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Who are these, like stars appearing?

Tomorrow we begin our celebration of All Saintstide.  We rejoice that in every age and in every place God has called men and women to live with faith, hope and love, and to shine as lights in the world.  We give thanks for our fellowship with them, their example and their prayers.  We'd love to see all members of our Church Family as we celebrate the coming days together...
Tomorrow all our young people are invited to Saints & Sausages after school: 3.45pm to 5.15pm in St Mary's.  It's free of charge.  There'll be crafts, stories, food (of course!) and prayer as we celebrate All Hallows' Eve together.  All welcome.
Thursday is All Saints' Day.  Join us for the Holy Eucharist in St Mary's at 10am as we give thanks for 'so great a cloud of witnesses'.  Coffee and cake will be served afterwards. 

Friday is All Souls' Day, when we commemorate the Faithful Departed.  Come and visit the church during the day to pray and light a candle, or join us for the simple Requiem Eucharist at 5pmRest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.
Sunday is All Saints' Sunday.  We'll have a great celebratory Parish Eucharist at 10am, with favourite hymns, beautiful music from choir and organ and Sunday Club for our children and young people.  Refreshments afterwards.

At Besthorpe it's the Patronal Festival: we give thanks for the life and witness of Besthorpe Church at the 11.30am Eucharist, and drinks and lunch follow.

Later on, our All Soulstide Service to Remember the Departed at 6.30pm provides a gentle way to recall our dead with love, to pray for them in faith and to look forward in hope.  The choir will sing, there'll be a short address and the opportunity to light candles in remembrance.
Sunday 11 November is Remembrance Sunday and the centenary of the Armistice which brought the terrible First World War to its end.  The slightly shortened Parish Eucharist will begin promptly half an hour early at 9.30am; coffee follows; we gather at the War Memorial at 10.50am, and after the Silence process to St Mary’s for the Remembrance Service.  At 6pm there’s a reflective Vigil Service of readings, psalms and hymns, followed by the lighting of a centenary beacon in Queen’s Square and bell-ringing to bring this day of commemoration and celebration to a close.  At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

For the week running up to Remembrance Sunday, we'll have three 'There but not there' Tommies on display in St Mary's.
As we prepare for All Saintstide, let us pray.

Almighty and ever-living God, we are celebrating with joy the triumph of your grace in all the Saints.  With so vast a multitude praying for us, may we be heirs with them of your Kingdom, and receive from you the fullness of mercy we have always desired; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Click here to download the parish diary for November
Living Wage Week starts this Monday, 5 November.  Based on the cost of living, the real Living Wage is voluntarily paid by 4,400 UK employers.  St Mary's is an accredited Living Wage employer.  Click here to find out more.

For Remembrance Sunday, we'll have an original art installation of 562 origami doves in St Mary's - one to commemorate each Attleborough man who served in World War One.  If you could give us a hand suspending these in the nave, come along this Sunday (4 November) at 2.30pm!  Click here to see some photos from the dove-making workshop.

Harvest Thanksgiving was a joyful and well-supported celebration at both our churches.  Click here to see some photos from the Harvest celebrations at St Mary's, including the Parish Eucharist and the church decorations.
Come and join us for a fun Wine Tasting evening on Thursday 15 November at 7.30pm.  We'll be tasting six carefully-selected wines, and your ticket also includes complimentary nibbles and a free draw to win one of two bottles of wine.  All proceeds go to Christian Aid.  Get your tickets, £10 each, from the Church Office (01953 454977) or Dorothy Woolliscroft (01953 456211).
St Mary's Choir sang beautifully for Choral Evensong at Norwich Cathedral earlier in October.  The choir continues to welcome new members, both adults and children.
On Prisons Sunday, 14 October, we welcomed Fr James Ridge, Chaplain-General of HM Prison Service in England & Wales, as our guest preacher at the Parish Eucharist.  He preached an excellent and thought-provoking sermon: he gave us an insight into the experiences of men and women in prison and called us to pray for them, to live with humility and to recognise Jesus in the least of our sisters and brothers.
Fifty of us sat down in St Mary's Hall for the Harvest Quiz and Supper the other week, and raised £237 for The Children's Society while enjoying a good evening together.  Click here to see some photos.

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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