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!

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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.

Weary walkers arrive at Aldeburgh church, welcomed by the church bells (click for video).

Photos: Adrian Brown, Nick Winter

 

Easter at Aldeburgh: Easter Day

Dawn on Thorpeness Beach

Beach service at Thorpeness

Thorpeness beach: almost 100 people from our new benefice braved the cold winds to celebrate Easter at dawn.

Later, about 320 people attended the service of Holy Communion in Aldeburgh church at 10.30am.

Start of main service of Holy Communion

Revd Mark consecrates the bread and wine

Flowers on font and Easter candle

Prayer tree

Children’s prayer tree.

Photos: Gail and Stephen Southgate (Thorpeness beach); Adrian Brown and Jo Mabey (Aldeburgh church).

 

 

Christmas 2015 at Aldeburgh

Silent night, holy night…  and the Christmas full moon above Aldeburgh Church.

It was a joy to welcome over 500 adults, 50 children and two dogs to worship at services on Christmas Day.

External view of church with Christmas full moonCrib

Detail of crib

Hanging floral decoration in chancelExternal view of church

New Bishop of Dunwich

Revd Canon Mike HarrisonDowning Street has announced that the new Bishop of Dunwich will be the Revd Canon Mike Harrison, currently Director of Mission and Ministry in the Diocese of Leicester.

The diocesan website has more information and also a short video by Canon Mike – click here.