All Saints Church

A Sublime, Quiet and Contemplative Oasis

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Hethel Church is a bit off the beaten track, up a cul-de-sac from the west end of Bracon Ash, where School Road meets Cranes Lane. The building is old (the cornered flint tower is Norman, and has been dated 1110AD by dendrochronology - just a little older than Norwich Cathedral!) but in excellent condition, with an unusual 17th century alabaster monument at one end - the beautifully carved effigies of the members of the Branthwaite family. The church is unusually light - not a piece of stained glass in sight - and beautifully kept.

It's a place of peace where many come to rest, relax, pray, sit and think, or listen for the voice of God. There are a number of footpaths nearby as well as Hethel Old Thorn (Norfolk Wildlife Trust), so it's a good place to mix indoor and outdoor 'space'. (This link will tell you more)

On the second Sunday of each month at 8.30am, the people of Hethel Church meet to worship the living God and to share bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus. Recognising that we are all different, we also put on a number of occasional activities, which offer alternative ways of exploring faith or worshipping God. These have ranged from a quiet afternoon to alternative forms of short service to brainstorming Christian approaches to thinking about windfarms.

We believe that God is worshipped in many ways, not just in one-hour slots on a Sunday. So we celebrate and enjoy creation and run events connected with the countryside around us. In recent years, South Norfolk Council Rangers helped us make bumble bee nestboxes and their ecologist led a walk in the area. Norfolk Wildlife Trust volunteers help us manage the churchyard so that orchids and other wildflowers flourish in summer. NWT also led a walk to the ancient wood half a mile away, and on another occasion BTO met us at 4am for a dawn chorus walk.
 
Likewise we value the arts and all things that are beautiful, for example our unusual chamber organ has recently been refurbished and we have participated in the Art Alive in Norfolk Churches festival.
 
And we believe that following Jesus means finding God's way in all areas of living. So we are concerned to protect the environment, try to engage fully with local/community issues and are working through both personal and church responses to climate care.

We take the line that strangers are friends we have not yet met and we go out of our way to make newcomers welcome (whilst respecting their possible need to be 'let be'). Please join us at any of our events, or just enjoy the church building on your own in whatever way blesses you. There are prayer cards and a book in which to write requests, displays, and books to borrow.

 

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Bracon Ash Arts Festival

Bracon Ash Arts Festival (or BAA Festival) is an exciting community arts festival taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Bracon Ash Church from Fri 29 to Sun 31 Mar, 2019. Over the weekend there will be ticketed performances by established performers, free recitals by local community groups and a series of free workshops. There will also be a fantastic exhibition of works by local artists. The BAA Festival will be family friendly, with activities for young people and yummy refreshments served throughout the weekend. The Festival will culminate in a special service of Choral Evensong at 4pm on Sun 31 Mar, sung by the choir of St Remigius’ Church, Hethersett, where the Dean of Norwich Cathedral, The Very Revd Jane Hedges will preach.  During the service, there will also be a very special performance by the Festival's patron, Humphrey Berney.

Programme of Events

Friday 29 March

7:30pm: Ticketed Concert - 'Smooth Classics at Seven ... 30!' with local music legend, Laurence Bennett - Piano. To secure your tickets, visit: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/baafestival 

Saturday 30 March - FREE ENTRY

10am - 4pm Art Exhibition and Refreshments

11:00am: Performance - Recorder Revels

11:30am: Workshop - Origami

12:15pm: Performance - Mulbarton Primary School

1:00pm: Workshop - Junk Percussion

1:30pm: Performance - Fairways Hand Bells

2:00pm: Workshop - Pebble Painting

2:45pm: Performance - Mulbarton Community Choir

7:30pm: Ticketed Concert - '241 Christian Musical Comedy' featuring our Curate, The Revd Andrew North and his funnier musical half, Alan Kirkland. To secure your tickets, visit: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/baafestival 

Sunday 31 March - FREE ENTRY

10am - 4pm Art Exhibition and Refreshments

10:30am: Performance - CB Drama

11:00am: Workshop - CB Drama

11:45am: Performance - John Myhill - Poetry

12:30pm: Workshop - Red Zebra Photography

1:00pm: Performance - The Liquorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet

2:00pm: Workshop - Creative Writing

2:15pm: Performance - John Wallace-Jones Drama

4:00pm: Choral Evensong, with the Choir of St Remigius, Hethersett and a special performance by Festival Patron, Humphrey Berney. 

All events in the Bracon Ash Arts Festival take place at Bracon Ash Church, School Road, Bracon Ash NR14 8HJ

Watch this space for details of other performers and workshops, the festival timetable and ticketing information!

 
Contact Andrew for more details - 01508 500343
 

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BAA Festival: 'Smooth Classics at Seven ... 30!' with Laurence Bennett - Piano (5 days to go)

 

BAA Festival: '241 - Christian Musical Comedy' (6 days to go)

 

BAA Festival: Choral Evensong (6 days to go)

 

Tenebrae (3 weeks to go)

 

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Lent Course 2019: The Prophetic Voice of India

This year's Lent Course runs on Wednesday evenings, from 13th March to 10th April.  We meet in the Lounge at Hanover at 7.30pm, and will finish by 9.15pm.

The United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel has produced a free booklet that we'll be using, in we which we listen to and reflect upon the prophetic voice from India. Each evening will consider a different theme.

The five-week study course looks at the radical nature of the gospel, with a special focus on the church in India.

"We might think the prophetic voice belongs to the Old Testament, but we want to show there are still many prophets to be found throughout the world church today.

"The prophets’ voices are challenging because they alert us to issues we might want to ignore - they call us to be like Jesus, who stood on the margins, comforting the oppressed and challenging those who are comfortable."

Study 1: Community – inspiring congregations to be dynamic in mission.
Study 2: Injustice – taking action to combat human trafficking.
Study 3: Gender – a skills training programme is giving women a new lease of life.
Study 4: Climate – schools are inspiring a new generation to care for the environment.
Study 5: Hope – giving hope to India’s marginalised Dalit and tribal peoples.

See more details of the course here

 

 

 

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