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.
Hemblington Church is pleased to report that it has achieved its target fund for this project to provide a toilet, level access and a new kitchen area. When we started fundraising a year ago we hardly dared hope that we could reach such an ambitious target for such a small church but, thanks to generous donations, considerable local support for our fundraising events and a number of successful grant applications made by Sue Shillam, we finally reached our target at the end of December 2014.
Work started on the project on Monday 5th January when protective fencing appeared around the building area and a team of archaeologists from Norvic Archaeology, led by Giles Emery, started to dig the ground to the north of the church. Fairly soon we could see the shape of the extension ground works and the trench that would contain our eco toilet composting system. The archaeologists completed their work on Friday 16th January. They have discovered the bones of a number of individuals which would have been buried in the area many years ago. These will be interred elsewhere in the churchyard after a small service. The archaeologists will produce a full report in the next few weeks which we will make available on our website and will summarise in the March issue of this magazine.
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 Tuesday 20th January 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
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 5 pm Benefice interregnum prayers at 3 Church Alley
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.
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.