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.
Which Christmas do you want?
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know…..
Band Aid: Feed the world:
But in our world of plenty, we should spread a smile of joy!
Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time
But say a prayer – pray for the other ones…….
The recent typhoon in the Philippines and the tsunami of Boxing Day 2004 remind us how fragile our world is and it always has been. Sometimes we like Christmas to be full of joy and tinsel and festivity safe behind the curtains, removed from a messy world. But this is to miss out on the heart of Christmas. God entered our messy world as a vulnerable child in a small occupied state that has always and always will be the pinch point between countries south and north.
Christmas reminds us that God embraces this broken and fragile world, not to do away with it and start again, but to show us a better way. The vulnerable Christ child becomes a refugee, a political prisoner, an itinerant preacher with no place to lay his head. And he brings his kingdom, not of power, but of different values: a kingdom where the poor and vulnerable are richly welcomed.
May you be blessed this Christmas and may we be a blessing to others as we live for and pray for the kingdom to come in the words of the Lord’s Prayer.
The world of tsunami, typhoon, warfare and political unrest is the world that breaks God’s heart – yet this is the world he loves so much. Maybe we ought to add extra figures to the crib set this year, so that along with the shepherds and wise men, there are the survivors and victims of this messy world, sheltering under God’s care.
Do you have any sleeping bags that you no longer need? If so would you bring them up to Hemblington Church – it is open daily from 9ish to 4 pm daily. We are collecting them to help those on the streets as the weather conditions deteriorate. For more information please contact Sue (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 270360.
You are warmly invited to all of our Christmas services, details of which are provided below:
Sunday 22nd December 4 pm, Carols by Candlelight
Hemblington’s carol service is a mixture of readings, old and new, light hearted and traditional, interspersed with well known carols.
Christmas Eve 10 pm, ‘Bethlehem Midnight’ Communion
Following the success last year of this new service at Hemblington, we are holding it again this year. This time Hemblington Harmony will lead our singing.
Christmas Day 9 am, Family Communion
A slightly earlier start than usual – if you have already received presents why not bring them along too?
We will be holding a work party on Saturday 14th December. Help us plant hedging and sow wildflower seeds in Hemblington churchyard. This is your chance to make a difference to your local environment. Join us at 10 am and hot soup will be available at noon for all volunteers.
Joyce Burtenshaw has designed two walks and a cycle ride all starting at Hemblington Church. Guides to these walks and the cycle ride are available in Hemblington Church or they can be downloaded from the links page of this website.
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.