ASM Communcates - Sept 2018

ASM COMMUNICATES ….
September 2018

Heating

During the amazingly hot summer this year, the characteristic coolness of this ancient building was actually a blessing but as Autumn creeps in, our thoughts turn again to how chilly we might feel when we come into church! Well, our Boiler Team (Sue, Barbara, Ken & Steve) have been thinking about little else!  Here is an update from the team:
“We are finally seeing some progress!   The PCC met recently and it has been agreed to pursue one of the quotes received to install a new oil boiler, outside tank, convert two existing radiators and upgrade some pipework.  This will enable us to achieve an acceptable level of heat in the cold weather.  (18C degrees inside when outside temp at -1C degrees).

A Faculty Application has been submitted and we are awaiting the Diocesan Advisory Committee’s decision at their meeting on 20th Sept.  If the DAC gives approval there will then follow a consultation period (28 days) after which full approval can be granted.   Once this has happened we will be in a position to order materials and arrange a date for work to commence.  Please pray for approval as everything hinges on this for us to be able to proceed with the work. 

The work itself is likely to take approximately 3 weeks to complete.  This may cause some disruption to regular and one-off events between now and Christmas but we will do our utmost to keep disruption to a minimum.”

If you would like any more information, please speak to one of the team. They have worked so hard to get the project to this point and I would just like to say a huge thank you to them for all they have done.
We will keep you all updated as things happen.

As always, cost has been central to all of the discussions. We will share the detail once it is fully known We believe that, thanks to the money already generously donated by the church family to the boiler fund and the special projects fund which has been held in reserve for this time, the shortfall will be in the region of £10,000. However, once again ASM has been amazingly blessed….

Cynthia Wake Legacy:  On her passing earlier this year, Cynthia continued to bless the church massively by leaving a legacy to ASM of £20,000. It has been proposed that up to 50% of this should be put towards the boiler installation. Whilst Cynthia was never one to put her creature comforts first, we believe she would approve of  the  plan to finally make the church useable and comfortable throughout the year for outreach activities such as Little Angels. She was also very aware of how cold those of us of advancing years find it on a Sunday morning in mid-winter! The other 50% of the legacy will be held in a fund in her name to be spent on other projects, under the control of the PCC. However, first and foremost, we believe this should cover the shortfall on the boiler project and we are so very thankful for that.

We will be talking more about finances over the next few weeks, as our committed outgoings continue to exceed our income.

Prayer….

In July , we focussed on prayer with an emphasis on the value and compulsion for us to come together as a church to pray. We distributed a little survey to look at how we would be most willing and able to commit to this, so that it becomes ‘habit’ for us in the best possible way.

We had around 25 completed forms and we are very grateful to those of you who took the time to respond. The trends were fairly clear and the preferred options by some way were for a Sunday evening once a month and a Saturday morning, with light breakfast, again once a month. We are keen not to compromise the ladies & men’s breakfasts which are already established, so will be ensuring those can still continue. Please watch this space as we will be sharing details very soon, with a view to starting next month.

We have so much to be thankful for and so much still to do but it is essential that we listen to God to hear how He wants us to proceed so this will be central to our prayer time together.

Autumn activities
Between now and Christmas Day, we have no fewer than nine events which give the opportunity for reaching out into the community:
Friday 5th October - Harvest Supper
Sunday 7th October - Harvest Service 10am with bacon butties! As last year, invites will be sent to all organisations and businesses in the village.
Wednesday 31st October  5pm - Bright Party
Sunday 11th November - Remembrance Service
Saturday 24th November  - Christmas Fayre
Sunday 25th November - Memorial Service
Sunday 2nd December - Christmas Activities afternoon (before the Village Green tree-lighting)
Sunday 23rd December 6pm - Village Carol Service by candlelight
Monday 24th December 4pm - Christingle
11.10pm - Midnight Communion

Alongside, Little Angels and Drop-In continue to  run weekly, building relationships and serving in an amazing way.
Many opportunities to serve and extend a hand of friendship, showing the love of Jesus in the way we welcome and care. And lots of baking (and eating!) opportunities too! Please put the dates in your diaries and let the office know which ones you would like to be involved in, by baking a cake, in the arrangements and/or at the event. Many hands make light work and the blessing comes from the serving.

Thank you for all you do and all you are in this church.

 

With every blessing

Jackie

 

 

Back to top of page
 

Drop In Coffee Morning

We hold a coffee morning on Thursdays from 9.30 until 12.00 which is a nice place to meet new friends and to chat to those you already know. There is no specific charge but we do suggest a small donation of £1 to cover our expenses. We serve hot and cold drinks, as many as you want, cakes on the tables and at around 11am we serve toasted tea cakes. We have celebration events such as our Christmas Dinner and occasional buffet lunches which are all great fun. We can also arrange lifts for anyone unable to walk there or who is without transport so it is ideal for those who can not always get out and about.

The majority of people are aged over 50, however we have had some younger people come along recently and that is great. It is important for us to have events that cross the generations. It also means that we could then have some younger people who can help out in the kitchen.

At the moment anyone on the rota for helping out in the kitchen is on duty around every 4 weeks. This does not however give us much scope to cover holidays or illness so we would really love to have a few more volunteers on our list. The more people we have the less often each person is on the rota. It would be great to get us back to a situation where each person is only on duty once every 6 weeks.

It is actually quite rewarding being in the kitchen. Part of the duty is to greet people as they come in and ask what they would like to drink. If it is someone new you may be the first person they speak to. There are always at least 2 people in the kitchen together so you are never just left there on your own. It only involves making drinks, collecting up cups and washing up. Toasting the teacakes is usually done by one of the regular helpers, although it is fine for anyone to do that as well.

If you are interested in coming along and/or helping out just turn up on a Thursday and ask for Lizzie.

If you would like to ring me my number is 01362 850491.

(You do have to announce who you are as we have call guardian to stop all those nuisance calls getting through.)

 

 

Back to top of page
 

Harvest and stewardship

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home!

 This, one of the traditional hymns of harvest, was written in 1844 by Henry Alford, a Vicar in Buckinghamshire, expressing that sense of gratitude towards God’s generosity towards us that Harvest and autumn invoke and that we reflect through our Harvest services and suppers.

The bible teaches us that every moment we experience God’s generosity to us, and as those who have been awoken to recognise its source we are also called to mirror that generosity in our lives.

That is why this Harvest-time, across the Benefice, we will be thinking in a bit more depth about what this means for us, as our worship follows the series “Generous: Our God. Our Call”. To enable this to happen across the Benefice, this means different churches will be focused on different parts of the series at different times, rather than the same set of readings each week.

There are six themes we will be following:

1.1:
Giving God

Gen 1:1-5, 24-31

Ps 8:1-9

Acts 17:22-28

John 3:16-17

2.1:
Jubilee people

Isaiah 58:1-12

Ps 19

James 2:1-13

Luke 4:14-21

2:2
Grace-full

Deut  20:1-18

Ps 24:1-10

2 Cor 9:6-15

Luke 19:1-9

3:1
Resisting Gravity

Amos 5:6-15

Ps 49

1 Tim 6:17-19

Luke 12:13-21

3.2:
Reflecting God

1 Chr 29:10-16

Ps 98

2 Cor 8:1-7

Luke 14:1-24

3.3:
Right Giving

Malachi 3:1-12

Ps 30

2 Cor 8:8-15

Matt 6:1-4

Which across the benefice, looks like this: (Services in italics are not following the series Generosity: Our God, Our Call)

16 Sep:     East Tuddenham, Mattishall 09:00 & 10:30, North Tuddenham, Yaxham: 1.1 Giving God Welborne: Rededication Service

23 Sep:     Hockering: 3.3 Right Giving Mattishall 09:00 & 10:30, North Tuddenham: 2.2 Grace-full Welborne: 1.1 Giving God Yaxham: Sunday Special

30 Sep: East Tuddenham (Benefice Service): 2.1 Jubilee people

07 Oct: East Tuddenham, Welborne: 2.2: Grace-full Hockering: 1.1 Giving God Mattishall 09:00 & 10:30: Harvest Festival from 10:00am North Tuddenham, Yaxham: 3.2: Reflecting God

14 Oct: East Tuddenham, Welborne: 3.1 Resisting Gravity Hockering, Yaxham: 2.2 Grace-full Mattishall 09:00 & 10:30: 3.3 Right Giving North Tuddenham: Morning Prayer

21 Oct: East Tuddenham, Hockering, Welborne: 3.2 Reflecting God Mattishall 09:00 & 10:30: 3.1 Resisting Gravity North Tuddenham, Yaxham: 3.3 Right Giving

28 Oct: Yaxham (Benefice Service): Sally’s licensing as Assistant Priest

04 Nov: East Tuddenham, Welborne: 3.3 Right Giving Hockering, North Tuddenham, Yaxham: 3.1 Resisting Gravity Mattishall 09:00 & 10:30: 3.2 Reflecting God

This pattern means that by the 4th November, every congregation will have had an opportunity to hear every part of the series.

 

 

Back to top of page
 

Return of the Prodigal Vicar - Mark's Benefice News Article

It’s good to be back writing to you again having reached the end of my sabbatical. Fiona and I had a very refreshing time while I was “off” and it has recharged the spiritual batteries, but I am glad to be back in harness and look forward to us all discovering what God has got planned for us.

First, and most importantly, I want to thank all of you who have worked so hard in my absence to continue the ministry and presence of the churches in our villages. I have felt so privileged that I could step outside of daily ministry so completely for three months and know that things were continuing without me.

This is entirely down to you all, the staff team, office and churchwardens and particularly Sally and Jackie Clay, to whom I had delegated my day to day responsibility. I am so thankful that I share my ministry with them and with you all here.

As well as the privilege of being able to spend three months doing completely different things, I also found real enrichment in the people I met, the worship I attended, the study I started, and the time with Fiona, friends and family. So, before the memories fade, I want to give you a flavour of my three months “away” and what it means for me to come back with recharged batteries.

My sabbatical plan

I had planned my sabbatical with four elements.

The first two were concerned with the question “How we might use Luke chapter 15 to inform the way in which we live as church communities?” I had become increasingly convinced that Jesus interaction with tax collectors and ‘sinners’ and his threefold response in the parables of the Lost Sheep, Coin and Son(s) had something to teach us as 21st Century Churches.

So the first element was academic study under the supervision of Professor Rev’d Steve Walton, a biblical specialist on the writings of Luke (the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts). I wanted to test whether it was reasonable to argue that we can apply Jesus’ method and his teaching in this chapter to the church today and if so how.

The second element was going to visit churches in the UK and in the USA and talk to church leaders to see what they thought about the question and how their churches lived out a Luke 15 shaped ministry.

In particular I was going to spend some time visiting the Desert Vineyard Church based in Lancaster, California because of the ministry of David Parker, until last year their pastor.

The third element was to go on silent retreat for a week. I know some of you are sceptical about my ability to stay silent for a whole week, but I had done this before and knew how important it is.

And the fourth element was to spend time with Fiona, family and friends doing “normal” things, like going away for the weekend. With one day off a week, six Sundays off a year, and a growing family, and no life together before ministry, this was going to be a new thing for Fiona and I.

A summary of what I did when

April 23rd – 11th May

I started my academic study supervised by Steve and quickly discovered just how far behind I had fallen in my academic learning over the 24 years since I left theological college.

12th May – 24th May

Flight to Los Angeles, visits to various churches in LA and an extended time at Desert Vineyard Church, staying with some of the leadership and experiencing their church life.

24th May – 31st May

New York. I had abortive attempts to connect with Church Leaders there, but did attend a Harlem Gospel Church. Fiona and I spent a few days being tourists in New York (much recommended).

1st June – 22nd June

Travelling around the UK to visit churches and leaders combined with study when back at “home”.

23rd June – 24th June

Birthday weekend (in London)!

25th June – 10th July

More visits, more study and writing a paper for Steve, summarising where my study had go to.

11th July – 18th July

Silent retreat at the Cenacle retreat centre, Liverpool

19th July – 22nd July

Completing sabbatical tasks, supervision with Steve and “weekend away” with Fiona.

What I have brought back

Unfortunately, the 24 years of not really studying theology in any depth really showed and it meant that I could not complete the study in the way I wanted. Instead of a proper academic paper, Steve got 9000 words on “what I would have said, if I had not run out of time to do the study really needed”. Despite this I have felt that my deep sense that this chapter is not just another one in Luke’s gospel but has something to say to us today and should shape our life together is correct and a view shared by others.

  1. Jesus ministry in Luke 15 and elsewhere in Luke was with those regarded as outcasts by his culture. He showed that the Kingdom of God was at work in them in a way the other religious leaders could not believe. This should make us ask questions about our own expectations where God is at work in our villages and our own willingness to welcome the outcasts of today.
  2. For Jesus his ministry was about “seeking and saving the lost”. This was his main thing. Is it our main thing (it should be)? How can we stop it being shunted out by all the other things we have to do?
  3. Are we trying to get God to fit our agenda, or are we willing to make God’s agenda ours? How do we ensure that we are seeking God’s will first rather than pushing ahead with our own plans and hoping God will bless them?

I have come back with a strong sense that the Holy Spirit is at work in the people living in the Mattishall and Tudd Valley, and that the harvest is still plentiful (Luke 10:2). I met many inspirational leaders of all stripes and was challenged by their examples. I have come back having clearly met God again, rediscovered his love, renewed my calling to serve him here, and with a strong desire to see him fulfil the plans and purposes he has for the Good News in these villages.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

 

Back to top of page
 

Mark Experiment - article on Network Norfolk

To see the details on Network Norfolk about the Mark Experiment which will be running in ASM later this year go to  here

 

Back to top of page
 

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 all three talks are now available in the Resources section of this website (and are currently featured at the bottom of the home page). We have also made available there the prayer survey. If you are a member of ASM and were not at ASM on Sunday 22nd July, it would be a great help to us if you would fill in and return the survey as detailed on the survey itself.

 

Back to top of page
 

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.

 

Back to top of page
 

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.

 

Back to top of page
 

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.

 

Back to top of page
 

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.

 

Back to top of page
 

Email Updates

Always be the first to know. Tailor your email update to suit your preferences. You can set it to check for updates to the site at a frequency that suits you. You will only be mailed when there is new content.

Sign up / Sign in »

Get in touch

Comments? Good or bad experiences of the site?
Phone: 01362 858873
Email:

Online contact form »