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Here we are at the end of September and the 15th Sunday after Trinity. Next week we enter October, and hold our Harvest Service at Wroxham. This year feels as though it has both flown by, and dragged its heels!
The changes to the Government advice about COVID continues to update and evolve, and we are doing the same in the churches as we respond to it. We are currently still allowed to meet on a Sunday, and we continue to enjoy doing so in a COVID safe way. I know many of you have felt able to come back, and it is good to be with you again. But for those of you who don’t yet feel able to return, there is much still on offer….
From the national church we have a Harvest celebration –
Join Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley for this week’s Harvest Festival service. This online service includes reflections on climate change, farming and the beauty of nature.
From the Diocese we have the Sunday Hope podcast, now returned after its summer break –
Our Benefice news sheet for this Sunday is here, and contains the Collect and readings of the day
Love and prayers, Rev Liz
The Church of England service this week is recorded as part of the Church of England’s national online service, celebrating the gifts of Christians with disabilities and Rev Zoe Heming preaches.
From our own Diocese we have the latest in the Saving Graces Podcasts, and you can find those here
The notice sheet for this week can be found here and includes the readings for the day
From the Church of England this week, we have a service making the start of the new school year.
Featuring contributions from St Thomas CofE Academy, this online service is led by Rev Tim Bateman from Gas Street Church, recognising teachers and school staff as unsung heroes and praying for the start of the new school year. The Dean of Birmingham, Matt Thompson, preaches and Sarah Smith, Director of Education for the Church of England in Birmingham, shares a reflection.
You can find this here
The Diocese of Norwich is also marking the return to school with a podcast.
West Norfolk headteacher Belinda Allen shares her experience of lockdown across her three schools in the latest episode of Saving Graces; a podcast by the diocese also broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk.
Hear how she survived the exhaustion and pressure and experienced hope through the beauty of God’s creation and how she’s supporting pupils as they return to school.
You can find that here
Our service in the Benefice this Sunday is at Hoveton St John at 10am. The news sheet for this week is here, and includes the readings of the day.