Welcome to the website for All Saints Church, Hemblington. We do not know who built our church or when. What we worship in each week is a beautiful and simple building. The clear glass windows allow the light to flood the building. We gaze out at the rolling fields that surround the churchyard. This delightful building is very much part of the environment as the environment is part of the church.

This is a church that takes the visitor far away from the rush of a busy world. The round tower reminds us of the long history of Christian worship on this site. Within it one of the country's largest wall paintings of St Christopher greets the visitor. The uncluttered interior, medieval bench ends and magnificent font all tell stories of faith and worship throughout the centuries.

Christmas Services and Events at our Churches

You are warmly invited to all of our Christmas services and events, details of which are provided below:

Sunday 27th November 4 pm, Advent Carol Service at Hemblington
A service looking forward to Christmas with Advent carols and readings.

Friday 9th December from 8.15 pm, Carol Singing at Heathlands, Blofield Heath

Monday 12th December 6.30 pm, Blofield School Carol Concert at Blofield
Everyone is welcome to join the children from Blofield School at their carol service.

Thursday 15th December from 6.30 pm, Family Carol Singing outside the Kings Head, Blofield.

Sunday 18th December 11 am, Family Christmas Carol Service at Blofield
A festive mix of readings and carols.

Sunday 18th December 4 pm, Christmas Carol Service at Hemblington
A mixture of readings, old and new, light hearted and traditional, interspersed with well known carols plus music from the Hemblington School Band.

Sunday 18th December 6.30 pm, Christmas Carol Service at North Burlingham

Christmas Eve 4 pm, Christingle at Blofield
A wonderful way to begin the Christmas festivities, especially suitable for children.

Christmas Eve 10 pm, Midnight in Bethlehem at Hemblington
Following the success of this service last year, we are holding it again this year.

Christmas Eve 11.30 pm, Midnight Communion at Blofield

Christmas Day 8 am, Holy Communion at Blofield

Christmas Day 9 am, Family Service at Hemblington
A joint service with North Burlingham taken by Revd. Canon Judith Wilson.

Christmas Day 10.30 am, Family Service at Blofield
Christmas morning celebration for All the Family.

Make & Mardle

There will be no Make and Mardle in December but we will meet next year on Tuesday 24th January, Thursday 16th February and Tuesday 21st March from 10 am to 12 noon and all at Gables Farmhouse, Hemblington Hall Road, Hemblington, NR13 4PT. Everyone will be most welcome. Call 270360 for more information.

New Editor Required for Church Magazine

We are looking for someone (or perhaps two people) to take on the role of editor of our church magazine, Blofield News, from next March. You do not have to be a member of one of our churches as long as you are sympathetic to the churches’ views and goals. You do not need to be a wizz with computers just be able to use a word processor. You will be supported by a team of people who will provide content, who will create special articles, such as the book reviews, and who will organise the printing and distribution of the magazine.

If you would like to find out more about what is involved then please do not hesitate to get in contact with the current editor, Peter Harvey, through the form on the Contact Us page. If you are interested in taking over this role then please contact the rector, a churchwarden or Peter.

New Notelets for Sale

We have two new designs available: one of the interior of the church and another of the exterior showing our new extension. These are available from the church – a pack of 5 for £2.

Forthcoming Events

Do look out for us at Heathlands Christmas Fair on Saturday November 19th and Blofield Church’s Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday November 26th. We will have stalls at both events which will help raise funds for our church.

Let’s Go Wild in the Churchyard

This event was planned by The Friends of All Saints Church, to encourage people to see what local conservation and wildlife groups do and spark an interest in their work, as well as enjoy and appreciate All Saints very special churchyard habitat.

On Saturday, 14th May, we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and resilience of the members of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT), the Bure Valley Conservation Group, our very own Blofield and District Conservation Group (BADCOG) and local naturalist David Bryant, all of whom encouraged children and adults alike to look for and identify wild flowers, birds, beetles, and bugs – regret it was too cold and windy for moths and butterflies – and make bird boxes, fir cone feeders, dragon flies, and generally get involved with wildlife in the churchyard.

There were also displays of information about local and national organisations supporting birds, bats and wildlife generally, and information about surveys undertaken in the churchyard in previous years.

Bug Hunting

Hemblington is one of the churches taking part in the NWT’s Norfolk Churchyard Conservation Scheme, which helps churches manage their churchyards to protect the plant species of particular interest while observing the main requirements of the church. Training, support, advice and surveys are offered by the Trust and a new team of six people is currently being trained and supported to undertake regular surveys at All Saints. The southern area of the churchyard has been exceptionally well managed by BADCOG for many years. Since Saxon times, it has never been ploughed nor treated with pesticide and consequently wild flowers have flourished. During a survey at the Wildlife Day, 67 species of wild flowers were identified, which is an excellent start for our new surveyors.

The birdwatchers spotted 30 species but only 3 types of butterfly. However it really was a very cold, windy day, which may have kept some visitors away from the event as well as the anticipated butterflies and moths!

The Friends of All Saints would like to say a big thank you to the NWT, the BVCG, BADCOG, David Bryant, the Church’s events team for providing all the food and hot drinks and all our intrepid visitors for braving the outdoors on such a cold day. We hope it will encourage people to get more involved with appreciating the wild life all around us.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help us manage the north side of the churchyard, mowing and raking up during mid and late summer, will be most welcome. Please contact Hemblington@gmail.com or telephone (01603) 715 804.