Thirty-two children, ten helpers and around twenty parents attended our Easter Messy Church service at the Fairfield Centre on Saturday 8th April.
The children were taught about the events of Holy Week through crafts, story and song. They decorated hard boiled eggs, made chocolate Easter nests, Holy week calendars, Holy Week mobiles and decorated wooden scenes depicting the Easter story. They also helped to make paper flowers which will be used to decorate our Easter display board in church.
The children were invited to write prayers to hang on an Easter prayer tree which has now been placed in the children’s corner in church. Outside in the garden the children helped to construct and paint a cardboard Jerusalem Gate (through which Christ entered into the city on Palm Sunday). To finish up there was an Easter Egg hunt in the garden with everyone passing through the gate to collect the things they had made to take home. Revd Mark brought the morning to a close with prayers, a blessing and an invitation to our Easter church services.
The children appeared to thoroughly enjoy the morning and it was impressive to witness how well they listened and engaged with the story and real meaning of Easter – this was clearly evident in all the correct answers Revd Mark received when he quizzed them about what they had heard.
Grateful thanks to all the helpers; without your hard work and support this event wouldn’t be possible.
As Revd Mark observed: “this is not a substitute for church, this is church!”
We held our annual “Messy Church” Christmas Activity morning for children on Saturday 10th December in the church hall. We were delighted with a record number of thirty two children and around 30 adults (including our wonderful helpers). A great many parents and carers also stayed and helped which was wonderful. There were Christmas crafts, games, songs and prayers.
Grateful thanks once again to the marvellous ‘Open the Book’ team from Snape who brought the Nativity Story to life for us with such enthusiasm and ingenuity – the highlight of a super morning. An enormous thank you to them and to all the team without whose help this event would not be possible.
Photos: Jo Mabey, with parental permission.
Making Christingles in advance of the Benefice Christingle service at Aldeburgh on Tuesday 6th December, at 6.30pm.
Photos: Jo Mabey, with parental permission.
We celebrated Harvest at our 1030am service on 2nd October, followed by a “bring and share” lunch in the church hall. (Photos Adrian Brown and David Briggs.)
Harvest Festival service.
Bring and share lunch in the church hall.
Dick Jeffery has just “retired” after 8 years as churchwarden and we marked the occasion with a bring-and-share Sunday lunch in the Church Hall.
As a token of our deep gratitude for the immense contribution that Dick and his wife Val have made to the life of our church, Dick is now our “Churchwarden Emeritus”. We trust that the workload of his new office will not be too onerous!
Dick having just been presented with a “Churchwarden Emeritus” chain of office by Jill Brown.
Bring-and share lunch, with a semi-orderly queue for the food!
Photos: Adrian Brown
Some photos from yesterday’s first steps – the story of Noah’s Ark …. We created a fruit and vegetable rainbow to remind us of God’s promise. Great fun and a good turnout!
A rainbow of fruit and veg!
Photos by Jo Mabey, with parental permission.
About 40 people (and four or five dogs) from all four parishes in our new benefice took part in our Prayer Walk. We walked for about 7.5 miles through the Suffolk countryside in glorious sunshine and temperatures up to 24 C.
The route included all four churches in the benefice, with a short service at each, and also much-appreciated refreshments.
We are very grateful to all those who made this walk possible by planning the walk, arranging refreshments and making sure we all got back safely.
It was a very happy occasion and a great opportunity for us all to get to know each other better.
Friston church: the start of the walk.
On the way to Knodishall.
Knodishall church: refreshed and preparing to leave.
Revd Mark, Revd Nicky and Ruby between Knodishall and Aldringham.
Bluebells and welcome shade.
Lunch at Aldringham church.
Ready to leave Aldringham for Aldeburgh.
Weary walkers arrive at Aldeburgh church, welcomed by the church bells (click for video).
Photos: Adrian Brown, Nick Winter