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Broome Church 2

St. Mary’s Church, Ditchingham
For further details click: St. Mary’s Church

Rev’d Chris Hutton (Rector)
Tel: 01986 895423 ~ email: chrishutton@hotmail.com

The Church Office, School Road, Earsham NR35 2TF
Mon, Wed & Fri 10am ~ 2.00pm
Tel: 01986 894494            e-mail:  office@earshambenefice.org.uk


~ SERVICES IN OUR PARISH CHURCHES ~


in BROOME normally 9.30am

2021

  • 3rd January 2021 ~ Service online
  • 10th January 2021 ~ 9.30am ~ Service at Broome + online
  • 17th January 2021 ~ 9.30am – Service at Broome + online
  • 24th January 2021 ~ Service online
  • 31st January 2021 ~ Service online

BROOME CHURCHWARDENS DETAILS

Liz Tipple ~ 01986 893069 Roger Tuffley ~ 01508 51897

DITCHINGHAM normally 11am every Sunday

2021

  • 3rd January 2021 ~ 11.00am ~ Service at St. Mary’s + online
  • 10th January 2021 ~ Service online
  • 17th January 2021 ~ 11.00am ~ Service at St. Mary’s + online
  • 24th January 2021 ~ Service online
  • 31st January 2021 ~ Benefice Service online

 DITCHINGHAM CHURCHWARDENS DETAILS

Sally Ellson ~ 01986 892687

Services held in HEDENHAM

 2021

  • 3rd January 2021 ~ Service online
  • 10th January 2021 ~ Service online
  • 17th January 2021 ~ Service online
  • 24th January 2021 ~ Service online
  • 31st January 2021 ~ Benefice Service online

HEDENHAM CHURCHWARDENS DETAILS

Hannah Morris ~ 01508 482794 / Rosie Sethia ~ 01508 482522

The Church Office, School Road, Earsham NR35 2TF

Mon, Wed & Fri 10am ~ 2.00pm
Tel:
01986 894494            e-mail:  office@earshambenefice.org.uk

Please note: These are planned services at present. Please check website prior to attending as services may have to be altered in line with Government guidelines due to Covid 19.

Services online at 9.30am on our YouTube CHANNEL


RECTOR’S NEWSLETTER

December 2020

Church Thoughts – December 2020

What a strange year it has been! It seems unbelievable that we are at the end of the year, because so many planned events have been interrupted, postponed or cancelled. Now we are approaching the build up to Christmas, and the Christmas celebrations themselves, so much is unknown – will we be able to gather as families, as churches, as communities? Will we have to hold only virtual celebrations, each in our home or can our services go ahead?

Whatever the answer, Christmas will be celebrated differently this year, but this does not necessarily mean that it will not be as good as before. This will be a season like no other! Many of our regular symbols and traditions; candles, lights, decorations can and will be used. We can however also make exciting, new traditions, as we explore the art of the possible and what will be allowable.

That is because while our celebrations may change, the meaning of what Christmas is about doesn’t. The Christmas celebration is all about the birth of Jesus Christ. At Christmas we remember God, not as some distant deity in the sky but as a real living human person. God being born as man, God experiencing what it is to be human, God being with us then, now and forever. As the gospel of John says: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Do join us for our online Christingle service – 6pm on Tuesday 1st December. Grab a round fruit, a birthday candle, 4 cocktail sticks and some sweets and join with us as we create our Christingle at home. Check out the link from our website and Facebook page. Please do also keep an eye out on our website check out all our Christmas services. If allowable we will be holding a Christmas Service on Sunday 20th at Broome church in morning and a service in Ditchingham church at 4pm. On Christmas Eve there will a Communion service at Hedenham at 11:30pm and on Christmas Day a service at Ditchingham Church at 10am.

I am sure that we will continue to celebrating God’s love and faithfulness to us, even in difficult circumstances so may God bless you, and keep you safe at this special Advent and Christmas time.

PRAYERS FOR OUR PARISHES

“Father, thank you for research and front-line teams, and for a possible covid vaccine. For bringing us closer to nature during lockdowns, and seeing your hand in it. For your love in Jesus, born at Christmas to give us all eternal life.

We pray for continuation of prayer for covid-19, a successful outcome and effective control arrangements for vaccines. For change, individually, and nationally, to see a bigger picture behind everything. We pray that we live with a healthy environment, healthy bodies, healthy relationships, and work together positively for our future. We pray to know within ourselves your love through Jesus, who lived and died for love of us. In his name we pray.”


Church Thoughts – November 2020

As you receive this newsletter we will only be days away from the American presidential elections. Whoever wins will be leading one of the most influencing counties in the world, which will impact even us across the sea. However, I must confess I’ve been tempted to wonder whether the present U.S President cares for anybody else but himself as our present crisis shows (and while the vast majority go into politics because they care, the same could be said of one or two in every political party in our country too). Following his treatment and how he’s responded to his exceptional care, he has made little mention of 210,000 victims of the virus in the U.S and those affected by bereavement as well as no mention of the numerous White House staff he infected. If I was American I’d be wondering whether this man noticed the suffering of others.

It’s caused me to reflect on who is paying attention to us and cares for each us. If you have ever hand to care for a loved one, whether a child, a sick partner of an elderly relative, you will now what this means. You will know this experience of not letting a loved one out of your sight unless they’re sleeping. We do it with our children, especially when they are babies and toddlers and we do it later in life with our parents. However, when it comes to our relationship with God, we can often feel out of his sight. When times are hard, we feel we’ve slipped off his radar. With isolation and distancing from others, from family and friends rearing their ugly heads again, it can be destabilising when we fear being isolated from God.

I believe it’s important for us to remind ourselves that this feeling of being away fro God’s sight is wrong, that we have a God who, incredibly, is always paying us loving attention. Jesus was the master of the art of noticing. His eye was always focussed on those missed by other people. His compassion was directed with laser like intensity towards the social pariahs, the vulnerable, and the victims of discrimination. Jesus shows us that God has mastered the art of noticing and seeing. On one occasion he asked “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” In effect he’s saying if God is attentive when a sparrow falls to the ground, how much more will he notice what is going on in your life – every minute of every day! There is not the smallest detail of our life that is not of vital interest to God. God is not dozing off. His gaze is not easily distracted like ours. As we perhaps enter another stage of lockdown, we remember that God is always paying loving attention to us.

Revd Chris Hutton (Rector)

PRAYERS FOR OUR PARISHES

 “Father God, thank you for Jesus, for his sacrificial death, that through him all believers are declared righteous in your sight – a holy people. James writes: ‘the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective’ (James 5 V16). We believe and trust as we pray for our present uncertain situation. Father may your will be done. Consider the threats we face, and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal, and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4, v 29, 30) Inspire us to co-operate together, that people and businesses will survive and by your grace we’ll get though this. Lord have mercy on us”


Church Thoughts – October 2020

What skill have you learnt over lockdown? Some of us may be a long time from school days but ‘you are never too old to learn’. It may be that as you helped you children with the home schooling, you finally learnt what a ‘fronted adverbial’ (aged 8 Grammar) is. Maybe you leant new exercise moves following Joe Wicks, new art skills following ‘Draw with Rob’. Perhaps you discovered a new skill pottering away in your ‘man shed’ that you were set to at the bottom of the garden, or maybe you discovered some new love of nature during your daily prescribed walks. You might even have learnt how to ‘zoom’.

King Solomon writing in the book of proverbs writes this: “remember what you were taught, and listen carefully to words of knowledge”. For Christians, we are encouraged to never stop learning and the place where we are to get our knowledge from is the Bible. For Christians it is the guide for our lives, it is our ‘living water’. If you consider yourself a Christian I would urge you as Solomon said to ‘remember what you are taught, and listen carefully to words of knowledge’. Remember what the bible has taught you and keep on learning from it.

These wise words of the Bible however do not just have to be for Christians. Over the years we are taught many things and we never stop learning, but as we get older we can forget to listen carefully to words of knowledge. We start to assume that we know everything, or that we have nothing new to learn. This is far from the truth. So please as we come out of lockdown/enter a stricter lockdown (delete whichever is not applicable – we have no idea where we will be in a months time) please don’t forget all you have learnt in this strange year and listen carefully to all it has taught you.

Revd Chris Hutton (Rector)

PRAYERS FOR OUR PARISHES

“Father God, thank you for the scientists latest understanding of Covid 19, and our part in our dire situation. Also for practical love all around. Yet we fail to value your creation – Earths resources over –exploited and wasted ,polluted. Life dying More Covid 19 cases. Self centeredness. Stress and its consequences. We repent. You command us to love

‘Father forgive us we don’t know what we are doing’. This wake up call tells us to change our attitude by radical action. Do we really believe? Do we seriously believe in the power of prayer? We pray for things to happen rightly. Have mercy on us. Lord look at our predicament. Give us wisdom. James letter, chapter 5 verse 16 can encourage us – “Lord have mercy on us for the sake of Jesus Christ”.