CONFIRMATION SERVICE AT ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH: This July 19th Bishop Martin is coming to Framlingham at 7.30pm to confirm eight people —six from Framlingham and some from the deanery. It has been a joy to share several months of preparation with them and it leaves me with the sense we could easily do several more sessions and still only be scratching the surface of the Good News we have to share.
Confirmation can happen whether you are a teenager, an adult or of ‘mature years’ but with a heart and mind to learn and experience that God is at work. It ‘confirms’ not only baptism but also that people want to continue to explore their faith and how God is at work. It confirms their membership of the church — and so the confirmation affects who we are as a Church and is an important occasion for us all as their wider church family.
So I ask you now not only to pray for them but to come that evening to St Michael’s to support them and meet the Bishop. Their names are:
From Framlingham: David Mason, Matthew Mason, Jeff Burt, Richard Charnock — Smith, Stephanie March, Victoria Whatmough.
Saxtead & Framlingham Churches - PET & TEDDY SERVICE July 17th 3.30pm
Friday mornings during term time drop off the children at school and come for coffee in church
We have been planning and preparing for a while now and with input from families and other churches we hope that we have found a way forward.
Three main areas were set out as our focus: Children and families; Pastoral work and care; Worship and Music. Underpinning all those is Prayer — something we can all contribute.
As the nights draw out towards the winter solstice, I am truly discovering how long the Rectory driveway is! Before you set off — especially in the later afternoon you have to think what time you are returning and how dark it will be. Happily the driveway lights have been repaired and there is a good porch light so if I’ve been prepared, it is not too difficult to get back home and the church floodlights help through the parking area.
As ever we call upon the children of Framlingham to help us share the Story of Christmas on Christmas Eve. There will be two rehearsals to prepare for the service:
On the 8th November it will be Remembrance Sunday. The parade will finish at the War Memorial for 10.50. Mr Johnathan Sullivan from Framlingham Community Baptist Church will be preaching at the following service.
On the 4th October, Family Havest Festival will be hekd at 11.15 am., followed by a 'bring and share' lunch for all who can share and join in. The Children from the Hitcham's singing group will be joining us. As well as harvest hymnsand songs the theme of the service will be water and there will be a voluntary collection for the important work of Water Aid in developing countries. The service will be a relaxed one and will not include Holy Communion, but the 8am service will include that as normal.
On the 13th our five Elders are being recommissioned. They are Christopher Bindloss, Peter Lamb, Sheila Millard, Sandy Rowell and Deborah Schofield. The Church is very grateful for their ministry. All of them are involved in helping lead aspects of the Chuch's worship or visiting the elderly with a special emphasis on Mills Meadow and Foxearth but around the town as well.