We are a group of 8 rural parishes in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, who enjoy living, working and worshiping together.
The Group was founded in 1964. This was a pioneering and visionary step taken by Bishop Launcelot Fleming to revitalise and enrich the church in an area of thinly populated villages.
This has been our experience. Since then, the parishes have grown together and continue to share resources and benefit from opportunities for collaboration in numerous ways. We have discovered that can do more together than we can alone.
This is abundantly evident in these difficult times, where a network of practical support and help has emerged in our villages. Thank you to those who have a share in this. We all have different needs and there are those who can assist. Let’s continue to cope with this crisis with a spirit of kindness and loving service to those around us. Please don’t hesitate to contact someone to help or just for a chat.
If I can be of help, I am only a phone
call away 01508 482366.
The Reverend Liz Billett
May your unfailing love be with us, LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.
To contact us please call The Hempnall Group office, 9am-1pm Mon-Thurs 01508 498157
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During this current national lockdown it has been decided in our Group of Parishes not to hold services in our churches on Sundays.
World Day of Prayer - Friday 5th March, 2.00pm
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Every Sunday there is a Zoom Service at 10.00am. Why not join us we would love to see you.
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This Sunday at 4.00pm Family Praise (an informal service for all the family)
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Evening Service in Lent - Sunday at 6.00pm
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Thoughts and Prayers for the Week
Sunday 7th March 2021
Third Sunday of Lent
Prayer for the Week
give us insight
to discern your will for us,
and to seek the perfection we are
promised in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thought for the Week
Over the last two weeks we have looked at prayer and fasting. This week our Lenten theme is “self denial”.
Self-denial”, which we are encouraged to observe in Lent sounds very austere and religious. Anyway, haven’t we all given up enough already this past year. What happens though, if we look at these two words from a different angle?
If we do something for another person, we are in fact denying ourselves the freedom to do what we want, when we want, because we choose to think of another and do something for them. A phone call, collecting shopping, ……simple acts of loving service are a form of self-denial.
Such loving service is a source of hope to another person. To allow God’s loving service to flow through us, as it were, not only helps the person who is receiving that action, but it also allows the giver to experience the life that comes from bringing hope to others.
How often have you said, or heard say, how much better someone felt having spoken to…..
“In so far as you did this to one of the least of these, Jesus says, you did it to me” Matthew 25:40
Elsewhere in scripture we read,
“O that today you would hear his voice”. Psalm 95:7
In other words, taking note of that tap on the shoulder, that nudge, that thought which pops into our minds from nowhere. God is always at work within us, prompting us to do good and enabling us to perform it. Listening and taking note of what God may be saying means we are not listening to ourselves, our own preoccupations, our needs.
Let us continue to support and strengthen each other
* Daily by saying the Lord's Prayer together, morning and evening
* Lighting a candle at home 10.00am on Sunday
Readings for the week: Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22