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Autumn 2010

Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter Another Ordination for Chris the Curate? Many of you will know that on 3rd July, I was ordained again by the Bishop of Norwich in the Cathedral. Some of you will be asking, “Weren’t you ‘done’ last year? Why did you need to be done twice?”. Well, I was ordained last summer…as a ‘deacon’. This time I was ordained ‘priest’. This means I can ‘preside’ at Holy Communion and also join couples in Holy Matrimony. Officiating at my first wedding at Tasburgh at the end of July was an experience I shall never forget. My recent ordination was a significant moment in my life. It caused me to reflect deeply on what it means to live for God in today’s world and to look back over the past year since moving to Norfolk from Bristol with Tina and our three girls. My conclusion was essentially this: ‘It’s not always easy…but God is with us.’ This became clear over dinner on New Year’s Eve when my eldest brother asked each of us present to share our reflections on the year that had just passed. As a family we actually cried quite a lot in response to that question as we revisited some of the traumas that moving far away can bring. But we were also able to testify to God’s manifest love and faithfulness in our lives and to take heart that He is a good Father who has good plans for His children. Life is not always easy…tragedy, physical pain, emotional hurts, grief, debt problems, depression, stress and broken relationships all take their toll. But I am wholeheartedly convinced that God really is with us in the mess of life and longs for us to reach out to Him. It has been the most extraordinary privilege for me this last year to have experienced His amazing grace and presence in my own life and to have helped others discover Him for themselves too. If I can begin my priestly ministry by helping you to discover God’s love for yourself then I’d count it a real honour. Please do get in touch. Rev Chris Martin


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2010

Tharston Church News Tharston Church Wardens Mrs Pat Read 530325, Mrs Sue Hubbard 530072 Tharston Church fete was held on August 7th in the garden at Picton Farm, thanks to Steve and Bev for allowing us to invade once again. The fete was well supported by the village and raised £1000 for funds. Our very grateful thanks go to Chris Lawson and his team for organising this event. £1000 sounds/is a lot of money but when you realise that the insurance premium for the church is £1300 we have to keep fundraising just to tread water. We are always looking for new ideas so don't hesitate if you have any! The next church event will be the Harvest Lunch which will be on September 26th. Tickets for this will be available from the middle of September. This is usually a sell out so get in quickly if you would like tickets.

Tharston Church Services 5th Sep 19th Sep 26th Sep 3rd Oct 17th Oct 24th Oct 7th Nov 21st Nov 28th Nov

11am 8am 11am 11am 8am 11am 11am 8am 11am

Holy Communion Holy Communion Harvest Festival Holy Communion Holy Communion Morning Light Holy Communion Holy Communion Morning Light - Advent

Benefice Special Services 5th Sep 6.30pm 21st Nov 9am–12noon 6.30pm 22nd Nov 7.30pm

The Gathering, with Jill Gower, Tasburgh Christmas Posada Workshop, Newton Remembering Loved Ones, Newton Confirmation Service, venue tba


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2010


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2010

Tasburgh Church News Tasburgh Church Wardens Vivienne Taylor 471790, Julia Orpin 470983 The Church Room has enjoyed a lick of new paint over the summer. It has been a joy to have some special weddings in the church. We look forward to two more on the 1st Saturdays of Sept and Oct. The Repairs to the Tower and the Bell installation are almost complete but, if you missed earlier opportunities to contribute, and wish to do so now, please make use of one of the envelopes at the back of the Church. The next expenditure will be for the purchase of some new bell-ropes and the redecoration of the ringing chamber. The Church also has a new flagpole and a Flag of St George. We are grateful to donors of flags: the late Mr Philip Barnes, Mrs Ann Crawshay , Mrs Betty Burton , Dr Hugh O’Neill and John and Joanna Merrills. We are especially looking forward to our Open Day on 11th Sept, where we hope that many people will come to enjoy a cream tea, live music and to discover some of the new things we’re doing.

Tasburgh Church Services 5th Sep 12th Sep 19th Sep 26th Sep 3rd Oct 10th Oct 17th Oct 24th Oct 31st Oct 7th Nov 14th Nov 21st Nov 28th Nov

9.30am 6.30pm 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 10.45am 9.30am 4.00pm

BCP Matins & Children’s Church The Gathering, with Jill Gower Holy Communion & Children’s Church All Age, with shared breakfast Harvest Festival BCP Matins & Children’s Church Holy Communion & Children’s Church All Age, with shared breakfast Holy Communion & Children’s Church Youth Led Special - For All BCP Matins & Children’s Church Remembrance Day Service Holy Communion (children at Newton) Advent Carols with Afternoon Tea


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2010

Dates For Your Diary September Cream Teas & Live Jazz – Sunday 5th Sept, 3–5pm, Saxlingham Rectory Lawn. Annual Church Bike Ride – Saturday 11th Sept, 9am–5pm. Sponsor forms available from Vivienne Taylor – 471790. Tasburgh Church Open Day – Saturday 11th Sept, 11am–3pm. Tharston Village Rounders Match – Sunday 12th Sept, 2pm, Picton Farm. Gospel Choir – Monday 13th Sept, 7:30pm, Saxlingham – details tba. Wardens & Reps Meeting – Wed 15th Sept, 7:30pm, Newton Rectory. Tasburgh Village Fete – Saturday 18th Sept at the Village Hall. The church is running 3 stalls, book stall (donated books on the day or to Sarah Norman), a bottle stall (bottles to Julia Orpin) and a Lucky Dip (run by Jean Campling). Tasburgh Harvest Lunch – Sunday 26th Sept at the Village Hall. Tickets £6.00, under 12's free, from Margaret Madgett – 471525. Tharston Harvest Lunch – Sunday 26th Sept, 1pm, The Chestnuts – 530072.

October Creation Day with Paul Garner – Saturday 9th Oct, Hillcrest Chapel, Thorpe St Andrew. Paul is author of The New Creationism. For more details, call Adrian on 498317. Farewell Service for Bishop James – Sunday 17th Oct, 3:30pm, Norwich Cathedral.

November Tharston Village Fireworks – Nov 5th, from 6pm, Picton Farm. Call Chris for tickets on 530055. Roger Mayor Concert – Saturday 13th Nov, 7:30pm, All Saints Church, Shotesham. Inspiring music and uplifting real-life stories, this is an evening not to be missed. Contact John on 499541 for more details.


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2010


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2010

Tas Valley Cell Church Cells are vital units of the body – and cells in church life are small groups, which contain the DNA of what it means to be church. We meet to grow in faith, to pray and support each other, to learn from the bible and to join in actively sharing our faith and serving the wider community. If you'd like to join a cell, contact Jo Luxton (daytime, Newton) 473030; Andrew Gibson (Tues eves, Tasburgh) 499004; Chris Martin (Wed eves, Tasburgh) 470768; Richard Bond (Wed eves, Saxlingham) 578093; William & Vicky Ball (Thurs eves, Newton) 471506; Andy Cox (Friday eves, Newton) 471334; Chris Gaze (Sunday eves youth) 470762. Youth Cells (JAM) We meet on Monday evenings 7–8.30 to explore our faith and have fun together. Once a month, we have a social event – cinema, bowling, circus skills, lazer quest etc. Other nights, there’s a fast moving programme, with bible bits, drama, games, praying about stuff that means a lot to us and crazy stunts all mixed up. Contact Chris Gaze, e-mail: chris@tasvalley.org; telephone 01508 470762.

St. Mary's Guild – Tasburgh We meet on the first Monday of each month in the Church Room at 2.30pm. Please come and join us, everyone is welcome. Coming Up Oct 4th Mrs Pat Williamson Nov 1st Mrs Ann Hawkes Dec 6th Christmas Tea Party

A Talk on the Second World War A Musical Afternoon

Christmas Fayre Saturday 4th December 10:30 – 12noon Tasburgh Church and Church Room Cake Stall – Bring & Buy – Raffle


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2010

Regular Events/Groups Bible Study Group – New members are always welcome. Please contact Philip Simmons 499041. Emmanuel Group – Meeting weekly in Tasburgh. Ask Renee Hollinger for more details on 470893. Fairtrade – Fairly traded product catalogues are available on request from Val Cook on 470298. Music in Worship – If you’d like to sing in Tasburgh Church Choir or explore learning the organ, phone Sarah Norman on 471505. Prayer for the parishes takes place every day. Please give prayer requests to a churchwarden, clergy person or prayer box or board in church. On Tuesdays we meet to pray at Tasburgh Church at 9:30am. Children’s Church – Tasburgh has a Children’s Church for children aged from three years. This runs on the first, second and fourth Sunday of each month. All welcome. Contact Jane Rae on 470692. Tasburgh Crafts Club – Come and try new skills in a relaxed atmosphere. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 10am – 12noon in the Church Room, Tasburgh. Tasburgh Coffee Pot – Come and make new friends at the Coffee Pot. We meet every Wednesday from 2 – 4pm for a chat with coffee & cake. Church Room, Tasburgh. All ages welcome.

Making Contact Rev'd Sally Gaze: sally@tasvalley.org, 01508 470762 The Rectory, Church Road, Newton Flotman, NR15 1QB Rev’d Adrian Miller: adrian@tasvalley.org, 01508 498317 The Rectory, The Street, Saxlingham Nethergate, NR15 1AJ Rev’d Chris Martin: chrism@tasvalley.org, 01508 470768 The Rectory, Church Hill, Tasburgh, NR15 1NB All contributions for the next edition to Adrian by the 10th November. Thank you.


Church News Autumn 2010