Sally

Congratulations Martin!

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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Dawn

An Easter Message

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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Sally

Donate an Easter Egg

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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Sally

40 Acts of Generosity

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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Martin

God's Christmas Offer

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

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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Sally

Bishop Alan Sleeps Out

Bishop Alan Sleeps Out

Bishop Alan is sleeping out for the Church Urban Fund next weekend.  He writes

"As you may be aware, I am doing the Church Urban Fund Advent Sleep Out again this year. I’m going to be sleeping out at Great Yarmouth Minister next Friday 2nd December to raise money for CUF and also for the project to help homeless people in Yarmouth that our own CUF worker, Anna Heydon, has been working on with local churches.

I realise that there are many demands on our finances at this time of year, but if you, or any of your congregations felt about to support this worthwhile cause, then you can donate online via this link:

https://adventsleepout2016.everydayhero.com/uk/great-yarmouth-advent-sleepout#/?_k=acw6ok

It would be wonderful if we could beat the target CUF have set us of £1,000. However, I quite understand if you’re not able to donate, but would value your prayers for all involved on 2nd and for the work that CUF are doing here in Yarmouth and in many of the most deprived communities around the country.

With all good wishes at the start of this Advent season

+ Alan"

 

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Martin

A Big Thank You!

A Big Thank You!

 

On Saturday St Mary’s Church Tasburgh had their gift day, and on behalf of St Marys PCC, I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who came to the church throughout the day to leave there donation, and for anybody else who had already given a donation beforehand. We have been so encouraged by the response thank you. We had a steady stream of people throughout the day who came and enjoyed coffee, tea, cake and chat, and had an opportunity to look through some of the archived documents dating as far back as 1616!

A big thank you also for all who came and supported our evening of entertainment, it was a lovely evening. Thank you to everybody that took part and performed. There were some real talents on show, and we were blessed by them, and your willingness to perform on behalf of St Marys Church.

When we have a total amount of money donated we will let you know how much was raised.

Blessings

Martin

 

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Sally

Shoe Box Thanks

Shoe Box Thanks

Thank you to all who have contributed to the ShoeBoxes this year.  There were over 50 fron Newton Flotman and about a hundred from Tasburgh (Thank you to Jane Rae and team for a stupendous effort)  Will let you know the grand total when I know.  

Love Sally

 

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Sally

Uhumuliza - God the Comforter

Uhumuliza - God the Comforter

In 1994 in the tiny central African nation of Rwanda, their world fell apart. A plan to wipe out the Tutsi population was put into action. Horrendous brutality and murder was unleashed as extremists announced on national radio to “kill every Tutsi, from babies to old people”

Amongst the horror of the genocide, Immaculée Hedden survived against the most incredible odds and with the testimony that God made a way for her in a seemly impossible situation. Her book Under His Mighty Hand details the powerful story of what happened to her.

Today she is married to Richard Hedden and they are UK co-ordinators of the Rwandan Orphans Project Let the Little Children Come to Me. They also work to encourage forgiveness and reconciliation.

Uhumuliza is a Rwandan word, which means comforter. One day when Immaculée was praying and asking why she had been through so much suffering, she felt God spoke to her and said: look at the prophets of old in the bible, have you seen their suffering? Yes, I have seen your suffering but I am going to change your name, you shall have the name Uhumuliza. Through your life story I will bring comfort and restore hope to many. Immaculee and Richard are coming to tell their story at Newton Flotman Church on the Evening of Remembrance Sunday at 7pm.

Come if you can to be moved and inspired.

 

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