• From the Team Rector, The Revd Canon Paul Cubitt

    Happy New Church Year

    There are three ‘New Year’s in the course of 365 days. There is the New Year when the schools all start back in September and the obvious one that is marked on January 1st. There is also the New Year that starts on Advent Sunday when the church calendar begins. Each New Year carries a sense of new possibilities too. The change of class, year group, or school, or university might mean making new friends, or studying a new subject or joining an out-of-school club. January 1st is a time for new resolutions: this year will be different! And the church year? Advent is that time of preparation when we think not only about Christmas and the birth of Jesus but of his return. Advent asks the question ‘are we ready?’.

    The Diocesan Vision moving forwards is:  Transformed by Christ: Prayerful, Pastoral, Prophetic.  Over the coming years these will be developed but the first, ‘Prayerful’, will be especially marked in 2021/22. To begin Advent properly prayer is a must. By praying we start listening to God and as we draw close, our thinking, imagination and actions begin to fall in step with God’s purposes, and thus transformed we have a new longing for God’s kingdom to come.

    One of the Diocesan prayer resources is an adaptation of the Methodist Covenant prayer written by John Wesley. Wesley hoped that people would use the prayer at the outset of each calendar year and many churches across the denominations do this as part of a Covenant Service, in which those present commit their lives afresh to God as the new year begins. It is a famously demanding – even difficult - prayer to pray:

    I am no longer my own but yours.

    Put me to prayer.

    Put me to deepening my life with you by deepening my life of prayer.

    Put me to the faithful setting aside of time;

    put me to listening;

    put me to wonder;

    put me to holding a broken world in your love;

    put me to trusting.

    I willingly expect to be changed by prayer:

    I freely and wholeheartedly yield to being transformed by Christ.

    Let me be changed by you and so change the world for you.

    Glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

    you are mine and I am yours.

    So be it.

    And this covenant now made on earth,

    let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

    With concerns over rising infection rates, we ask that masks are once more worn, especially in Christmas Carol services and Christingles, where more people attend, and social distancing is compromised. It would be appreciated if people could take lateral flow tests before attending the busiest of services. We all want to keep well and safe for Christmas and the New Year.

     

    Happy Christmas,

     

    Paul

    Many of our Sunday services from Dereham are live-streamed on Facebook File:Facebook Logo (2019).png - Wikimedia Commons.

    View them here: https://www.facebook.com/stnicsdereham/

    Daily Prayer Tuesday - Saturday is also live-streamed on Facebook at 9.00 am

    Daily Prayer Monday-Thursday and Saturday on Zoom at 9.00am

     

    Our Brand Resources - YouTube channel is called 'St Nicholas' Church Dereham' and can be found using the following link:

    https://youtube.com/channel/UCJPHvhuoBXwdMKXex3hoqig

    With our return to the churches our YouTube channel is used less often.

    If you click on 'Subscribe' it will be easier to find in future.

    The calendar at the bottom of this page shows upcoming services. You'll find a warm and friendly welcome.

    Please click on the 'Contact Us' tab to get in touch with our clergy.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • This Week

    Tuesday 7th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer. This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    Wednesday 8th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer. This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    10:00  Shipdham: Midweek Holy Communion

    10:00  Dereham: Midweek Holy Communion

    Thursday 9th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer: This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    Friday 10th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer: This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    Saturday 11th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer: This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    Sunday 12th December

    08:00  Said Holy Communion

    09:30 - 10:50 East Bilney - Parish Communion

    09:30 - 10:30 Hoe - Morning Prayer BCP

    09:30 - 10:15 Bradenham Village Hall - Cafe Church

    09:30  Dereham - Parish Communion

    11:15  Scarning - Parish Communion

    11:15 - 12:15 Swanton Morley - Morning Worship

    11:15 - 12:15 Shipdham - Parish Communion

    11:15 - 12:15 Scarning - Holy Communion

    Tuesday 14th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer. This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    Wednesday 15th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer. This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    10:00  Shipdham: Midweek Holy Communion

    10:00  Dereham: Midweek Holy Communion

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  • Our churches are places of sanctuary, peace and private prayer.

    The following churches are open at these times:

    Bradenham 9.15 am - 3.00 pm

    Shipdham 9.30 am - 4.00 pm

    Scarning 9.30 am - 3.30 pm

    Dereham 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

    If you have tested positive for Covid or have been told to self isolate you must remain at home.

    If you require access to any of the churches in the district outside these times, please contact the Team Rector.

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