"Thy Kingdom Come"

Between 25th May and 4th June, communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ.

Prayer events of all shapes and sizes will take place across the 10 days across the world. In the Tas Valley we hope that every congregation and cell member will take part.

Start the week by coming to the Ascension Day service at the Cathedral. Tasburgh Church open for prayer every day with special prayer stations and resources to take away for all ages and different styles of prayer

Come to Special Events at  Tasburgh Church listed below and/or  Morning and Night Prayer every day. Local events are on this website and in the downloadable leaflet below.  Make an appointment with Sally (470762) or Dawn (498924) to talk and pray about anything you like.  

To access more resources or make a commitment to pray, go to www.thykingdomcome.global.

Fri 26th Prayer Shawl Ministry 10am
Sat 27th May Film Showing: “The War Room” 7-9pm
Sun 28th Rogation Service at Tharston Church 11am followed by Prayer Walk and Picnic at Tasburgh Church
6.30pm Evensong @ Tasburgh Church
Mon 29th 7-9.30 - Youth Prayer Night
Tue 30th “Open Hands” Workshop: 7.30-9
Wed 31st Crafting & Prayer 10am -12
Listening for God’s Guidance: Lectio Divina 7.30-9
Thur 1st June “Messy Prayer” Drop in with children 10-12
Prayer for Alpha 7.30-9pm
Fri 2nd Prayer Shawl Ministry 10-12
Sat 3rd Lectio Divina 7.30pm

 

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Thank you from the Hartley's

Dear friends, Thank you so much for the wonderful send off you gave us from the Tas Valley. We are so grateful for your prayers, kind words and messages, cards and very, very, very generous gifts! Thank you so very much. Hope to see you at the licensing. With love and prayers, Martin and all the Hartley Clan xx

 

 

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Congratulations Martin!

Congratulations to Rev'd Captain Martin Hartley who is to be the new vicar of St Catherine's, Mile Cross in Norwich.  We will miss Martin, Rach and all the family so much - but we wish them well in this exciting next step.  Martin's farewell service will be at Tasburgh church at 10.30am on 30th April.  Please come to pray and bless the Hartleys on their way.

 

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An Easter Message

The message of the cross is central to the Christian faith. As a symbol, the cross is universally known, and either revered, reviled or ignored. But how many people connect the cross with Easter? Reports suggest that these days very few could even explain what it means....could you? Here’s a quick summary: God created man and woman to enjoy friendship with him – but they chose to ignore God and go their own way. Because of this, evil has flourished and all mankind suffers as a result. But God, in his love, has not abandoned us and left us to it. He did something about it – by sending his own Son, Jesus – who lived a pure and unblemished life – to take the punishment we all deserve by dying in our place. No one else was qualified to do this – the payment for ultimate evil could only be made by ultimate good. And it gets even better....the Bible says that whoever comes to Jesus asking forgiveness will be forgiven and receive a new life that never ends. A life that begins now - and continues beyond death for all eternity. When Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, it was proof positive that all he’d said and promised was true. There are some excellent books that help explore the evidence for the resurrection – please get in touch if you’d like to know more.

This website features details of our Easter services and events  – we would love to welcome you, wherever you are on your journey of faith. God bless you this Easter and always! 

 

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Donate an Easter Egg

We are collecting donations to purchase Easter Eggs to donate to residents of Olive House Care Home in our Benefice.  We want the residents to know that they are valued members of our community and not forgotten.  The Eggs we have chosen are "The Real Easter Egg" which are made of fairly traded chocolate and include a booklet telling the Easter Story.  They cost £3.99 and you can order one for yourself at the same time.   If you'd like to donate towards an Easter Egg please contact Tamsin Cotterell or Andy Cox tel 471334. 

 

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40 Acts of Generosity

Lent (beginning 1st March) marks a pivotal point in the history of the church, when Jesus prepared to give himself up as a sacrifice. Tradition has it that we mark the 40 days of Lent by giving something up, but what if it could be more than that? What if Lent were to become a preparation for a lifetime of big-heartedness?

40acts is a generosity challenge which encourages people to approach Lent differently.

During the 40 days of Lent, 40acts participants are invited to take part in 40 simple acts of generosity which will challenge them to ‘do Lent generously’ in 2017. The acts or challenges are wide-ranging and various but all are designed to explore what it means to be generous in a very practical way.

They can be done by individuals or done in groups but the key is that small acts of generosity, performed by thousands of people across the UK and beyond, have the power to make a big change to our communities, to our churches and, ultimately, to our world. It’s about creating a movement of generosity.

In cell groups and through sermons over Lent, we will be exploring generosity by sharing some of the ideas and biblical principles that underpin the Easter message. ( You can download resources from the Resources pages of this website) Our inspiration will be from Romans 12, part of Paul’s letter to the burgeoning church in Rome which delivers Paul’s understanding of the essential elements of the Christian faith. In chapter 12, Paul focuses on three key themes: sacrifice, service and love in action. Generosity is in our DNA – the gift of a generous God. Romans 12 tells us why and how we should use that gift. In essence, it answers the question ’What does giving our best look like?’

There are Resources for cell groups, families and sermons at the bottom of the Tas Valley Homepage.  You can find out more about the 40 Acts Challenge and sign up for a daily prompt during Lent at www.40acts.org.uk

 

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God's Christmas Offer

As Christmas Day moves ever closer and the preparations are nearly complete, let us just take a few moments to think about this special time. Christmas for some people is a wonderful time of year, and for others it can be a difficult time, especially if you are alone, and it might be a time where you remember your loved ones who are no longer with you. The Christmas season does seem to start very early giving plenty of time for preparation, to buy the presents, to get food and drink in, and to decorate the home.

Personally I’m not a fan of the build-up to Christmas, and don’t really get into the spirit of it until Christmas Eve. After our Crib service I have some time to think about the midnight Communion service that leads into Christmas Day. I’m always struck by the realities of the first Christmas day for Mary and Joseph. Their preparations and lives were far from complete or ideal as they struggle to even find somewhere to stay that evening. The couple would have gone through so much before arriving in Bethlehem that night. The reality that Jesus was born into was a cold damp stable with “no crib for a bed”. But that day a gift was given in Jesus that would change the world that we live in.

Mary, Joseph and Jesus may not have had the ideal start, but one thing they did have was a sense of God being with them and guiding them, and this must have given them comfort and strength. Our lives do not need to be in order for God to want to give us comfort and guidance either. I often feel that God looks at the chaos of the world that we live in and weeps, as he longs for us to reach out and to know his Love and his peace, and for us to ask for his guidance. I do wish you all a merry Christmas, and pray that you may experience the peace and love God has to offer you..  

PICTURE:  LIVE NATIVITY AT TASBURGH CHURCH AS FEATURED IN THE EDP 

 

 

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Panto Stars To Help Boost Funds At Norfolk Church Targeted By Lead Raiders

Some of the stars of this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime are throwing their weight behind a bid byNewton Flotman church to boost its coffers after being targeted by lead thieves.

Ben Langley, who plays Silly Billy in Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas, will be making a guest appearance at the festive fair at St Mary’s Church in Newton Flotman.  The event runs from 10am-3pm on Saturday 3rd December with light lunches and cakes available.  Ben will be arriving at 12 noon..

He will be exploring the stalls and meeting some of the parishoners who are helping to raise money for the church.  Maybe he'll be in some of the Christmas photos - you can book a Christmas photo shoot for your child with Vicky for just £3.  The photos make great Christmas presents and will be delivered in time for the Christmas post.

The fair was initially going to boost the parish coffers to make the building more of a space for community events but now at least some money is going to have to be diverted to replace the lead following November’s theft and also increase security at the building.

It is the second time the church has been targeted in recent months following an attempted lead theft back in May.

The Revd Canon Sally Gaze, Team Rector for the Tas Valley which includes Newton Flotman, said: “Newton Flotman is a wonderful community,  We’re all pulling together after the lead theft and still intending to invest in adapting our building for more community use as soon as possible.  We’re really looking forward to having Ben with us.  The fair will be lots of fun”

Ben’s visit comes amid rehearsals for this year’s pantomime which opens on December 13 and runs through until January 15. He joins a star cast which includes world-renowned dancer, choreographer and performer Wayne Sleep, and the Theatre Royal’s panto stalwart Richard Gauntlett. 

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “Ben was delighted to visit Newton Flotman in his native South Norfolk and help support the fundraising efforts. The festive event is a key part of the church’s calendar and it is great to have the chance to help them end 2016 in a positive way. Oh yes it is.”

 

Jack And The Beanstalk, Tuesday 13 December 2016-Sunday 15 January 2017. Tickets £7-£23.50

On the same day nearby Swainsthorpe Church's Christmas Coffee Morning will run from 10am -12 noon.  Why not come to both

 

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