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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Tue, 27 Feb, 2018, 6:30pm @ Bracon Ash & Hethel Village Hall
For youth aged 10 or over. A social occasion with tuck shop, pool table, electronic dart-board, table tennis, Lego competition, games and occasional craft activities.
Those who come are free to move between activities as they wish, or simply sit at a table and chat.
£1.50 on the door which covers the cost of hiring the hall, all activities and several hotdogs.
Contact Adrian for more details - 01508 571167
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Approaching Jesus... this Lent
Posted: Sat, 17 Feb, 2018 (1 week ago) by Adrian
February is the month that Lent begins. We are planning plenty to nourish you in spirit through the season of Lent and Holy Week across the benefice. I do hope and pray that as you tap into some of what is available, that as you approach Jesus for yourself, you will truly encounter Him afresh, in a way that is life-giving and sustaining. May you find joy in the journey!
Each parish church will have a special service as we progress through Lent:
- We begin Lent with our Ash Wednesday Communion Service at Bracon Ash on 14 February.
- Then as Lent ends, in Holy Week:
- on Wednesday, 28 March, Flordon will host a (new for us) Tenebrae Service, otherwise known as a "Service of Shadows";
- Mulbarton will host a Maundy Thursday Evening Communion on 29 March;
- and then on Good Friday, 30 March, the Good Friday Walk through Mulbarton in the morning,
- and the Good Friday Meditative Service in Hethel in the afternoon.
- In addition, there will be extra times of prayer and reflection through Holy Week, and a couple of outings arranged to the cathedral.
In between the Ash Wednesday Service on 14 February and the Tenebrae Service on 28 March, we will follow the Lent readings on Sundays, and mid-week, we will be looking at a series entitled "Approaching Jesus".
We will learn from the ways Jesus shared the journey with a number of different people. People, who approached him at different times and places, as recorded in Matthew's gospel. These practical and personal six studies combine honesty with humour in order to take you through the 40 days of Lent.
These six fascinating studies are sure to give us lots of stimulating and enriching food for thought, and lead us closer to our Lord. The six sessions are:
Session 1: The Pharisee: A Passion for Purity
Session 2: A Father: A Persistent Prayer
Session 3: Peter: A Question of Forgiveness
Session 4: A Rich Man and a Generous Woman
Session 5: Judas: A Hidden Agenda
Session 6: Mary & Martha: A Restoration Project
I'll draw from the first of the six studies at the Ash Wednesday Service, and the remaining five studies will be the focus of small groups through Lent. You can key into a group on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings:
- Mondays: 19 February, and 5, 12, 19 & 26 March, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., led by Jill Wright, meeting at 22 Birchfield Gardens
- Tuesdays: 20 February - 20 March, 7:30-9:30pm, led by Fran Kittle, meeting at Willow Farm, Silfield Road, Wymondham
- Wednesdays: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., led by Adrian, Peter & Cathy: 21 Feb - Church View, The Common; 28 Feb - King John's Thorn, Hethel; 7 March - Hethel Hall Cottage, Hall Road, Hethel; 14 March - Church View, The Common, Mulbarton; 21 March - King John's Thorn, Hethel
- Also on Wednesdays, 7:45-10pm, led by Tom & Becky Taylor, meeting at 69 Orchard Way, Wymondham
A study book will be available for the Lent Course, from any of the group leaders, at a discounted price of £4.50
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