Vicar's Emails

Email 25 November 2021

I hope and pray you are safe and well as we hear of the tragic loss of at least 27 lives, including a child, in the Channel, as migrants try to reach our shores.

At Morning Prayer we have been reading the Book of Isaiah, which, although focussed on Israel, has a more international vision of God's judgement and ultimate salvation of the world through the Messiah, and the Gospel of Matthew, which sees Jesus as the fulfilment of this vision. Jesus sends his disciples out and they are dependent on the hospitality and support of those they teach. As Advent approaches we are reminded that Matthew's account of Christ separating the Sheep and the Goats teaches that nations are judged on how they and we have treated the least and most vulnerable of Christ's little ones.

Many will have seen the publicity about the CoronaQuilts of kindness and the visit of the Lady Dannatt, Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk, the Sheriff and the Lord Mayor. You can see lots of the coverage and photos on our Facebook page. Please pray for Archdeacon of Norwich who caught a non-Covid bug at General Synod and wasn't able to visit, and for others in our congregation who have tested positive for Covid and are having to isolate.

Our 10am Festival Communion for our Feast of Title, Christ the King, with Canon Andy Bryant, and our formal farewell to the Rev’d Shawn Tomlinson, our former curate is also on our Facebook with video of the service and pictures of Kathy Ladd's wonderful cakes.

You will soon be able to see the new Noticesheet on our website news page.

Many will remember Maureen and Colin Forbes, who were pillars of Christ Church before they moved to Bradford in 2012. Maureen sang in the choir and played the organ and piano for us, amongst so many other things. Sadly, Maureen passed away on 28th October 2021. Her funeral is on 6th December 2021 at St Cuthbert's Church, Wrose at 11.00am. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. We are dedicating the Candlelit Advent Carol Service at 630pm on Sunday to Maureen's memory.

I have heard from Margaret Cooper's family that her funeral raised the great sum of £300 for the St Martin's Housing Trust, one of Margaret's favourite charities.

Please also pray for Bella Grubb and Jerry Cotton as they are confirmed in the Cathedral by Bishop Graham at 1030am on Saturday morning. With NHS operations under pressure, I have to go to the NNUH for an out-patient procedure and will now miss the service, but Jerry and Bella will be in good hands and I should be back in action for Advent Sunday.

With love and prayers for Advent,

Patrick

 

Morning Prayer 9am Monday to Friday: Zoom details

Our Sunday Morning service from Church by Zoom at 10am – we will try to start the Zoom service before hand  Zoom details

The Advent Carol service will also be broadcast on Zoom at 630pm Zoom details

You can find the service orders and hymns for our Zoom services on the website services page.

If you need practical help or you would like to talk to someone, please let Vivien Humber, who is wonderfully coordinating our pastoral team, know by Email or 01603 507855.

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Email 18 November 2021

I hope and pray you are safe and well as UK Covid cases continue to be high, especially amongst younger children, but some continental rates look to be rising even higher.

I returned yesterday night from the General Synod in London, where we called on the government to tackle inequality and the gap between rich and poor, debating a motion proposed by Leeds diocese before the Government's levelling up agenda was current. Today's news about HS2 and Leeds caught my attention. Much of Synod's agenda was introductory, with many new members joining, but the Archbishop's raised important questions about the future of the church and outlined a vision of a church that is simpler, humbler and bolder. With one of their goals being to become younger and more diverse, it was interesting to hear school children from Norfolk giving their views.

It was good to return to Morning Prayer and I'm grateful to those who kept it going while I was away. Today we heard how Jesus healed Peter's mother in law and she served him. We might be tempted to think of this as dinner service, but the context is Jesus radical call to follow him above all others, so the service meant is likely discipleship.

Tomorrow, Friday, you are warmly invited to come to the launch of the The Eaton CoronaQuilts of Kindness Exhibition in church from 10am-3.30pm and on Saturday 20th November from 10am-12noon & 2pm-3.30pm. Entry is free and there are refreshments. The Lady Dannatt, Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk, and the Sherrif will be attending from 1030 on Friday morning and the Lord Mayor and Archdeacon of Norwich at Friday lunchtime.

On Saturday, Rachel Dean and Jordan McBain are getting married at 1230pm in church. Rachel and Jordan joined us many times at our Zoom services during the lockdowns. This is their third date for getting married, so please pray for them and they would be delighted if anyone would like to come to the wedding.

Our 10am Festival Communion for our Feast of Title, Christ the King, has Canon Andy Bryant, Canon for Mission and Pastoral Care at the Cathedral, as guest preacher. We will also be saying a belated farewell to the Rev’d Shawn Tomlinson, our former curate, who moved on during the lockdown. Sparkling refreshments follow.

You can see other information on the new Noticesheet, which is on the website news page

Please pray for Sarah Barley as she kindly acts as temporary PCC treasurer and give thanks that Tony Grubb is willing to be our new treasurer, a real answer to prayer.

Apologies that I'm again behind on emails having been in London, but please do stay in touch.

With love and prayers for the Feast of Christ the King,

Patrick

 

Morning Prayer 9am Monday to Friday: Zoom details

Our Sunday Morning service from Church by Zoom at 10am – we will try to start the Zoom service before hand  Zoom details

You can find the communion service order and hymns on the website services page.

There is also a short Sunday evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm Zoom details

If you need practical help or you would like to talk to someone, please let Vivien Humber, who is wonderfully coordinating our pastoral team, know by Email or 01603 507855.

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Email 10 November 2021

I hope and pray you are safe and well as the COP 26 Climate summit tries to get governments to cut carbon production more and help poorer, vulnerable countries cope with the effects of global warming already with us. Please continue to pray that progress will be made to protect our planet.

At Morning Prayer we have started to read through the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew is portraying Jesus as like Moses, giving teaching on a Mountain, but this teaching is in his own authority and even more radical than the Ten Commandments. Some may wonder how attention to the planet relates to the proclamation of the Gospel, but Jesus' teaching in the sermon on the Mount, that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us, surely challenges us not to trash our world without thought for those who are and will be suffering as a result.

Tomorrow, Thursday, you are warmly invited to join us at 1045 at the War Memorial on Newmarket Road for a short service with the Act of Remembrance. David Scott has invited local schools to attend and we are grateful to have a trumpeter for the Last Post from City of Norwich School.

You can hear Alison Green's interview, about displaying the Quilts of Kindness, on Radio Norfolk, and you can see videos from the 8am and 10am services on our Facebook page. Further information about the exhibition will be on the new Noticesheet, which should be on the website news page before Sunday.

Mike Price's funeral is in church at 230pm on Friday. (I am moving my day off so that I can take it and Colin Way will lead the prayers). There are refreshments at the Golf Club following.

On Saturday we have the Autumn Fayre in aid of our Mission Partners, from 10am-12noon in St Andrew’s Church Hall. Admission is £2 (including tea/coffee and biscuits, U16s free).

Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and Colin Way is kindly intending to take our special 10am service, with Maisie Hook playing trumpet, while I am leading in the Sunday School as we prepare for the confirmation in the Cathedral on Saturday 27th November.

Please also note in your diary the Feast of Christ the King on 21st November, with Canon Andy Bryant preaching and our belated farewell to Shawn at 10am, our Advent Carols on 28th November at 630pm, and Archdeacon Karen preaching and presiding at 10am on 12th December.

Please pray for Sarah Barley as she kindly acts as temporary PCC treasurer and pray that we can appoint someone soon. Please let me know if you have any thoughts on this.

Apologies that I'm still behind on emails but please do stay in touch.

With love and prayers for this season of Remembrance,

Patrick

Morning Prayer 9am Monday to Friday: Zoom details

Our Sunday Morning service from Church by Zoom at 10am – we will try to start the Zoom service before hand  Zoom details

You can find the communion service order and hymns on the website services page.

There is also a short Sunday evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm Zoom details

If you need practical help or you would like to talk to someone, please let Vivien Humber, who is wonderfully coordinating our pastoral team, know by Email or 01603 507855.

Email 6 November 2021

I hope and pray you are safe and well as demonstrations calling for urgent action on climate change take place around the world.

I have just returned from the Diocesan Synod where we voted that the diocese should disinvest from oil and gas. Those speaking against noted that disinvestment removes ability to influence, and the Bishop explained that he supported the motion because the diocese has relatively small holdings in fossil fuels and cannot really influence companies, but that he also supported the policy of the Church Commissioners who are part of a coalition of fundholders worth £3 trillion (£3,000,000,000,000) that can exert far more credible influence on fossil fuel industries. You can see an article here.

I am again the chair of the house of clergy; for a second time no else stood to be elected.

The Church of England has updated its covid guidance, but is still advising vigilance and the use of masks, hygiene, space and ventilation.

Please pray for the PCC meeting on Monday night and the Deanery Synod on Tuesday night. We are very grateful to Lavinia Bailey who has kindly brought deliveries of printing and other supplies from the Office to church for several years, and to Jacky Sutcliffe who is taking over.

Our thanks are also due to Garry Wheatley, who is retiring as PCC treasurer for health reasons. Sarah Barley in the Office is able to give us great financial support and please pray that we can find a new treasurer.

Mike Price's funeral is in church at 230pm on Friday. (I am moving my day off so that I can take it and Colin Way will lead the prayers).

Tomorrow, Sunday there is an 8am and 10am communion in church. There is also evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm. It would be lovely to see you.

The latest notice sheet is available here.

With love and prayers,

Patrick

Morning Prayer 9am Monday to Friday: Zoom details

Our Sunday Morning service from Church by Zoom at 10am – we will try to start the Zoom service before hand  Zoom details

You can find the communion service order and hymns on the website services page.

There is also a short Sunday evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm Zoom details

If you need practical help or you would like to talk to someone, please let Vivien Humber, who is wonderfully coordinating our pastoral team, know by Email or 01603 507855.

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Email 31 October 2021

I hope and pray you are safe and well as the COP 26 Climate summit opens, the “last best hope” of hitting the 1.5C target previously agreed. Please do pray that it will go well.

Many thanks to Catherine and Mark Jeffries, Ruth Vaughan, and Ros Wright for ringing the church bell last night as part of the national church campaign to raise the alarm about the climate crisis.

I was away on holiday in Oxford visiting my Mum and old friends and am very grateful to all those who helped over the week or made today's services a success. You can see videos from the 8am and our choral matins at 10am for All Saints on our Facebook page.

Brian Hewison's funeral is at 1230 tomorrow, Monday 1st November in church. Brian was PCC treasurer and a long-time supporter of Christ Church and his daughters and I would be delighted if you would come to the service. They are inviting us to light lunch immediately after the service.

I will be taking the 6pm Zoom service and hope to email later in the week when I've got back on top of emails and other matters after the half-term holiday.

With love and prayers for November,

Patrick

 

Morning Prayer 9am Monday to Friday: Zoom details

Our Sunday Morning service from Church by Zoom at 10am – we will try to start the Zoom service before hand  Zoom details

You can find the communion service order and hymns on the website services page.

There is also a short Sunday evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm Zoom details

If you need practical help or you would like to talk to someone, please let Vivien Humber, who is wonderfully coordinating our pastoral team, know by Email or 01603 507855.

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Email 20 October 2021

I hope and pray you are safe and well as the Covid rates rise and the Health Secretary encourages booster jabs, masks, regular testing, hand-washing and other hygiene.

In our readings at Morning Prayer we are continuing with a series of readings from St John's account of the Last Supper. Christ encourages us to love one another as he loves us, in the context of his foot-washing and laying down one's life for one's friends. Though the focus of this teaching seems inward, towards one's fellow believers, Christ goes on to give it an outward dimension too, since our love and unity will be known and attractive to everyone. Is it too trivial to note here that mask-wearing is meant to protect others?

Half-term is approaching. I am not taking either Sunday off but will be visiting my Mum in Oxford during the week, so will be out of communication 26-30 October inclusive.

Catherine Richmond has produced a new two-week notice sheet which is available here.

You can see videos of my 8am homily and our 10am baptism and communion on our Facebook page here.

On Tuesday I chaired The Ocean, Climate Change and Christianity: Blue Planet, Blue God by Professor Meric Srokosz (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton). The video will be posted on St Peter Mancroft's YouTube page here. The final talk I am chairing is at St Peter Mancroft on Monday at 730pm: Climate and Conflict: Bridging our divisions for the sake of the Earth by Dr Justine Huxley of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, London. You can find more information here.

This Sunday we will mark Bible Sunday at the 10am service, and on 31st October we will celebrate All Saints Day a day early with a choral matins and procession at 10am. Please note the clocks change.

In breaking news, St Andrew's and Christ Church will be joining a national campaign ringing church bells on the eve of the COP26 conference at 6pm on Saturday 30th October to warn of the danger and as a signal of hope.

We have arranged Michael Price's funeral for 230pm on Friday 12th November in church (I will move my day off).

With love and prayers,

Patrick

 

Morning Prayer 9am Monday to Friday: Zoom details

Our Sunday Morning service from Church by Zoom at 10am – we will try to start the Zoom service before hand  Zoom details

You can find the communion service order and hymns on the website services page.

There is also a short Sunday evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm Zoom details

If you need practical help or you would like to talk to someone, please let Vivien Humber, who is wonderfully coordinating our pastoral team, know by Email or 01603 507855.

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Email 16 October 2021

I hope and pray you are safe and well as the nation reacts to the horrific murder of Sir David Amess MP, killed while taking his constituency surgery. Our prayers are particularly with his family.

In our readings at Morning Prayer we are reading the inter-testamental first book of Maccabees, telling the story of how Judas Maccabeus and his family resisted the forces of the Greek, Seleucid dynasty that arose after Alexander the Great. The book includes the battle at Emmaus and the rededication of the Temple. It is widely thought that it was the experience of persecution and martyrdom of faithful Jews in this period that increased belief in the resurrection of the dead, since it became clear that righteousness and faithfulness were not always rewarded in this life. This resurrection faith is the background to Christ's sufferings and inspired Sir David Amess, who was a devout Catholic believer.

I am sad to report that long time member of our congregation Michael Price died on Friday night. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. I have said prayers with his widow, Jenny, and the family intends to arrange the funeral in Christ Church.

Brian Hewison's funeral is at 1230 on Monday 1st November in church. Brian was PCC treasurer and a long-time supporter of Christ Church and his daughters and I would be delighted if people would come to the service. They are inviting people to lunch immediately after the service at 10 Wentworth Green.

This Sunday there is a 10am communion with the christening of Henry Barker. Henry's parents married, got confirmed through and had their first child baptised at Christ Church. There is also evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm. It would be lovely to see you.

The latest notice sheet is available here.

On Tuesday at 730pm I am chairing another Science and Faith in Norfolk lecture at St Peter Mancroft: The Ocean, Climate Change and Christianity: Blue Planet, Blue God - Professor Meric Srokosz (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton). You can see the video of the previous lecture on feeding the world here.

With love and prayers,

Patrick

Morning Prayer 9am Monday to Friday: Zoom details

Our Sunday Morning service from Church by Zoom at 10am – we will try to start the Zoom service before hand  Zoom details

You can find the communion service order and hymns on the website services page.

There is also a short Sunday evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm Zoom details

If you need practical help or you would like to talk to someone, please let Vivien Humber, who is wonderfully coordinating our pastoral team, know by Email or 01603 507855.

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Email 13 October 2021

I hope and pray you are safe and well as Brexit is back in the news, and there are possible shortages of goods and energy approaching. Andy Beckett, journalist, historian and friend from my school and university days, was interviewed on Radio 4 this morning, making comparisons to the winter of discontent, but noting that there was more agreement on who was to blame then. Please pray for the country and the world.

In our readings at Morning Prayer we have finished Mark's Gospel but now have a series of readings from the Last Supper in John's Gospel. Though the disciples are unsure who to blame, Judas is revealed as a traitor as he shares in the supper with Christ. It is not the mere act of eating but our spiritual attitude that makes all the difference to our salvation.

I'm grateful to those who got in touch with their views on sharing the cup at communion. There wasn't a huge response and I think it wisest to wait longer before reintroducing it, but there are signs people are growing in confidence and I'm delighted that refreshments have returned and we're having Sunday school again. Please email Caroline Gibbs if you might help with either of these ministries since the helpers rota aren't at full strength.

Thank you to all who attended the Quiz and Chips last weekend and to Carrie, Ian, and the team for organising it. Over 60 attended and you can see photos on our Facebook page here, where you can also see videos of Maggie Diffey's 8am homily and our 10am communion for Safeguarding Sunday.

This Sunday there is a 10am communion with the christening of Henry Barker and there is evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm. It would be lovely to see you.

I was re-elected to the General Synod yesterday and so will be in London for the inaugural sessions from 15-17 November. Some of you will have heard me mention the differences of opinion that the Living in Love and Faith Project is addressing. Please pray for the Synod and the Church.

Clergy are encouraged to take two days off together once a month and I'm doing this tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, so will be off emails until Saturday.

With love and prayers for the Autumn,

Patrick

 

Morning Prayer 9am Monday to Friday: Zoom details

Our Sunday Morning service from Church by Zoom at 10am – we will try to start the Zoom service before hand  Zoom details

You can find the communion service order and hymns on the website services page.

There is also a short Sunday evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm Zoom details

If you need practical help or you would like to talk to someone, please let Vivien Humber, who is wonderfully coordinating our pastoral team, know by Email or 01603 507855.

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Email 7 October 2021

I hope and pray you are safe and well as the weather stays warm, fuel costs rise and travel quarantines are relaxed.

Please support the Quiz and Chips Evening at 7.30 p.m. this Saturday, 9 October at St Andrew's Church Hall. Tickets are still available at £10 each from Carrie Phoenix on 07780676837, and include a fish & chips supper (or vegetarian alternative). Funds go to the Friends of Christ Church, helping maintain and improve the Fabric.

You will see that the chancel windows either side of the main East window have been removed for repairs. They should be back in a month. This is one of the projects that the Friends of Christ Church are supporting.

In our readings at Morning Prayer from Mark's Gospel, we have reached the crucifixion and burial of Christ. Jesus' disciples have fled but a centurion affirms him as Son of God and Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the council that condemned him, buries him. Women witness the burial. It is worth repeating the point that it is unlikely women witnesses would be invented since women's testimony was considered less credible than that of men in that period. Likely we are dealing with early and important traditions in the Church, not later fabrications.

Thank you to all those who came to Margaret Cooper's funeral yesterday. Her family were truly grateful.

Brian Hewison's funeral is at 1230 on Monday 1st November in church. Brian was PCC treasurer and a long-time supporter of Christ Church and his daughters and I would be delighted if people would come to the service.

You can now see a video from last Sunday of my homily at 8am and the 10am Communion that we held at short notice, having had to postpone Freddie's christening, on our Facebook.

This Sunday the Rev Maggie Diffey is kindly taking the 8am service for me. I am taking the 10am communion and Megan Emmalee's christening at 12 noon, and there is evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm.

Geraldine Verschoor is kindly running the youth group at the 10am service. Please pray for her and also for Caroline Gibbs as she seeks to restart regular Sunday school groups in what are still slightly uncertain times.

On Tuesday at 730pm I am chairing a Science and Faith in Norfolk lecture at St Peter Mancroft: Climate and Food Security: How can we feed 10 Billion people? - Professor Cristobal Uauy (John Innes Centre, Norwich). This is also an opportunity to see the huge Gaia globe installation in evening light. It does look impressive.

With love and prayers for the Autumn,

Patrick

Morning Prayer 9am Monday to Friday: Zoom details

Our Sunday Morning service from Church by Zoom at 10am – we will try to start the Zoom service before hand  Zoom details

You can find the communion service order and hymns on the website services page.

There is also a short Sunday evening prayer on Zoom at 6pm Zoom details

If you need practical help or you would like to talk to someone, please let Vivien Humber, who is wonderfully coordinating our pastoral team, know by Email or 01603 507855.

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