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Autumn 2011

Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter Restoring Dignity – Reviving Hope! I recall the occasion well. I was sitting round a large campfire, listening to the crickets and frogs and all kinds of wildlife that we don't see around these parts. I was talking with a group of locals about life in Uganda. We had just conducted an open-air service, where hundreds of young people had gathered to watch "The Jesus Film" projected onto a large sheet, hung between trees. I had addressed the gathered throng and it had been a very moving experience. Now I was listening and curious to know what life really was like for people here. As we talked, two boys approached us. They were about 12 years old, bare feet, torn dirty T-shirts, extremely thin, dirty teeth and clearly after something. It got quite cool up in the mountains of South West Uganda at night-time, and they were drawn by the warmth of the fire and the smell of the soup and potatoes. They were hungry – desperately hungry. Of course, we shared our food with them. One of my friends said to me, "These boys don't need a sermon, they need a meal. How can we tell them about the love of Jesus without first filling their stomachs?" I find it hard to describe how I felt at that moment. We have witnessed drought and famine yet again in East Africa in recent weeks, and I've been painfully aware of how wasteful we can be with food that would be so treasured by others in need. Our Harvest offering will go, as usual, to the Salvation Army, who will be helping the hungry closer to home, so please give generously on 2nd October. If you would like to go to Africa, though, and make a difference there, then you have the opportunity to do just that next August. Check out the details inside these pages for more, or get in touch with me. I am very excited about what lies ahead. Wishing you true blessing, Adrian


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2011

Tharston Church News Tharston Church Wardens Mrs Pat Read 530325, Mrs Sue Hubbard 530072 The Church fete held on July 2nd at Picton Farm was a great success, raising £1398.51. Our thanks go to Steve and Bev for allowing us to use their garden again and to Chris Lawson for steering the event. A special mention should go to Jane Valentine and her team who provided delicious teas in a vintage setting – some had more than one they were so good ! We have had the church open for the summer months and hope to continue until the end of September. We have a charity in Tharston, The Tharston Poor Allotments Charity. In the past this provided coal and bread to the needy of Tharston. Now, the Trustees are inviting applications from students towards further education. If you live in Tharston and think you may be eligible please contact Helen Lawson on 530055.

Tharston Church Services 4th Sep 18th Sep 25th Sep 2nd Oct 16th Oct 23rd Oct 6th Nov 20th Nov 27th Nov

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

Holy Communion Holy Communion Harvest Festival Holy Communion Holy Communion Village Praise Holy Communion Holy Communion Village Praise


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2011

From Tasburgh Church Register Details from John Crowley


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2011

Tasburgh Church News Tasburgh Church Wardens Vivienne Taylor 471790, Julia Orpin 470983 We continue to be encouraged with our children’s work, and it is wonderful to see just how much the children who come along do value and enjoy their Children’s Church. If you’d like to give it a go, do come along. It really is something special. For our next project, we are investigating the installation of a new and updated sound system, which will fulfil the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, and provide real value for those whose hearing is impaired. Research shows that 10% of churchgoers are hard of hearing (to say nothing of those who don’t come because they can’t hear!). The cost of this work is likely to be around £2,500. We are already almost half-way to this, but would be delighted with any offers of assistance for this worthwhile project.

Tasburgh Church Services 4th Sep 9.30am Morning Worship with Baptism 11th Sep 9.30am Communion (Children’s Church) 18th Sep 9.30am All Age, with shared breakfast 25th Sep 9.30am Communion (Children’s Church & ‘Sat Nav’) 2nd Oct 9.30am Harvest Festival 9th Oct 9.30am Communion (Children’s Church) 16th Oct 9.30am All Age, with Baptism & Breakfast 23rd Oct 9.30am Communion (Children’s Church & ‘Sat Nav’) 30th Oct 9:30am Communion (Children’s Church) 6th Nov 9.30am Matins (Children’s Church & ‘Sat Nav’) 13th Nov 9.30am Remembrance Sunday 20th Nov 9.30am All Age, with shared breakfast 27th Nov 9.30am Communion (Children’s Church & ‘Sat Nav’) We also meet every Tuesday, 9:30am in Church for simple prayers. All welcome.


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2011

Dates For Your Diary September Confirmations – Sun 4th Sept, 6:30pm, Newton Church Sponsored Cycle Ride – Sat 10th Sep, 9am–5pm, Norfolk Churches Cream Teas & Jazz – Sun 11th Sept, 3–5pm, Saxlingham Rectory Tharston PCC – Tue 13th Sept, 7:30pm Tasburgh Fete – Sat 17th Sept, 12noon–3pm, Village Hall Tharston Harvest Supper – Sat 17th Sept, evening, Forncett Village Hall, details pending – contact Sue for more (530072) Tasburgh PCC – Tue 20th Sept, 7:30pm, Church Room

October Tasburgh Harvest Festival – Sun 2nd Oct, 9:30am service in Church, followed by cooked lunch at 12:30 in Village Hall – book with Julia (470983) Church Retreat Day – Sat 15th Oct, 12noon–6pm, Norwich. Start with lunch in Cathedral Refectory, then move to House of Prayer, Fishergate for the afternoon. Break for Evensong at the Cathedral at 3:30pm. Please note change of venue. Details from Chris. Benefice Social Evening – Sat 29th Oct, 7:30pm, Newton Flotman Village Hall. Food & games & good company for all.

Uganda 2012 We are planning a cross-cultural trip to Uganda, 9th–23rd August 2012. We shall be working with churches, a school and a hospital, collaborating on a building project, children's camp, and offering pastoral, educational and medical support. We’ll be based mainly in Kabale, south-west Uganda, on the border of Rwanda, as well as in the capital, Kampala. We’ll also have some time to visit various significant sites and see some local wildlife. It could be a lifechanging experience. If you are interested in coming along or in supporting this venture financially, please contact Adrian for more information.


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2011


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2011

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, Saxlingham) 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.... 5th Sept 3rd Oct 7th Nov

Mrs B Burton – Mr Paul Hickley A Talk on Lighthouses Mrs J Orpin – Julie Lawrence Medicine from Plants Mrs A Gibbins – Mr Laurence Satchwell Old Toys – 1950

5th Dec

Tea Party

The Annual Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 3rd December in Tasburgh Church from 10.30am – 12noon Cake Stall, Raffle, Bring & Buy, Coffee & Mince Pies – £1 The Coffee Morning on 6th August raised £385. Thank you for your support and help.


Tasburgh and Tharston Church Newsletter - Autumn 2011

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 or phone Shirley Brookes on 470369. Fairtrade – Fairly traded products 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 12th November 2011. Thank you.


Church News Autumn 2011