• The Rector’s Musings

    I quite like gardening, mowing stripes in lawn, trimming hedges after birds have fledged, and generally keeping things tidy.  I am not a great planter, that is Clare’s domain, as she knows what to do and when. I usually like a nice extended warm spell in the summer as the grass does not need cutting so often and it is a bit of a break. We once had a vicarage with a huge lawn which took 4 hours to mow. I loved hot summers and really disliked warm damp ones as the grass never stopped growing. I dreaded returning from holiday to find a field.

    But now I want the rain. I think we all do. A good soak of steady rain to seep into the ground and refresh the parched grass and plants.  Reservoirs are running low. Everything is parched. We need rain. Our farming community needs rain.

    It is easy for me to slip into spiritual talk and musings, but there are times we feel spiritually empty and parched. Times when things are alright but not right at the same time. Sometimes there is a greater sense of detachment, a lack of meaning or purpose. We are spiritual creatures and our spiritual needs must be fed, watered, refreshed, and renewed. When we attend to the spiritual we find our physical and emotional natures change too. We are more tolerant, energetic, peaceful. Less likely to get angry and critical. The book of Psalms in the Old Testament is a timeless collection of songs and poems which capture moments of love, loss, delight, lament, praise and despair. Psalm 63.1 says, You, God, are my God,earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
    in a dry and parched land
     where there is no water’.

    While we wait for the rain to fall why not attend the spiritual? The letter of James encourages readers to ‘Come near to God and he will come near to you’. Make some space in the day. Time away from the mobile, tv and people. Some come down to the church to be still. Set time aside. There are bibles in most of the churches. Flick through the Book of Psalms, some verses will resonate with your own reflections. Offer them quietly to God. Wait. Listen. Be still. Offer your thoughts in your heart to God. This is praying.

    Some may wish to join us in worship on Sundays. You will be most welcome.


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  • This Week

    Thursday 11th August

    09:00 - 09:20 Dereham - Morning Prayer

    Friday 12th August

    09:00 - 09:20 Dereham - Morning Prayer

    Saturday 13th August

    09:00 - 09:20 Dereham = Morning Prayer

    Sunday 14th August

    08:00 - 08:40 Dereham - Holy Communion

    09:30 - 10:30 Dereham - Parish Communion

    Monday 15th August

    11:00  Dereham - Tradecraft Stall

    12:00  Dereham - Prayers for the Environment

    Tuesday 16th August

    09:00 - 09:20 Dereham - Morning Prayer

    Wednesday 17th August

    09:00 - 09:20 Dereham - Morning Prayer

    09:45  Shipdham - Holy Communion

    10:00 - 10:45 Dereham - Holy Communion

    Thursday 18th August

    09:00 - 09:20 Dereham - Morning Prayer

    Friday 19th August

    09:00 - 09:20 Dereham - Morning Prayer


  • 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 - 5.00 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.