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.

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

Saturday 29th November 11.00 am – 2.30 pm, Christmas Extravaganza at Blofield
Original gift ideas, cakes, plants, festive food and a visit to see Father Christmas in his Grotto.

Sunday 30th November 5 pm, Advent Carol Service at Blofield
A service looking forward to Christmas with Advent carols and readings.

Saturday 13th December 3 pm – 5 pm, Messy Christmas at Blofield
Join us as we explore Christmas from a messy angle in an afternoon of family fun, fellowship and food. For children of all ages as well as parents and grandparents.

Sunday 14th December 5 pm, Nine Carols and Readings at Blofield
A festive mix of carols and readings by candlelight.

Tuesday 16th December 6.30 pm, Blofield School Carol Concert at Blofield

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.

Applications are now closed for the vacancy and interviews will take place on Wednesday December 3rd. Hopefully we will have some positive news to report in the next few weeks.

This project, to deliver a toilet extension; level access and new kitchen facilities, will start on Monday 5th January and should be completed early May. Before building work starts, the area where the extension is to be built must be investigated by a team of archaeologists and they will be on site first for a period of around two weeks.

It is envisaged that there will be minimal disruption to the life of the church. Sunday services will continue as normal and visitors will still be able to access the church and gravestones. However, during the week, it may not always be the haven of peace that it normally is. If the church is required for a funeral then building work will stop to enable the service and burial to take place. Further updates will be posted in this magazine and on our website as the project progresses.

During the period that our benefice seeks to appoint a new priest (the interregnum) you are invited to use this prayer seeking God’s guidance:

God Our Father
You have welcomed each one of us in Jesus Christ and called us to be his body at Hemblington and in this benefice.

Send us your Holy Spirit, at this time of uncertainty and change, to fill us with vision, energy and faithfulness in prayer that we may be true to our calling to bring new life to our community.

Guide with your heavenly wisdom those who are to choose a new priest for this benefice, that the one whom we receive may be a wise and gentle shepherd of your people, ready to serve us with joy, to build us up in faith, and to lead us by example in living obedience to your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Amen

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.
http://www.facebook.com/FriendsofHemblingtonChurch