Welcome to the e-bulletin for 10th September


The Collect for the 14th Sunday after Trinity – 13th September

Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Social gatherings: the new restrictions and exemptions - ‘The Rule of Six’

Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday (14th September) – with some exemptions – amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases.
The law change will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors. It will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports.
It will be enforced through a £100 fine if people fail to comply, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.
Places of worship that are Covid-secure are exempt from these restrictions for acts of worship and individual prayer. Numbers of people gathering continue to be as many as the church building can accommodate safely with social-distancing in place. However, people must not sit together in groups of more than six or congregate for fellowship in groups larger than six.
The upper limit on numbers for Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms (christenings) remains at 30.
The Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance page  is being regularly updated.


Garden Mass at Foulsham

Due to the new restrictions, there will be no further Garden Masses at Foulsham. Our thanks to Fr Michael for providing this ministry over the summer.

Recognising extraordinary and exceptional community service during Covid-19

The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, has written to clergy in the Diocese this week about those who have given extraordinary service to their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. He writes:
“The Lord Lieutenant, The Lady Dannatt, has kindly offered to write to individuals living in the County of Norfolk to acknowledge them for their exceptional service during the lockdown and thank them profoundly in Her Majesty’s name. I would be very grateful, please, if you could consider whether there is an individual in your benefice or chaplaincy who might be pleased to receive a card from the Lord Lieutenant.”
If you would like to nominate someone from your village, please let me have the following information by 19th September: their name, full address and a few words regarding the nature of their contribution (i.e. exceptional shopkeeper Norfolk Stores, outstanding neighbour collecting medication for housebound, dedicated child carer, fundraiser raising X amount for charity etc).
Nominations please to heartofnorfolkchurches@gmail.com. I will then forward nominations to the Bishop’s office.


Zoom Church

Unfortunately, we are not able to Zoom this Sunday. We are working on a schedule of Zoom-enabled Sunday services, depending on the availability of WiFi, and will publish details when possible.

Open Churches

Churches in the Heart of Norfolk Group now open for individual prayer are:

Bawdeswell All Saints Daily: 9am-5pm
Foxley St Thomas Sunday 10am-4pm
Guestwick St Peter Sunday 10am-4pm; Wednesday 9am-4pm
Wood Norton All Saints Daily: 9am-5pm
Worthing St Margaret Sunday 9.30am-4.30pm; Wednesday 9.30am-4.30pm


Sunday Worship in September 

13th September

9:30am Worthing Holy Communion
10:30am Bawdeswell ‘The 10:30’
10:30am Wood Norton Churchyard service commemorating 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain


20th September

10:30am Bawdeswell Family Communion
11:00am Stibbard/ Wood Norton Holy Communion


27th September

10:30am Bawdeswell Word & Praise
11:00am Worthing Harvest Praise


This Service Plan is provisional, depending on whether all church buildings are able to re-open for public worship. Please contact the HON Office on 01362 668850, or visit our website: www.heartofnorfolkchurches.org.uk for up-to-date information.

Home Communions

We can arrange to administer Communion at home (in one kind) for any who wish and are not able to attend church. Please contact the Benefice Office to request this at heartofnorfolkchurches@gmail.com

BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship, 8.10am – 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower 
Four hundred years ago this week a small ship, not much larger than a modern double-decker bus, set sail from Plymouth to the New World. Its passengers were in search of a better life. Some were seeking religious freedom, others a fresh start in a different land. The Rt Revd Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth, reflects on the story of the Mayflower and the significance of this voyage for today’s world.
BBC 1’s Songs of Praise is being broadcast on Sunday at 1.15pm. Also the Mayflower!
Aled Jones is in Plymouth to mark this epic journey across the Atlantic that changed American history. Aled hears stories of the intrepid Christians who braved dangerous seas and the challenges of the New World to fulfil their calling. This remarkable voyage left its mark on political and religious life on both sides of the Atlantic.
In search of the pilgrim travellers’ roots, Kate Bottley travels to Nottinghamshire to meet a living relative of William Brewster, one of the elders of the group, and finds out all about his motivation.
Musical performances from Plymouth, featuring local folk musician Seth Lakeman and tenor Russell Watson, as well as congregational singing from across the UK.
BBC Radio Norfolk: Sunday Worship
If you would like to join broadcast worship a bit nearer to home, Radio Norfolk continues its Sunday service, between 8-8.30am. It can be found on 95.1 FM or 104.4 FM or via BBC Sounds after broadcast. bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08nzm09


Heart of Norfolk Events Calendar

The Events Calendar on the Heart of Norfolk Churches’ website is now back in action. https://www.heartofnorfolkchurches.org.uk/
Please send through details of community and church events, so that we can help to promote them. heartofnorfolkchurches@gmail.com


Gospel Reading for the 14th Sunday after Trinity

Matthew 18:21-35
Then Peter came and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.” Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, “You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?” And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’

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