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.

New Priest Selected

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.

Make & Mardle

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

Christmas Services for your Diary

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

Sunday 21st December 4 pm, Carols by Candlelight 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 21st December 6.30 pm, Nine Carols and Readings 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 last year of this new service at Hemblington, we are holding it again this year. This time Hemblington Harmony will lead our singing.

Christmas Eve 11.30 pm, Midnight Communion at Blofield

Christmas Day 10.30 am, Benefice Service at Blofield
Our main celebration of Christmas with families and friends.

Update on Development Project

Work will start on this project to provide a toilet, level access and a new kitchen area on 5th January, weather permitting, with 2 weeks of archaeology. If you are interested in this, small numbers of visitors may examine the archaeology but please check first with Giles Emery (the archaeologist) on site. The programme of building works will then continue for 16 weeks after the archaeology is completed. We hope there will be minimal disruption to life at the church during this period.

We are pleased to report that we have recently received a generous grant of £10,000 from the National Churches Trust. The Trust exists to support churches, chapels and meeting houses so that they remain at the heart of the communities for which they were built and can continue to play an integral part in all our lives. They are an independent charity which receives no financial support from government, they remain reliant on the generosity and support of their donors to carry out their work. You can learn more about this charity and its work by visiting their website at http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org.

Prayers for the Vacancy

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.