Welcome to the website for St. Andrew’s Church, North Burlingham. The first recorded rector of our beautiful church was Richard de Runhale in 1199. Although the greater part of the church dates from the early part of the sixteenth century we are proud of our roof angels and the rood screen, the latter dating back to 1536 barely a decade before the faces of the saints were defaced during the reformation.. The screen by the tower is from the ruined St. Peter’s Church which is nearby. St. Andrews is surrounded by woodland and fields which is a centre for ramblers and dog-walkers who are always very welcome. The churchyard is a haven for wild flowers and we are part of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust conservation scheme.
Our church provides an oasis of calm and peace which is often remarked upon by visitors. We are open every day and worship monthly. Please feel free to join us.
Sunday services now regularly take place in the Churches of Blofield and Hemblington with occasional services at North Burlingham and we look forward to welcoming worshippers.
Sunday services are held in Hemblington Church with North Burlingham at 9.30 am and in Blofield Church at 11.00 am. Services alternate between Holy Communion and a Service of Morning Worship.
There are benefice Morning prayers on Tuesdays at 9.00 am by Zoom. There are benefice Morning prayers on Thursdays at 9.00 am by Zoom. The Wednesday morning service at 9.30am is now held in Blofield Church. It alternates between Holy Communion and a Service of Morning Worship.
Our church buildings will remain open for private prayer at published times.
The PCC was ready to submit its full application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund in June last year, but as a result of Covid-19, the Lottery froze new applications. We are now ready to resubmit our application as Lottery funding has reopened. Unfortunately the entry requirements have changed so we have been asked to reapply from the beginning. This feels like a game of Snakes and Ladders where we were halfway across the board but have slid down a snake to square one. The extra regulations require that the project is eco-friendly and Covid-19 resilient but we believe we are compliant.
Our professional manager, James Mellish, is able to modify our original application to satisfy the new requirements and we hope to resubmit soon. The project, to remind you, includes a toilet extension, servery, air pump and radiant electric heating, replace pews with chairs, redecorate and complete repairs noted in our last quinquennial inspection.
If all goes well, we hope to hear from the Lottery within three months and possibly start building within six months.
Our churches will continue to be open for private prayer and reflection.
North Burlingham Church will be open each day from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
If you know someone who does not have access to the internet and might appreciate this service then please pass on the number. Calls are free of charge.