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.
Firstly, the Rector, wardens and congregation at your church of All Saints send their very best wishes for 2018 to Shelfangarians and all readers.
As usual, in fact more than usual, your church was decorated to a very high standard for the Christmas services. Thank you again to the flower arranging team of Pam Harries, Lorna Trudgill, Brenda Bailey, Jean Challoner, Marilyn Hurst, Anne Lord, Marian Paines and Sheila Churchyard for their magnificent efforts. Thanks also to the ‘Friday Team’ of Peter Harries, Ray Leeder, Des Docherty, Roy Norman, Lyn Collett and Roger Challoner with additional help from Ivan Cotton for setting up and decorating the Christmas trees.
This visually rich environment thus created greatly aided the quality and reverence of the major Christmas services.
The traditional candlelit Village Carol Service was exceptionally well attended with a 90 strong congregation hearing the age-old Christmas story read by members of village organisations. Much loved carols were also sung. A special and much-appreciated addition this year was a performance by children from All Saints’ School. The youngsters wowed the congregation with three pieces; Away in a Manger, Baa Baa Bethlehem and Starry Night. Grateful thanks to staff and parents for their backing, leadership and support. As a further variant two humorous Christmas poems ‘Advent’ and ‘Boxing Day’ were read by Linda Nash and Jean Challoner. The service concluded as dark descended and candles glowed with a lovely encore from the All Saints’ School Choir. Mulled wine and seasonal refreshments were served by church members and our final thanks go to Pat Webster and Anne Lord for organising this.
Christmas Holy Communion
This service was well attended and celebrated by our Rector, David Mills. Music for both the Carol Service and Christmas Communion was provided by organist, Francis Coomber, whose help over the Christmas period was much appreciated.
Friends of Shelfanger Church
As mentioned at the Carol Service, All Saints Church Council has decided, following their November meeting, to set up a ‘Friends of Shelfanger Church’ organisation. This group is for people interested in seeing that the church is preserved but who are not necessarily regular attenders at services or activities. This Friends group is being led by the church Buildings Officer, Keith Day. Keith spoke to the congregation at the Carol Service and wants to hear from any Shelfanger parishioners who might be interested in offering a slice of their time or personal expertise to this cause. The first project of the Friends is the possible installation of toilet and basic kitchen facilities in the church. The Shelfanger Church Council is greatly appreciative of the huge amount of preparatory and contact work already undertaken on this project by Keith. He may be contacted at www.kfd.architects.co.uk or by telephone on 01379 643945.
For more information, contact Roger Challoner at the Old Post Office, Church Road Shelfanger. firstname.lastname@example.org 01379 642286