Sunday 29th November

Today we arrive at the first Sunday of Advent, and hopefully our final week of the second lockdown!  My expectation is that next week we will be back in church, and we will meet together at 10am in Hoveton St John.

This week there is much on offer for our online worship.

From the Church of England we have the national service, this week from St Martin in the Fields.  This is led by the Revd Sam Wells, who is always worth hearing.  You can find that here

https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-first-sunday-advent-st

Norwich Cathedral are publishing a service on YouTube for Advent Sunday which you can find here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRDpIc368n8DrfB6kH7hYvw/videos

The preacher is the Dean of Norwich, also always worth hearing.

From the Diocese we have the weekly Sunday Hope podcast, which you can find here

BBC One has Songs of Praise as usual, though at the earlier time of 12.20pm (to allow for the football!) and Radio Four has Sunday Worship at 08.10

The Church of England is sharing Advent and Christmas reflections weekly until Christmas Day, and daily from then until Epiphany.  We will be sharing as much as possible through our social media, but you can sign up for yourself here https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/faith-action/living-out-our-faith/advent-and-christmas/comfort-and-joy

The news sheet for this Sunday can be downloaded here

Love and prayers,

Liz

Sunday 15th November

This week is the Second Sunday before Advent.  We don’t have a Zoom service this week, but below are a number of resources which are available from the Church of England and the Diocese.  Next week is the feast of Christ the King, and we will be together on Zoom again.  I hope you are all managing during this second lockdown.  If anyone needs anything at all, please just contact me or one of the ministry team. 

The notice sheet for this week is here along with a short reflection on the Gospel reading.

The service from the Church of England this week is led by Bishop Anthony Poggo, the service includes a sermon from Sheran Harper, President of the Mother’s Union, and reflects on how communities in different parts of the world support one another in both good and hard times.

We are invited to join in celebrating friendships that cross continents, with this online service from the Anglican Communion.

You can find this service here https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/celebrating-friendships-cross

From the Diocese of Norwich there is the weekly Sunday Hope podcast prepared by the Cathedral which you can listen to here

Don’t forget that you can also now access the podcast by phone on 01603 537577 (local rate), which might be useful if you share these resources with those who don’t have internet access.

There is also of course the morning service at 08.10 on Radio 4, and Songs of Praise at 13.15 on BBC One.

I hope something here will work for you.  We look forward to meeting next week, and information about the Zoom service will come out towards the weekend.

Love, prayers and blessings to you all,

Liz

Sunday 8th November Resources

November is the month of Remembering, from All Saints to All Souls, to Remembrance Day.  Each of our churches now has a prayer focus for remembering those we have loved and lost, which will stay in place throughout November. A huge thanks go to Sandy and Sue who have set up those in Hoveton St Peter and Hoveton St John.  Do go along to your church and take some time to pray and remember. Opening times for the churches are on the website.

There is much available for Remembrance Sunday. From the Church of England we have the National Service led from the Royal Military Chapel by Rev John Vincent CF.  The service honours those who gave their lives for the peace of our nation. You can find that here https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/remembrance-sunday

From the Diocese we have the Sunday Hope podcast

The Cathedral has a recorded service which will be available at 11am and can be found here

https://www.cathedral.org.uk/whats-on/events/detail/2020/11/08/default-calendar/video-remembrance-sunday-service

and they are also hosting a Field of Remembrance, details here https://www.cathedral.org.uk/about/news/detail/2020/11/02/field-of-remembrance-memorial

There will be the usual Songs of Praise at 13.15, with Aled Jones hosting from the Brecon Beacons, a military training area, and Radio 4 has Sunday Worship at 08.10 from RAF Air Force College Cranwell

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and the Bishop of London have sent out a call to prayer for the month of November. You can find details, and how to join in here https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/call-prayer-nation

I do hope something there will work for you.

With my love and prayers,

Liz x

Sunday 1st November

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, along comes another lockdown!  

Following this evenings announcement, we are awaiting further advice from the Church of England.  Parliament has yet to vote, but it looks likely from the information on Gov.uk that we will not be able to meet for worship for the next four weeks.  This is sad, but we have been here before and came through it together, safely.  We will do so again.  We will still be meeting this week in Wroxham Church at 10am for Holy Communion, and it is likely that our churches will continue to be open for private prayer.

I will be in touch again with more information as soon as I have it, but we will be able to share in a Zoom service if worship in church isn’t possible, so we will still meet. If you would like to join in with that and don’t have the information, please just ask. Liz 01603 784150 rector@wroxhambenefice.org

In the meantime, this week brings All Saints day.

From the national church this week we have a service for All Saints.  The invitation on the website reads

Join us for our All Saints’ online service, and be comforted that “God is with us in our pain and fear”. 
The Bishop of London, Rt Rev Dame Sarah Mullally, leads this special service of thanksgiving, hope, and remembrance from St Paul’s Cathedral.

You can find that here https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/service-thanksgiving-hope-and

The Church of England is also still running the Daily Hope phone line.  You, or anyone you know who would find it helpful can dial in on 0800 804 8044 to hear prayers, hymns and reflections

More information here

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches/daily-hope-phone-line

The Diocese of Norwich Sunday Hope podcast is available here https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/news/podcast-sunday-hope/

Morning Worship on Radio 4 is at 08.10 and Songs of Praise on BBC One at 13.15

I hope something there works for you.  I will update the website as soon as I have more information, but in the meantime we are here to help in any way we can, so please do be in touch if you need anything. 

With my love and prayers,

Liz