Our United Benefice Service

On Thursday 19th April, all four parishes (Aldeburgh, Aldringham, Friston & Knodishall) of the Alde Sandlings Benefice joined together at Aldeburgh Church (St Peter & St Paul) to witness the Institution, Induction, and Installation of The Revd Mark Lowther as Rector of The Alde Sandlings Benefice.  The Service was lead by The Bishop of Dunwich, The Right Reverend Mike Harrison and the Revd Canon Christine Redgrave.  It really was a truly memorable service.

Our Assistant clergy, The Revd Nichola Winter, The Revd Sheila Hart, and The Revd Johanna Mabey were also licensed, along with the Commissioning of Lay Elders, and Baptisms and Confirmations (which included our very own flower team leader Mrs Drusilla Cheesman).

Here are a few photos of the evening.  Click on image to enlarge.

 

Messy Church at Easter

On the 24th March, our Revd Johanna Mabey led her team of many helpers for the Easter Messy Church morning in The Church Hall.  This was a well attended event with 37 children and 27 adults.  All children and parents had a wonderful time, with making decorations for the church, making Easter nest cakes, and decorating eggs.

Please take a look at some photos from the day, and the children’s corner decoration.  The children made the decorations that were used for the displays.  They also made a wonderful Easter garden.

 

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Our beautiful Church decorated for Easter

Our flower team, led by Dru, made the most wonderful flower displays for our Church this Easter.  Dru had put a notice in the pew sheets leading up to Easter, to ask people if they would like to remember a loved one by buying a lily stem that would then be used for the Easter decorations.  Dru had an incredible response from this, and many people donated towards the lilies.  A notice was put up showing all the names of the loved ones, that people had bought a lily in their memory.  Here are a couple of photos of the flower displays.

Please see our flower team page  (under Church groups) for more photos.

Our ever dependable amazing team!!

What a week it has been.  The extreme weather conditions have really caused mayhem throughout the country this week.  Many poor people stuck on motorways and trains for hours on end.  Kind, thoughtful members of the public, supplying stranded people with hot beverages and food.  It has been touching to hear the stories on the news, on how kind our nation still can be.

Here in Aldeburgh the theme has pretty much continued.  Our wonderful team here, led by our Rector, Revd Mark Lowther have carried on, serving our community as usual.  No “I can’t get in due to the weather”, for them.   A huge thank you to all of our clergy, our church wardens, parish clerk, and our lay elders, for keeping the services flowing.   Your efforts are much appreciated.

Ken Smith, and Derek Cook (our deputy church wardens)  spent hours clearing the car park of snow, ready for the attendees of a funeral held at Aldeburgh Parish Church.  Jane, our organist,  has been digging her way out of her Road, and moving her car a bit closer day by day, since Thursday so she can get to us for our 10.30am service this week.  Our Revd Nichola Winter (who was snowed in)  made part the way, on foot to take a funeral service.   See photo.

THANK YOU ALL

Knitivity visitors join us

We have been joined by a life sized “Knitivity” group in the visitors corner (at the back of Church) throughout Advent and Christmas. The knit and natter group (under Rita Fryer’s leadership) have really done the most amazing job in creating them.  We are so grateful they have given us the opportunity to display them in Aldeburgh Parish Church,  and for allowing any funds raised from their display to go to the church.

Take a look at this link for the EADT article published on Friday 8th December

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Here are the knit and natter group, carpenter Adam MacIntyre, and of course our Rector, Reverend Mark Lowther. 

First Steps at Aldeburgh Parish Church

Every last Wednesday of the month Reverend Johanna Mabey leads the First Steps group for small Children.  Recently they have decorated the Children’s corner with poppies to teach the children about Remembrance Sunday.  

They have also had great fun in making bay Christingles with clementines and birthday candles.  

Please do contact us via the contact page, if you would like to join us in this group with your child. You are most welcome.

Christingle magic

The team are pulled in to make The Christingles – Thank you all.

Aldeburgh Parish Church at Christmas, with Classical Chart Topper Christina Johnston

We are delighted to welcome Soprano Christina Johnston back to Aldeburgh Parish Church, on December 23rd at 4pm, with guest pianist Roger Seville.  

It will be a wonderful concert full of Christmas music, with Mince Pies and refreshments served during the interval.  Just the way to spend your Saturday afternoon before Christmas to get you in the festive season celebrations mood. 

You can also buy Christina’s Albums Blessing, and her latest released Christmas Album, which includes “In the bleak midwinter” written by the other very talented Sheeran brother, Matthew Sheeran.

Book in advance to avoid disappointment.  Or please come along on the day.

 

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Centenary Celebrations

On the 8th October 2017, we held a very special Service remembering Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was brought up in Aldeburgh from the age of 5.  After her remarkable life as the first British woman to qualify as a doctor and a physician she retired here too, spending the last 15 years of her life living close to the church which she attended regularly.  She also, of course, became the pioneering mayor of Aldeburgh – the first female mayor in the country.

The Trinity Chapel of our Parish Church already contains memorials to several of the Garrett family including Elizabeth’s father Newson, his wife Louisa and their son Edmund.  Many people have been surprised that there is no permanent memorial to Elizabeth and we are very pleased that the omission was rectified during this service.  Intriguingly, the East window of the Trinity Chapel features images of only female saints.  There seems no more appropriate location for a lasting memorial to a very remarkable lady – a true ‘woman of purpose’.

The unveiling of the plaque by Marian Barnes, our guest preacher.

 

 

Harvest Festival at Aldeburgh Parish Church

Our flower team, again showed their talents and skills in decorating our Church for Sunday’s Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service.   All our visitors throughout the day commented on how wonderful the Church looked.  Thank you so much to everyone that contributed into supplying the produce/flowers and to the creativity shown for this special celebration.

Please take a look at the photos – Supplied by David Briggs.



For more photos, please click here to view our Flower Team page

 

 

Christina Johnston on tour in our Church

On Saturday 23rd September we were so lucky to be included in soprano Christina Johnston’s debut album tour ‘The Miracle of the voice’.

Christina and her pianist Inga Goldsmith really put on a performance to remember.  Christina looked beautiful in her amazing dresses, and a voice to match.  We had two instrumental pieces of music from Inga, which totally silenced the audience.  You could hear a pin drop.

Our Revd Mark Lowther introduced selected songs during the evening, and gave details of the story behind each song.  Christina signed copies of her album ‘Blessing” after the performance, and spent time chatting to her fans.

We highly recommend you going to see Christina during her tour.  A real talent.  All in all a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.  Thank you Christina for including us.  We hope to see you again soon.