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.
Prayer is the underlying need during this period when we are without a Rector. It is unlikely that we will have a new rector in place until the New Year. We all need the wisdom of God’s Holy Spirit to help us through this period. We have therefore made available various times of prayer during the week.
Tuesdays 9 am Morning Prayer at Blofield
Thursdays 9 am Morning Prayer at Hemblington
Fridays 6 pm Prayer with short Bible refection at Blofield
These are designed to make it possible for as many people as possible to attend one or more of these times every week. We hope everyone linked with Blofield, Hemblington and North Burlingham will respond. It began last month and will continue until further notice – probably until we know we have a new Rector. Prayer is where God enters our hearts and draws us close to him and each other as we seek his will. There will be no pressure to pray in a particular way – we all pray differently.
Our church will be taking part in the Diocese of Norwich Summer Trail and families can have their map stamped at St Andrew and St Peter in Blofield and All Saints in Hemblington. The link for more information on this activity is www.dioceseofnorwich.org/summer. It starts on Monday 28th July and runs until Sunday 7th September and there will be posters in the church. The stamp for recording visits to the church will be located in the church building and visitors are meant to ‘find’ the stamp as part of visiting the church.
A lifeboat is no use if it just stays in its boathouse or in the harbour. The Church is the same. If we simply stay in the safety and security of the building we don’t have the opportunity to meet people, to be a part of the local community and to discover new things both about ourselves and the people whom we meet.
The Vicar or Rector of a parish is there for everyone who lives in the community, not just those who go to Church, although of course it is the churchgoers who will see most of him or her. This is a part of the unique place which the Church of England has in the nation’s life, so that everyone who lives in England has the right to have their child christened in the local Church, and to be married there (providing the qualifications are met) and to have their funeral in that same Church.
As you will know, there is no Vicar for your parish at present and we are trying to recruit a replacement. In preparation for doing so, a profile has been drawn up which not only includes a person specification but also a description of Church and village to show that ministry is exercised both inside and outside the Church, so that people can say ‘that’s our vicar,’ whether they are churchgoers or not. I hope and pray that our recruitment will be successful.
Our Churches have stood proud across the Norfolk landscape for many centuries. They have seen wars, upheavals, times of peace and also of great change. There is though a constancy about their presence in our villages and what these ancient buildings stand for through the generations. The task in our generation, hopefully guided by your new Vicar, is to ensure that although the Church itself may be old, the message of God’s love for the world and for each of us, is told afresh in every generation.
The Venerable Steven Betts, Archdeacon of Norfolk
Claire and Terry Norton will again be welcoming everyone to their Open Garden at the Bird in Hand in Blofield Heath on Sunday 17th August 2 pm to 6 pm for their annual open garden and plant sale.
There will be delicious home-made cakes and teas, raffle, cake stall and a prize target bowls competition. And, of course, for the adults there will be “Wine and Woodfords”. Best of all there will be loads of fantastic plants for sale but do get there early as they always sell quickly.
Entrance charge is £2 for adults, free for children. All proceeds will go to Hemblington Church and Heathlands.
On Monday 4th August it will be one hundred years since the declaration of war which began World War 1. Over the past months a team of people has been trying to find out as much information as possible about the men who are listed on the Roll of Honour in Hemblington Church. This is the start of a four year project to commemorate their sacrifice. Join us at Hemblington Church to discover the stories we have uncovered. From August 3rd to 9th there will be a series of events to mark the beginning of the War. A display of our research into the Hemblington Roll of Honour will run all week. Perhaps you can add to our knowledge, come and share your family stories at our Local History Day and become part of this project.
Sunday 3rd August BAD Players perform poetry and sketches about WW1 3 pm.
Monday 4th August National Commemorations. There will be hourly prayers and reflections beginning at 9 am with morning prayer and ending at 6 pm with evening prayer. Drop in for a moment of peace and join us for lunch at 12.30 pm.
Saturday 9th August Local History Day. Exhibition of WW1 memorabilia, 10.30 am to 4 pm.
For further details of these events contact Joyce on 270542.
At Hemblington Church we are hoping to create a choir to sing at our Christmas Carol service. It will be led by our organist, Rory Marsden, who teaches keyboard at Hemblington School and leads the county keyboard orchestras. The rehearsals will start at the end of September. The choir is open to anyone aged between 6 and 14 years old. These sessions should be great fun, an opportunity to sing together, learn some new songs and maybe make some new friends. For more information contact Jennifer on 716970 or email email@example.com
We will be holding children’s craft mornings on Tuesday July 29th and Thursday July 31st, 10 am until noon, at Hemblington Church. These mornings will consist of craft, games and stories for accompanied children of all ages on the theme of Water. Come prepared to get wet and dirty. Refreshments will be provided for the children and for accompanying adults who can join in the fun or relax and watch.
We will be holding another Make and Mardle on Tuesday 22nd July from 10 am to 12 noon at Hemblington Church. There will be craft activities, knitting and chat with coffee and cake. 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.