Bishop Martin held a confirmation service at Framlingham on 29th October.
Weddings in Nov: Ben Cannon and Hayley Booker to be married on Sat 25th Nov. We wish them all God’s blessings and every happiness for their future together.
Baptisms in Nov: We are delighted to welcome Hannah Zoe Wheeler into the family of the church, to be baptised on Sunday 5th. We are also delighted to welcome Niall Jay Humphrey, to be baptised on Sun 19th.
Thanksgiving Service for those loved and lost: Sun 5th Nov at 4pm at St Michael’s, an opportunity to remember loved ones and light a candle for them. Refreshments afterwards. All welcome.
Saturday 11th November: Act of Remembrance on Market Hill at 11am.
Sunday 12th November: Remembrance Sunday parade and service. 10.50 around the War Memorial. 11 Silence at War Memorial. 11.05 in Church. Led by Rev Mark. Preacher Rev Martin Dawes from United Free Church.
Framlingham Christmas Day Lunch Club: This annual event is held at the Scout Hall in Fram. If you would like to attend or receive a meal in your own home, please pick up a letter with details and booking form from the back of church
The three legged stool! A strange title, but it is a phrase I used to use when explaining the Church of England to people who were exploring ordination (Mary might remember!). It is that the Church of England is like a three legged stool - it rests on three bases. The first leg is Scripture which contains all we need for salvation, there we find the history of God’s loving acts from creation to a once for all act in Jesus, to the ongoing work of the Spirit in the early Church. The end of October saw the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation and our emphasis on Scripture comes from there. The second leg is tradition – the work of God is not contained within Scripture because that is contained within covers – the Spirit has blown the Church along for 2000+ years and we are the result. At the Reformation we did not lose the ‘catholic’ order of Bishops, Priests and deacons, we kept the parish system as a means of expressing God’s love to every nook and cranny of this country. The third leg is reason or experience – God works through our intellect and through our experience, God allows for our change and development. It is this which means we rightly struggle with changes of society. It means we have been able to embrace the ministry of women. We are not stuck with one way of being society but are aware that the Spirit challenges us and moves us on. This will always lead us to difficulty and change – but opens us up to the possibility that God is changing and renewing us and this is part of his love for us. The Reformation was one such period. I wonder with the challenges facing the Church now whether the Spirit is powerfully at work again, disturbing what we thought was obvious and reshaping the Church for our next steps forward.
Introducing the new Bishop of Kagera Everyone around Murgwanza is very excited about the appointment of Darlington Bendankeha as the new Bishop of Kagera. "We are delighted that Canon Darlington has been elected as the next Bishop of Kagera. Canon Darlington is already well known to many in this Diocese and his humility, energy and passion for mission are all qualities that will be effectively used in his new role and a blessing to many. We ask you to keep him in your prayers as he takes up his new role and also pray for Bishop Aaron as he steps down after such long and fruitful service." Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike. Our diocese has been linked with the Diocese of Kagera in Tanzania since 1994. Our common aims are friendship, understanding, praying, learning and sharing. Our link gives us opportunities to become partners in mission as we learn from each other how to be more effective in doing God’s work in His world.
The East Anglian Academy – Celebrity Organ Recital with Matthias Havinga. Sunday 8th October 3 – 4.30pm in St Michael’s Church. Tickets £12; school-age students free
Coffee morning: On Saturday 21st October in St Michael’s Church, 10 – 12 noon, to celebrate One World Week (22nd – 28th Oct). There will be amazing cakes, a Fairtrade Stall and Fairtrade beverages all in aid of The Delhi Brotherhood and Fairtrade.
2017 – The Year of the Bishop!
No they are not endangered, nor is the UN giving them special protection, it is just that Framlingham is being blessed by seeing them a lot this year – their walk in March, Bishop Mike leading sessions on worship in July and now we see him and Bishop Martin again in October. Both times stress important parts of our shared Church life. Taking them in reverse order:
October 29th 4pm – Bishop Martin is coming to lead the Confirmation Service which will also be a Holy Communion. This will be the main service that day as we support those making their Christian promises for themselves and making an important step on their Christian journey of following Christ and being a disciple. But it is a good time for all of us to think about our faith and the difference it makes. On September 10th at 9.30 Jeanette Gosney our preacher challenged us to think how our faith shows, how would anyone know we are God’s people? This is a challenge for all of us to ponder and to support Issy Sholl, Florie Ryan, Jacqueline Ryan, Lucy Wasmuth and Christopher Wasmuth through your prayers and by being with them on the 29th.
Bishop Mike – is coming to the 9.30 at Framlingham and the 11.15 at Saxtead on October 15th and the theme will be healing as we are remembering St Luke who St Paul called ‘the beloved physician’ and so he has become a focus for the spiritual and physical healing work of the Church. At Framlingham there will be the opportunity for the laying on of hands and anointing with oil for those who want it alongside the giving of the Bread and Wine. At Saxtead there will be a similar opportunity and Bishop Mike will preach at both services explaining what this means and how it focuses us on the grace and mercy of God in our lives. This was arranged even before the March walk or the July worship sessions were known – but means we have benefited from his teaching ministry more than our fair share this year.
We can only be grateful for ‘The Year of the Bishops’ and pray for their ministry here and across the diocese.
News from Kagera: Chris and Anji Dawkins, Kagera Link Coordinators, sent this report from Kagera. Thomas Shavu, the co-ordinator, is full of plans and thanks to the success of our Lent appeal some of them will now be realised. St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese will be funding a three year programme of development work, led by Thomas. One of his major projects is tree planting. Because of the traditional practice of cutting down trees for fuel for cooking, the whole area is very bare, which has devastating results when the rains come – the topsoil is just washed away and no water stays in the ground. Thomas took us to one of six tree nurseries he has set up across the Diocese, where we met a group of villagers caring for 100,000 tree seedlings. For their labour, watering and tending the seedlings over the next few months, the villagers will be given a selection of trees to plant on their own land. The rest of the seedlings will be given to local institutions to provide a long term investment and income for the future. So to all those who took part in the Lent appeal, another big thank you from us and from Thomas for giving him the ability to continue this work – and much more.
Harvest Madagascar Appeal: Madagascar has been affected severely by recent floods and droughts. The Anglican Church is responding with emergency aid and training in preparation for future disasters. The PCC has decided that our Harvest Collection should go to this good cause as the world has largely ignored the devastation suffered there and the PCC wishes to show love and compassion for the people of Madagascar. Our money will go through USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) directly to the Church there & the PCC asks for your generous support.
FOSM: Please remember to collect used stamps, foreign coins and notes, and obsolete British coins for FOSM - if you have any spare please bring them to any event, put them in an envelope and pop in the wall safe in the church, or give them to Joyce Spruce or Steph Bennell. There is a box for stamps on the FOSM table near the font in the church.