Three part series on prayer at ASM

We are having a three part series on prayer at All Saints, Mattishall at both the 9 am and 10.30 am services. A recording of the first two talks at the 10.30 service by Jackie Clay (8th July) and Alan Cossey (15th July) are now available in the Resources section of this website (and are currently featured at the bottom of the home page).

 

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The Return of the Prodigal Vicar

As we prepare to get our rector back, please have a read of the letter from Mark and Fiona in the resources section at the bottom of the page. If you have signed up for email updates, it should reach you automatically by email.

 

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GDPR - final call!

The General Data Protection Regulation 2018 is now in force in the UK. This means that, due to people’s religious beliefs causing the benefice’s handling of your personal data to be deemed ‘special category’ we have to be especially careful about how we handle your details. One result is that we need your specific prior permission on how to contact you. If we need to contact you other than at a church service we need your specific permission and we are asking, one last time, that those who have not yet done so to fill in the GDPR General Consent form available at the back of each of our churches (and return them to the church office) or, preferably, fill in the online form which you can get to at the top of the home page at the benefice website. Please note that the website automatic e-mail updates is entirely separate from this more general consent that we need from you.

 

This is our final call! Without your specific permission we cannot legally contact you and you may therefore miss out on important matters.

 

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Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends

 

On a warm sunny evening 22 representatives from most of the congregations or churches in the Benefice gathered for a beautiful evening in All Saints Mattishall where we had gentle fun, fellowship and education about dementia led by the Rev Gill Wells from Shipdham.

 

An overwhelming majority of us knows of someone with dementia and we all have preconceptions about it.

 

Gill acknowledges she is not an expert but she led us through an evening where we learnt and appreciated the Five Key Messages of becoming dementia friends:

 

  1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing.
  2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
  3. Dementia is not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communications and doing everyday tasks.
  4. It is possible to live well with dementia.
  5. There’s more to a person than the dementia.

 

So now we can state that most of our congregations or churches have people within them who are dementia friends and they can impart their new found knowledge to others in the church.  We can do more to say we are dementia friendly churches and those new dementia friends (and anyone else interested) can see more information her ein a dementia-friendly-church-guide.

 

For those of you who missed the course and would like to join in, do let me know and I can see about another evening or I can put you in touch with Gill direct and you can join in one of her other courses. 

 

The course takes about 1 hour and we had food and drink after, naturally!  We can invite businesses in our area and anyone who we think may benefit from this short course.

 

Jackie Crisp

 

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Cynthia Wake

On the 26th March, we had to say goodbye to Cynthia, whose sudden death has shocked and saddened us all. She passed away so quickly that I can’t quite believe that we will no longer be seeing her walk into a room with her bag of hassocks, or hear her sermons, or receive her wisdom.

My first encounter with Cynthia was at my interview in ASM in May 2012. She was at the “Readers” table and straight away asked me of my opinions of lay ministry and my experience of working with Readers. At the time I was struck by her quick mind and strong presence - and a little flustered. Only now as I look back can I also see the evidence of the many interviews she must have conducted as Director of Education (I hope I measured up!). In the six years since, I have been so grateful for those qualities and the way she used them here amongst us and to the glory of God.

Although the manner of her passing was so sudden, I am grateful that she didn’t suffer a long decline and that she was able to keep on serving and preaching right up to the end.

In Paul’s passionate letter to the Philippians, he speaks of his longing for a deeper relationship with Jesus and experience of the resurrection (3:10), combined with his determination to keep on with all his energy and drive in the service of his saviour (3:12-14).

He ends the section like this “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!”

As we remember Cynthia, her service, her friendship and her place among us, Paul’s words apply to her and us too. Our citizenship is in heaven and through Jesus Christ our bodies will be transformed to be like Jesus’ resurrection body (c.f 1 Corinthians 15) – and our response to this should be, as Cynthia’s was, to stand firm in the Lord and serve him with all of our heart.

Thank you

I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who was present at and participated in the service for Cynthia. It was a great way of honouring her service to us. I am sorry that its timing meant some of you couldn’t be there but that was really out of our control.
Please continue to pray for Gerald and June Rootham and Noel Alexander as they act as her executors.

In memory of Cynthia

Any donations in Cynthia’s memory will go towards two things close to her heart: Money will be given to the Church Mission Society’s work in Latin America (this is where she served as a missionary) and money will be used to set up an award or other project in Cynthia’s memory at Hockering school. Please be generous. Money can be given to the church office or via Littleproud’s Funeral Services.

Mark

 

 

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In case you are wondering what all the fuss concerning GDPR is about

The Bible Society has just been fined £100,000 for allowing a hacker to get to the details of thier supporters. Please see this link.

 

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Thought for the month(s) - June and July 2018

"The Rule of St. Benedict, a repository of wisdom for monastic living around 15 centuries old, has found new admirers in recent decades for its balance, common sense and good humour. It begins with the world 'Listen'. A wise person listens well, is attentive and not continuously distracted by other demands. Listening and restfulness seem closely connected. In the Letter of James in the New Testament there's an instruction, 'Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.' Put that into practice and I think we might learn a bit more about rest. Certainly, it's advice I need to heed." Thought for the Day - Wednesday 28th Septemeber 2016, The Rt. Revd. Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.

This week, Bishop Graham announced that he will be retiring early next year. Being a Radio 2 listener myself, I hadn't realised he is a regular contributor to Radio 4 - just one of so many aspects to his ministry. He is a great speaker, characterising 'balance, common sense and good humour' in abundance, along with great wisdom and faith. The legacy he will leave in this area and much wider is immense and he will be a very hard act to to follow. He and his wife are returning to Cornwall - a beautiful place to move into a season of rest, of listening and of restfulness, with fewer distractions from other demands. A retirement well earnt.

Please continue to pray for Mark during his sabbatical. He is using this time to listen and be attentive, without the continuous distractions and other demands on his time that parish ministry brings. We pray that, through this, he comes back truly rested.

With every blessing,

Jackie.

 

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GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation 2018)

The new General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (aka GDPR) is almost upon us. If you are a member or former member of one of our congregations or are in regular contact with us with regard to activities we undertake, then the benefice is entitled to hold relevant data on you as this is deemed a "legitimate activity" under GDPR. However, for us to be able to contact you, we need your specific consent for how to do that contacting. Note this is distinct from the benefice website's own "Email Updates" section, which is handled entirely in its own section on this website.

For us to be able to contact you when GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018, we need you to tell us specifically which contact methods, i.e. which of:

 

  • Email
  • Phone
  • Post
  • Text (SMS)

we can use, if any. We will make some paper forms available in our churches, which you can use to let us know by filling one in for yourself, signing it and then returning it to the Church Office. However, it would help us greatly if you would kindly fill in an online form instead as we can import the online form data directly into our database without Teresa and Mandy having to copy everything from the paper form.

Since both paper forms and data from the online form could get forged, we will contact you afterwards to confirm that the details from the form (paper or online) are correct. To fill in an online form, please go to here. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LINK WAS CHANGED ON 30TH MAY AS THE PREVIOUS ONE HAD STOPPED WORKING CORRECTLY.)

If you have any questions, please contact us at gdpr@matvchurch.uk.

 

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Thy Kingdom Come

As a benefice we are participating in the prayer initiative “Thy Kingdom Come”, praying alongside Christians all over the world between Ascension Day and Pentecost.  A prayer booklet is available from your parish church along with a local focus prayer sheet as from Sunday, 6th May.

 

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Using this website

Please do sign up to receive automatic email updates for benefice-related events shown on this website. To do this, please click the Email Updates link at the top of the screen (or the one at the bottom). The process is pretty clear, but if you have any problems do please refer to Videos on how to use Email Updates. On the video you will hear Alan's dulcet tones guiding you through what to do and showing you the entire process.

Note that if you currently receive email updates from the benefice office on Fridays please be aware that the last of these will be on Friday 18th May. Thereafter, you will need to use this website's Email Updates to receive notifications by email. We will continue to provide verbal notices at services and in Benefice News (or similar). An advantage with signing up for email updates, particularly if you sign up for the daily option, you will hear about the event soon after it is entered onto the website and will be reminded of the event shortly before it takes place.

 

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All Saints & St Peter’s Mattishall Churches Conservation & Repair Fund

Most of you will be familiar with the ancient churches in Mattishall - the unmissable large presence of All Saints in the heart of the village and the smaller, picturesque St Peter’s situated in the peaceful setting of Mattishall Burgh. These historical buildings are very much part of the fabric of village life here.

All Saints is used regularly for worship and quiet prayer, funerals, weddings and baptisms and once a week it is transformed to host the thriving weekly toddler group Little Angels/Bumps & Babies. Many visitors also come to enjoy the architecture and history as part of our rural heritage in Norfolk. St Peter’s can only really be used during the summer months as it is need of complete re -wiring.

Both Grade 1 listed, the churches have stood since the Middle Ages. To ensure they remain for future generations, they require careful maintenance and preservation.

The day-to-day running and maintenance of the buildings is financed almost exclusively by the two congregations of All Saints through voluntary giving. In addition, we pay a sizeable sum to the Diocese to provide us with a Vicar and towards other central service provision.

Whilst the sums involved are substantial, we are currently just about managing to cover them. However, we are aware of significant works required to both church buildings to prevent them falling into disrepair, to fully maintain and preserve them for current and future generations.

The Parochial Church Council, who are trustees responsible for the care of the churches, have set up a fund to be used exclusively for the maintenance and repair of the fabric of the two church buildings. This fund is called the All Saints & St Peter’s Mattishall Churches Conservation & Repair Fund.

We would love you to partner with us in meeting the cost of preserving such an important part of our village heritage. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please see the details below.

Please make cheques payable to Mattishall PCC and send to the Church Office, Dereham Road NR20 3QA (next to the Surgery)

Details for donations by BACS or Standing Order are: account name "Mattishall PCC", sort code 20-28-20 and account no.70616982

If you can Gift Aid your donation please contact the Treasurer c/o the Church Office.

If you would like to know more, please contact the Church Office at contact@matvchurch.uk or on 01362 858873

 

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Thought for the month - February 2018

Another new year is upon us and I’m sure I am not the only one who has gone into 2018 with plans to change certain things. Perhaps, like me, you plan to lose a bit of weight and get fit, to de-clutter, to spend more time reading (especially my Bible!)…..

Well, one month in, I wonder how your plans are going. Mine aren’t going too well so far, but I’ll keep trying!

I wonder whether you have resolved to address any deeper issues. Perhaps there is someone who you have lost touch with and you are being prompted to re-connect. Maybe you are aware that, deep down, you are still angry or hurt about something from the past that is holding you back. Or are you carrying a fear, for your health, your finances, a relationship, your family?

Surely all of us carry a burden from the past, a worry in the present, or a fear of what lies ahead, in some form or another. When listening to the news around the world, it prompts me to wonder why I give my cluttered cupboards or my clothes feeling too tight a second thought! However, our worries, even if they appear small to others, are very real to us.

I heard this hymn (What a friend we have in Jesus) on Songs of Praise this afternoon and the words resonated strongly:

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Sometimes, we are so busy carrying our worries and fears in our backpacks, looking down as we struggle under the weight or straight ahead intent on going in our own direction, that we forget to carry them to Jesus. Matthew 11:28 says “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads. I will give you rest” and 1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries to Him, because He cares for you.”

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

 Perhaps that is the only resolution we need. Then all we need to do is listen for His answer.

With every blessing for 2018.

Jackie Clay

 

 

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New website

We are currently moving to a new website for the Mattishall and Tud Valley Benefice. It is based on a system set up by Adrian Miller, rector of the Mulbarton group of parishes and their website can be seen at mulbchurch.org.uk Other churches using the same setup are Tas Valley (tasvalley.org) and St. Catherine's at Mile Cross in Norwich (stcatherinesmilecross.org.uk/).

As of early February 2018 I am concentrating on properly understanding events, special events and diary events as they get handled in slightly different ways and appear on email updates differently. I have also asked ASM members for ideas on what to put on the ASM page. I'll move onto other parishes when that has been sorted out.

 

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