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Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the lord, for he is good his love endures forever.’

Dear Friends,

I trust and pray that you have all had a pleasant summer and been able to enjoy some downtime or at least a change of routine. As we begin a new term there is a lot to look forward to and give thanks for. 

Little Angels Every Wednesday 9am -11.30

Who let the Dad’s out? 1st Saturday of the month 9am -10.30

Both at All Saints Mattishall

If you have any neighbours or family members who would enjoy either of these events, please do invite them along.

Drop in

All Saints Mattishall

every Thursday morning

10am-12 noon

A social gathering for people of All ages

 

St Michael’s Hockering will be holding their monthly Coffee Mornings 10-12 noon

Bring a friend, enjoy a coffee and a natter, lots of books, jigsaws and bric a brac for sale and games to play.    

 September 17th

 October 15th

I also draw your attention to and encourage you to attend what will be an excellent and fun day looking at the New Testament   :

‘Walking in New Testament Sandals’

Saturday 24th September 2022

9.30am- 3pm

Rev Dr Sue Woan, who used to lead the Norwich Diocesan Ministry Course, is inviting people to step into New Testaments sandals for day retreat at

 All Saints Church Mattishall.

Through interactive presentations, you will discover how geography, politics, festivals and the individual perspectives of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have resulted in four gospels. The days will be a fun day of exploration and new insights and includes a unique visit to ‘Churches Together in Rome’ and a personal encounter with St. Paul. No previous knowledge of the New Testament is required, but please bring a Bible if you can (we will have some available to borrow as well). Sandals are optional.
 
This day is free, though any donations would be welcome. Please bring your own lunch, while drinks will be provided for you throughout the day. A bookstall of useful resources for study will be available.
 
Tickets for this session can be obtained from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-in-new-testament or by contacting Alan Cossey at alan.cossey@matvchurch.uk or on 01362 857904 for more details.  

 

As well as lots of events to enjoy there is always the opportunity to serve as well. If you can spare some time to help bake a cake or run a stall at a coffee morning, help with family events or children’s groups on a Sunday. Read the Bible or lead intercessions in church services (help and training is available.) Help to keep our church buildings clean and churchyards tidy or have any other skills you would like to use in the service of God and for the benefit of the community please do have a word with a member of the staff team or a church warden. They would be delighted to hear from you!                                                                                                                    

There will be various Harvest services happening around the Benefice in September and October keep a look out for dates on the website and in churches and invite your friends and neighbours to celebrate God’s goodness to us.  

With every blessing

Andrea 

 

 

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More on Richard Wurmbrand

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned in my sermons at ASM Richard Wurmbrand, the Romanian pastor who suffered so dreadfully for being a follower of Jesus during the Communist era in his country. J. John actually has him as the subject of his most recent blog on "Heroes of the Faith" at https://canonjjohn.com/2022/07/09/heroes-of-the-faith-richard-wurmbrand/

 

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Morning Prayer for ordinary time after Pentecost 2022

Dear All,

‘O Lord our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?’ Psalm 8:1,3-4

I expect we are all looking forward to the Jubilee week end and all the wonderful and varied activities that have been organised in our villages, our church services when we will be marking her Majesty’s life of faith and service.

As we celebrate we the Jubilee this week end  we will also mark Pentecost – When the Holy Spirit renewed the church afresh and people from every tribe and language were able to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope of a restored relationship with God. Following Pentecost the Church moves into ordinary time, that time between Easter Season and Christmas Season.

I wonder what the word Ordinary means to you? Perhaps in means common or usual or unremarkable.

What is ordinary for me may be different for you we all see the world through our own lens, yet there may be similarities.

In all reality, our ordinary days aren’t actually as ordinary as we think. I believe God’s miraculous hand provides for us every morning as the sun wakes us in the east. Throughout the day (and night), our Sustainer provides for us–in shelter and food, in our work and in our play, and in our relationships with one another. Day in and day out, God is present–continuously providing, sustaining, and re-creating. The extraordinary God is found in the ordinary moments of the day. I wonder where your ordinary moments will be made extraordinary today.

A new season also brings a new set of readings for Morning Prayer  .

The Liturgy and Readings for the next 6 weeks is available HERE.

Please do use it to aid your prayer time and who knows God may lead  your ordinary day into a most extraordinary day.

With every blessing

Andrea    

 

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Latest "Curate Communicates" from Andrea

Andrea's latest email to everyone can be read at HERE.

 

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Easter 2022 booklet online

The Easter booklet for 2022 is now available online HERE.

 

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Easter Family Fun Afternoon

Hi everyone,
 
Easter is upon us!
 
This coming Saturday is the Easter Fun Afternoon. Starting and finishing at All Saints Church, Mattishall at 1.30 pm until 4.00 pm.
The Village Trail (about 45mins – 1 hour) will be followed by refreshments back at church, with an interactive story and action songs. There will be a prize for the winner of the trail. However, unfortunately due to several team members testing positive for Covid we have had to cancel the craft activities.
We are sure you can still have a fun time and experience something of Easter in a safe and enjoyable environment. Looking forward to welcoming you.
 
Sue Cossey

 

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Morning Prayer for Easter Season 2022

Dear Friends,

A very Happy Easter to you all.

I look forward to seeing some of you over the week end. For those of you who are away I hope you have a wonderful break. I will be holding in prayer all of you I know who are unwell or recovering.

As we remember Jesus death and complete separation from God because of the weight of our sin on Good Friday  and as we celebrate his victory over death and his rising on Easter Sunday  let us never forget that Easter means Forgiveness, friendship with God an invitation to follow Jesus and an opportunity to share with others the Fantastic Hope that we have through the Love of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Liturgy and readings for Easter Season can be found HERE.

With every blessing

Andrea  

 

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North Tuddenham Services

We are continuing to have problems with the repair of the church tower of St. Mary's at North Tuddenham, with the expected date of completion still uncertain. For the time being, there will be no services in the church building itself apart from during the festival weekend on 8th May.

We are hoping to have some services in the village hall and will let you know when these will be when we know ourselves.

 

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