Over the Christmas period our church was much in use. Two of the most memorable events were the Schools’ Carol Service and the Christingle. It was so good to see and hear the church full of happy children. The Family Carol Service and Nativity followed on Sunday 23rd. Jeanette Mitchell organised the Nativity Tableau with Heather and the children. The children’s’ costumes were very imaginative and colourful. Afterwards we enjoyed mulled wine and other refreshments.
Midnight Mass was well attended, as was the Christmas Day Service, a reminder of what Christmas is really all about. On 30th December being a “Fifth Sunday” we had the customary united service. This is always at one of the seventeen churches in the benefice. On this occasion it was the turn of Litcham. We had the “Benefice Choir” which always enhances the atmosphere. Again, we finished with refreshments.
Our next fundraiser is the Snowdrop Walk at Lexham Hall on Sunday 10th February between 11am and 4pm. We will be serving soup, cakes and sausage rolls. Please look out for my letters and the advertisement in this magazine. Looking well ahead, another date for your diary is Saturday 29th June 2019 in the church. Pam Jackman is organising a concert with the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra – watch this space for more information.
We are all most grateful to Anthony Wilson who has kindly said he will once more take up the office of Church Treasurer for All Saints. To end with a small prayer by Iris Hesselden, taken from a lovely little book I was given for Christmas:
Life is a challenge and each and every day a new adventure.
Who knows what lies around the corner?
Step out bravely and catch the sunshine on the way,
Never look back – except in forgiving
Always look forward – life is for living.
So, until next month, Love and God Bless, June Bevan
The Drop In is held at the Jubilee Hall on Tuesdays in term time.
We are changing our opening times to 10am – 12 noon
The Drop In is for everyone, from all our villages.
- Caring for someone with dementia?
- Lonely or feeling isolated?
- At home with young children?
- New to the area?
- Looking for information about debt?
- Like to knit?
- Just would like coffee, cake and a chat.
Come and join us, we are a friendly bunch
£1 includes coffee, refills and cake.
Heather 700071, ring if you would like to know more.
YOUR RECTOR WRITES…
While out for lunch recently I noticed a family in the next table. The adults were all in happy conversation while a little girl was on the end of the table completely absorbed in her iPad. It seemed a bit sad to me. I hope she grows up able to engage happily with others face to face.
There is no problem with happily engaging with others face to face at the Litcham Drop-In on Tuesday mornings. Conversation ranges from the seriously intellectual to the ridiculous and hilarious. There is lots of laughter. I think it’s truly a taste of heaven, because some of the images of heaven in the bible include people eating and drinking together. Certainly there will be much laughter, at one point in the bible the disciples are laughing and talking so much they are accused of being drunk!
Well there is no alcohol in Tuesday mornings but plenty of tea, coffee and refills, cake and croissants. The Drop-In is for anyone who would like to ‘drop in’. Young and old and there are toys for little ones, anxious, depressed, happy, lonely, whatever you are feeling there is a welcome for you. We are a drop off point for the Food Bank, we have contacts for people worrying about debt and we are also hoping to get knitting for charities. We have generously been given wool and needles.
We would love to see you on a Tuesday morning term time between 10am and 12noon. If you are shy about dropping in and would like one of us to pick you up and bring you on the first occasion give me on 01328 700071
MESSY CHURCH – West Lexham 24th February 3pm
Messy Church has proved to be very popular where it is held in other places. It is a way of worshipping which is much more relaxed and informal and provides opportunities for children and adults to do craftwork together. We are beginning Messy Church once a month at West Lexham on the 4th Sunday afternoon of the month. This is for families across the benefice. Do come and see what it is all about especially if you have children under 10. For further information ring Heather 01328 700071
About 20 people braved the cold this year to sing around the village. Thank you to all came to sing and to all our listeners for their generosity. Thanks also to Mr & Mrs Gurney for a refreshment stop which was much appreciated by all. Thanks to Sue at The Bull for our final stop and having mince pies and mulled wine waiting for us.
I was able to take a cheque for £200 to the Salvation Army at Fakenham for their Toys and Tins Christmas appeal.
If anyone collects stamps from their Christmas cards and is looking for a worthy cause. I shall be sending a parcel to Embrace the charity that supports hospitals and schools in Palestine. Please drop them into your local church.
LEADING YOUR CHURCH INTO GROWTH
This course is being run on Tuesday evenings beginning on 29th January at 7pm at the Methodist Church in Litcham. The course includes a DVD and opportunities to discuss ideas. It is encouraging and realistic. It is open to anyone who would like to come.Please let me know if you would like to join us so that I know numbers.
Heather 01328 700071
I run a little singing group which sings at our service on the Fifth Sunday of the month.
Our next service will be on Mothering Sunday at Gt Dunham on 31st March. If you would enjoy singing, let me know, you would be welcome to join us. We have just three rehearsals.
Heather 01328 700071
CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLE
The Church Electoral Roll is the foundation of the whole structure of synodical government in the Church and contains the names and addresses of everyone who can vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.
Preparation of a new Electoral Roll
Every six years each parish is required to prepare a new electoral roll. Over the next few weeks our Electoral Roll Officer, Linda Turner will be contacting everybody on the electoral roll of Litcham All Saints’ Church with a form that needs to be filled in and returned to:
Linda Turner, Malin, Butt Lane, Litcham PE32 2NY. Your name will then be included on the new electoral roll.
All members on the current roll need to apply to be included – inclusion is not automatic. New people can also apply during this period. A person applies by completing an application enrolment form.
Once the roll is complete a copy is displayed on or near the main door of the parish church, for at least 14 days before the APCM which for All Saints’, Litcham is on Tuesday 9th April. During this time corrections may be made to the entries on the roll; for example how a name is spelt or amending the details of an address. No names can be added or removed during this period, this can only happen after the APCM.
Who can be on the electoral roll?
To be included on the electoral roll a person needs to have been baptised, be at least 16 years old and either:
- Live in the parish and be a member of the Church of England or a Church in communion with the Church of England
- Not resident in the parish but be a member of the Church of England (or a Church with which the Church of England is in communion) and has regularly attended worship in the parish during the six months prior to enrolment
- A member in good standing of a Church which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and be prepared to declare themselves a member of the Church of England, having regularly attended worship during the six months prior to enrolment.
Karen Moore, PCC Secretary, All Saints Church, Litcham
Rector of the Upper Nar and Launditch Group of Parishes
The Reverend Canon HEATHER BUTCHER
The Rectory, Pound Lane, Litcham, PE32 2QR
Telephone : 01328 700 – 071 – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicar: Reverend Julia Hemp
The Vicarage, 4 Lodge Farm Meadows, Gressenhall, NR20 4TN
Phone 01362 861380 or email: email@example.com
Clergy: Revd Miriam Fife
Phone: 01328 700765 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr J. O. Birkbeck, Litcham Hall, Lexham Rd.
Mr R. C. Vogt, The Cottage, Pound Lane
Mrs. Karen Moore, Point House, Back Street.
Telephone 01328 700313
Fees are payable to visiting clergy only for the Sunday Eucharist (Holy Communion)
and where appropriate for officiating at Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals.