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Treasures new and old

Jesus said, 'Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.'  As we stand on the threshold of September and a new beginning at St Mary's and All Saints', this email comes to update you on Church Family news, and what treasures we have in the coming season - treasures new and old.

First things first: we'd love to see you and yours this Sunday!  Join us for the Holy Eucharist at 8am, 10am or (at Besthorpe) 11.30am.  At the 10am Parish Eucharist the choir will return after its August break.   Celebrate with us at the Lord's Service on the Lord's Day.  The day closes with Evensong at 6.30pm.  We look forward to seeing you!
Children and young people are a valued part of our Church Family.  Sunday Club meets again for a new term THIS SUNDAY during the 10am Parish Eucharist.  All children aged 3 and over are warmly invited.  For babies and little ones there's a creche.  We'd be really pleased to see you.

Children aged 6 and over are welcome in the Choir.  They rehearse on Friday evenings in term time from 6.30pm and sing for some Sunday services.  Rehearsals begin next Friday.  Contact Ben Miller for more details.

Messy Church next meets on Wednesday 19 September from 3.45 to 5.30pm in St Mary's: after-school craft activities, refreshments and informal worship for children and families.

Friday Fun Club is our monthly club for children in Key Stages 2 and 3.  The members devise their own programme which includes cookery, games, socialising and learning together.  The first session of the new term is on Friday 21 September at 4.30pm.

For more details about our children's provision, click here.
This Thursday, 6 September, we launch ‘Drop-in & Play’: 9.15 to 11.30am on Thursdays in St Mary's Hall, with activities for pre-school children, coffee and cake, a family atmosphere and a welcome for all.  People can come all morning or for part of it.

Volunteers are still needed to join a monthly rota: sign up at the back of church or email us if you can spare one Thursday morning a month either to look after the children or to serve refreshments.  Thanks to all whose energy and commitment makes this new venture possible.  Pray for God’s blessing on it.
We're looking forward to Attleborough’s PATRONAL FESTIVAL a week on Sunday (9 September), when we give thanks for the Holy Mother of Jesus and join our prayers with hers for our church and parish.  It's a day of rejoicing for us all.

At the 10am Parish Eucharist we’re pleased to welcome
the Very Revd Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich, as our guest preacher.  There’ll be glorious music including Elgar's Ave Maria and Stanford's Te Deum laudamus in B flat.  Buck's Fizz and coffee will be served afterwards, and there'll be children's activities during the service.

Following drinks, there's the
Patronal Festival Lunch in the Church Hall: a two course Sunday lunch plus a glass of wine.  Tickets cost £8 (under-16s £4) and can be bought from the Church Office (01953 454977) or email Pat.  We very much hope to see you there as we celebrate together.
Please join us in praying for God's blessing on our Church Family and parish as we prepare for our Patronal Festival.
Confirmation is the Sacrament of adult commitment to God in the fellowship of the Christian Church.  It equips us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, leading us deeper into the mysteries of Christ.  Children in Year 6 and above, and all adults who have been baptised and seek to live life with Jesus, should be confirmed.  The next Confirmation takes place on Saturday 4 November and we’ll begin preparation later this month.  Please email us or speak to one of the Clergy for more information.
Tomorrow, Saturday, there's a Yard Sale in Mill Lane, beginning at 10am.  It's organised by Besthorpe Church and proceeds will go to All Saints'.  Get along and grab a bargain!
We're having a Day Pilgrimage from our parish to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham on Saturday 22 September, leaving at 9.30am.  All are welcome to share in this day of spiritual renewal, prayer, rest and fellowship in a holy place.  The cost will be minimal - £11.30 for lunch, plus a little more for the cost of travel.  If you'd like to join the 22 members of the Church Family who are already planning to go, sign up in church or email the Curate.  If you've not been to Walsingham before and are curious about it, take five minutes to watch this short video.
Festivals in September

Friday 14: Holy Cross Day:
5pm Holy Eucharist.

Friday 21: St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist: 5pm Holy Eucharist.

Saturday 29: St Michael & All Angels: 8.45am Holy Eucharist.

We're in need of new volunteers to join our Foodbank team.  The Attleborough Foodbank is a project run by local churches and based at the Methodist Church.  If you could spare a couple of hours each month to help, or would like to find out more, click here.

Despite the rain, everyone had a lovely evening at Besthorpe Hall last Friday.  Music by the Lake became Music in the Barn.  Thanks to Milo for hosting us and to all who gave their support their support to this Besthorpe Church fundraiser.  Click here to see some photos.
Our weekly Bible Study resumes on Monday 10 September at 7.30pm at 32 Tantallon Drive, the home of Bob and Glynis Baker.  Everyone is welcome at these relaxed and informal sessions where we explore the Scriptures together and share insights and experiences.
The superb photo above was taken by Paul Andrew on Monday afternoon during the marriage of Hon Bon Lee and Fiona Quan in St Mary's.

Worship with us

Every Sunday: 8am Holy Communion 10am The Parish Eucharist (with children's activities; followed by coffee6.30pm Evening Prayer

Every Thursday: 10am Holy Communion

Every day: 8.45am Morning Prayer 5pm Evening Prayer

St Mary's Church is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm every day for prayer, quiet and visiting.
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