CHURCH SERVICE CANCELLATIONS

Regrettably, more of our Carol Services have had to be cancelled, some due to concerns over the risks of covid transmission, and others because those involved in the services have themselves tested positive for the virus.

Cancelled this week:

  • Carol Singing around Litcham Village this evening
  • Litcham Family Carols and Nativity (Tuesday)
  • Gressenhall Christingle (Friday)
  • Wellingham Carol Service (Friday)
  • Gressenhall Christmas Day

Other services previously advertised will go ahead, although last-minute cancellations may be necessary. I will endeavour to keep you informed.

On a happier note, an announcement was made in the benefice churches yesterday having received this email from the bishop:

‘We are delighted to announce that the Lord Chancellor has nominated the Revd Miriam Fife to the Bishop of Norwich as the next Team Rector of the Launditch & Upper Nar Team Ministry. The Bishop has accepted the nomination and Miriam will be instituted and inducted to the benefice on a date to be arranged in the new year’.

Lovely to have this news before Christmas!
With every blessing
Miriam Fife

SERVICES SET TO RESUME AT EASTER

After some very bleak months with the arrival of Spring and the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine there are good grounds for feeling optimistic.  The ministry team has been working hard to prepare for resuming services once again in our churches but cautiously and safely beginning with Easter.

The government is discouraging large gatherings over Easter and so our main service will be a joyful online celebration of Easter on Zoom.  However, we recognise that taking Holy Communion at Easter is very important to many people and we will therefore be offering a short service of Holy Communion at 9am on Easter day at three of our churches; Gressenhall, Little Dunham and Litcham.

After the 12th April as the second phase of the release from lockdown begins there will be church services throughout the Benefice.  These will be limited in number but will offer a good range of services.  This will not be the fixed pattern of worship going forward but is a temporary measure as we slowly emerge from lockdown.

Online Services have grown steadily in popularity with a congregation of around 50 each week and so these will continue.  Our online services are easy to join, even if you have no experience with technical things.  All you need is a computer or iPad/tablet and an email address.  Links for joining online worship are given in the weekly Benefice email.  If you are unsure, one of us will happily talk you through how to join in.  If you do not have a computer, it is possible to listen in by phone.  Please ask; we are here to help.  Services are recoded and can be watched later from the Upper Nar and Launditch Facebook page.

Every blessing, Miriam, Julia and Shawn