All Saints & St. Mary's
Welcome to our churches
We are one congregation meeting in two wonderful medieval buildings. The parish of Shotesham is geographically one of the largest in the Diocese of Norwich (as well as one of the most beautiful) and is located some five miles to the south of the city and two miles to the east of the A140 road to Ipswich.
It is unusual in having four mediaeval churches (two in ruins and two regularly used) in a village of just over 500 residents. We offer a warm welcome (with refreshments afterwards) to all who come to join us for our services which are traditional but informal in style. We particularly enjoy the countryside services and we are developing our work with the younger generation as well. Lifts can be arranged for those who find any difficulty in getting to the services.
Shotesham appears in a 'Top 10 Holy Places and Holy Spaces' of Norfolk, as compiled by a church in King's Lynn. Click here to visit the page and listen to the audio podcasts and more.
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Coming Up Next...
Sun, 25 Oct, 2020, 11am @ Zoom
Zoom service is back this Sunday from St Mary's Newton Flotman.
Zoom opens at 10.30 and you can join until 11.00.
If you would like any more details and the link please contact Annette at firstname.lastname@example.org or the number below.
Contact Annette for more details - 01508 470901
Posted: Sun, 23 Aug, 2020 (2 months ago) by Dawn
It’s good to see the tentative emergence from lockdown happening all around us. But the relaxing of regulations brings its own challenges…. we watch with incredulity and anger the news reports of crowded beaches and what seems to be the blatant abuse, by some, of this new measure of freedom.
The churches here in Tas Valley have been opened for private prayer and we began offering ‘live’ services in two parishes as well as continuing with Zoom services during July and August. From September we’ll be building on this, with three more of our churches opening their doors to worshippers on Sunday mornings. Each step forwards involves familiarising ourselves with revised rules and adapting to new ways of worship. At the time of writing, congregational singing is still prohibited and Holy Communion is to be given in ‘one kind only’ – sharing of the cup is not allowed.
That said, there’s a lot to be gained from meeting together, having face to face contact (or more accurately, ‘eye contact’ - over our face masks) sharing in fellowship and worshipping together.
Recently I attended a drive-in ‘Songs of Praise’ style service at the Norfolk Showground and took part in a mini-retreat at home via Zoom – two events organised by the Diocese. Although I joined in both with a certain amount of hesitation, they each proved to be valuable times of encounter with God.
I know many of us have been blessed in unexpected ways as we’ve found ourselves doing church differently over the past few months and reassured to experience for ourselves the truth that our circumstances may change but God remains unchanging, love eternal, ever faithful, always true.
With my prayers and every blessing