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LITCHAM ALL SAINTS PCC

TREASURER VACANCY

We are looking for a new Treasurer to start from 25th April 2017.

Some computer and accounting skills would be necessary.
Interested? Please contact the PCC Secretary, Karen Moore on 01328 700313

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CHURCH NEWS


ALL SAINTS CHURCH WINS GRANT FOR URGENT ROOF REPAIRS


All Saints Church, Litcham has successfully secured a grant of £99000 from the Government’s Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund to address urgent roof repairs that will ensure it is weathertight, safe and open for use.  It is one of 502 grants from a total funding package of £30 million that have been announced for urgent roof repairs for places of worship across the UK by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

Dated March 2015


Lent Lunches

Lent: beginning on Ash Wednesday 1st March, is only three weeks later and we are hoping to have some Lent Lunches, which will keep us busy.

Easter is on 16th April and there will be the usual arrangement for Easter Lilies.  More on that next month.

I am thinking of writing a Cookery Book with all sorts of favourite recipes.  If you have one, perhaps you could let me have it and when the book comes out the profits can be shared between the Church and The Jubilee Hall.  Old “Family Recipes” welcome.  Call me on (01328) 700274

And finally:
Laugh and the world laughs with you,
Weep and you weep alone,
For the sad old earth must borrow it’s mirth
But has trouble enough of it’s own.

So until next month; Love and God Bless, June Bevan

P.S.  Chester got lots of Christmas pressies, but his favourite was the pigs ears 

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REVEREND JULIA WRITES…

I recently took an Assembly at one of our local schools on the theme of hope.  I began by telling the children the story of Pandora’s box in which Pandora is given strict instructions not to open a wedding gift from Zeus.  Of course she can’t resist and when she finally succumbs and opens it, out flies every evil thing imaginable into the world.  Too late she slams the lid shut then hears a little voice pleading to be set free… it is hope.  Pandora released hope from the box because only hope could combat all the terrible things that make life hard to bear.

Life without hope is unimaginable: hope makes us believe that 2017 will be better than 2016.  That there will be light at the end of the tunnel.  That good times always follow bad.  Spring will follow winter.  That Norwich City won’t be relegated this season…

Christians travel through life in hope, confident in the promises Jesus made us, even when life is very difficult we don’t face it on our own.  Jesus walks alongside us giving us strength and support, although often it’s only when we look back that we realise how much we leaned on him.

One of my favourite quotes about hope comes from Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “I’m not an optimist; I’m a prisoner of hope.”  Whatever lies ahead for us in these uncertain times, my hope is that we will all steadfastly remain ‘prisoners of hope’.

Reverend Julia

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CHURCH NEWS

Lead Thefts

Lead theft from church roofs has become rife recently, with another five churches in Norfolk having lead stolen in the last week.  The despoiling of a church upsets the whole community and not just the regular churchgoers.  Our village churches are where we have happy memories of being married or having our children christened.  Our loved ones rest in the surrounding churchyards and people find the buildings places of solace and quiet.  So when a village church is stolen from or desecrated it bring much sadness to a community.  I am therefore asking everyone to be vigilant.  Please report any activity which you find in the least suspicious to Heather, Julia or a local churchwarden.  We do not mind how many false alarms there might be.  You could be saving us hours of work which follow on from lead theft, and you could just save your local church from being despoiled.

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LITCHAM CHOIR

Since the beginning of the Summer term there have been some significant changes with regard to the Choir, the most significant is the appointment of Mrs Sara Williams as Choir Matron, who will be in attendance at all practices.  This means that the weekly practice is now on a Tuesday and will follow on from the School day at 3.45pm (until 4.30pm).  In the break between, squash and biscuits will be available.

There has also been a revision of Choir pay, which will be based on attendance with supplements for Awards and Duties. 

Enquiries from parents of boys aged 7 and over are invited.  Further information from Jonathan Boston, Master of Choristers (01328 701200)

Jonathan Boston, Master of Choristers 01327 701200

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RESOLUTION

Those who overlooked the opportunity for a New Year’s Resolution in January have a second chance, it is the Church’s season of Lent, which begins on 1st March, so February is a good time to prepare 

Resolution needs determination, a good example of which is the Queen.  The scale of her commitment is demonstrated by the fact that having succeeded to the Throne on 6th February 1952 at the age of 24: anybody born on that day will be celebrating their 65th Birthday and probably retirement.

During her reign she has shown particularly, not only commitment, but also loyalty and acceptance.  Her loyalty to the Nation is not least demonstrated by her continuing public service at the age of 90.  Her acceptance of her role, without wavering, at the age of 24 is one she has never questioned, let alone used as any sort of excuse or occasion of self-pity.  Few of us can have faced such combinations of demands and over such a lengthy period, lived very much in the public eye.

Without doubt the Queen is very aware of the importance of example.

But all of us are an example to others, however unwitting we may be.

Perhaps, then our new (or renewed) Resolution might be to show our commitment to the standards we claim to uphold, to be actively loyal to what we belong or in which we believe, and have the humility to accept what life may throw at us without using events to provide ill-disguised excuses for selfishness.

John Donne, the 17th Century Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, wrote:

“No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main …

any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee”

Jonathan Boston

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