All Saints Church
A Sublime, Quiet and Contemplative Oasis
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Hethel Church is a bit off the beaten track, up a cul-de-sac from the west end of Bracon Ash, where School Road meets Cranes Lane. The building is old (the cornered flint tower is Norman, and has been dated 1110AD by dendrochronology - just a little older than Norwich Cathedral!) but in excellent condition, with an unusual 17th century alabaster monument at one end - the beautifully carved effigies of the members of the Branthwaite family. The church is unusually light - not a piece of stained glass in sight - and beautifully kept.
It's a place of peace where many come to rest, relax, pray, sit and think, or listen for the voice of God. There are a number of footpaths nearby as well as Hethel Old Thorn (Norfolk Wildlife Trust), so it's a good place to mix indoor and outdoor 'space'. (This link will tell you more)
On the second Sunday of each month at 8.30am, the people of Hethel Church meet to worship the living God and to share bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus. Recognising that we are all different, we also put on a number of occasional activities, which offer alternative ways of exploring faith or worshipping God. These have ranged from a quiet afternoon to alternative forms of short service to brainstorming Christian approaches to thinking about windfarms.
We believe that God is worshipped in many ways, not just in one-hour slots on a Sunday. So we celebrate and enjoy creation and run events connected with the countryside around us. In recent years, South Norfolk Council Rangers helped us make bumble bee nestboxes and their ecologist led a walk in the area. Norfolk Wildlife Trust volunteers help us manage the churchyard so that orchids and other wildflowers flourish in summer. NWT also led a walk to the ancient wood half a mile away, and on another occasion BTO met us at 4am for a dawn chorus walk.
Likewise we value the arts and all things that are beautiful, for example our unusual chamber organ has recently been refurbished and we have participated in the Art Alive in Norfolk Churches festival.
And we believe that following Jesus means finding God's way in all areas of living. So we are concerned to protect the environment, try to engage fully with local/community issues and are working through both personal and church responses to climate care.
We take the line that strangers are friends we have not yet met and we go out of our way to make newcomers welcome (whilst respecting their possible need to be 'let be'). Please join us at any of our events, or just enjoy the church building on your own in whatever way blesses you. There are prayer cards and a book in which to write requests, displays, and books to borrow.
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Coming Up Next...
Thu, 31 May, 2018, 10am @ Mulbarton Primary School
Messy Church will meet again next week during half term on Thursday 31 May from 10am to 12 noon in Mulbarton Primary School.
We are going to be drawing our Old Testament series to a close with God's friend Nehemiah who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem.
Lots of hands on activities, a re-telling of the story, a song, prayers and then lunch together. We appreciate a donation of £1 per person
(adult and child) help us cover the cost of resources. Look forward to seeing you there! Contacts: Cyndy Bowles (578510) or Cathy Nicholls (570557).
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The super glue of life
Posted: Mon, 19 Mar, 2018 (2 months ago) by Adrian
So, Christmas is a distant memory now, there are signs of spring around us already, and life is zooming by. We're into the special season of Lent, early this year, and Easter is fast approaching.
This year Ash Wednesday the day Lent begins, fell on Valentine's Day for the first time since 1945 (though it will happen twice more in the next 11 years). It made an interesting juxtaposition of celebrating romantic love on the one hand and on the other hand beginning to engage with a season of serious reflection and penitence. And yet it wasn't entirely unfitting.
As many of us gathered at Bracon Ash Church on Ash Wednesday, it was a privilege for me to make the sign of the cross on people's foreheads with ash, as a sign that we were each wanting to accept all that the cross of Jesus has secured for us, and to live our lives more fully and deeply in its light. The cross reminds us of the depths of the love of God, and so fitting after all for Valentine's Day. This kind of self-sacrificial love is what motivates us to pursue change in our lives through this penitential season.
On Ash Wednesday , we considered the journey of the Pharisees from Jerusalam to Galilee in search of Jesus. They had heard about this new teacher and miracle-maker, and wanted to see for themselves. There was no hint that they were against him at this stage - just really wanting to find out more. They arrived, observed what was happening and had questions, which they put to Jesus. We too might be approaching Jesus this Lent with questions about what we see around us, about God, the Bible, church. What those Pharisees didn't anticipate is that Jesus immediately saw right to the heart of the real issues that mattered for them, and he challenged them very strongly about what they were missing, with questions of his own. It was a surprisingly penetrating and uncomfortable encounter for those unsuspecting Pharisees, who were faced with having to make a decision to change or to resist. As we truly approach Jesus ourselves, it is possible that we too might discover a need for change.
As you observe this season, by giving something up, taking something on, saying extra prayers, attending one of our mid-week groups, or whatever, I'm praying that you will truly encounter the God who sees, who knows and who helps us to change. This is a time when we are mindful of the things we all say, think and do that hurt others and hurt God. It's a time when we may well feel the need to say “I'm sorry.”
In any healthy relationship, those two words are important. They are also two words which can cause healing, build bridges and enable relationships to be repaired within communities as well as between individuals. They are two powerful words which, when truly meant, are never easy to say, but are essential if relationships are to move forward.
As Christians, we also believe that when we speak those two words, God always responds with forgiveness.
“An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair just about anything.” Lynn Johnston
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