power and his death on the cross.

But even at the end we see Jesus doubting God’s presence, just as we all do at various times: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46). I believe that prayer and plea was heartfelt and sincere.

Simply put, God reveals himself to us through what unfolds in our life, along with every visible thing around us. These ordinary revelations are there to be heeded and used as a bridge to mature faith. God respects each one of us as individuals. Jesus calls us separately to follow him and it is for us to respond, or reject him. The choice is ours.

Tom Cross

 

 

 

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How To Find Us

Coming into Mattishall from the Norwich end, All Saints's church will be clearly on your left. Turn left just before it and after about 100 metres on your right is a car park at the entrance to the churchyard and opposite Victoria stores. This location has a post code of NR20 3QF and is best used if coming by car. More parking can be found just off the main road (Dereham Road) on Old School Green (NR20 3FG) or along the main road itself There is also an hourly bus service which stops opposite the church (route 4 from KonectBus) which comes from Norwich and Dereham.
If coming to the church from the western end of the village, continue to the far end of the village. All Saints' church will be very clearly on your right. Turn right immediately past it to come to the car park mentioned above.

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