Welcome to e-bulletin for 25th November

One month to go until Christmas Day. Meanwhile, much to do at home and in the Church.
Revd Susanna Gunner has prepared a series of Sunday reflections for Advent, available on the Norwich Diocesan website. “A painting, a short reflection and a prayer are offered to make connections between aspects of our waiting in Advent and the global pandemic which, this year, is inescapably our context for that anticipation.”


News from our parishes


           Advent Carol Services
There are two Advent Carol Services this year on Advent Sunday, 28th November.
Foulsham at 3:30pm, with Bishop Jane and Choir; and Bawdeswell at 4:00pm, with the All Saints’ Festival Choir.  
Advent is a time for preparing for the coming of our Lord – the readings and hymns reflect this theme, encouraging us to pause for self-examination and anticipation of a new creation, made possible by the birth of Jesus. This year, it feels particularly poignant following COP26 and our shared responsibility for caring for God’s wonderful Earth.



Christmas is coming!
In the Heart of Norfolk, we’re looking forward to celebrating Christmas in our churches this year, as well as in our homes!
Here’s a reproduction of our poster with all the Christmas services listed.
Way too small to read here! Check out the HON website or look out for details in the Elmham News, Heart of Norfolk Magazine or the Reeve’s Tale.






Heart of Norfolk diary for the rest of November

Saturday 27th November, 3pm onwards. Worthing St Margaret’s: Wine-tasting and beer-sampling event, with Christmas wreath and festive table decorations demonstration.

Heart of Norfolk diary for December

(excluding Sunday & Christmas services)

Friday 3rd December, 10:30am-12:00 Wood Norton All Saints’ Words and Music, with a Christmas theme.
Sunday 5th December, 2-4pm Foxley St Thomas a Becket Bell-ringing Open Day. Contact David Wheeler for more information.
Saturday 11th December, 10am-1pm Bawdeswell Christmas Wreath & Craft Sale in Church.
Tuesday 14th December, 10am-midday Foulsham Christmas Coffee morning in Church.
Wednesday, 15th December, 2-4pm North Elmham T@2 at North Elmham Village Institute.


Approaching Christmas in Wood Norton


            The Church porch at All Saints’ Wood Norton will become a street in Bethlehem, and later a nativity scene. Everyone is invited to contribute figures, animals – and even vehicles – to line the seats along the walls, or stars and angels to hang on the ceiling.
From December 18th, a Star Trail will lead people around the village, inviting them to follow the journey of the Wise Men as they travel to pay homage to the Christ-child.
Pic: from Christmas 2020.


Employment Vacancy at Mothers’ Union, Diocesan House

Part time Administrator required 12 hours per week, divided as 4 hours on three days (days to be agreed). £9.00 per hour.
Mothers’ Union Norwich Diocese is affiliated to the worldwide Mothers’ Union, a Christian charity whose aim is to support families and family life. Through programmes, campaigning, community outreach and prayer Mothers’ Union promotes stable marriage and family life, working through local volunteer members to create lasting change. Members are driven by their faith but work with people of all faiths and none.
We are looking for an experienced administrator to provide secretarial and administrative support for the activities of the charity.
Further details from Eunice Norwood – eunice711@btinternet.com, 01328 855665. Closing date 10th December.


Sunday Service Plan: November & December


28th November 10:30am North Elmham Morning Praise
Advent Sunday 10:30am Guist Holy Communion
  10:30am Foulsham Holy Communion
  10:30am Worthing Morning Praise
  3:30pm Foulsham Advent Carol Service with Bishop Jane (Bishop of Lynn)
  4:00pm Bawdeswell* Advent Carol Service
5Th December 9:30am Wood Norton Morning Praise
  10:30am Bawdeswell Holy Communion
  10:30am North Elmham Holy Communion
  10:30am Stibbard Holy Communion
  5:00pm Foxley Informal Evening Prayer (Bell-ringing from 4pm)
12th December 10:30am Bawdeswell ‘The 10:30’
  10:30am Worthing Holy Communion
  10:30am Stibbard Morning Praise
  10:30am Foulsham Holy Communion
  6:00pm Guist Christmas Carol Service
19th December 10:30am Wood Norton Holy Communion
  2:30pm Guestwick Christmas Carol Service/ Christingle
  3:00pm Worthing Christmas Carol Service
  3:30pm Foulsham Christingle Service
  4:00pm Bawdeswell Christmas Carol Service
  5:00pm North Elmham Christingle Service
26th December 10:30am North Elmham Group Holy Communion for Christmas 1/ St Stephen

Foulsham Holy Innocents’ commemorate the Holy Innocents on Wednesday 29th December, with Mass at 11am.
Zoom Church
*The Advent Carol Service from Bawdeswell will be available on Zoom this Sunday. Order of Service is here.
Topic: HON Benefice Sunday act of worship
Time: 10:30am
To join our Zoom Meeting, please email us and we will send you a link.
Please note: this is a recurring meeting, so the link you need is the same every week.
To make a donation to one of the churches in the HON Group, click here. Thank you!


Diocesan/HON Prayer Calendar

28th November: First Sunday of Advent   

Church Advent

HON Group – Bawdeswell, Billingford, Bintree.
When just a baby, Lord Jesus, your identity was grasped by the prophet Anna, long of life and full of faith: be with all who support our older people that, alive to the spiritual needs of those in their care, they may also be open to the gift of their insights.
Sick Mary Labouchere (North Elmham).  

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