Notices for Sunday 2nd May 2021

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill, Norwich

Sunday 2nd May 2021

Fifth Sunday of Easter

We are now back in church for Mass. The service today is at 10.30am.

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God. As we gather in worship today let us renew our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who dwells in us and whose love is perfected in us.

The Easter candle remains in the Sanctuary until Pentecost Sunday, marking the fifty days of the Easter season which cover the resurrection appearances. The candle has a prominent place, reminding us that Christ is the light of the world and that, in that light, Jesus is alive today.

As we meet at St Giles for Mass at 10.30am this morning it is our aim to keep people safe from Covid infection. Please remember the following…..
– Only sit in the area that has a white card on the pew or in the seats that are within the aisles. If you are in a bubble you can sit together.
– Do not enter church until 15 minutes before each Mass. We are working at having people inside for as little time as possible.
– Please ‘no mingling’ in church after the Mass. Try and take your ‘catch-ups’ outside into the fresh air.
– Remember to keep social distancing when you go to speak to your friends in the pews before the Mass. Some people get too close to others, probably to hear what is being said, but you do need to keep a distance. Thank you.

We are continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating today in normal times. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentences of the Mass.

Today our hymns would have been from the New English Hymnal. You can click on the titles of the individual hymns to hear recordings. Thank you to our organist Ian Graydon for supplying these links. Details of each hymn (except the recessional hymn on the sheet) are also available on line at Hymnary.org.

The picture above, taken on 14th April last year by Raymond Scott, shows the early blooming of the wisteria in our churchyard. Be sure to check out the progress of the wisteria this year.

Introit Hymn 114    Now is eternal life

Collect
Almighty God,
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading    Acts 8:26-end

Psalm 22  25-31

Second Reading   1 John 4:7-end

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;
I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore

All   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest   Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   John 15:1-8

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Sermon

Creed

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 101   The Lamb’s high banquet we await

Communion Hymn 272   All for Jesus! All for Jesus!

Post Communion Prayer
Eternal God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Regina coeli
Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven, alleluia!
He whom thou wast meet to bear, alleluia!
As he promised, hath arisen, alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer, alleluia!
Priest Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!
All For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

Recessional Hymn on sheet   The happy birds Te Deum sing (the complete text for all verses can be downloaded here)

Next Sunday’s readings:  Acts 10:44-end;  Psalm 98;  1 John 5:1-6;  John 15:9-17

Rector  Canon Darren Thornton (part-time) also UEA Chaplain (day off Monday) 01603 623724  Click to email
Churchwardens  Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729)  Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter & Traidcraft  Kate Baldry (01362 695503) 
Click to email

ST GILES NOTICES
rev-darren-thornton-1From Fr Darren
Barbara Harper celebrates her 100th Birthday this week!
All of us at St Giles send our love to Barbara, who has been part of the church family for a long time (although recently she has been housebound). Our prayers and thoughts go to you, Barbara, the oldest member of our church family at St Giles!
The funeral of Jonathan Trench will take place on Monday 10 May at 1.30pm in St Peter Mancroft, but sadly numbers will be limited because of Coronavirus restrictions. Gill has written to say “I am really glad that both Bob and Rowena are able to come to the service, to represent the people of St Giles, a church which Jonathan loved so very much. The funeral will be live-streamed on YouTube, and you can find the direct link by clicking here. Alternatively you can go to the St Peter Mancroft website home page and then scroll down the Welcome letter to click on the YouTube channel link. The funeral link is in the ‘Upcoming Live Streams’ section lower down the YouTube page.
“I’ve received so many cards of sympathy from old friends at St Giles, and I really appreciate these, and all the prayer which is coming our way. Unutterably sad times for me and Jonathan’s family, but a time full of blessings, too.”
Masses at St Giles are back to our normal routine with Said Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon and Friday 10.00am, and Said Parish Mass on Sundays at 10.30.am.
If you have a message or a note or an item for Fr Darren, please do write it down and leave it in the post tray. He will always collect everything when everyone has gone home. Even better would be to send your message via email (click here) as you will get a much quicker response. Thank you.
Church opening times for private prayer
The Churchwardens will open the church for private prayer on Tuesdays and Saturdays, mid-morning to lunchtime, and Carol Cullum has kindly agreed to open on Thursdays from 11.00 to 12.00.

DATES FOR MAY
Sunday 9 May                    10.30am Said Mass    Homily  Fr Peter Varney
Monday 10 May                 1.30pm Funeral of Jonathan Trench at St Peter Mancroft – see above for details. There will be a live stream of the service at this link.
Thursday 13 May                7.00pm St Stephen’s Church Deanery Ascension Day Service – click here for details
Sunday 16 May                  10.30am Said Mass   Homily  Fr David Roper   Mass followed by short PCC Meeting (socially distanced)
Sunday 30 May                  10.30am Said Mass for Trinity Sunday followed by very short APCM (socially distanced). Raffle drawn today.
Thursday 3 June                 6.00pm Corpus Christi Day Mass at Norwich Cathedral     Preacher – Canon Darren Thornton. All are welcome.

We are looking forward to continuing to meet in church under the Government roadmap rules. Our own provisional roadmap for St Giles has been published on a separate page online here and can be downloaded by clicking here.
From Monday 21st June provisionally all the Covid restrictions in church will be lifted.
Tuesday 22 June                  12 noon Said Mass as pre-Covid from this service onwards
Sunday 27 June                   10.30am Sung Parish Mass BACK TO NORMAL SUNDAY
Bells will ring again today! We will sing! Wine after Mass to share some JOY in what has been a horrid time.
Remember the lockdown poster on our outside notice board….. “Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!” (Isaiah 35:2)
FURTHER DATES
Sunday 15th August           10.30am Sung Mass for the Festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary       followed by a glass of wine
Saturday 4th September     11.00am – 2.00pm St Giles Fete
Sunday 5th September       10.30am St Giles Patronal Festival Mass followed by a glass of wine
Friday 10th September        Heritage Open Days begin
Saturday 11th September    Norfolk Churches Trust Cycle Ride / Walk
Sunday 12th September      10.30am Harvest Festival Mass followed by Bring and Share Lunch
Tuesday 28 September         7.30pm PCC Standing Committee
Thursday 21 October            7.00pm PCC Meeting
Sunday 31 October              10.30am  All Saints Sunday Sung Mass
Tuesday 2 November           12 noon  All Souls Day Said Mass
Saturday 20th November     11.00am – 1pm Christmas Stalls
Sunday 21st November        10.30am Festival Mass for Christ The King followed by more wine!!
AND A DATE FOR 2022!
The Wisteria Concert will be back with the Sine Nomine Choir on Saturday 7 May 2022 at 7.30pm. This concert had to be cancelled in 2020 and we are very pleased to be able to give you advance notice of this rebooking.

OTHER NOTICES
FUNDRAISING

Our Bumper Raffle As we seek to raise some much-needed funds for the Church our Easter Raffle will now be drawn on Trinity Sunday (30th May). As from Easter Sunday until then, please do bring some extra cash along to church to purchase some raffle tickets. We have over 30 raffle prizes. Tickets will be £2 a strip. Please do buy as many as possible. You have to be in it to win it!
TRAIDCRAFT   We hope that the Traidcraft Stall will be back soon but in the meantime all you need to do is email or phone Kate (contact details above) with your order and she can deliver to St Giles or your home – in Norwich or Dereham or any place in between! Kate has the usual stock of most food items and the new range of cards. St Giles will receive 10% of the value of Craft and Card orders and 5% of food orders from the range online. Please do enquire if you are interested in Craft items and Cards from previous catalogues – many are still available at reduced prices and some are half-price.
ONLINE RESOURCES
St Giles weekly newsletter will continue to be available for you to view online by clicking here. You can also receive your own copy in your email as soon as it goes live by signing up to receive the posts in your email. Scroll to the bottom of this page, type or paste your email address in the ‘Follow’ box, and click ‘Follow’. Alternatively you can email John to add your name to the list. Either way, you will then receive an email from WordPress asking you to confirm that you want to receive the updates. Click on the ‘Confirm Follow’ button in the email. It will open a WordPress page in your browser with the details of your setup, but you can simply close the page. (It is there just in case you want to change any of the settings listed.)

St Giles Twitter page shares our news and photos day by day. Our particular thanks to Hakan for maintaining and updating this service.
The Facebook pages of Norwich City Churches and Norwich East Deanery are frequently updated including news from St Giles.
Now we are in Easter we are back to using our regular service book for Mass at St Giles which can be downloaded here.
The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for May is available on line here and you can save it on your computer, tablet or phone.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for February to June can be viewed and downloaded here.
The Church of England streams an online service nationally at 9.00am on Sundays. Click here for details – the page also lists a range of other helpful resources. Today’s service from the University of Wolverhampton explores transformative conversations with students and staff, alongside music and prayer. The sermon is given by Sarah Schofield, Lead Chaplain for the University of Wolverhampton’s Multifaith Chaplaincy and a priest in the Diocese of Lichfield, and the order of service can be downloaded here. The Church of England’s online weekly services since 22nd March last year are all archived to listen to here.
Worship at Norwich Cathedral is available via online streaming. It is also possible to attend services in person. Click here for current details. The Cathedral YouTube channel offers recordings of many previous services and other events, including organ recitals.
The most recent Sunday Hope podcast, for Easter Day, can be heard here, together with the complete Sunday Hope archive since 22nd March 2020 last year. Sadly the podcast on Easter Day was also the last. The Diocese say “We hope you have enjoyed listening to the series and encourage you to check our Local Live Streams page to find a church live stream or use the Church of England’s Daily Hope phone line for anyone who does not have access to the internet.”
St George’s Tombland have a Facebook page with many interesting comments and links, including how to access their 10.30am Sunday Mass today on Zoom.
For an online Anglo-Catholic Mass it is worth checking the Walsingham Anglican shrine church, St Mary’s, Bourne Street and St John The Divine, Kennington, amongst many others available. Facebook carries the daily Shrine Prayers from the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and there is a useful online Guide to the Shrine prayers incorporating the Rosary.
The current eNews from the Diocese of Norwich includes the appointment of the new Bishop of Lynn, The Venerable Dr Jane Steen, currently Archdeacon of Southwark. As usual a wide variety of other news items are also included – definitely an interesting read! You can see past issues of eNews (usually a fortnightly publication) here, where you can also sign up to receive each new issue in your email box.

St Giles Charities 2021 Our monthly charities during 2021 are: January – The Church Urban Fund; February – Norwich Samaritans; March – Water Aid; April – The John Aves Education Project in Dheisheh / Bethlehem; May – Christian Aid; June – Médecins Sans Frontières; July – The Magdalene Group; August – The Children’s Society; September – The Church Army; October – The Leprosy Mission; November – The Matthew Project; December – The West Pottergate Community.
Charities have had a particularly difficult time during the Covid-19 epidemic. Please do continue your support!

Our 2021 Church Motto text is…… ‘Be kind to yourself’!

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Notices for Sunday 25th April 2021

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill, Norwich

Sunday 25th April 2021

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

We are now back in church for Mass. The service today is at 10.30am.

Today we remember that Jesus is our Good Shepherd and that his love for us is so great that he was prepared to lay down his life for us. So let us come together and celebrate this astonishing love.

The Easter candle remains in the Sanctuary until Pentecost Sunday, marking the fifty days of the Easter season which cover the resurrection appearances. The candle has a prominent place, reminding us that Christ is the light of the world and that, in that light, Jesus is alive today.

As we meet at St Giles for Mass at 10.30am this morning it is our aim to keep people safe from Covid infection. Please remember the following…..
– Only sit in the area that has a white card on the pew or in the seats that are within the aisles. If you are in a bubble you can sit together.
– Do not enter church until 15 minutes before each Mass. We are working at having people inside for as little time as possible.
– Please ‘no mingling’ in church after the Mass. Try and take your ‘catch-ups’ outside into the fresh air.
– Remember to keep social distancing when you go to speak to your friends in the pews before the Mass. Some people get too close to others, probably to hear what is being said, but you do need to keep a distance. Thank you.

We are continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating today in normal times. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentences of the Mass.

Today our hymns would have been from the Celebration Hymnal. You can click on the titles of the individual hymns to hear recordings. Thank you to our organist Ian Graydon for supplying these links.
Our thanks also to Hakan Sandal-Wilson for the photo of St Giles Church taken on Easter Saturday this year.

Introit Hymn 475   Loving shepherd of thy sheep

Collect
Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading    Acts 4:5-12

Psalm 23

Second Reading    1 John 3:16-end

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;
I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore

All   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest   Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   John 10:11-18

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Homily   Fr Peter Varney

Creed

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 399   Love is his word, love is his way

Communion Hymn 699   The King of love my shepherd is

Post Communion Prayer
Merciful Father,
you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,
and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:
keep us always under his protection,
and give us grace to follow in his steps;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Regina coeli
Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven, alleluia!
He whom thou wast meet to bear, alleluia!
As he promised, hath arisen, alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer, alleluia!
Priest Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!
All For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

Recessional Hymn 690   The day of resurrection

Next Sunday’s readings:  Acts 8:26-end;  Psalm 22:25-31;  1 John 4:7-end;  John 15:1-8

Rector  Canon Darren Thornton (part-time) also UEA Chaplain (day off Monday) 01603 623724  Click to email
Churchwardens  Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729)  Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter & Traidcraft  Kate Baldry (01362 695503) 
Click to email

ST GILES NOTICES
rev-darren-thornton-1From Fr Darren
Masses at St Giles
are back to our normal routine with Said Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon and Friday 10am, and Said Parish Mass on Sundays at 10.30.am.
There are now further signs that things are opening up and one of them is our Deanery Ascension Day service on Thursday 13th May at 7.00pm at St Stephen’s Church, to which you are warmly invited. It will be a lovely occasion to see one another again – click here for details.
Election of Churchwardens An Annual Meeting of Parishioners (Vestry Meeting) will take place on Trinity Sunday (30 May 2021) following the 10.30am Said Mass. This will be a short socially-distanced gathering. We have to elect two Churchwardens and three candidates for the PCC. Nominations should be received no later than Sunday 25 April 2021. Do speak to Fr Darren for further information.
A way forward……If you have a message or a note or an item for Fr Darren, please do write it down and leave it in the post tray. He will always collect everything when everyone has gone home. Even better would be to send your message via email (click here) as you will get a much quicker response. Thank you.
Church opening times for private prayer
The Churchwardens will open the church for private prayer on Tuesdays and Saturdays, mid-morning to lunchtime, and Carol Cullum has kindly agreed to open on Thursdays from 11.00 to 12.00.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Today 10.30am              Said Mass       Homily by Fr Peter
Thursday 13 May          7.00pm St Stephen’s Church Deanery Ascension Day Service – click here for details
Sunday 16 May            10.30am Said Mass followed by short PCC Meeting (socially distanced)
Sunday 30 May            10.30am Said Mass for Trinity Sunday followed by very short APCM (socially distanced). Raffle drawn today.

We are looking forward to continuing to meet in church under the Government roadmap rules. Our own provisional roadmap for St Giles has been published on a separate page online here and can be downloaded by clicking here.
From Monday 21st June provisionally all the Covid restrictions in church will be lifted.
Tuesday 22nd June        12 noon Said Mass as pre-Covid from this service onwards
Sunday 27th June          10.30am Sung Parish Mass   BACK TO NORMAL SUNDAY
Bells will ring again today! We will sing! Wine after Mass to share some JOY in what has been a horrid time.
Remember the lockdown poster on our outside notice board….. “Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!” (Isaiah 35:2)
FURTHER DATES
Sunday 15th August         10.30am Sung Mass for the Festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by a glass of wine
Saturday 4th September   11.00am – 2.00pm St Giles Fete
Sunday 5th September     10.30am St Giles Patronal Festival Mass followed by a glass of wine
Friday 10th September      Heritage Open Days begin
Saturday 11th September  Norfolk Churches Trust Cycle Ride / Walk
Sunday 12th September    10.30am Harvest Festival Mass followed by Bring and Share Lunch
Tuesday 28 September      7.30pm PCC Standing Committee
Thursday 21 October         7.00pm PCC Meeting
Sunday 31 October            10.30am All Saints Sunday Sung Mass
Tuesday 2 November        12 noon All Souls Day Said Mass
Saturday 20th November  11.00am – 1pm Christmas Stalls
Sunday 21st November     10.30am Festival Mass for Christ The King followed by more wine!!
AND A DATE FOR 2022!
The Wisteria Concert will be back with the Sine Nomine Choir on Saturday 7 May 2022 at 7.30pm. This concert had to be cancelled in 2020 and we are very pleased to be able to give you advance notice of this rebooking.

OTHER NOTICES
FUNDRAISING

Our Bumper Raffle As we seek to raise some much-needed funds for the Church our Easter Raffle will now be drawn on Trinity Sunday (30th May). As from Easter Sunday until then, please do bring some extra cash along to church to purchase some raffle tickets. We have over 30 raffle prizes. Tickets will be £2 a strip. Please do buy as many as possible. You have to be in it to win it!
TRAIDCRAFT  We hope that the Traidcraft Stall will be back soon but in the meantime all you need to do is email or phone Kate (contact details above) with your order and she can deliver to St Giles or your home – in Norwich or Dereham or any place in between! Kate has the usual stock of most food items and the new range of cards. St Giles will receive 10% of the value of Craft and Card orders and 5% of food orders from the range online. Please do enquire if you are interested in Craft items and Cards from previous catalogues – many are still available at reduced prices and some are half-price.
ONLINE RESOURCES
St Giles weekly newsletter will continue to be available for you to view online by clicking here. You can also receive your own copy in your email as soon as it goes live by signing up to receive the posts in your email. Scroll to the bottom of this page, type or paste your email address in the ‘Follow’ box, and click ‘Follow’. Alternatively you can email John to add your name to the list. Either way, you will then receive an email from WordPress asking you to confirm that you want to receive the updates. Click on the ‘Confirm Follow’ button in the email. It will open a WordPress page in your browser with the details of your setup, but you can simply close the page. (It is there just in case you want to change any of the settings listed.)

St Giles Twitter page shares our news and photos day by day. Our particular thanks to Hakan for maintaining and updating this service.
The Facebook pages of Norwich City Churches and Norwich East Deanery are frequently updated including news from St Giles.
Now we are in Easter we are back to using our regular service book for Mass at St Giles which can be downloaded here.
The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for April is available on line here and you can save it on your computer, tablet or phone.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for February to June can be viewed and downloaded here.
The Church of England streams an online service nationally at 9.00am on Sundays. Click here for details – the page also lists a range of other helpful resources. Today’s service is from St Nicholas Church, Burnage, Manchester. The service celebrates the Fourth Sunday of Easter with prayer, music and praise, and Revd Rachel Mann speaks on meeting the Good Shepherd where we are. The order of service can be downloaded here. The online weekly services since 22nd March last year are all archived to listen to here.
Worship at Norwich Cathedral is available via online streaming. It is also possible to attend services in person. Click here for current details. The Cathedral YouTube channel offers recordings of many previous services and other events, including organ recitals
The most recent Sunday Hope podcast, for Easter Day, can be heard here, together with the complete Sunday Hope archive since 22nd March 2020 last year. Sadly the podcast on Easter Day was also the last. The Diocese say “We hope you have enjoyed listening to the series and encourage you to check our Local Live Streams page to find a church live stream or use the Church of England’s Daily Hope phone line for anyone who does not have access to the internet.”
St George’s Tombland have daily Morning and Evening Prayer on their YouTube channel. They also have a Facebook page with many interesting comments and links.
For an online Anglo-Catholic Mass it is worth checking the Walsingham Anglican shrine church, St Mary’s, Bourne Street and St John The Divine, Kennington, amongst many others available. Facebook carries the daily Shrine Prayers from the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and there is a useful online Guide to the Shrine prayers incorporating the Rosary.
The current eNews from the Diocese of Norwich focuses on our remembrance of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. You can read past issues of eNews (usually a fortnightly publication) here, where you can also sign up to receive each new issue in your email box.

St Giles Charities 2021 Our monthly charities during 2021 are: January – The Church Urban Fund; February – Norwich Samaritans; March – Water Aid; April – The John Aves Education Project in Dheisheh / Bethlehem; May – Christian Aid; June – Médecins Sans Frontières; July – The Magdalene Group; August – The Children’s Society; September – The Church Army; October – The Leprosy Mission; November – The Matthew Project; December – The West Pottergate Community.
Charities have had a particularly difficult time during the Covid-19 epidemic. Please do continue your support!

Our 2021 Church Motto text is…… ‘Be kind to yourself’!

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Notices for Sunday 18th April 2021

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill, Norwich

Sunday 18th April 2021

Third Sunday of Easter

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for the love he shared among us, and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

We are now back in church for Mass. The service today is at 10.30am.

Jesus is risen! Let us celebrate the renewal of our humanity in the transforming love of God.

The Easter candle remains in the Sanctuary from now until Pentecost Sunday, marking the fifty days of the Easter season which cover the resurrection appearances. The candle has a prominent place, reminding us that Christ is the light of the world and that, in that light, Jesus is alive today.

As we meet at St Giles for Mass at 10.30am this morning it is our aim to keep people safe from Covid infection. Please remember the following…..
– Only sit in the area that has a white card on the pew or in the seats that are within the aisles. If you are in a bubble you can sit together.
– Do not enter church until 15 minutes before each Mass. We are working at having people inside for as little time as possible.
– Please ‘no mingling’ in church after the Mass. Try and take your ‘catch-ups’ outside into the fresh air.
– Remember to keep social distancing when you go to speak to your friends in the pews before the Mass. Some people get too close to others, probably to hear what is being said, but you do need to keep a distance. Thank you.

We are continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating today in normal times. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentences of the Mass.

Today our hymns would have been from the New English Hymnal. You can click on the titles of the individual hymns to hear recordings. Thank you to our organist Ian Graydon for supplying these links. Details of each hymn are also available on line at Hymnary.org.

Introit Hymn 105   Christ the Lord is risen again

Collect
Almighty Father,
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading    Acts 3:12-19

Psalm 4

Second Reading    1 John 3:1-7

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;
I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore

All   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest   Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   Luke 24:36b-48

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Sermon   Fr Darren Thornton

Creed

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 271   Alleluya, sing to Jesus

Communion Hymn 121   This joyful Eastertide

Post Communion Prayer
Living God,
your Son made himself known to his disciples
in the breaking of bread:
open the eyes of our faith,
that we may see him in all his redeeming work;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Regina coeli
Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven, alleluia!
He whom thou wast meet to bear, alleluia!
As he promised, hath arisen, alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer, alleluia!
Priest Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!
All For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

Recessional Hymn 124   Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

Next Sunday’s readings:  Acts 4:5-12;  Psalm 23;  1 John 3:16-end;  John 10:11-18

Rector  Canon Darren Thornton (part-time) also UEA Chaplain (day off Monday) 01603 623724  Click to email
Churchwardens  Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729)  Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter & Traidcraft  Kate Baldry (01362 695503) 
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ST GILES NOTICES
rev-darren-thornton-1From Fr Darren
Masses at St Giles
are back to our normal routine with Said Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon and Friday 10am, and Said Parish Mass on Sundays at 10.30.am.
Election of Churchwardens An Annual Meeting of Parishioners (Vestry Meeting) will take place on Trinity Sunday (30 May 2021) following the 10.30am Said Mass. This will be a short socially-distanced gathering. We have to elect two Churchwardens and three candidates for the PCC. Nominations should be received no later than Sunday 25 April 2021. Do speak to Fr Darren for further information.
A way forward……If you have a message or a note or an item for Fr Darren, please do write it down and leave it in the post tray. He will always collect everything when everyone has gone home. Even better would be to send your message via email (click here) as you will get a much quicker response. Thank you.
Church opening times for private prayer
The Churchwardens will open the church for private prayer on Tuesdays and Saturdays, mid-morning to lunchtime, and Carol Cullum has kindly agreed to open on Thursdays from 11.00 to 12.00.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday 25 April                 10.30am Said Mass Homily by Fr Peter
Sunday 16 May                  10.30am Said Mass followed by short PCC Meeting (socially distanced)
Sunday 30 May                  10.30am Said Mass for Trinity Sunday followed by very short APCM (socially distanced). Raffle drawn today.

We are looking forward to continuing to meet in church under the Government roadmap rules. Our own provisional roadmap for St Giles has been published on a separate page online here and can be downloaded by clicking here.
From Monday 21st June provisionally all the Covid restrictions in church will be lifted.
Tuesday 22nd June            12 noon Said Mass as pre-Covid from this service onwards
Sunday 27th June              10.30am Sung Parish Mass BACK TO NORMAL SUNDAY
Bells will ring again today! We will sing! Wine after Mass to share some JOY in what has been a horrid time.
Remember the lockdown poster on our outside notice board….. “Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!” (Isaiah 35:2)
FURTHER DATES
Sunday 15th August          10.30am Sung Mass for the Festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by a glass of wine
Saturday 4th September    11.00am – 2.00pm St Giles Fete
Sunday 5th September      10.30am St Giles Patronal Festival Mass followed by a glass of wine
Friday 10th September       Heritage Open Days begin
Saturday 11th September   Norfolk Churches Trust Cycle Ride / Walk
Sunday 12th September     10.30am Harvest Festival Mass followed by Bring and Share Lunch
Tuesday 28 September       7.30pm PCC Standing Committee
Thursday 21 October          7.00pm PCC Meeting
Sunday 31 October            10.30am All Saints Sunday Sung Mass
Tuesday 2 November         12 noon All Souls Day Said Mass
Saturday 20th November   11.00am – 1pm Christmas Stalls
Sunday 21st November      10.30am Festival Mass for Christ The King followed by more wine!!
AND A DATE FOR 2022!
The Wisteria Concert will be back with the Sine Nomine Choir on Saturday 7 May 2022 at 7.30pm. This concert had to be cancelled in 2020 and we are very pleased to be able to give you advance notice of this rebooking.

OTHER NOTICES
FUNDRAISING

Our Bumper Raffle As we seek to raise some much-needed funds for the Church our Easter Raffle will now be drawn on Trinity Sunday (30th May). As from Easter Sunday until then, please do bring some extra cash along to church to purchase some raffle tickets. We have over 30 raffle prizes. Tickets will be £2 a strip. Please do buy as many as possible. You have to be in it to win it!
THE LEPROSY MISSION A special note that currently donations to the Leprosy Mission are being matched by the Government – click here for details. This means that any donations they receive up to 24th April will be doubled! We have supported the Leprosy Mission for many years and it is currently our October charity BUT if you could make your donation in the next few days it would be doubly effective. I will send any donations we receive in time to reach the Leprosy Mission in the post by 24th. You can donate when you come to church (please mark your envelope ‘Leprosy Mission’) or pay directly into the St Giles account on line. Alternatively you can donate on the Leprosy Mission website – if you do so I’d appreciate your letting me know so that we can keep a running total of how much we have donated from St Giles. As ever, please contact me if you have any queries. John 01362 695503 or click to email.
TRAIDCRAFT
We hope that the Traidcraft Stall will be back soon but in the meantime all you need to do is email or phone Kate (contact details above) with your order and she can deliver to St Giles or your home – in Norwich or Dereham or any place in between! Kate has the usual stock of most food items and the new range of cards. St Giles will receive 10% of the value of Craft and Card orders and 5% of food orders from the range online. Please do enquire if you are interested in Craft items and Cards from previous catalogues – many are still available at reduced prices and some are half-price.
ONLINE RESOURCES
St Giles weekly newsletter will continue to be available for you to view online by clicking here. You can also receive your own copy in your email as soon as it goes live by signing up to receive the posts in your email. Scroll to the bottom of this page, type or paste your email address in the ‘Follow’ box, and click ‘Follow’. Alternatively you can email John to add your name to the list. Either way, you will then receive an email from WordPress asking you to confirm that you want to receive the updates. Click on the ‘Confirm Follow’ button in the email. It will open a WordPress page in your browser with the details of your setup, but you can simply close the page. (It is there just in case you want to change any of the settings listed.)

St Giles Twitter page shares our news and photos day by day. Our particular thanks to Hakan for maintaining and updating this service.
The Facebook pages of Norwich City Churches and Norwich East Deanery are frequently updated including news from St Giles.
Now we are in Easter we are back to using our regular service book for Mass at St Giles which can be downloaded here.
The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for April is available on line here and you can save it on your computer, tablet or phone.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for February to June can be viewed and downloaded here.
The Church of England streams an online service nationally at 9.00am on Sundays. Click here for details – the page also lists a range of other helpful resources. The online weekly services since 22nd March last year are all archived to listen to here.
Worship at Norwich Cathedral is available via online streaming. It is also possible to attend services in person. Click here for current details. The Cathedral YouTube channel offers recordings of many previous services and other events, including organ recitals
The most recent Sunday Hope podcast, for Easter Day, can be heard here, together with the complete Sunday Hope archive since 22nd March 2020 last year. Sadly the podcast on Easter Day was also the last. The Diocese say “We hope you have enjoyed listening to the series and encourage you to check our Local Live Streams page to find a church live stream or use the Church of England’s Daily Hope phone line for anyone who does not have access to the internet.”
St George’s Tombland have daily Morning and Evening Prayer on their YouTube channel. They also have a Facebook page with many interesting comments and links.
For an online Anglo-Catholic Mass it is worth checking the Walsingham Anglican shrine church, St Mary’s, Bourne Street and St John The Divine, Kennington, amongst many others available. Facebook carries the daily Shrine Prayers from the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and there is a useful online Guide to the Shrine prayers incorporating the Rosary.
The latest eNews from the Diocese of Norwich focuses on our remembrance of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. You can read past issues of eNews (usually a fortnightly publication) here, where you can also sign up to receive each new issue in your email box.

St Giles Charities 2021 Our monthly charities during 2021 are: January – The Church Urban Fund; February – Norwich Samaritans; March – Water Aid; April – The John Aves Education Project in Dheisheh / Bethlehem; May – Christian Aid; June – Médecins Sans Frontières; July – The Magdalene Group; August – The Children’s Society; September – The Church Army; October – The Leprosy Mission; November – The Matthew Project; December – The West Pottergate Community.
Charities have had a particularly difficult time during the Covid-19 epidemic. Please do continue your support!

Our 2021 Church Motto text is…… ‘Be kind to yourself’!

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In commemoration of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Dear St Giles Family

Now that the funeral arrangements have been published for HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, we will have a Said Mass at St Giles on Friday 16th April at 10.00am at which there will be a commemoration of his life, with prayers for Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.

On the same day Norwich Cathedral will be holding a full choral service at 6.00pm for invited guests representing different organisations from across the Diocese. This will be live-streamed – click here for the link. Following the service, the Cathedral will be open to the public until 9.30pm for people to light candles, offer prayers and reflect on the great contribution HRH The Duke of Edinburgh made to our country.

With all good wishes and every blessing.

Fr Darren

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