Deanery Synod Vacancies

The Blofield deanery, consisting of 28 Churches in 20 parishes stretching from the Plumstead to Reedham, is looking for a New Lay Chair for its current Triennium to share in chairing of the local deanery synod alongside the Rural Dean – a member of the clergy. The synod meets two or three times a year. The Lay chair is also a member of the standing committee which may also meet several times a year.

Members of the synod are elected at Annual Parochial Church meetings and the clergy of the deanery meet under the joint chairmanship of the Area (Rural) Dean and the Lay Chair. The aim of the deanery is to foster mission, encourage pastoral care and joint activity between the parishes of the deanery. It also acts as a conduit for relevant information between the General and Diocesan synods and the local parishes debating relevant issues from time to time. This is a position that would ideally suit a communicant member of the church of England with an interest in the life of the church – it’s worship and participation in the life of the local community – and its response to key issues and topics of the day.

The deanery is also looking for a secretary to take the minutes of the meetings and circulate them to all members of the synod. From time to time there are other administrative tasks to be undertaken.

For further information please contact Rev Kevin Billson Assistant Rural Dean. His contact details are on the Contact Us page.

Harvest Festival and Lunch

Our Harvest Festival service will be on Sunday 26th September at 11 am. This will be followed by a Harvest lunch at 12 noon where there will be gammon, jacket potatoes and salad plus delicious puddings. All are welcome to join us. Just please add your name to the list at the back of Blofield Church. Donations for the lunch will go to Pat Atkinson’s charity, The Vidiyal Trust, supporting vulnerable children and elderly in Southern India.

Afternoon Tea Concert

Blofield Church presents an afternoon tea concert on Sunday, September 19th at 3pm. Visiting vocalist Emma Nuule, soprano and our own John Farmer, composer and organist. Supporting a project in Namibia and Blofield Church. Tickets, £8 at the door, include tea.

Play Church Toddler and Baby Group

Blofield ‘Play Church’ Toddler and Baby Group is closed during the school summer holidays. We will be back on Wednesdays from 1 – 3 pm during term time from 8th September to 20th October. These sessions are offered free of charge, but a donation bowl is available if you wish to contribute. Please contact Yvonne on 715213 or Barbara on 714519 for further information.

Wednesday Morning Service

The Wednesday morning services have started again at Blofield Church at 9.30am following a pattern of Holy Communion and Morning Worship:
1st September Holy Communion
8th September Morning Worship
15th September Holy Communion
22nd September Morning Worship
29th September Holy Communion
The service is followed by coffee and chat in the West End – All welcome.

Coffee and Chat

There is freshly brewed coffee, a warm welcome, homemade cakes, cheese scones, etc., every Wednesday from 10.15 am – 11.45 am. There is also a children’s corner to entertain your little ones while you relax and meet new people from the village.

Communal Worship at our Churches

Sunday services now regularly take place in the Churches of Blofield and Hemblington and we look forward to welcoming worshippers.

Sunday services are held in Hemblington Church with North Burlingham at 9.30 am and in Blofield Church at 11.00 am. Services alternate between Holy Communion and a Service of Morning Worship.

There are benefice Morning prayers on Tuesdays at 9.00 am by Zoom. There are benefice Morning prayers on Thursdays at Hemblington Church at 9.00 am. The Wednesday morning service at 9.30 am in Blofield Church has returned, alternating between Holy Communion and Morning Worship.

Our church buildings will remain open for private prayer at published times.

Church Opening Times

Blofield Church is now open for private prayer on Mondays through to Friday from 9.30 am – dusk.

We request that you follow government guidelines by cleaning you hands with the supplied antiseptic gel, providing your contact details or using the QR code and not entering the cordoned off areas.

Daily Hope Phone Line

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

If you know someone who does not have access to the internet and might appreciate this service then please pass on the number. Calls are free of charge.

Daily Hope

Have you heard of the Paston family?

The Paston family wrote a prodigious number of letters in the 15th century which have been saved and teach us much of life in those times. Edward Paston, 1550 – 1630, had a Manor House in Blofield and was buried in Blofield Church. One of the most prominent Norfolk families is getting a huge boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund – and it will enable people across the county and beyond to join up the dots in its 300 year history.

The 600 Paston Footprints Project will, over a three year period, engage with 11 key centres in Norfolk (Paston, Bacton, North Walsham, Gresham, Mannington, Oxnead, Hellesdon, Blofield, Mautby/Caister, Norwich and Dereham) to work with and support local community groups, schools, walkers, churches, museums and the owners of key sites, to provide resources, information boards, events, activities, workshops, podcasts, booklets, and maps of heritage trails and cycle routes. Look out for Blofield’s part in this exciting venture.