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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Thu, 20 May, 2021, 7pm @ Hethel Church & Zoom
NOTICE OF ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
Parish of: Hethel
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held for:
Hethel in Hethel Church at 7:00pm on Thursday20th May 2021
The meeting is limited to a maximum of 6 people physically present, this being by invitation only; however all electoral roll members are warmly invited to attend remotely via Zoom.
For election of parochial representatives of the laity as follows –
To the Deanery Synod: 1 representative.
To the Parochial Church Council: 6 representatives.
For the appointment of the Independent Examiner or Auditor.
For the consideration of:
(a)a report on changes to the Roll since the last annual parochial church meeting;
(b)an Annual Report on the proceedings of the parochial church council and the activities of the parish generally;
(c)the financial statements of the council for the year ending on the 31st December preceding the meeting;
(d)the annual report on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church of the parish;
(e)a report of the proceedings of the deanery synod; and
(f)other matters of parochial or general Church interest.
In this Notice, ‘parish’ means an ecclesiastical parish.
1 Every lay person whose name is entered on the Church Electoral Roll of the parish (and no other person) is entitled to vote at the election of parochial representatives of the laity.
2 A person is qualified to be elected a parochial representative of the laity if –
(a) his or her name is entered on the Church Electoral Roll of the parish and, unless he or she is under 18, has been entered there for at least the preceding six months;
(b) he or she is an actual communicant (which means that he or she has received Communion according to the use of the Church of England or of a Church in communion with the Church of England at least three times during the twelve months preceding the date of the election);
(c) he or she is at least 16; and
(d) he or she is not disqualified as referred to in paragraph 3 of these Notes.
3 (1) A person is disqualified from being nominated, chosen or elected or from serving as a churchwarden, or a member of a parochial church council, if the person is disqualified from being a trustee of a charity (and the disqualification is not subject to a waiver which permits membership of a parochial church council).
(2) A person is disqualified from being nominated, chosen or elected or from serving as a member of a parochial church council or a deanery synod if the person is included in a barred list (within the meaning of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006).
(3) A person is disqualified from being nominated, chosen or elected or from serving as a member of a parochial church council or a deanery synod if the person has been convicted of an offence mentioned in Schedule 1 to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (with that expression being construed in accordance withRule 71(2)of the Church Representation Rules).
(4) A person’s disqualification under sub-paragraph (3) may be waived by the bishop of the diocese by giving the person notice in writing.
(5) A person is disqualified from being nominated, chosen or elected or from serving as a member of a parochial church council if the person has been disqualified from holding office under section 10(6) of the Incumbent (Vacation of Benefices) Measure 1977.
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