Welcome

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.

Harvest Festival

We will be holding our Harvest Festival service on Sunday 26th September at 9.30 am. Food donations will be forwarded to the Yarmouth Foodbank. Everyone is welcome to join us for this service.

New Pathways

Following a request to make the paths to the north and south porches easier for people in wheelchairs and buggies to manoeuvre, new pathways have recently been laid. This work was made possible thanks to generous legacies from long term church members Frank and Marjorie Hughes with additional grants from Hemblington Parish Council and the Friends.

Deanery Synod Vacancies

The Blofield deanery, consisting of 28 Churches in 20 parishes stretching from the Plumstead to Reedham, is looking for a New Lay Chair for its current Triennium to share in chairing of the local deanery synod alongside the Rural Dean – a member of the clergy. The synod meets two or three times a year. The Lay chair is also a member of the standing committee which may also meet several times a year.

Members of the synod are elected at Annual Parochial Church meetings and the clergy of the deanery meet under the joint chairmanship of the Area (Rural) Dean and the Lay Chair. The aim of the deanery is to foster mission, encourage pastoral care and joint activity between the parishes of the deanery. It also acts as a conduit for relevant information between the General and Diocesan synods and the local parishes debating relevant issues from time to time. This is a position that would ideally suit a communicant member of the church of England with an interest in the life of the church – it’s worship and participation in the life of the local community – and its response to key issues and topics of the day.

The deanery is also looking for a secretary to take the minutes of the meetings and circulate them to all members of the synod. From time to time there are other administrative tasks to be undertaken.

For further information please contact Rev Kevin Billson Assistant Rural Dean. His contact details are on the Contact Us page.

Heritage Open Days

This year the Heritage Open Days will be from Friday 10th to Sunday 19th September. Our church will have an exhibition highlighting local food producers, as part of the national “Edible England” theme. If you would like to publicise your produce, please e-mail us at Hemblington@gmail.com.

Magical Mystery Music Quiz in Aid of Friends

Can we “Rock around The Clock” or “Twist and Shout” at the Magical Mystery Music Quiz this September? Can Heathlands “Gimme Shelter”? We don’t know yet – but if it can go ahead on Saturday, 4th September – then it will! Doors open at 7.15pm, ticket: £10 which includes a light supper. Drinks only from the bar – please don’t bring your own! E-mail: Hemblington@gmail.com or linda_bryant7@hotmail.com or telephone: (01603) 715804/715933 to register your interest, then we can let you know, for sure, that it is going ahead.

Communal Worship at our Churches

Sunday services now regularly take place in the Churches of Blofield and Hemblington and we look forward to welcoming worshippers.

Sunday services are held in Hemblington Church with North Burlingham at 9.30 am and in Blofield Church at 11.00 am. Services alternate between Holy Communion and a Service of Morning Worship.

There are benefice Morning prayers on Tuesdays at 9.00 am by Zoom. There are benefice Morning prayers on Thursdays at Hemblington Church at 9.00 am.

The Wednesday morning service at 9.30am is now held in Blofield Church. It alternates between Holy Communion and a Service of Morning Worship.

Our church buildings will remain open for private prayer at published times.

Church Opening Times

Hemblington Church is now open to visitors every day from 9.30 am until 5 pm.

We request that you follow government guidelines by cleaning your hands with the supplied antiseptic gel, providing your contact details and not entering the cordoned off areas.

We hope you enjoy the history and peace of our lovely church.

Medieval Music Recorded in Our Church

Our organist Rory Marsden recently recorded a performance of Medieval Music in our church for the Festival of Medieval Music in the Dales which this year was online. Rory’s performance can now be seen on YouTube.

For more information about the Dales festival please visit their FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/medievalmusicinthedales.

Take a look inside Hemblington Church

As a retirement project, Andrew Hawkins is building a website which takes a virtual tour of places of interest in and around the historic city of Norwich, presented as a series of interactive 360-degree panoramas in which you, the viewer, can ‘turn the camera’ to look left and right and up and down. He has just added a section about Hemblington Church which contains beautiful views of our church. The Hemblington Church entry can be found at:

http://norwich360.com/hemblington.html

But have a look round the rest of the website for interesting insights into our local heritage.

Access to Hemblington Parish Records

For anyone who is researching family history in the Hemblington area we have a page explaining how you can access our church records.

This can be found here.

Virtual Tours of Hemblington Church

Thanks to Paul Brittain of Norfolk360.co.uk you can now experience a 360 degree tour of the inside and outside of our church by using the following links:


View inside All Saints, Hemblington Church on Google Tours
360 Tour Inside Church

View outside All Saints, Hemblington Church on Google Tours
360 Tour Outside Church

Video of Hemblington Church

This is video shows our beautiful church on a lovely summers day in June 2014. Music by the Octagon Singers of Norwich.

Sunday 26 September
  • 9:30 am Harvest Festival, Hemblington Church
  • 11:00 am Harvest Festival, Blofield Church
  • 12:00 pm Harvest Lunch, Blofield Church
Wednesday 29 September
  • 9:30 am Holy Communion, Blofield Church
  • 10:15 am Coffee and Chat, Blofield Church
  • 1:00 pm Play Church, Blofield Church
Sunday 3 October
  • 9:30 am Service of the Word, Hemblington Church
  • 11:00 am Service of the Word, Blofield Church
  • 3:00 pm St Gregory’s Orchestra Concert, Blofield Church
Wednesday 6 October
  • 9:30 am Morning Service, Blofield Church
  • 10:15 am Coffee and Chat, Blofield Church
  • 1:00 pm Play Church, Blofield Church