Stir Up Sunday
Over 40 adults and children enjoyed a wonderful Stir Up Sunday workshop
Following on from the recent Benefice survey regarding Church Services, alongside an attempt to bring about a degree of continuity with the church services; i.e. the same time each month in the same church, (which is something that is widely recommended as being favoured by church goers) a six month trial is to be put into effect as from the start of the New Year.
Little Bealings will hold an 8am Holy Communion (said) each 1st Sunday, 10am Holy Communion (sung) each 3rd Sunday, with a 4pm Messy Church service for younger members (but be assured any age welcome!) every 4th Sunday.
Great Bealings will hold an 8am Holy Communion (said) each 2nd Sunday, 10am Holy Communion (sung) each 1st Sunday.
Playford will hold a Family Communion on the 2nd Sunday, and a Holy Communion (sung) each 4th Sunday; please note that both of these will commence at the earlier time of 9am.
Culpho will continue with their 3pm evensong on the 3rd Sunday, but their monthly Wednesday 9.30am said Communion is moving to the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Where there are five Sundays in the month a Benefice Songs of Praise will alternate between LB/GB/Playford.
Other services outside the ‘norm’ such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Compline…….will be advertised and shared amongst the 4 churches.
I welcome any thoughts/observations/comments/complaints!! etc.
Here is a schedule of our services.
On the 31st of October, the Little Bealings Supper Club held another Curry Evening graciously hosted by Ann and Bob Tate at Horsenden House. Eighteen guests enjoyed prosecco and canapés, a Witch’s Cauldron starter and a selection of curries, dahl, Bombay potatoes, and rice followed by a pudding of kulfi and mango. A total of £370 was raised towards the repair of All Saints Church Roof.
Many thanks to all who attended and also those who were unable to attend but made a donation. A special thank you to Peter Kidd who could not attend but prepared a delicious winter vegetable curry, and to Kathy Price who prepared the canapés and starters and worked so hard to make the evening a success! Congratulations to Alison Cheeseman and Tony Fear who wont the hotly contested Halloween quiz! Our next event will be a lunch for those in the village who would prefer this to an evening meal. Date and venue have yet to be finalised but will be announced in the February newsletter so watch this space!
On the evening of 21st October the Little Bealings PCC held an open meeting to discuss the future of the Church as a hub for activity (religious and otherwise) within the village. The current state of Angela Cobbold Hall was discussed and its future as part of the Church’s developing plan was considered. The outcome of the discussion will be posted separately.
Of particular interest was the attendance by a member of the Cobbold Family, Anthony Cobbold, the keeper of the Cobbold Family History Trust. The trust is a charity that promotes and encourages the study of history with particular reference to the Cobbold and related families. Anthony was particularly interested in the role Angela Cobbold and her relatives played in the village and, of course, its outcome in the building and naming of the Angela Cobbold Hall itself. It was good to know that after hearing of our plans, Anthony warmly endorsed the PCC’s vision and looked forward to being kept abreast of developments as these plans comes to fruition.
Anthony expressed more general interest in the village too and to that end has been put in touch with Jim Pawsey, our resident historian, as well as being sent copies of historic documents and more detailed accounts of the Angela Cobbold Hall history. Anthony travels up to Suffolk on a regular basis (he lives in the south-west) and we look forward to seeing him again following his ready acceptance of further hospitality when next in Little Bealings.