At Petertide 2012, we were joined by a new curate, David Smith. David took over where Fr. Chris ‘left off’ when he moved away to be an incumbent in his own parish. David was ordained deacon in Norwich Cathedral on 30th June.
David comes with his wife, Naomi, and lives at 9, Pine Road, and they produced Catherine shortly afterwards.
David will be ordained priest on June 29th this year.
With regular sung eucharistic services at the Parish Church and Good Shepherd at 9.30a.m. and 11.15a.m. respectively, some might have thought us a bit reckless starting a new venture at 10.30 in the St Andrew Centre, our Church Hall.
However, following the success over three years of our Teddy Bears’ services, namely Teddy Bears’ Picnic in July, Teddy Bears’ Harvest in the autumn, and Mother Bears on Lent 4, we felt the Spirit was moving us to add on to our flourishing Junior Church and Junior Choir activities.
As a consequence, and with the support of the East Norwich Youth Project, we launched Café Church in January 2012. Worship is intermingled with toast and marmalade, cups of tea or squash, and a lively selection of songs with plenty of toys for the younger ones to play with.
As a result, we seem to have formed a new congregation of about 45 and proved you can be a church that swings the incense and bangs the tambourine (but not yet at the same service)!
A NEW BUILDING SCHEME
In the autumn of 2012 we embarked on a major scheme to provide modern toilets at the Parish Church which will be available for the less mobile.
A new building has been built at the rear of the church with improved access to the vestry and sacristy.
In addition new kitchen/catering facilities have been constructed across the West end of the church substantially to improve the safety and convenience of providing refreshments. This will make such things possible after not only church services but also any community events such as concerts.
W e are having to fund this ourselves, and any contributions towards the substantial costs would be much appreciated. The toilets part of the scheme was finished in early 2013 and blessed by the Bishop of Norwich on Palm Sunday 2013.
Sunday 2nd June: Good Shepherd - Commemoration Service for the bereaved.
Sunday 9th June: Parish Boat trip into Norwich and return.
SATURDAY 29th June:
CATHEDRAL Fr. David’s ordination to the Priesthood
SUNDAY 30th June:
PARISH CHURCH - time to be agreed
Fr. David’s First Eucharist as Priest
SUNDAY 14th July: PARISH CHURCH: CONCERT AND STRAWBERRY TEA
SUNDAY 21st July: PARISH CHURCH: 3.30pm TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC
SUNDAY 25th August:
PARISH CHURCH: 9.15am - Sung Eucharist
10.30am - approx. The Truckers go by
10.50am - approx. Cafe Church