All Saint’s Church

30th December is a Fifth Sunday

Come and join us at Litcham All Saints for the Benefice Service at 10am.
There will be a few nibbles and a glass of wine afterwards.
We look forward to welcoming you.


CHURCH NEWS

Church1Our good news on the Holkham Hall fundraiser for all cChurches in the Benefice is that
Canon Heather has announced the final total raised is £1,967.  A good time was had by all!
As the 30th September is a fifth Sunday, a united Benefice service will be taken by Canon John Blore and the Revd Reverend Miriam Fife at Stanfield Church at 10am.  Why do not you come and join us?.
Litcham Harvest Festival is at 10:15am on Sunday 14th October and will be taken by Peter Brown.  Peter always has some surprises for us.  He has given out a lot of brown envelopes each containing an ear of corn.  He asked us to count and record the number of seeds, then plant some in a pot and bring the results to the sService.  There are still a few envelopes in cChurch if you would like to take part.
We will decorate be decorating the cChurch for Harvest Festival on Friday 12th October.  Pam and I will prepare the posts.  We will observe our usual rules; same place, bring greenery, flowers, berries, fruit and vegetables.  Tea and cake will be available after the sService.  Do come along.
Our next fundraiser for the cChurch will be the Annual Bazaar and Lunch on Saturday 1st December from 10:30am to 2pm, in the Jubilee Hall.  I would be grateful for any donations for the rRaffle, pPick-a–Peg, tTombola and cCake stallsStall.  This year I thought jacket potatoes with lots of different fillings would be welcome:, chillichili, curry, baked beans or cheese with salad, followed by desserts, tea and coffee, all for just £8.
I would be grateful for help, so please do get in touch (01328 700274).
So, until next month, Love and God Bless, June Bevan
Love and God Bless, June Bevan 

P.S.  Chester has his own hareem harem now with Lucy, Maisie and Pepper all calling in for him, lucky fellow!


YOUR RECTOR WRITES…

I have a letter in my possession written to my grandmother as a teenager during the First World War.  It told of the death of her brother at the front.  I can never read this letter without crying.  Harry Percy was the second brother she had lost in that terrible war.  Edward had been lost earlier.Her third brother James returned a broken man; suffering from nightmares and became an alcoholic.
As we look at the names on the memorials in our villages, it seems every family in the land  was touched with similar tragedy during those dark days.
At every Remembrance service since then we have heard Laurence Binyon’s words

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old,
Age  shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.

To honour these words, I hope people will read the names on our memorials sometimes and not just in November.  Remembering a son, brother, husband, dad or friend who left a gaping hole in the lives of those he left behind.  Remembering a person whose life was taken too soon and who was denied so much that could have been.
This is desperately sad but I believe not the final chapter of their story.  Often read at funerals is a passage from the end of the bible.  It is a vision of what is to come and is heartening and a comfort to all of us who have lost loved ones.

“I heard a loud voice proclaiming:
Look, God now makes his home with the people.  He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will be with them.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or sadness, no more crying or pain, for the old order has passed away.”

I hope these words bring you comfort when you are sad.
Heather Butcher


CAROL SINGING
Once again we shall be carol singing for charity in Litcham this year.  Keep the date!  Wednesday 12th December, more details next month but the pub is booked for mulled wine and mince pies at the end of the evening.  Hope you can join us
Heather Butcher


Contacts

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 canonhdb@gmail.com


Vicar: Reverend Julia Hemp
The Vicarage, 4 Lodge Farm Meadows, Gressenhall, NR20 4TN
Phone 01362 861380 or email: reverendjulia@gmail.com


Clergy: Revd Miriam Fife
Phone: 01328 700765 or email: miriam.fife@btinternet.com


Church Wardens
Mr J. O. Birkbeck, Litcham Hall, Lexham Rd.
Mr R. C. Vogt, The Cottage, Pound Lane
PCC Secretary
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.


 

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