Welcome to the e-bulletin for 25th February

There is a meeting of Churchwardens and the Ministry Team this Saturday (27th) to discuss our plans for resuming Sunday public worship in our churches. Please do check the HON website as well as the e-bulletin for the latest information. Meanwhile, the following Zoom church schedule is planned, but may change.
Three of the churches in the HON Group are gearing-up to offer Zoom access to their services: Bawdeswell All Saints, N Elmham St Mary’s and Foulsham Holy Innocents. This means that each Sunday, we will be able to ‘zoom’ a service from one of our churches for those who cannot be physically present for whatever reason. It also means we can offer this facility to families planning a funeral, baptism or wedding.


Service plan for February and March

All services begin at 10:30am:

Date Sunday Readings
28th February 2nd Sunday of Lent Romans 4:13-end; Mark 8:31-end
7th March 3rd Sunday of Lent 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
14th March Mothering Sunday Preacher to choose
21st March Passion Sunday Jeremiah 31:31-44 or Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33
28th March Palm Sunday Liturgy of the Palms: Mark 11:1-11; Liturgy of the Passion: Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 15:1-39


Zoom Church

21st February (Lent 1)
Last Sunday’s zoom service is available on the private HON YouTube Channel and can be found by searching on YouTube or Google for “Heart of Norfolk Churches”.
28th February: The Second Sunday of Lent
Spiritual Communion for the 2nd Sunday of Lent. Worship begins at 10:30am, although I shall open the Zoom-room around 10am. The Order of Service is here. [LINK needed]
Topic: Heart of Norfolk Spiritual Communion
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime
To join the Zoom Meeting - Please email us and we will send you a link.
Some of you joining us for worship may wish to support the work of our churches with a donation and this can be done easily via the Diocese of Norwich website.  Simply enter the amount you would like to donate, the parish you wish to donate to, and your contact details. There is the option to Gift Aid your donation.
Thank you for your support.


The Collect for the Second Sunday of Lent

Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Churches open for individual prayer


Bawdeswell All Saints Daily: 9am-5pm
Foulsham Holy Innocents Daily: 9am-3pm
Foxley St Thomas Sunday: 10am-4pm
Guestwick St Peter Sunday: 10am-4pm; Wednesday 9am-4pm
North Elmham St Mary Daily during daylight hours
Stibbard All Saints Wednesday and Sunday during daylight hours from 3rd March
Wood Norton All Saints   Daily: 9am-5pm
Worthing St Margaret Daily: 9:30am-4:30pm


HON Mothers’ Union Project: Supporting emergency admissions to hospital

As many of you will know, Eunice Norwood had an emergency admission to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in late September. In those circumstances, you have no hygiene products with you and currently no visitors to bring things in.
Eunice is also the HON Mothers’ Union co-ordinator and is piloting a scheme to provide local hospitals with Emergency Hygiene products for patient use. This has the support of QEH Patient Experience Lead, Emma Harrison, and the Lead Chaplain, Revd Stella Green, has offered their ‘Sacred Space’ to hold the products for distribution as required. Please keep this in your prayers and, if you would like to support this project with a donation, get in touch with Eunice: eunice711@btinternet.com
If the pilot goes well, it will be rolled-out throughout the Diocese and offered to other hospitals.



Lent 2021

Lent Groups

  1. Lent bible study on Zoom, based on Bishop Tom Wright’s book, Lent for everyone – Mark” (SPCK). The course continues on Lent Wednesdays in March, 7-8pm. For the course leaflet, please email heartofnorfolkchurches@gmail.com

    3rd March: John the Baptist – cut off his head! (Mark 6:1-19)
    10th March: Dogs – friends or foes? (Mark 7:24-37)
    17th March: Loads-of-money (Mark 10:17-31)
    24th March: The missing ingredient: the scriptures and the power of God (Mark 12:18-44)

    Zoom invitation:
    Topic: Lent for Everyone: Mark
    Time: This is a recurring meeting (7pm)
    To join the Zoom Meeting please email us and we will send you a link.

  2. The Miracles of Jesus – One-off Wonder or Timeless Message? Fr Christopher will be offering a series of four illustrated reflections on some of Jesus’s miracles on the Fridays of March from 2.00 to 2.45pm via Zoom – link below (recurring meeting).

    5th March: The Wedding at Cana – water into wine (John 2:1-11)

    12th March: The Feeding of the 5,000 – little becomes much (Mark 6:30-44)
    19th March: The Healing of the Demoniac – be still and know that I am God (Mark 5:1-20)
    26th March: The Raising of Lazarus – I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:1-44)

    Topic: Lent Group: Miracles of Jesus
    To join the Zoom Meeting please email us and we will send you a link.


Quiet Witness: Wood Norton

Each Friday during Lent, Fr Michael is offering ‘Quiet Witness’ in All Saints’ Church, Wood Norton. Between 11am and noon, he will play the organ and say prayers. All are invited to drop in during this time for however long they wish.
This will be preceded by said Morning Prayer at Stibbard All Saints’ Church at 9:45am from tomorrow (26th).


Compline and Lent Addresses: Foulsham

Fr Michael will be leading Compline with a Lent Address at Foulsham Holy Innocents, beginning on Wednesday 3rd March, 6:30pm. Please call 01362 680274 to ‘book’, so that we can ensure a COVID-secure environment. 

North Elmham Lent Trails

Anne-Marie Fewell (Pastor of More2Life Christian fellowship in N Elmham) is spear-heading a Lent Trail project in the village. Based on the popular ‘Norfolk Stones’, Anne-Marie is inviting people to paint a stone, or pebble, depicting parts of the Easter story. The Stones will form a trail around the village for children – and those who are young at heart - to explore as we approach Easter Day. For more information, please contact Anne-Marie at revree7@gmail.com or see their FaceBook page.  

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Appeal: ‘Together in Unity’

This year, the Diocese of Norwich will be joining together to give towards the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ‘Together in Unity’ appeal to support churches and communities around the world during the pandemic.
The initiative will work to provide income support, facilities for basic hygiene, equipment to slow the spread of the virus and food security. For more information, including how to donate, please click here.


Through Lent with Emily Dickinson (Norwich Diocese)

Beginning on Monday 22nd February, 9:30-10:00am, half an hour spent reflecting on the poetry of the 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson. Six poems for six Mondays in Lent (February 22nd, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th). Direct – questioning – startling poetry to deepen, console, and stretch us.
Led by Canon Keith James and Revd Susanna Gunner.


Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 829 4021 3149 
Passcode: 192090


40 words for 40 days: Diocese of Norwich Lent project

Have you subscribed to the Diocese of Norwich’s Lent project – 40 words for 40 days? Each day, a ‘word’ will pop into your inbox, inviting you to reflect and pray, concluding on Holy Saturday, 3rd April.
Written by the Diocesan Advisor for Spirituality and Discipleship, Revd Susanna Gunner, these words invite us to mull over ideas as we journey through Lent together. A strong seam of hope weaves its way throughout the whole.


Pause and Pray

Eunice Norwood, one of our Authorized Worship Assistants, hosts a weekly prayer meeting on Zoom – Tuesday mornings, 10:30am for about 30 minutes. This is an intentionally ecumenical group and all are welcome to join to pray for our world, the Church and any other concerns on our hearts. Please email Eunice at eunice711@btinternet.com for a Zoom invitation or more details.


BBC Broadcast Worship

BBC Radio 4 Lent Talks: Sundays at 5:45am and Wednesdays at 8:45pm (14 minutes, and then available on BBC Sounds).
Apologies: we missed the first of these (24th February): “A Letter to Lydia”, in which intensive care doctor Mark Tan describes to his new-born daughter (Lydia) the impact of working on the front line and balancing family life.
The remaining schedule is (Wednesday evenings):

3rd March: ‘Faith in lost causes’. A personal, hopeful reflection inspired by an aspect of the story leading up to Easter. Businessman Sir John Timpson considers what he has learned as an employer of ex-prisoners and as a foster carer.

10th March: The Next Supper. Theologian Dr Paula Gooder reflects on how the story of the Last Supper has particular poignancy in the pandemic.

Details for 17th March and 24th March are not yet published on the BBC website.
BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship  8.10am Lent 2 – Anticipating St David’s Day (1st March)
The Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend John Davies, marks St David’s Day in a service for the second Sunday of Lent, recorded under lockdown conditions at Brecon Cathedral.
During Lent, Radio 4 Worship programmes take inspiration from Jesuit spirituality – an ancient form of prayer and bible contemplation pioneered in the 16th Century by St Ignatius of Loyola and used widely today. A link to accompanying online materials from the Ignatian Spirituality Centre, including a daily ‘Retreat’, can be found here.
BBC 1’s Songs of Praise , Sunday at 1.15pm. Tintern Abbey.
Ahead of St David’s Day, Sean Fletcher explores beautiful Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, which has stood on the bank of the River Wye for almost 900 years. He hears about the daily life of the Cistercian monks who lived there and how they dedicated their lives to God through prayer, study and working the land. Sean discovers how, in the Romantic era, the ruined abbey became an inspiration for painters and poets, including JMW Turner and William Wordsworth.
Sean also follows a new pilgrimage path that starts and ends at the abbey. He meets three Welsh greats of Rugby Union and discovers how each of them came to Christian faith when their playing days were over.
Includes a visit to Beaumaris on Anglesey and the lifeboat crew.
With music from across Wales – including special performances from West End star John Owen-Jones and BBC Young Chorister of the Year Alexander with Aled Jones.
BBC Radio Norfolk: Sunday Worship
If you would like to join broadcast worship a bit nearer to home, Radio Norfolk’s Sunday service is 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


Other worship resources

Diocese of Norwich Sunday Hope podcasts, produced with music from the Cathedral and also available to listen to on the telephone, 01603 537577.
Norwich Cathedral: every Sunday throughout the lockdown, Norwich Cathedral’s 10:30am Sunday Eucharist will be live-streamed on the Norwich Cathedral Services YouTube Channel and remains available after broadcast.
The Cathedral also holds a Requiem Mass on Wednesdays at 12:30pm to remember departed loved-ones. If you would like a candle lit in a loved-one’s memory during the service, please email prayers@cathedral.org.uk


Readings for The First Sunday of Lent

Romans 4:13-end
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.
Mark 8:31-end
Then Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’

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