Rogationtide - West Newton and Flitcham pupils give thanks.

Both West Newton and Flitcham schools celebrated Rogationtide with walks in the countryside in their local area, looking at the crops, trees and hedgerows. Shown below is West Newton school are looking at the Carp in one of the lakes at Sandringham House. At Rogationtide, we give thanks for the beauty of God’s creation and ask for his blessing on the crops in the fields.
 

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Sandringham Churches Bible Study Groups

Group Bible study resumes next week with two groups, one meeting on Monday mornings and one on Wednesday evenings.

Both groups will study selected psalms from the Book of Psalms, beginning with Psalm 1. 

Please do consider joining either group to get to know the Bible better in an informal, relaxed way. No prior knowledge is required—we’ll all be learning and deepening our understanding of Christian faith and life and sharing the joys and burdens of being a Christian.

We will meet five times in the Spring and five times in the Autumn. Spring dates and times:

Monday Mornings Group
(10 a.m. to noon)        
o    16th April
o    30th April
o    14th May
o    4th June
o    2nd July        

Wedsnesday Evenings Group
(7pm-9pm))
o    18th April
o    2nd May
o    16th May
o    6th June
o    4th July

The first Spring meeting for each group will be at the home of Bob and Mary Nichols, The Old Rectory, Station Road (near A148), Hillington, PE31 6DE. If you can’t make your one group’s meeting in a given week, you may attend the group’s meeting, which will be covering the same Psalm.

The agenda for each meeting will be:
•    Arrival: coffee, tea and cold drinks with cake or biscuits.
•    Bible study using a simple study booklet. 
•    A time of prayer.

The only cost will be for the study booklet, less than £4.00. (Please let me know confidentially if that cost will be a problem.)

Possibly Interested? Have a go!  Bring a Bible, if you have one, or one will be provided. To give me an idea of numbers, please let me know you’re coming (contact details below)—otherwise, feel free to just turn up. If you don’t have transport, please let me know, as it can be arranged.

Hoping to see you,
 Bob Nichols
Tel.:  01485 609294    Email:    revbobnichols@gmail.com
 

Wolferton Coffee Morning 24/03/2018 - An amazing success!

Our morning started at the Social Club at 8am & by 9.50am  people were arriving & the rest of the morning is a blur as Wolferton Social Club was a sea of people.
We carried on with a steady flow of people leaving and arriving by the time we settled down to call the huge raffle the Club was full of people & an amazing atmosphere.

My heartfelt thanks goes to my family and friends for all their help, I couldn't have done it without them.

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event it is very much appreciated & all the hard work was worthwhile as we raised the unbelievable sum of £1,061 in two hours.  The charities this year were Happy Memories Group (for people living with dementia and their carers) and St. Peter's Church, Wolferton .

Thanks again to everyone for their support.

Jacquie Dennis
 

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Mothering Friday service for Sandringham and West Newton school at the church

Sandringham and West Newton school held their annual Mothering Friday service at West Newton church on the 9th March. It was a lovely sunny morning after an overnight frost. After a short service in church everybody went outside for the clypping of the church. This is medieval custom at which everyone holds hands and makes a loop around the church in order to show our love and respect for mother church.  With parents and staff members as well as the children, we were easily able to completely surround the church! we then have 3 cheers for the church. The service finishes with prayers in the churchyard.

Flitcham school did their service on Thursday. Flitcham church is much larger so it was  a real stretch but we managed it there as well!

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SPRINGTIME IN WOLFERTON. PLANT SALE.SATURDAY 12TH MAY 10am-4pm

A wide collection of high quality plants, including bedding, vegetables and herbs, will be available for purchase on the Village Green
Also, refreshments, homemade cakes, raffle etc. in the Social Club

FREE ENTRY AND PARKING
All proceeds to St Peter’s Church roof fund

PLEASE HELP….
Donations of plants are crucial to the success of this event so please get sowing, taking cuttings and dividing!
Donations of cakes and prizes will also be gratefully received. Or why not help out on the day?
To donate plants, cakes or volunteer to help please contact
Fiona (tel 540651), Judy (tel 542887) or Tonia tntslack@aol.com

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Lent Appeal for the Kings Lynn Food Bank

Kings Lynn Food Bank – Lent Donations are hugely appreciated.
We wonder if, during Lent, you could consider donating to those less fortunate than us, the following items;
Tinned meat and fish, fruit juices and squashes (750ml/1litre), tinned puddings, especially rice pudding and UHT milk (1 litre).
The Food Bank has got plenty of pasta, tinned beans, sugar and lentils.
With grateful thanks.
 

Coffee Morning 24th March 2018 Wolferton Social Club

Please do come and join us for a coffee morning in Wolferon, at the Social Club on March 24th between 10am and 12pm. We are also offering cakes for sale, a raffle, a book stall and Luckty Straws.

Proceeds to St. Peter’s  Church Wolferton & Happy Memories Group (people living with Dementia & their carers)

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Dedication of the Altar and Cross at The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House - 15th January 2018

The Multi Faith Room is a place of calm and peace in the hospice and is used by many for a time of reflection, to pray, to have space for thoughts or just to be quiet. It is by the side of the new Hugh Ford Inpatient Unit and acts as a transept and crossing from the main hospice area and the end of life ward.

Along with visits from patients and relatives it is also used by people coming to the hospice for the Monday Morning Meet Up, which is a popular and lively social gathering. Once a month there is a Holy Communion service held in the Multi Faith Room led by Rev’d Sue Martin, hospice volunteer chaplain or by Canon Jonathan Riviere. These services have proved very popular and well received.

In December 2017, we were delighted to have both the new Altar Table and a new Altar Cross. The oak table was made locally at Pine and Oak Parlour and the cross was made by The Venerable John Ashe, Archdeacon of Lynn.

We were delighted that The Right Reverend Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn was able to consecrate the Altar, Altar Cross and the Multi Faith Room as a place of prayer in the hospice. This was conducted at the Monday Morning Monthly Communion service which was led by Bishop Jonathan, and a number of our regulars were delighted to be present as well as Trust Board members and member of staff, Rebecca Meyrick, Director of Care.

We welcome a chance to celebrate the life of the hospice and the chance to bring God closer to people in this place.

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Steward's Lunch 7th December 2017

On Thursday 7th December, all the stewards of Sandringham church enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch organised by Michael Wheatley which was held at the visitor centre in Sandringham. A jolly time was had. A special Thank you! to Michael for organising and to the catering staff at the visitor centre for looking after us all with plenty of food and wine!!

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An Appeal for the Kings Lynn Food Bank

51.3kg of food was donated by our group of parishes to the Kings Lynn food bank this year!!! Overall, the food bank fed 3834 people, including 1359 children. An increase of 22% on 2016.

The food bank are still short of needed items, such as tinned fruit, tinned carrots and peas, biscuits, UHT milk and breakfast cereals.

Your donations are greatly appreciated. If you can spare any of the above items, please leave them in the church porch at either Sandringham or West Newton.

Confirmation Service at Sandringham Church 15th October 2017

Confirmation Service - Sandringham Church - 15th October 2017

On October 15th, the Bishop of Lynn came to Sandringham church to lead a confirmation service. We had 7 children and 5 adults for the confirmation and we were joined by 3 candidates from St Edmund, Hunstanton. With all the families this meant we had a full church. The Bishop had recently been to Papua New Guinea (our diocese is linked with the Anglican church there) and he finished his sermon with a song from that country.

 

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A beautiful Harvest Festival at Sandringham

St Mary Magdalene looked beautiful on Sunday 24th September for the Harvest Festival. The wonderful what sheat was made and donated by Peter Geoghegan and certainly made a striking piece on the Altar. Donations were given in aid of the Kings Lynn Food Bank. Many thanks to all those who donated.

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Sandringham Churches Bible Study Group

Sandringham Churches Bible Study Group

A Bible study group will start soon in the Sandringham Group.
This flyer explains how it will be set up for a trial period.
Please read it and consider coming along.

Who is this Bible study group for? 
•    Anyone who wants
o    To get to know the Bible better in an informal, relaxed way. No prior knowledge required—we’ll all be learning.
o    To deepen their understanding of Christian faith and life.
o    To share the joys and burdens of being a Christian.


What will happen at the meetings?
•    Arrival: coffee, tea and cold drinks with cake or biscuits.
•    Bible study using a simple study booklet. (First four sessions to be led by Fr. Bob Nichols.)
•    A time of prayer.


When will it meet?
•    Our initial trial series of meetings will be on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of October and November:
o    4th October, 7 to 9 p.m.
o    18th October, 7 to 9 p.m.
o    1st November, 7 to 9 p.m.
o    15th November, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting with a bring-and-share supper.


Where will it meet? 
•    At the home of Bob and Mary Nichols, The Old Rectory, Station Road (near A148), Hillington, PE31 6DE.

How much will it cost? 
•    Only the cost of the study booklet, which is likely to be less than £4.00. (Please let us know confidentially if that cost will be a problem.)

I’m interested! What do I do?
•    Come to the meetings with a Bible, if you have one.
o    To give us an idea of numbers, please let Bob or Mary know you’re coming (contact details below)—otherwise, feel free to just turn up.
o    If you don’t have transport, please let us know, as it can be arranged.
o    If the dates or times aren’t possible for you, please let us know, so that we can get a good idea of interest and availability across our parishes.

After the four trial meetings, then what?
•    If the trial is successful:
o    The group could continue to meet, with dates, times, place and format all open for discussion.
o    Members will have an opportunity to host and/or lead meetings on a rotating basis. 

Hoping you’ll come and give it a go,
Bob & Mary Nichols

Tel.:        01485 609294
Emails:    revbobnichols@gmail.com — drmarynichols@gmail.com

Confirmation Service 15th October

There will be confirmation service in Sandringham Church led by the Bishop of Lynn on October 15th at 6 o'clock. If anyone would like to be confirmed and hasn't so far been in contact with me, please do email rector.sandringham@gmail.com

You have to be over 10 to be confirmed but there is no upper age limit. If you haven't been baptised then this can be arranged to take place a short time before the confirmation service.

 

The Ordination of Paul Gismondi - 25th June 2017

On the 25th of June a group of us went to St Luke's in Chelsea to see Paul Gismondi be ordained priest. There were 12 candidates who were ordained priest during the service. This involves the Bishop laying his hands upon the head of the ordinand with all other priests in the church also laying their hands on the ordinand's head. Those priests who can't get near enough put their hands on the shoulder of a priest standing in front.

It was a moving experience in a lovely church with beautiful music.

Paul is now having a short holiday and we look forward to welcoming him back during July as a priest in the Church of England.