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.

Posada Comes to Hemblington & Blofield Heath

Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people, dressed as Mary and Joseph, travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus in the weeks before Christmas. On Christmas Eve they would visit the local church to re-enact the nativity and place figures of Mary and Joseph in a nativity scene.

Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place. This gives each ‘host’ the chance to create their own celebration in their home or place in the community, worshipping and reaching out to their communities with the real message of Christmas, making room for Jesus in their lives.

This year Hemblington Church is bringing Posada to Hemblington and Blofield Heath. The nativity figures will visit a number of locations in the villages including a day with each class at Hemblington School. On Christmas Eve it will arrive at Hemblington Church where it will stay for Christmas Day.

Christmas Services & Events at our Churches

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

Saturday 28th November 10.30 am – 2 pm, Christmas Extravaganza at Blofield Church
Original gift ideas, cakes, plants, festive food and a visit to see Father Christmas in his Grotto.

Sunday 29th November 5 pm, Advent Carol Service at Blofield Church
A service looking forward to Christmas with Advent carols and readings.

Tuesday 15th December 6.30 pm, Blofield School Carol Concert at Blofield Church
Everyone is welcome to join the children from Blofield School at their carol service.

Thursday 17th December from 6.30 pm, Family Carol Singing outside the Margaret Harker Hall.

Sunday 20th December 11 am, Family Christmas Carol Service at Blofield Church
A festive mix of readings and carols.

Sunday 20th December 4 pm, Carols by Candlelight at Hemblington Church
A mixture of readings, old and new, light hearted and traditional, interspersed with well known carols plus music from the Hemblington School Band.

Sunday 20th December 6.30 pm, Lessons and Carols for Christmas at North Burlingham Church

Christmas Eve 4 pm, Christingle at Blofield Church
A wonderful way to begin the Christmas festivities, especially suitable for children.

Christmas Eve 10 pm, Midnight in Bethlehem at Hemblington Church
Following the success of this service last year, we are holding it again this year.

Christmas Eve 11.30 pm, Midnight Communion at Blofield Church

Christmas Day 8 am, Holy Communion at Blofield Church

Christmas Day 10.30 am, Benefice Service at Blofield Church
Christmas morning celebration for All the Family.

Visit by the Church by the U3A Dereham Group

Just over 20 members of the U3A Dereham Group visited our church recently in order to learn and understand more about the church history, fabric and architecture.

A series of short presentations had been prepared about the history of the area, the fabric of the building, the interior fittings and of course the wall painting, all based on the presentations given during a study day in September. There was also a short quiz for people to undertake, trying to find the various decorative limestone features and other geological specimens in the external fabric of the building. This was followed by tea and cake!

The post-visit evaluation was very positive including the comments:

    All the members that I spoke to afterwards said how much they had enjoyed the presentation and the way that is was co-ordinated.
    We were, of course fascinated by the amazing wall painting and all that it portrayed. I had no idea Christopher met such a grizzly death. However, each section had points of interest and I would be loath to pick a highlight.
    We had a delightful visit – thank you.

If any other groups would like to visit the church too, please get in contact with us via the contact us page form.

Dereham U3A

Make & Mardle

There will be no Make and Mardle in December but we will meet again on Tuesday 19th January from 10 am to 12 noon at Gables Farmhouse, Hemblington Hall Road, Hemblington. Everyone will be most welcome.

Study Day Report

Our church was the venue for a study day on Saturday 5th September. Five speakers described the history of the church, from information found in medieval records through to descriptions and discussions about the elaborate font and excellent wall painting of St Christopher – probably the best example in the country. The presenters kept the audience of 40 people absorbed by discussing how the church had been built, the geology of the stones incorporated into the walls, and how the building had been changed over the years, especially following the Reformation. Well-known local historians Dr Nicholas Groves, Dr Kristi Bain and Gerald Randall were joined by geologist Jenny Gladstone and Dr Ellie Pridgeon, who had studied church wall paintings for her Ph. D.

The study day had been planned to celebrate a new step in the church’s history – the building of level access into the church, a W.C. and better kitchen facilities, and it is hoped that more local groups may wish to take advantage of the peaceful situation and the resources available at the church in future.

A more detailed report can be found here.

Visit to Hemblington Church by the Bure Valley Conservation Group

19 members of the Bure Valley Conservation Group visited our church on Wednesday, 26th September. After (proper) coffee, a Norfolk Wildlife Trust officer showed a presentation about churchyards and how they are often the last bastion for some species, as they are usually unimproved grassland, i.e. no chemicals have been used on them. They usually offer a mosaic of habitats with long and short grass areas, trees, bushes and hedges, sheltering wildflowers, small mammals, birds, insects, lichens and fungi. Some indigenous wildflowers that are becoming increasingly rare are often seen in such areas, e.g. meadow saxifrage, cowslip, pignut, lady’s bedstraw, oxeye daisy and Burnet saxifrage. The group then divided into small teams and surveyed different parts of the old and new churchyard areas. Their results will be written up and sent to us and will help initiate the conservation management plan that will be discussed with the church committee shortly. The Bure Valley Conservation Group offered to return to the churchyard to help with raking up mown grass and may offer to return on a regular basis, if the church team can suggest dates sufficiently far in advance to fit in with their three monthly programme.

The group was also very interested in the fabric of the church and were shown around the exterior, pointing out various features. A short discussion was held inside the church about how it had changed over the centuries and we briefly discussed the font and wall painting. The group was very interested in the fabric of the church and would appreciate a more in depth discussion about it in the future.

Bure Valley Group