Visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Diocese of Norwich

On the 9th November the Archbishop of Canterbury led a service at Kings Lynn Minster during his 2 day visit to the Diocese. It was well supported by local churches and by the primary schools in Kings Lynn where pupils led the singing.

The Archbishop then interviewed a Rwandan poet, Richard Benda, about his experience during the genocide in his country in 1994. During this interview, a poem of Richard’s was read out.

The first 2 verses were:

He was on a boy
eight or nine years - or thereabouts.
He was lying in a pool
of tan and ruby fluid.
He made as if to talk
only a painful hiss-
they’d severed the conduit.
Air could not be sound -
only shallow breath.

So I held his hand
and looked into his pure eyes:
I held his gaze.
Hurt, accusation and confusion
met mine.Still I held on.
Desperation drove away guilt-
why should a child’s last sight
be one of bearded barbarity,
greying savagery, wrinkled madness?
I tried to look human,
a kind adult face,
but what can a guilty gaze do
against a hundred murderous eyes,
a gentle squeeze against scarlet blades?

Although you might not think that this subject would be a good one for discussion with a group of primary school children, it did work really well. The Archbishop knows Rwanda well and combining this with having Richard who lived through the genocide and the very moving poem, made for a thought provoking occasion.

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Bible Study Additional Study Groups

Dear Bible Study Group Member,
I write to confirm and report the results of our Group's discussion on the first evening of the current series of Bible studies. Our Wednesday evening group has become large enough to warrant becoming two groups meeting on separate evenings. Hence, the schedule for the rest of this series is as follows:

Tuesdays 7-9 pm

  • 6th November, at Flitcham Primary Academy, Church Road, PE31 6BU. Please park in the school's car park at the back. (NOTE : THE VENUE HAS CHANGED FROM THE ONE ANNOUNCED AT OUR FIRST MEETING)

  • 20th November (venue t.b.a.)

  • 22nd January (venue t.b.a.)

  • 5th February (venue t.b.a.)


Wednesdays 7-9 pm

  • 7th November, at Manor Farm House, Station Road, Wolferton, PE31 6HA. 

    • Directions: From the Royal Station, after about 300 yards, bear right towards the Wolferton Stud. Immediately to the left of the Stud entrance is the white 5-bar gate of the Manor Farm House (Fiona Petch's home). Drive through the gate and CLOSE THE GATE BEHIND YOU. Drive on and park behind the house. Entry to the house is through the door on right side of the back of the house, which is to the left of where you have parked. 

  • 21st November (venue t.b.a.)

  • 23rd January (venue t.b.a.)

  • 6th February (venue t.b.a.)

I will be leading both groups, and both will follow the same study plan. For the meetings on the 6th and 7th of November, we will be examining Genesis chapter 14, using chapter 3 of the study guide, "Going to battle" (pages 17-20).


I recommend choosing one of the two evenings for regular attendance but, of course, if in any week you need to miss one evening, you'll be welcome to attend the other to stay in the flow.  


It is gratifying and exciting to witness the growth of interest and participation in studying Holy Scripture in the Sandringham Group. Let's pray that both groups will flourish and bring further blessings to their attendees and to the Sandringham area.


Bob

01485 609294

The Old Rectory, Station Road, Hillington, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6DE, U.K.

35th Anniversary of the death of Squadron Leader Michael Stephens on Wolferton Marshes

On the 27th September we had an Act of Remembrance down on Wolferton Marshes to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the death of Squadron Leader Michael Stephens, when his Tornado crashed there in 1983.

The memorial had fallen into disrepair and has now been revamped and a new fence erected around the oak tree that was planted at the time.

As well as the present Group Captain of IX Squadron and a number of the current serving personnel, we also had the Group Captain who was in post at the time of the accident as well as the navigator who was able to eject and members of Michael Stephen’s family.

It was a rather moving ceremony on a lovely autumn day. There was also a fly past.

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Dersingham Guides achieve Faith Awareness.

5 of the Dersingham Guides have recently completed their Faith Awareness badge partly at a family service where they arranged tea and coffee for the congregation as well as baking a selection of cakes.

As these 5 girls regularly attend Sunday School many of the parts of the badge were something they regularly covered. Other aspects included Drama, artwork, creative writing, learning about faith traditions and how those values are part of life today. The group also held discussions with their Guide Leader - Elizabeth Wheeler about their faith and that of others whose faith was important to the way they led their life. Learning about organisations who promote positive support for others and finally writing their own prayer and sharing it with others.

Well Done Girls!!!

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Bible Study Group begins New Series

Now’s a great time to join with others 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.

For our next series of five meetings, we will be looking at aspects of Abraham’s life and their significance for us. Copies of our study guide, Abraham: Hearing God’s Call, are available now. In our first meeting, we will look at chapter 12 in Genesis, with the help of chapter 1 in the study guide.

Meetings will be on Wednesdays, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., on the following days:

17 October (The Old Rectory, Station Road, Hillington, PE31 6DE)

7 November (The Manor Farm House, Wolferton, PE31 6HA)

21 November (venue t.b.a.)

23 January (venue t.b.a.)

6 February (venue t.b.a.)

If attending a day time meeting would be better for you, please let me know, so that I may assess interest and availability.

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 £3.00 for the study book. 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 tell me, as it can be arranged.

Hoping to see you,

Father Bob Nichols

Tel.: 01485 609294

Email: revbobnichols@gmail.com

Concert given by the Choir of Sandringham Parish Church - 16th June 2018

The Sandringham Choir gave a concert in church on Saturday 16th June. The programme included both sacred anthems and secular traditional songs. 
A large audience supported the choir and a retiring collection was made in aid of Camps International, supporting community, wildlife and environmental projects.
After the concert, refreshments were enjoyed outside the church giving the opportunity to meet friends and people who were visiting the Sandringham Estate for the day.

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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 pupils 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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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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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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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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— Hope K.
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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.