• From the Team Rector, The Revd Canon Paul Cubitt

    It seems autumn is starting early this year. Already the garden has a light covering of leaves and autumnal dew picks out the cobwebs in the shrubs. With the setting sun we have seen a beautiful orange glow in the skies followed by the rising of the harvest moon. It is quite glorious and lifts the heart.

    And yet, uncertainty fills the air with rising fuel bills, a scarcity of some supplies to the shops caused in part by a shortage of lorry drivers and the shadow of coronavirus lingers on.  At the time of writing people are panic buying petrol. It is hard to tell how the autumn will pan out.

    I was in the Cathedral for a clergy conference a week of so back and one of the speakers noted that when Christians come to church in the West we come to worship. In Africa Christians come to be healed.  This simple observation that carries much truth. While medical science can restore and bring healing to the body we suffer with our mental health and a wider sense of wellbeing. Jesus says, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10.10) and while I understand what Jesus says often our lived-out experience does not seem to match it. Are we missing something in our busy and often God-free lives?  While we might be good at looking after the body and mind, our spiritual health is often neglected.

    English Heritage will be trialling an ‘hour of contemplation’ this autumn at 16 of their abbeys and priories, including Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire. Visitors will be asked to put down their phones and join in a daily hour of silence and contemplation.  Dr Michael Carter, senior properties historian at English Heritage, explains, "For those who lived there, these monastic buildings offered an opportunity to live the heavenly life here on earth, and discover a spiritual inner peace. Throughout the centuries, people have turned to the monasteries now in the care of English Heritage as havens of contemplation and places of spiritual and physical renewal. With many people having experienced a very difficult past 18 months, we’re inviting visitors to escape from their cares for a short time, using the quiet, the sound of the bird song, the rustle of the wind in the trees to contemplate and free their minds and spirits of the busy, noisy, demanding distractions of contemporary life.

    "In a modern world, where people are constantly rushing and expected to be at the end of a phone 24/7, we often find silence disconcerting. It’s important sometimes to take a step back, centre yourself and focus on appreciating the peace and tranquillity that is unique to these historic buildings – monuments to the human spirit and the divine, our ongoing quest for inner peace and fulfilment. Saint Aelred of Rievaulx, describing the majestic Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire, wrote 'Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity and a marvellous freedom from the tumult of the world' and we hope to offer this feeling of serenity to our visitors."

    Many of our benefice churches are open and we know many come and visit and take time out.  It is my prayer that all our churches would be places of ‘sanctuary, peace, prayer and a space to think’. Please feel free to make the use of these wonderful holy places. If you find a church locked or would like access outside usual opening times, please let us know and we will open it.

    Every year we hold a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the Departed on the nearest Sunday to All Saints’ Day. This year it falls on Sunday 31st October, the eve of all hallows (All Saints). The service will be at 3.00pm and all are invited. There will be an opportunity to light candles in remembrance of someone or people who have died. Taking time to remember loved ones can often be a time of healing as many of us are still struggling with our sense of loss after 18 months of covid and isolation.


    Many of our Sunday services from Dereham are live-streamed on Facebook File:Facebook Logo (2019).png - Wikimedia Commons.

    View them here: https://www.facebook.com/stnicsdereham/

    Daily Prayer Tuesday - Saturday is also live-streamed on Facebook at 9.00 am

    Daily Prayer Monday-Thursday and Saturday on Zoom at 9.00am


    Our Brand Resources - YouTube channel is called 'St Nicholas' Church Dereham' and can be found using the following link:


    With our return to the churches our YouTube channel is used less often.

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    The calendar at the bottom of this page shows upcoming services. You'll find a warm and friendly welcome.

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  • This Week

    Wednesday 1st December

    09:00  Morning Prayer. This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    10:00  Shipdham: Midweek Holy Communion

    10:00  Dereham: Midweek Holy Communion

    Thursday 2nd December

    09:00  Morning Prayer: This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    Friday 3rd December

    09:00  Morning Prayer: This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    Saturday 4th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer: This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    Sunday 5th December

    08:00  Said Holy Communion

    09:30 - 10:35 Dereham - Parish Communion

    09:30  Beetley - Parish Communion

    09:30 - 10:30 Bradenham - Holy Communion BCP

    09:30 - 10:45 Shipdham - Informal Worship

    11:15 - 12:00 Scarning - Morning Worship

    11:15 - 12:15 Swanton Morley - Parish Communion

    11:15 - 12:15 Scarning - Holy Communion

    Tuesday 7th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer. This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    Wednesday 8th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer. This is live-streamed to Facebook.

    10:00  Shipdham: Midweek Holy Communion

    10:00  Dereham: Midweek Holy Communion

    Thursday 9th December

    09:00  Morning Prayer: This is live-streamed to Facebook.


  • Our churches are places of sanctuary, peace and private prayer.

    The following churches are open at these times:

    Bradenham 9.15 am - 3.00 pm

    Shipdham 9.30 am - 4.00 pm

    Scarning 9.30 am - 3.30 pm

    Dereham 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

    If you have tested positive for Covid or have been told to self isolate you must remain at home.

    If you require access to any of the churches in the district outside these times, please contact the Team Rector.