News from the local churches
- 23 February 2022
- North-West Norfolk
Sharing their news: The Way, Hunstanton and the Saxon Shore, Dersingham, Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe and Shernborne group, The Christian Science Society and the Catholic Church.
Lack of space in the print edition meant that a number of articles are only appearing online this month. Here are (in no particular order) the articles from our local churches.
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Edmund Hunstanton with St Cecilia's Dersingham
The Pope’s prayer intention for March 2022 is: ‘For a Christian response to bioethical challenges’ We pray for Christians facing new bioethical challenges; may they continue to defend the dignity of all human life with prayer and action.
The World Day of Prayer service is at St Mary’s Parish Church, Heacham on Friday 4th March starting at 10.30am. This years’ service was prepared by the women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the theme is ‘I know the plans I have for you’. All welcome. The Synodal Path: The survey for the Synodal Path in our Diocese can be found on our Diocesan website. The consultation period goes on until mid-Lent and Fr Peter will publish one of the ten questions each week on our website and in the newsletter to encourage our participation. Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them in paper form to the Parish Office and we will submit them for you (Please mark your envelope Synodal Path questionnaire). More information on the Diocesan website www.rcdea.org.uk
CAFOD’s Walk Against Hunger Lent challenge: There are 200 million children in the world whose lives are at risk from malnutrition. This Lent, challenge yourself to walk 200km, and help give hunger its marching orders. Do 5k a day, your way, for 40 days, get sponsored and you’ll conquer your 200km target in time for Easter – and help people around the world to live free from hunger. To take part, go to cafod.org.uk/walk.
For Parish news including Mass times and prayer requests, please see the Parish News page on our website. For information about live streamed Masses in the Diocese and related matters, including Coronavirus updates see the Links page of our website at, www.hunstantoncatholicparish.org
People are advised not to go to Mass if they have any symptoms, however mild. Wearing masks when coming to church is still advisable, and hand sanitiser is still provided. We now have communal singing of hymns at our Sunday Masses.
The Sunday Masses are at 9am at Mountbatten Road, Dersingham and 11am at Sandringham Road, Hunstanton.
Daily Masses are at 10am at Hunstanton on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays and 10.15am at Dersingham on Wednesdays.
Website:www.hunstantoncatholicparish.org Email: parish@ hunstantoncatholicparish.org
The Parish telephone number is 01485 534675.
If you require a Priest urgently please telephone V. Rev Canon Peter Rollings on 01553 772220.or email; email@example.com
The Christian Science Society Hunstanton
Buds are beginning to appear on the trees and bulbs are popping through the ground, responding to the warmth and the prospect of Spring. Birds are looking for cosy and safe nesting places and there is a promise of newness in the air. The days are getting longer and it is this expectancy of good that can buoy us up each day. A sense of gratitude for these small perennial events, which show us the quiet beauty in our lives, can have a positive effect on us and everyone around us. God’s blessings and love for us, become apparent in the people and surroundings close to us, when we pause for a few moments each day in gratitude and prayer.
If you want a chat or more information, call Gay Paterson on 01366 328108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Sunday services are at 11am, held in our church building at 10 Queens Drive, Hunstanton PE36 6WZ. We also hold a service on the first Wednesday of each month at 12 noon. Follow us on Facebook to see up-to-date information about our church and its activities and services. Information on Christian Science and our worldwide church can be found at www.christianscience.com. Services are also available online. Please go to www.spirituality4.me to find live-streamed services around the UK, along with other online events, talks, etc. as well as our online shop where you will find books, including the Bible, the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, and many other inspirational resources. Daily inspiration can be found at https://www.christianscience.com/christian-healing-today/daily-lift.
Dersingham, Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe and Shernborne group
Hugs and Body Language
Before lockdown number one began, an online survey was carried out to see how much people value interpersonal touch. The study commissioned by ‘Wellcome Collection’ in collaboration with BBC Radio 4 produced some interesting results. A third of people said we don’t touch each other as much as we did earlier in their lives. People from 112 different countries took part in the Touch Test and it’s striking that "comforting" and "warm" were among the three most common words that people used in every region of the world. Sometimes in grief choosing to say nothing can be the right decision, sometimes a comforting hug speaks of support. Since 2020, for many our interpersonal skills have had to adapt, from communicating more on zoom or wearing of a face mask limiting the reading of peoples’ body language.
There is a young children’s book called Hug (by Jez Alborough). It features Bobo the chimp who goes in search of having a hug from his mum, on the way he visits lots of different animals from elephants to hippopotamus then eventually finding his mum where they have a big hug. For some people they have missed giving family or friends a hug, some on the other hand are not so keen on hugs or even shaking hands. Yet regardless of your preferences to hugs, communication in its varied forms remains so important. When it comes to communication Jesus spoke across social divides speaking up for those who didn`t have a voice in society and through it spoke of God’s Kingdom. How we respond to people in sincere love can have a significant impact, regardless of whatever method of communication we use. In the Bible these words can guide us in our own communication: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:6 ESV).
Rev Mark Capron
Dersingham, Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe and Shernborne
Hunstanton and the Saxon Shore
I hope that by the time you read this you are all enjoying a few of the signs of spring round about us. In our churches this is the time of year that we start to think about annual meetings, finance reports and looking forward to the future. Spring is a time to think and plan in a hopeful way. Let’s all pray that this year we can enjoy being out and about with friends and family.
As we in the churches have been planning our activities for the year ahead we have noticed that many of our volunteers are feeling the pressure of keeping our beautiful churches open, clean and well maintained. A bit like the Forth Bridge, we never seem to stop being mindful of the need to keep the buildings in good condition. We are also very aware that there are many people who come to us asking to have their Wedding in our churches. We are always delighted to help couples get married as we know that having this service in church, for some people, is a way of starting married life with promises before God. In our benefice we are also keen to welcome those who want to have their child baptised (christened) or have the funeral service for a loved one who lived in one of our parishes.
All of our Occasional Offices, as weddings, baptisms and funerals are known, are only a small part of the services that we take throughout the year. We have services each Sunday in our churches as well as weekday ones. We also have our new Making Space event in St Edmund’s Church Hall on a Wednesday and we are considering some other different events and services. All of these things involve a huge number of willing volunteers and supporters. Not everyone who supports us comes to services regularly. Not everyone who supports us is able to give large amounts of money. Not everyone who supports us can hoover up the bat droppings or polish brasses. However, the thing that all of our supporters and volunteers have in common is that they want to help their local church. We are so very grateful for all those who give in many different ways and we are always keen to welcome more people in to our wider Church Family.
In our Benefice we have eight lovely churches and let me be very clear, we have no plans to close any of them! We rejoice in the variety of buildings and more importantly, the different people who we connect with each week through our services and activities. We do, however, want you all to know that you are welcome to join us whenever you like and if you can help to support us in any way I know that the clergy and Churchwardens would love to hear from you.
May I remind you all that each church will be having it’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting in the coming months so do please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for details of those. Voting for the election of Churchwardens is open to anyone on the church electoral roll or who is a permanent resident of the parish, you do not need to be a regular at church! Please be aware of these and get in touch if you think you would like to get more involved. We would love to see you, not for what you can do but because The Bible reminds us that all are precious in God’s sight and loved!
Don’t forget, ‘Making Space’, tea, coffee and cake each week in St Edmund’s Church Hall Wednesday 10-12. Come and join us, you will be most welcome.
Rev Rachael Dines
Hunstanton and the Saxon Shore Benefice
Rest Day: Monday
Rev Phil Unsworth is an additional contact. Phone number: 01485 532436
Sticks and Stones
By Gordon Tanner, a member of The Way C F Leadership team
When I was a small child, more years ago than I want to admit, there was a saying used in the school yard in response to derogatory things that had been said to you. It went
‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me’.
What rubbish! Many of the problems we carry into our adult lives are what people have said not what they’ve done. A cut to our flesh will heal, a cut to our very being needs help to heal. And few of us realise that. And probably fewer actually know how to find that healing.
For years I was carrying the hurt of a teacher laughing at me because I mispronounced a word I’d never seen in print. Once I realised that this was a problem that I was carrying and it was healable I had a few minutes prayer and that was a thing of the past. The negative words spoken by authority figures – teachers, parents, doctors etc – are especially harmful and can cause long term wounds to us. Words from a teacher or parent who said ‘you’ll never be any good at this’ can affect you long term. It is said that it takes upto 30 positive words to undo the effect of a single negative one. I hear from teachers that nowadays they always try to say something positive either side of telling a pupil off.
In recent years many young people have been bullied on line. Many role playing games are extremely dark. People hide their identity and can cause deep harm, and can say devastating things with no accountability. As parents let’s be vigilant to protect our children. We need to know what they are doing on line and who has access to them.
Jesus suffered and died to show us how much God loves us and how much worth each person has in His eyes. It was Jesus who came to bring healing to broken humanity. It is in him that wounds can be washed and healed. It is never too late to turn to Him and find the Father’s love.