Adrian

Pentecost Sunday 19 May 2024

Pentecost Sunday 19 May 2024

One of our big three feast days, along with Christmas and Easter - this Sunday marks the amazing gift of the Holy Spirit to God's people.

Join us at Mulbarton Church in person or online at 10am.

Service order here.

Livestream here Sunday morning: https://youtu.be/SJBl_2xUnEI

 

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Adrian

PCC Updates

PCC Updates

Mulbarton—21 Feb, 20 March; next meeting 24 April

Andrea Lovick joined us in February, as our PCC appointee on Mulbarton Community Choir, which functions under the umbrella of the church. The choir has 50-60 members, performs 4-5 times per year (Christmas carols, 2 concerts and “Doorway of Hope”  at Norwich cathedral. We discussed safeguarding, privacy, finances, health and safety, which is all on track. We agreed to support Bev Theobald being licensed as an Authorised Worship Assistant, and talked through changes to the benefice service pattern, introducing bi-monthly “Wild Church”, and suspending the monthly 8am service, promoting instead a monthly mid-week benefice communion in Flordon. We reviewed the recent sound system report, and noted the completion of the major tree work in the churchyard. We made more progress with EcoChurch status, and a strategy for clergy support. Of special concern is the need to recruit a new treasurer.

Sarah Miller joined us in March, whom we employ 9 hours per week to assist with admin. She reported positive feel about increased use of Harvest House, moves to EcoChurch and outreach to local community, including our porch foodbank, and new resources she is using to maintain relationships with wedding couples. We reviewed the church tables at the “Mind, Body, Spirit” fair, which had worked well. We minuted thanks to Jacqui Roper, who had been in touch with all volunteers who had been helping during lockdown, and identified the need to recruit someone to lead on carrying the local volunteer coordination project forward, until which time we would park it. We reviewed and progressed some finance and safeguarding items, and agreed a list of policies and procedures to keep under monitoring. We noted progress on active faculty cases: bench & bike rack granted; nest boxes, blinds & major renovation in process; and memorial tree extras postponed.

Bracon Ash—25 Jan; next meeting 23 April APCM

We reviewed upcoming changes in the deanery, reporting back from meeting with Bishop Ian on 23rd Jan, which secretary and treasurer had attended, still uncertain what the future will hold. We noted thanks for £1,813 income from the patron’s winter concert, paid into the restricted building fund.  We unanimously approved the accounts, ready to present at APCM.  We noted the much needed repair of the oak gate post, and extra posts installed in the car park, and dealt with PCC training and practical arrangements for upcoming services.

Hethel—19 Feb; next meeting 9 April

The treasurer reported moving to the diocesan church finance package, in readiness to hand over . We agreed to trial a SumUp payment machine at the choir concert, & to place some legacy booklets in church. We were given List B approval to proceed with tower work.  We agreed a plan to fill in paint the floor ledger-stone. We reviewed safeguarding status, deanery changes and past events and spent time planning future events, including holy week & rogation events, a bat walk, cream teas, and a possible eco event in partnership with NWT &/or WyNG.

Flordon—31 Jan; next meeting 23 April

The urgent Gift Aid reclaim is underway. We reviewed systems for maintaining churchyard, grateful to many volunteers who help, and agreed to ask Parish Council to review how they contribute. We noted that we only managed to pay £1500 out of £5150 towards parish share in 2023, just 29%, which left no reserves.

 

 

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Peter

How to be a greener Christian #12

How to be a greener  Christian #12

“Plastic is a dazzling example of how we humans invent things and start using them without really understanding the impacts.” So quotes Mike Berners-Lee in How Bad are Bananas. “… Bad, he agrees, but “they have a pretty low carbon footprint”. Au contraire, the Good Energy blog asserts, “By mid-century, plastic is predicted to take up 13-17% of the planet’s carbon budget.” Massive! Read the full article at bit.ly/plastic-climate

As I’ve said before, part of what we can (ought to?!) do is to make our views felt to politicians, local, national and international. Noisily and obstreperously where necessary! Avaaz

(secure.avaaz.org/page/en/highlights/) does good work – you can use the pink box to sign up for regular petition opportunities. But can we cash in on the looming general election? I hope so: as a benefice we’re going to try to get candidates here for a ‘climate hustings’ when the moment is right.

Make sure you come, listen, question, make your point and consider your vote.

If you’re lucky enough to have a non-government pension, you can also exert pressure by asking awkward questions of the provider. bit.ly/goodpensions has some alarming headlines, such as “UK-based pension schemes have more than £88 billion invested in fossil fuel firms such as Shell and BP, the equivalent of £3,000 per pension policyholder. Meanwhile, for every £10 put into a pension, £2 is helping to fund deforestation.”

As you probably know, the internet is a recipe treasure trove! Not least the BBC good food archive.

This month try Herby rice with roasted veg, chickpeas & halloumi? Go to bit.ly/bbcgf1. To critique myself, it uses courgettes and peppers, grown at this time of year in Israel, Morocco, Netherlands, Spain or the UK (too many food miles). Halloumi has a slightly bigger carbon footprint than cheddar.

 

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Ethical Christian #4

Ethical Christian #4

I’m writing this after a sunny day and lots of delicious signs of spring in terms of daffodils, blossom and some beautiful camellia and magnolia displays, so I thought about digging into Ethical

Gardening!

There’s no way I can cover everything here but just share a few thoughts, pointers, suppliers you might want to think about, look up or use.

1/ Sounds simple (because it is) but be kind to your soil - MULCH.

Reincorporate organic matter left over from what you’ve grown, make your own compost or use an organic, peat free one: FertileFibre has 100% organic 100% peat free, award winning composts for a variety of purposes. They also have a DIY plastic free compost option that’s worth checking out.

2/ Carbon footprint - a big subject but some easy starters:

  • Try to avoid plastic packaging and pots. Terracotta or galvanised metal ones would be better. Broken terracotta ones can be used for drainage too.
  • Natural methods for pest control. I use a milk solution on my roses to try and help against rose black spot. Nancy Birtwhistle has some recipes in her Clean and Green book for the garden I am planning to try this year. Why don’t you share your natural methods that work for you. Send me them and I can put them together to share around the church community.
  • Share cuttings/divided plants; local plant sales; allow areas to grow wild too (wonderful for biodiversity and local pollinators to have native plants or ‘flowers in the wrong place’!)

3/ A couple of check outs for you:

https://thewildlifecommunity.co.uk/collections/plastic-free-gardening

wonderful selection of non plastic, ethical and natural material gardening products. Loving their reusable, fairly traded FSC-certified natural rubber seed trays and their certified organic sheep’s wool pellets for fertilisation sound fascinating (and much, much more!)

https://www.greenchoices.org/eco-shops/gardening-suppliers a helpful collection of places to go to shop as well as a gardening section that offers lots of advice about different aspects of gardening greener.

 

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Adrian

Mulbarton Church Treasurer - VACANCY!

Mulbarton Church Treasurer - VACANCY!

Mulbarton Church Council are immensely grateful to Sue Mellows, ably assisted by Symon, in doing so much valuable work as treasurer for six years. Time has come to retire from the post, from the next annual meeting on 15th May 2024.

We would love to hear from anyone interested to explore what this crucial role might involve and whether you could help carry the church forward in this role. You would be working as part of a dynamic and committed team, as together we see more of God's kingdom come.

A full job description is available here.

Please contact the Rector in the first instance if you would like to find out more.

 

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Adrian

Sunday 12 May 2024

Sunday 12 May 2024

Jill leads a service of morning worship on the theme of Ascension, as we reach the climax of seasonal time at the end of Easter.

All welcome in person or online.

Service sheet here

Livestream here Sunday morning.

 

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Adrian

Sunday 21 April 2024

Sunday 21 April 2024

We continue to explore the aftermath of Jesus' resurrection as the church grows and the powers and authorities are left struggling to know how to cope.

Join us in person as we share bread and wine, or online as we worship together.

Service order here

Livestream here Sunday morning: https://youtu.be/tUY3wtILXjg

 

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Adrian

Sunday 14 April 2024

Sunday 14 April 2024

Worship in-person or online from Mulbarton Church.

This 3rd Sunday of Easter, we we explore the new beginning offered to the religious folk of Jesus' time, and what that means for church today.

Service sheet online here.

Livestream here on Sunday morning: https://youtu.be/Xhw9KYxx118

 

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Adrian

Sunday 7 April 2024

Sunday 7 April 2024

Join us as we explore how the early church shared life together, and be inspired as we think about how we share life together too.

In person at Mulbarton Church or online via the livestream.

Service order here

Livestream here: https://youtu.be/LBwgeki4nLs

 

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Adrian

Sunday 3 March 2024 - All Age

Sunday 3 March 2024 - All Age

Join us for lively, fun, interactive worship for all ages.

We explore how the example and teaching of Jesus and Moses help us to live well in today's world.

In person or online.

Service order here.

Livestream here on Sunday morning: https://youtu.be/nhJ8jMy3XjM

 

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Adrian

Sunday 4 Feb 2024

Sunday 4 Feb 2024

We welcome Teddy's family to church, as we welcome him into the family, through baptism, remembering how Jesus' parents also brought Jesus to the Temple to be presented to the Lord.

Service sheet here.

Livestream here: https://youtu.be/7xfiL7InPL4

 

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Adrian

Sunday 28 Jan 2024

Sunday 28 Jan 2024

This Sunday, a special christening service for Mason and Mia, as we reflect on how Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple at the start of his life.

Service order here.

Livestream here on Sunday morning. https://youtu.be/XK9SN2aMH3w

 

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Adrian

All Age Worship 7 Jan 2024

All Age Worship 7 Jan 2024

Exploring the baptism of Christ on this first Sunday of the new year, full of promise of all that is to come.

Fun, interactive worship, with something for everyone.  All welcome in person or online.

Service order here.

Livestream here Sunday morning: https://youtu.be/EAlh8vSUh1Q

 

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Adrian

Midnight Christmas Communion 2023

Midnight Christmas Communion 2023

Join us in person at Mulbarton Church or online, to see Christmas in with a communion service - "Christ's Mass" in the truest sense!

Service begins at 11:30pm

Livestream here: https://youtu.be/84qH0eErcAs

 

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Adrian

Crib Service 2023

Crib Service 2023

Our annual crib service - telling the Christmas story as we hear from all the main characters

Livestream here: https://youtu.be/TzSEmdNg7Zc

 

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Adrian

Sunday 24 Dec 2023: Thanksgiving for Sammy

Sunday 24 Dec 2023: Thanksgiving for Sammy

We rejoice with the family for the gift of baby Samuel, as we consider the angel's visit to Mary with news of a special baby.

Service order here.

Livestream here on Sunday morning. https://youtu.be/wlBGghWb5Aw

 

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