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.
On March 5th, Ash Wednesday, we will have a day of services following monastic hours to mark the start of Lent – drop in as you feel free:
5.00 am Morning Prayer (BCP) Blofield ‘Lauds’
7.00 am Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes Blofield ‘Prime’
10.00 am Morning Prayer Hemblington ‘Terce’
1.00 pm Holy Communion (BCP) Hemblington ’Sext’
4.00 pm Evening Prayer Blofield
7.00 pm Evening Prayer & Imposition of Ashes (BCP) Blofield ‘Vespers’
9.00pm Night Prayer Hemblington ‘Compline’
At the 9.30 am service at Hemblington Church on Mothering Sunday we will be joined by children from Hemblington Primary School who will help with the music and readings. Do join us as we give thanks for mothers and give them gifts as a sign of our love.
Women’s World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women who come together to observe a common day of prayer held on the first Friday in March each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service. Through Women’s World Day of Prayer women are encouraged to become aware of their talents and use them in the service of the wider community.
Why not make a note in your diary as we would like you to join with us on Friday 7th March. An inter-denominational service will be held at 2 pm at Brundall Church. Christian women in Egypt have prepared this service on the theme “Streams in the Desert”. Members of various local churches will take part in the readings and a choir and an instrumental group will accompany the hymns.
Hemblington Church felt that they wanted to do something to mark the day which still enabled them to attend the service at Brundall. Their beautiful, peaceful little church lends itself well to quiet and contemplative acts of worship. The church will be open as usual, but on each hour from 10 am until 1 pm and again at 4 and 5 pm there will be a prayer and a reading. The intervening time can be used for personal prayers and quiet reflection. At midday they will serve a simple lunch. Everyone (yes men as well) is invited to join them for any part of the day and stay for as long or short a time as they wish.
On Thursday 27th March starting at 10 am there will be a coffee morning at the Bird in the Hand, 80 Mill Road, Blofield Heath (in aid of the church level access/toilet project).
On Tuesday 25th March our next ‘Make & Mardle’ session is back in Hemblington church from 10 am to 12 noon. Coffee and cakes will be provided. There are still knitted scarecrows to finish or bring whatever craft, knitting or darning that you would like to do or just turn up for a good mardle.
Lent dominates March. For many it will be an excuse to hide the biscuits, or to cut back on something. If we see Lent as giving up the nice things we have missed the point of Lent. If at the end of Lent we are a few pounds lighter we have deceived ourselves. Diets can take place at any time of the year. If we have grown closer in our walk with God, well that is how it should be.
Lent is about making time for God – for creating space. Anyone who has had the misfortune to have seen the study here, when I’m not expecting people, will know how cluttered it gets. There are papers for this and that – as I type I can see an annual report, a funeral book, post-it notes, deanery accounts, a wedding book, a parish magazine, pens without tops, newspaper cuttings, a dog collar, a bible and a pew sheet. I am determined to keep the study clean throughout Lent.
Life should be less stressful. There are too many things demanding time. And when that happens, things of God get pushed to one side.
You see the outer and visible life takes its shape from what is inside. The more focused we are on the things of God, the more organised our public life and the more we will reflect things of Christ.
Clear out the clutter. Turn off the TV, pick up the Bible, eat the chocolate biscuits and drink a mug of coffee (or hot chocolate!) as you take time to digest the Word of God. In the space you have created draw near to God – and you will find God draws near to you. That is what Lent is about. It is what the Bible promises. (James 4:8a)
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.