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Easter Messy Church 2017

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!”

Children sitting on the floor listening to Revd Mark

children sitting on floor, being addressed by a grown-up

children concentrating on crayoning children and adults at a blue table with paper flowers children doing something fun and messy with chocolate two little girls crayoning at a blue table with grown-ups looking on

children sitting on floor, grown-ups standing, all having some refreshment

children having fun with decorationschildren and grown-ups on the grass outside, doing something creative with a pile of cardboard boxes children adding cardboard boxes to a pile of boxes

Christmas Flowers

Our talented Flower Team has been hard at work this weekend and the church was resplendent on Sunday evening for the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The photos below give a taste of just some of the arrangements but if you possibly can, please come and see them for yourself!

Photos: David Briggs

Flowers over West door
Arrangement in West Porch
Flower arrangememt suspended from celiling in Choir
South wall of church, window decorations
Flowers along cabinet in Visitors' Corner
Flowers and candles at the Nativity Window
Flowers at Trinity Chapel altarArrangement on chest at West doorPulpit and manger flowers
Flowers on main altar
Arrangement in front of our noticeboard

Messy Church Christmas Activity Morning

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.

Lots of nice messy paint!

NIce messy glue!Decorating paper bags

A bit of expert guidance needed!

Lots of jolly paper snowmen!

Lots of concentration and furrowed brows.

Making Christmas crackers.

Re-enactment of Nativity scene

Lots of audience participation!

Harvest Festival

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.

Harvest Festival service.










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Bring and share lunch

Bring and share lunch in the church hall.



Ride-2-Remember in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, 19th June 2016.

The church was delighted to welcome many visitors today who took part in a sponsored motor bike ride from Stonham barns to Aldeburgh Church.

Over 300 people took part, all raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and each riding in memory of a loved one.

In church we offered a space for reflection and a butterfly prayer tree on to which people could add messages and names in memory of loved ones.

Photos: Jo Mabey

Bikers and bikeEast Anglian Air Ambulance tentInvtation to add a name to the prayer treeShort prayerTree with paper butterfliesButterfly prayer treeInvitation to take a butterflyNice bike!Bikes and bikers

Dick Jeffery, Churchwarden Emeritus

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!

Churchwarden Emeritus making a short speech

Dick having just been presented with a “Churchwarden Emeritus” chain of office by Jill Brown.

Bring and share lunch in the church hall

Bring-and share lunch, with a semi-orderly queue for the food!

Photos: Adrian Brown


First Steps, 25th May 2016

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!

Fruit and veg arranged in colours of the rainbow

A rainbow of fruit and veg!



Photos by Jo Mabey, with parental permission.






Benefice Prayer Walk: Sunday 8th May 2016

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.

Group photo in Friston church

Friston church: the start of the walk.

Column of walkers on a track with a clear blue sky.

On the way to Knodishall.

Group of walkers outside Knodishall church

Knodishall church: refreshed and preparing to leave.

Walkers and dog on grassy track.

Revd Mark, Revd Nicky and Ruby between Knodishall and Aldringham.

Walkers on path lined with bluebells.

Bluebells and welcome shade.

Hot and tired walkers having lunch.

Lunch at Aldringham church.

Group of walkers just before the final stretch to Aldeburgh.

Ready to leave Aldringham for Aldeburgh.

Photos: Adrian Brown, Nick Winter