Holy Communion with Baptism and Confirmation

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Holy Communion with Baptism and Confirmation

Leaders: Bishop Jonathan

On December 8th we will be welcoming Bishop Jonathan, the Bishop of Lynn to All Saints Mattishall at 10:30 for a service of Baptism and Confirmation. Both Baptism and Confirmation are acts that signify steps along the journey of faith. Baptism is the sign of our commitment to the Christian faith – the step when we go from ‘knowing about Jesus’ to ‘knowing Jesus personally’. The Bible tells us that in baptism we are united with Jesus in his death and resurrection and that the water of baptism symbolises the washing away of our sins on the Cross. It is a symbol of our relationship with God as Father and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Whenever it happens, whether as a baby, child or adult, baptism is at the heart of an amazing journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are never too old to take this step and being baptized as an adult is a wonderful experience. Confirmation means different things to different people. For those who were baptised as babies or small children, confirmation is the opportunity to publicly affirm that their faith is no longer that of their godparents or parents, but now their own. For others, it an expression of belonging, either having moved from another part of the worldwide Christian church and having made a commitment to one of the churches of our benefice, or it can express a sense of belonging not just to the local church, but also to the worldwide body of Christ. That’s why confirmation involves the Bishop, as his ministry expresses our connection as a small fragment of the body of Christ with the whole. As a benefice, we have a number of candidates for baptism and confirmation. Please pray for them and those preparing them as they look forward to this important moment in their Christian lives. But what about you? Have you yet to be baptised and/or confirmed? Is it a step that you feel drawn to? If so, please email me so we can talk it over (email address on Contacts page). Mark

 

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Contact Mark for more details - 01362 882260
 

Benefice Men's Breakfast

7 days to go

 
Benefice Men's Breakfast

As we normally do, we will meet at Penny's café on 7, Norwich Street, Dereham. If you can let me know if you are coming, that is great as I can give Penny rough numbers. If not, just come along anyway. See you there? Lifts there and back are available from Mattishall.

Penny does a range of breakfasts. Most of us have a full English breakfast of a couple of sausages, a couple of fried eggs, beans, mushrooms, a couple of rashers of bacon and toast, but Penny also does a smaller version. Porridge, scrambled eggs and so on are also available.

Good, man-centred banter is guaranteed too.

 

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Contact Alan for more details - 01362 857904
 

Epiphany Party

4 weeks to go

 
Epiphany Party

Fiona and I are trying something new this year. In previous years we have hosted a Christmas party in the lead up before Christmas, but unfortunately this has often clashed with the end of the school year, visits to relatives to swap presents and the Strictly final. So this year we are moving it to Saturday 4th January 2020 as an Epiphany Party. The format will be the same, with tea and cakes in the afternoon and a hot buffet in the evening.

We look forward to inviting you all to the Vicarage. No sign up sheets required, please just come.

Mark, Fiona  & family

 

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Contact Mark for more details - 01362 882260
 

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