Rector's letter

From my Study window I can see the first snowdrops of the year – a sight which always lifts the spirits. After the long and dark month of January, when the celebrations of Christmas seem but a distant memory, the sight of these charming flowers reminds us of something else to look forward to; the joy of spring.

The tiny apparently fragile snowdrop defies all the odds as it breaks through the frozen earth and its gentle flowers bob in the breeze a bit like flickering candles. The snowdrop or “Galanthus” gets its name from the Greek “Gala” meaning milk and “Anthos” meaning flower. The best way to appreciate their sheer beauty is kneel down and get up close to the flower head which will then reveal its intricacy and amazing variety of patterns.

Worsdworth wrote of the snowdrop:

“Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,

Chaste snowdrop, venturous harbinger of spring”

It was the practice in mediaeval times to bring snowdrops into church on the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple as an offering to Our Lady and in Thanksgiving to God for the approach of spring hence the snowdrop has also been called the Candlemass Bell.

Surely all signs of new life whether it be at the end of a long winter or more generally throughout the year, should fill us all with a sense of thanksgiving.

Whatever our belief we should pause to marvel at the wonderful and unfailing cycle of nature of which we ourselves are but a part.

Do pause to reflect this spring and, if you are quick, there is no better place to do it than the churchyard of St Nicholas’ Twyford where the snowdrops in all their delicate abundance create a sense of awe and wonder.

If you cannot make it to Twyford then simply pause and look out of your window; in every garden and hedgerow there is something to lift the spirits and remind us of God’s amazing creativity.

With every Blessing



The Heart of Norfolk Group of churches – 13 parishes – has now been working together for a year. Initially, we tried hard to sustain the pattern of services that each parish had been enjoying. However, over time, it became obvious that this was not sustainable and, in many places, services were attracting small congregations, which makes it very hard to create a vibrant experience of worship and fellowship.

Beginning in January, we are streamlining our service pattern and encouraging congregations to unite and worship together. For some parishes, that will mean a reduction in the number of services held each month. The new pattern does ensure that at least three services of Holy Communion are held across the Team each Sunday and provides a variety of Services of the Word in both traditional and modern language.

We are also encouraging people to car-share and offer lifts to those who do not drive. If transport is an issue for you, please be in touch on 01362 668850.

Reverend Sally Kimmis

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