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Come, ye thankful people, come!

This weekend we give thanks for the gifts of God in creation as we celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving.  We rejoice that God 'crowns the year with his goodness', and gives us the Bread of Heaven in the Holy Eucharist.

We've got a full programme for the weekend and we'd love to see you and yours for our Harvest celebrations.  Work is underway at the moment to decorate St Mary's (click here to see some photos for a sneak preview!).  This year the Harvest decorations highlight the many aspects of farming, agriculture and food production which take place in our own parish and community.

Please come and join us on Sunday for the great Harvest Eucharist at 10am in St Mary's.  There will also be a quieter Eucharist at 8am, and Evensong at 6.30pm.  Raise the song of Harvest home!
Tomorrow, after Coffee & Chat in the Church Hall (10am to 11.30am), bring your pets for the St Francistide Blessing of Animals in St Mary's at 11.30am - a short, informal service to give thanks for pets and animals and their role in our lives.  Hot chocolate and gingerbread will be served afterwards.
For the centenary of the Armistice this November, we're going to have an art installation in St Mary's: origami doves of peace.  We'll have 104 red doves to represent the Attleborough men who died in WWI, and 458 white doves to represent others who served.  Come and help us create the doves for this powerful memorial display - we'll be working on them tomorrow afternoon from 2pm to 4pm in St Mary's Hall (with coffee & cake).  Come for as little or as long as you like!
A week on Sunday (14 October) is the first day of Prisons Week, and we’ll be welcoming Fr James Ridge, the new Chaplain-General of HM Prison Service in England & Wales, as our guest preacher at the 10am Parish Eucharist.  As our prisons have been much in the news lately, this is a timely opportunity to pray for and learn more about the needs of prisoners and their families, victims of crime, prisons staff and all those who care, and to wish Fr James well in this new and demanding ministry.  To find out more Prisons Week, click here.
Children and young people are a valued part of our Church Family.  Since the new term began we've already had lots of good times together!

Drop-in & Play on Thursday mornings has got off to a great start.  Yesterday there were over 40 people of all ages.  Click here to see some photos from the first session.

Messy Church met two weeks ago to explore the story of the infant Moses.  Click here to see some pictures.  The next Messy Church is on Saturday 17 November at 9.30am.

Friday Fun Club for children in Year 3 and over met two weeks ago.  They enjoyed baking chocolate brownies, cooked sausages and macaroni for their supper, made lego fish models and learned about the work of Oxfam.  Click here to see some photos.  The next Friday Fun Club session is on Wednesday (yes, for one month only!) 17 October from 4.30pm.

At Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and the Eucharist yesterday in St Mary's, we prayed for all those who face an uncertain future with the news that Banham Poultry is facing financial difficulty.  We are deeply aware of the impact that the loss of Banham Poultry would have on hundreds of people in our parish.  We also prayed for the two workers who died in the suspected gas leak at the factory early on Thursday morning.

This Sunday at 3.30pm, St Mary's Choir will be singing Choral Evensong in Norwich Cathedral.  The service includes Mendelssohn's much-loved anthem 'Hear my prayer'.  Everyone is welcome.

On Wednesday night we shared food & wine as we looked back on this year's Summer Fete and said a big THANK YOU to those who worked so hard.  The Fete account has closed at a record-breaking £3,919.50 raised, which is a magnificent achievement and we're so grateful to everyone who made it possible... and gave us such a wonderful community day!  You're all stars!!

A fortnight ago, 28 members of our Church Family went on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.  Here they are (most of them!) outside the Shrine Church at the end of the day.  They celebrated the Eucharist, received the waters of the well, prayed for you all and enjoyed time in each other's company.  They joined their prayers with Mary, Mother of God, and countless pilgrims today and for the past thousand years.
Harvest at
All Saints' Besthorpe

Sunday 14 October

Harvest Choral Evensong
with St Mary's Choir

followed by tea

All welcome!
Last month the Patronal Festival at St Mary's was a wonderful celebration.  The Dean of Norwich came to preach at the Parish Eucharist and the choir treated us to superb music.  We enjoyed Buck's Fizz afterwards and then lots of Church Family members sat down to roast beef for the Festival Lunch.  Click here to see some photos from lunch, and click here to see some pictures of the beautiful flowers which decorated the church.
17 October

Holy Eucharist with the Church's Ministries of Healing
for the Eve of St Luke

All welcome!
Our weekly Bible Study meets on Mondays at 7.30pm at 32 Tantallon Drive, the home of Bob & Glynis Baker.  Everyone is welcome as we explore the Bible together for an hour, followed by coffee and conversation.
Click here to download the parish diary for October

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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