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Gt. Massingham

Mary & the Angel Gabriel

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people." Luke 2.10


July 15th 2020

As many of you know, Revd. Jane has been suffering with poor health over the last couple of years with pancreatic problems. Her condition has not improved as her consultants would wish and they have decided to take her into hospital at Addenbrookes to carry out further investigations and treatment. She is in good spirits and hopes that progress will be made getting her back to full health so that she can continue with her mission in Church. I know she appreciates all the good wishes and especially your prayers.

 

JULY 27th 2020

"Revd. Jane sends her best wishes to us all with particular thanks for all the kind thoughts and prayers. She  has been having a busy time with consultant visits and various tests but has settled in and is receiving compassionate care.

She says that there are 3 of them in her 7 bed bay who are now almost ‘residents’ whilst others come and go - so she is making friends and they are sharing symptoms and sympathy! So it’s not all glum, as you know what hospital wards can be like, and they end up having many a laugh over hospital jokes and the staff treat them as if they’ve been there forever!  

The hospital is continuing to monitor her carefully and they are awaiting the results of some of the tests carried out. In between time, over the last week, they have been trying a new way of feeding to give her more calories and help her to regain her weight. It will take a few days to see if she can tolerate it and so she expects to remain in hospital for a while yet. Naturally hospital life is tiring but Jane thanks those who have sent messages although she is unable to respond to everyone personally.

Cards may be sent to Jane addressed as follows - Revd. Jane Holmes, Ward C7, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ.

Jane misses us all and especially on a Sunday. We remain in her thoughts and prayers and she sends this blessing:

Thank You, Lord, for the blessing of friendship and for the circle of love that surrounds all those who trust in Your name. Amen. " 

AUGUST 2nd 2020

Revd. Jane has been in touch to say that she continues to have various tests done and is awaiting the results of others,

however she hopes to be able to come home soon.

She sends her love to everyone and holds us all in her prayers morning and evening. She is so grateful for the cards and messages of love and best wishes and feels privileged to be held in prayer by so many. She remains in good spirits and writes :

" I have now moved bays in my ward so still ward C7 but I am in bed 5 which is so much better than bed 3.

The old place was next to the toilet and that holds it’s challenges in a gastric ward!

My new home is twice the space and - glory be praise the Lord - next to the window with one of the best views from the hospital.

I’m on the 7th floor so the view of the countryside stretches into the distance and I can now watch the farmers bringing in the harvest.  

However, I will be more than happy to leave and so look forward to being back with you all.

It is likely I will need some time off to improve my health on all the new medications I am gathering - I’m going to have to clear out a cupboard in the kitchen and dedicate it to Addenbrooke’s."  Jane is still on a journey back to full health so please continue to remember her in your prayers.

AUGUST 9th 2020

Revd. Jane has been in touch and is very much hoping to be able to leave hospital towards the end of next week and continue treatment at home. She may not be up for visitors straight away but she sends her love and holds all the parishes and all of us in her heart and prayers.She looks forward to being back with us but has not forgotten her ministry while in hospital. 

She writes : "We vicars are well known for being workaholics but I must take some time to rest - having said that l have become quite active here on the ward. There is always pastoral work to be done and I am gaining regular folk, patients, family visitors and even staff who come for a chat and some empathy and care. So I am busy sharing the love of Christ at Addenbrookes on Ward C7. PS. I haven’t yet felt it appropriate to offer bible study or to start preaching .... yet !! With love Jane." Please continue to remember her in your prayers.

 

The memorial tribute charityA service of thanksgiving for the life of Keith Bowes 1942-2020 was held in the churchyard

at St Marys, Gt Massingham on Thursday 16th July. Keith died after a very brave struggle against his illness.

The service and committal was conducted by Rev Judith Pollard and was well attended,, with social distancing ,by family and friends.

There was a family committal at Mintlyn following the service.

Any donations for cancer research uk and Tapping house can be made online at http://keithbowes.muchloved.com/

 


CHURCH SERVICES REMAIN RESTRICTED FOR THE TIME BEING.....BUT  IN THE LIGHT OF NEW RECOMMENDATIONS A SINGLE SERVICE IN CHURCH IS NOW TAKING PLACE ON SUNDAYS .

PRAISE SERVICE - ST BOTOLPH'S, GRIMSTON 9.00 am AUGUST 16th.

Our service is under lockdown restrictions - please observe social distancing etc. masks must .worn

CONGHAM ST ANDREW'S & HARPLEY ST LAWRENCE & EAST WALTON WILL BE OPENING FOR INDIVIDUAL PRAYER 

CONGHAM : Sundays 6am until 6pm.

HARPLEY & EAST WALTON : EVERYDAY 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.

( Please use Hand Sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the building and observe social distancing - 2 metres recommended).

WE ARE CONTINUING TO HOST LIVE WEB SERVICES USING ZOOM.

If you have Zoom on your pc, laptop, tablet, or phone you can take part in our services.

SUNDAYS 10.20 am for 10.30 start.

( Readings are shown on the Calendar page and the Communion Service sheet is here 

WEDNESDAYS 3.00 pm 

If you are having trouble with the app/programme then call Steve Williamson on 01553 636413. Everything is free and all you need do is register your interest
with Steve at stephenwilliamson001@gmail.com and then click on an email link sent to you at the time of the service.

 


SATURDAY 15th AUGUST 11.10 am VJ DAY 75

RINGING & CRYING OUT FOR PEACE

ST MARY'S, GREAT MASSINGHAM

We will celebrating this event near to the memorial.

There will be the cry for peace, the tolling of the bell 75 times

followed by a short prayer and the bugler playing the last post as the standard is lowered.

 

"The Cry for Peace " is here click.

 


SATURDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 9.00 - 5.00 pm

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST SPONSORED DAY

 

 

Pump up your tyres, dust off your walking boots, pack a picnic and plan a route from your own door to visit as many of the most beautiful Churches in

Norfolk as you can. Simply get sponsored for each building you visit or make a donation - find out more at norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk/bike ride.

 


SEPTEMBER 22nd - 28th
St Andrew's, Little Massingham

Charity Walk

 

This walk is to raise funds for the Church roof and should have

taken place in April, but because of Covid it was postponed.

More information at www.peddarswaycharitywalk.blogspot.com

A full itinary of the route and dates can be seen here

 


From the Church Registers of Baptisms,
Weddings and Funerals

An archive of this year's entries in the Church Registers is on the  "From the Church Registers" page. Follow the links for 2018/2017 and 2016..

FOR AN OVERVIEW OF NEWS THIS YEAR 2020 AND PREVIOUS YEARS CHECK "THE ARCHIVED NEWS" CLICK HERE

 


 


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