CHURCHES TOGETHER IN HEACHAM
Greetings from the manse,
Government statistics tell us that people are waiting
shorter periods for consultations and operations and the like. This
may be true, I hope it is. Equally, statistics suggest that much
medical time is given over to personal, relational and social
problems that people experience. Though these are very important
they are not strictly medical so to speak. I’d perhaps go so far as
to say that such dis-ease is spiritual in nature and reflect the
estrangement people feel from others, and from something else that
they can’t put their finger on. We call this something other, “God.”
Perhaps we can even widen this diagnosis to say that between the
sexes, generations, races, nations and between nature, and us there
is separation and estrangement.
In all this we can recognize what St. Paul is saying of the new creation or the
new man in Christ Jesus’. It is the life of ‘the man for others’,
the love whereby we are brought completely into relationship with
all that we feel has been separated and estranged. This miracle of
divine grace shows itself in all the unreconciled relationships of
our existence. This grace was manifested supremely on the Cross, and
is met wherever Jesus Christ is shown forth and recognized in ‘an
entirely different mode of living-in relationship from anything
known in the world’, as the theologian Paul Tillich put it. We might
say that in Christ we are whole and spiritually healthy. The
Christian community exists to promote this healthiness and wholeness
as the embodiment of this “new being” as love which dissolves dis-ease
and estrangement. What a thought that Christ’s people are part of
his universal health service!
Continuing our medical thoughts, see how you get on
with these Nine Spiritual
Remedies by Anonymous.
1 A little more
patience — to tolerate those with whom I must live and who are not
at all congenial to me.
2 A little more
firmness — to continue this work which duty demands but which is
repellent to me.
3 A little more
humility -to remain at the post to which God has led me but which
does not correspond with my dreams and plans.
4 A little more
common sense — to take people as they are, not as I should like them
5 A little more
prudence — not to bother so much about other people’s own business.
6 A little more strength — to endure that which so
7 A little more
cheerfulness — so as not to show I have been hurt.
8 A little more
unselfishness - in trying to understand the thoughts and feelings of
9 Above all, a
little more prayer, to draw God to my heart and take counsel with
With every good wish and blessing,
Rev'd Kim Nally
Ebony Grace Williamson, daughter of
Mark and Nicola
"For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation"
Faithful Departed (Church linked funerals)
25/4/09 Norman Tony
10/5/09 Marjorie Caller
16/5/09 William Henry
Arthur Horace Mason Howe
"Blessed are those who mourn for they will be
We do extend our sympathy and condolences to all who
have been bereaved, and who are prayed for at the Sunday morning
services around the time of the funeral of their loved ones.
METHODIST CHURCH: Sunday Services
10.30am Morning Worship
ST MARY’S PARISH
CHURCH: Sunday Services
Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
(All Age Worship on 1st Sunday)
(Holy Communion on 2nd and 5th Sunday)
Provision for children during services
Morning Worship at Junior School
(Holy Communion on 3rd
Church Services in Nursing/Residential Homes
2.30pm Service at
Communion at Millbridge
2.30pm Service at Summerville
7.30pm Service at Neville Court
10.30am Service at
Fri 26th NO
Service at Sunnyside
SUMMER WEEKDAY OPENING: MAY-SEPTEMBER
the summer (until 30th September) St. Mary's is open for
visitors on Mondays to Fridays from 10am till 4pm; and on Sundays
from 12 noon till 5pm. Between 10-12 and 2-4 on weekdays there are
always friendly people on duty to answer questions and be generally
helpful to visitors. Tea, coffee and biscuits available. Why not pay
a visit one day, enjoy the peace and quiet, and study the wonderful
history present in this distinctive building which has been a centre
for Christian worship in the area for hundreds of years. And if you
might be interested in joining one of the teams who welcome visitors
to the Church please phone Mary Sanders on 01485 570264.
VISIT OF WATOTO CHILDREN'S CHOIR
We shall be welcoming this lovely choir to St.
Mary's on Tuesday 16th
June and their concert will be at 7pm. The choir comes from Uganda,
all the children are parentless and they are wonderful singers.
It will be a most enjoyable evening of
entertainment and ADMISSION IS FREE. Get to the church early to be
sure of a seat.
See http://www.watoto.com/ for
information about the choir.
There will be a collection on the night
to support the work of the choir.
"FLOWER" FESTIVAL” ? WITH A DIFFERENCE
are planning a Festival with a difference, using recycled materials
for flowers and for models of animals etc. The Festival will be open
on Friday 19th June and Saturday 20th June
from 10.00am-5.00pm and on Sunday 21st June from 12 noon
till 5.00pm. Live background music will be arranged for the Saturday
with a Concert at 7.30pm by the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra
(tickets will be available shortly for the concert, @ £5 each).
Refreshments and lunches will be served from a marquee whilst the
Festival is open. The "exhibits" will also be on show during the
following week if you miss this special weekend.