Updated Tuesday 7th July
Services on Sunday 12th July
Bradenham: 9.30am (Holy Communion)
Dereham: 8am (Holy Communion), 9.30am (Holy Communion)
Scarning: 11.15am (Morning Prayer)
Shipdham: 11.15am (Holy Communion)
Swanton Morley: 11.15am (Holy Communion)
A Message from the Incoming Team Rector
Getting there….soon It has been months and months since I completed the application and sent it off. Then there were the interviews, delayed because I was away on a conference at St George’s College, Windsor, when the date was originally set. The announcement was delayed while we waited for the Lord Chancellor’s office to give the all clear. Finally Covid-19 arrived and made the move pastorally and practically difficult. Way back in March we had no idea how we would be impacted by the pandemic and people here wanted some stability during a time of great uncertainty. You have probably been frustrated and we have not found the delay easy either. In my diary the date of 30th June remained with a simple note, ‘Start Dereham’. I had decided long ago that I wanted to do a prayer walk around the benefice at some point between moving in and starting and with all the delays the 30th seemed to be the obvious and symbolic day to do it. The day started with overcast skies and finished with bright sunshine: you can probably tell from the photographs the direction of travel. It was further than I imagined at just over 29 miles. These months have not been easy and we will find it quite difficult settling into a new place where so many things are restricted. The usual avenues of meeting people and gathering in numbers will not be available. Our youngest son Edward will be moving to London the week before our move to start his industrial pacement year with South Western Rail. Our eldest son Oli is a paramedic based in Penrith. We have been unable to see him since Christmas. We hope to spend some time as a family before too long.
Please pray for us as we prepare to move as we will be doing for you.
Paul & Clare
Churches Open for Private Prayer
Churches in the benefice are now able to open for private prayer. Please observe social distancing guidelines and do not enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Dereham: Monday 1000-1200, Thursday 1400-1600
Scarning: open daily
Shipdham: Wednesday 1000-1200, Sunday 1400-1600
Bradenham: open daily
Swanton Morley/Beetley/East Bilney/Hoe: details of key holders in the church porch
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
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