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.

Christmas Services in Blofield Benefice

Sunday December 12th

3 pm Christmas Carol Service, North Burlingham

Sunday December 19th

11 am Christmas Carol Service, Blofield

3 pm Christmas Carol Service, Hemblington

Friday 24th December – Christmas Eve

4 pm Christingle Service, Blofield

10 pm Midnight at Bethlehem, Hemblington

11.30 pm Midnight Communion, Blofield

Saturday 25th December – Christmas Day

10 am Communion Service, Hemblington

10.30 am Family Service, Blofield

Candlelight Carol Service

Everyone is welcome to join us for our Candlelight Carol Service on Sunday 19th December at 3 pm. We offer an eclectic mix of carols and readings and end with free refreshments including a selection of our famous cakes.

Big Churchyard Birdwatch, Hemblington Church

On Sunday 30th January it is our Big Churchyard Birdwatch event from 11 am – 1 pm with warming refreshments! All welcome to help us spot birds visiting the churchyard. Books and binoculars will be available, plus identification help on hand. Results will be sent to the RSPB – a good Citizen Science project for all families are especially welcome

Burns Night Supper

Our Burns Night Supper at Heathlands Community Centre on Saturday 22nd January at 7 pm. There will be a traditional Burns Night supper, “a wee dram”, Address to the Haggis, Toast to the Ladies, and much more. Tickets are £12. Please phone Lynda (01603) 713597, Jill 714164 or Sue 715804 for tickets. Such a good and sociable way to kick off the New Year.

Christmas Boxes

It’s that time of year again when we start to think about Christmas. Our initiative last year to make Christmas boxes to go to the foodbank in Great Yarmouth was incredibly successful and so we’d like to do it again this year.

We can start collecting from late November and the boxes can be left at the back of Hemblington church again. Please wrap the two parts of the box separately, but don’t wrap the gifts inside. Please put a post a note on the top to say who the box might go to. For example Adult female, teenager, child (with age range)

What to put in ?

Adults: Toiletries, other hygiene items, gloves, scarves, treats and whatever else you can think of. No alcohol or tobacco please.

Children: gloves, scarves, treats, small toys, school items and whatever else you can think of.

Many thanks if you can help those with so little this Christmas time

Revd. Sue Shillam 01603 211629 sue.shillam@btinternet.com

Visit by Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest

Radio Norfolk’s “Treasure Quest” visited the church on Sunday 19th September, when one of our churchwardens, Simon Mutten, was interviewed on the show.

Sue Shillam Ordained

Sue Shillam, who has been a Lay Minister in the local benefice for some years, was ordained as a deacon at a service at the Cathedral on Saturday, 25th September. The next morning, the now Rev’d Shillam led the Harvest Festival service at Hemblington – a traditional thanksgiving for the harvest and good fortune in this parish – but encouraging all to remember the hardships being faced by so many people around the world. The teachers and parents of Hemblington school children were extraordinarily generous in providing an enormous amount of tinned food and other groceries which went to the Gt Yarmouth foodbank.

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.

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.

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 5 December
  • 9:30 am Morning Worship, Hemblington Church
  • 11:00 am Morning Worship, Blofield Church
Wednesday 8 December
  • 9:30 am Holy Communion, Blofield Church
  • 10:15 am Coffee and Chat, Blofield Church
  • 1:00 pm Play Church, Blofield Church
Sunday 12 December
  • 9:30 am Holy Communion, Hemblington Church
  • 11:00 am Holy Communion, Blofield Church
  • 3:00 pm Carol Service, North Burlingham Church
  • 3:00 pm Christmas Concert, Blofield Church
Wednesday 15 December
  • 9:30 am Morning Service, Blofield Church
  • 10:15 am Coffee and Chat, Blofield Church
  • 1:00 pm Play Church, Blofield Church