Re-opening our Churches for Communal Worship

We are pleased to announce that we will be recommencing public services again in time for Easter.

At Blofield Church the 11 am Sunday service will recommence from 21st March.

At Hemblington Church the 9.30 am Sunday service will recommence from 28th March.

Those of you who would worship at North Burlingham Church are invited to join in with the Hemblington services.

At both churches the Easter Sunday service will include Holy communion.

All public services will be held in a covid safe manner following current guidance.

Our Rector hopes to continue some form of livestream service for Sundays, for those who are unable to attend one of these services in our churches. Our mid-week services by Zoom will continue for a while. We are also planning to have a reflection time by Zoom on Good Friday at 2 pm led by Rev Judith Wilson, more details of the event will be published closer to that date.

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.

Online Services

The Rev’d Kevin Billson is providing a live streamed online service every Sunday with a downloadable order of service. After it has finished the service is still available to be viewed at anytime.

A full list of these services including the next streamed service can be accessed through the following link:

Click here to access the Online Service Page

Easter Fun Activities in a Bag

This Easter our churches are offering free Easter Fun Activities in a bag for children aged 5-11 years. Come along with your parents to collect one bag per family and enjoy a fun filled day at home, finding out about Easter and making your very own Easter and Spring creations. There are a limited number of these bags available on a first come first served basis so please contact one of the organisers to book a bag:

Yvonne Mack 01603 715213
Jennifer Harvey 01603 716970
Jenny Rolls 01603 712221

You will be able to collect your bag between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday, 27th March at:

Blofield Church – from the church porch
Hemblington Church – 1 High House Lane, Blofield Heath
North Burlingham – These will be delivered to families in this area

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