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.
Women’s World Day of Prayer is a world-wide movement led by Christian women from 170 countries. It brings together many races, traditions and cultures to share a common day of prayer and worship once a year. Each year the service is prepared by women from a different country. This year it is the work of the women of the Bahamas.
The service is not meant to be simply by women for women. It is intended to be a gift from the Christian women of the Bahamas to all Christians. There will be services all over the world, our most local one being at St Laurence Church. Brundall at 1.45 pm.
At Hemblington Church on this day we will be holding a day of prayer, reflection and fellowship. On each hour between 10 am and 1 pm and between 3 pm and 5 pm, there will be prayers, readings or reflections taken from the material prepared by the Bahamian women. Between times there will be time for private prayer, reflection and fellowship. At 12.15 pm there will a Bahamian themed light lunch. Please join us for any part of the day. Men, women and children will all equally be welcome.
Our service on Mothering Sunday, March 15th, will be a family (non-Communion) service and everyone will be welcome. Our special guests will be the Hemblington School band who will be helping to provide the musical accompaniment. Coffee and cakes will be served after the service.
We will be holding a Lent Lunch on Tuesday 10th March 12 noon to 2 pm at Hemblington Hall. Donations for the soup and bread will be in aid of the Church in Jerusalem which provides medical services to all peoples of the Holy Land.
The building work started as soon as the archaeologists left the site in January and the first item to be completed was the ‘trench arch’ drainage system. This allows for effluent to be broken down aerobically below the surface of the soil and is a cheap, low maintenance solution for our new facilities. The foundations for the new extension are now in place and you can see the building taking shape with the first few rows of bricks having been laid.
We are still waiting for the archaeologist’s full report but that should be received shortly and will be available on our website.
The interviews for our vacancy took place on December 3rd and the interview panel unanimously selected the Rev. Kevin Billson as our new priest. Kevin is currently an assistant curate at the parish of Brereton and Rugeley in Staffordshire. Kevin will officially start on Tuesday April 21st when he will be licensed by the Bishop, the Rt Revd Graham James, at a service at Blofield Church. We will provide more details in future issues of Blofield News.
Kevin will initially hold the position of Priest-in-Charge of the benefice rather than Rector. This is to simplify the work of the diocese to complete the legal changes involved in officially incorporating North Burlingham into the benefice. Once these legal changes are completed it is expected that Kevin will become our Rector.
We look forward to welcoming Kevin and his family to Blofield next April.
Our next session will be on Thursday 19th February from 10 am to 12 noon at Hemblington Hall. There will be craft activities, knitting and chat with tea/coffee and cake. Please join us to share your craft experiences or just for a good mardle. Everyone is welcome
This is video shows our beautiful church on a lovely summers day in June. Music by the Octagon Singers of Norwich.
Friends of Hemblington Church now has a Facebook page where it is planned to display lots of pictures and details of events taking place at the church.