A friendly church, and an interesting one too. South Norfolk has a large concentration of mediaeval churches including All Saints Church in ShelfangeThe walls of the Church show paintings that have been dated to the late 13th century, almost certainly original to the building of the church.The 15th century half- timbered porch on the north side is a delight, as big as a cottage and making a real focus for the building from the street.In common with the other churches in this benefice, Shelfanger church is very welcoming to visitors.
All Saints’ Church, Shelfanger
As hoped for, your church of All Saints was filled with flowers, vegetables, fruit and other produce for the Harvest Thanksgiving. The little building looked magnificent and had that marvellous autumn aroma of fruit and flowers. Very many thanks to the church flower arranging team who excelled themselves with a terrific display and to all who donated produce from their gardens or allotments. The service was led by Lay Reader, Alma Noble, supported by members of the regular congregation. Prayers, hymns and readings reflected our thanks to God for all the blessings of the countryside. On the Monday following the service, wardens Peter and Roger cleared and packed all the perishable goods and from 2 pm onward sold them at the Shelfanger bus shelter. Just over £70 was thus raised for church funds.
Gift Morning was held on Saturday 28th October as part of the church’s patronal festival weekend. Church members were on hand to chat and talk about the church, to receive gifts and share refreshments during the morning. A very generous start has been made with just over £1,000 raised on the day and further funds are still being received. As ever, sincere thanks to the many parishioners who responded to our annual appeal.
Remembrance Sunday was marked at Shelfanger with the laying of wreaths and the two minute traditional silence at the village war memorial. The well-attended service which followed was led by the Rector, David Mills, in his capacity both of parish priest and as a former army chaplain.
A Christmas Services Reminder
The annual Shelfanger Village Candlelit Carol Service will take place at 3 pm on Sunday 10th December.
The main five parish Midnight Communion is hosted by Winfarthing Church this year. Don’t forget this attractive service begins at 11.30 pm on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day Communion will be celebrated at Shelfanger at 9 am
I am pleased to show details of up and coming services for the New Year at Shelfanger Church:-
December 31st - 5 Parish Holy Communion at Gissing.
January 7th Morning worship 11.00am
January 14th Morning worship 11.00am
January 21st Holy Communion at 8.00am
January 28th Morning Prayer at 11.00am
February 4th Morning worship at 11.00am
If you are not able to get to a Christmas service or communion and need help please ring wardens, Roger or Peter, on 642286 or 651 524.
As the autumn leaves fall and the growing season comes to an end, it’s again time to say a big thank you to Ray, Des, Peter, Roger, Roy, Geoff, Brian and Francis who make up the Shelfanger mower-pushing ‘rotary club’ and maintain the churchyard to such a high standard. Thanks guys!
For more information, contact Roger Challoner at the Old Post Office, Church Road Shelfanger. firstname.lastname@example.org 01379 642286