Harvest Festival Service

Our Harvest Festival service will be at 3pm on Sunday October 10th. Donations of food will be forwarded to the Yarmouth Foodbank after the service. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Deanery Synod Vacancies

The Blofield deanery, consisting of 28 Churches in 20 parishes stretching from the Plumstead to Reedham, is looking for a New Lay Chair for its current Triennium to share in chairing of the local deanery synod alongside the Rural Dean – a member of the clergy. The synod meets two or three times a year. The Lay chair is also a member of the standing committee which may also meet several times a year.

Members of the synod are elected at Annual Parochial Church meetings and the clergy of the deanery meet under the joint chairmanship of the Area (Rural) Dean and the Lay Chair. The aim of the deanery is to foster mission, encourage pastoral care and joint activity between the parishes of the deanery. It also acts as a conduit for relevant information between the General and Diocesan synods and the local parishes debating relevant issues from time to time. This is a position that would ideally suit a communicant member of the church of England with an interest in the life of the church – it’s worship and participation in the life of the local community – and its response to key issues and topics of the day.

The deanery is also looking for a secretary to take the minutes of the meetings and circulate them to all members of the synod. From time to time there are other administrative tasks to be undertaken.

For further information please contact Rev Kevin Billson Assistant Rural Dean. His contact details are on the Contact Us page.

Communal Worship at our Churches


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 Hemblington Church at 9.00 am. 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.

Welcome

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.

Building Project Update

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.

Private Prayer

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 Phone Line

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.

Daily Hope