All Saints Church GRESHAM
Our church in North Norfolk, is in the Quintet Benefice of Aylmerton, East and West Runton, Beeston Regis and Gresham
Rector: The Reverend Ruth Adamson
Churchwardens : Mr Robert Batt and Mr Peter Campbell
Deputy Churchwarden : Vacant
Service pattern :
Please note there will be NO services or general access to the church and grounds during the building works which are scheduled to start from the beginning of August 2020 and looking to complete in January 2021. The church will be inaccessible for the duration of the building works and the site will be secured. If anyone really needs to to visit the church grounds during this time and the builders are working on site, permission may be given by the builder, if it is safe to do so. No one can access the site without this specific permission from the builders. Also they will be taking their deliveries over the church wall in Church Lane, so it would be really helpful if there was no parking there, during working hours.
A full update on current services available in the Quintet Benefice (Gresham, Aylmerton, East and West Runton, and Beeston Regis) can be found by clicking on the following link:
The regular All Saints Church service pattern before the shutting of churches due to the government Covid-19 lockdown of community spaces ruling and now inclusive of these building works is detailed below.
1st Evening Prayer 9.30-10.00am Wednesday worship
2nd Holy Communion 11:00am
3rd Morning Prayer 11:00am
4th Holy Communion 11:00am
5thMorning Prayer 11:00am
Message from The Interim Priest In Charge Ruth Adamson:
Not surprisingly I see All Saints church as the heart of the village. I stand in a very privileged position where the past, its traditions, its memories and its experiences become known to me by those who have lived here, gone to school here, found friendship, married, had babies baptised and died here. In all of these life journeys I believe God is present in the loving, the sorrows and the generosity of spirit amongst the villagers. For me, the prayers of the present moment bring together the stories of the past and the hopes for the future. I picture a beautifully restored building, but more than that I see the grace of God at work in in the lives of the people he loves here. It is absolutely wonderful.
Ex-Churchwarden Jill Fisher’s thoughts:
Jill came to Gresham in 1979, helped with the Sunday School from 1980 and has been church warden since 2000. She describes All Saints as welcoming, peaceful and with “amazing acoustics.” These views are echoed in the Visitors’ Book, the current one running from 2016; of the 150 entries to date, 22 of them use the word “peaceful”. Jill loves to see the church full, such as when the School opposite (Gresham Village School and Nursery) use the church to celebrate harvest. All the children attend (currently 108), all participate and parents and friends join the congregation to support the youngsters. It is a marvellous occasion.
One hundred and eleven visitors signed the Visitors’ book in All Saints Gresham in 2017. Of those 30 were local to the church, 11 came from the rest of Norfolk, 62 came from other places in the UK and 7 from foreign countries, including Belgium, Holland, Canada, USA and New Zealand. One person from New Zealand was visiting family graves and the other was a descendant of the Paston family. (The Pastons owned a substantial Manor House in the village, known as Gresham Castle.)
Adjectives regularly used in the Visitors’ Book are : peaceful, delightful, beautiful and lovely. Many comments focus on the fact that the church is open, and people are grateful for this. 10% comments refer to the remarkable font in such good condition.
A selection of quotes :
- “Clean, light and welcoming- amazing memorials in the chancel.”
- “Thank you for preserving our heritage.”
- “Exploring fonts- astonishing detail on this one.”
- “Lovely to see- exactly as I recall it from more than 60 years ago.” (Grandson of Rev. F Rawson- Briggs, previous Rector, early 20th century.)
- “Thank you for preserving the church of my ancestors.” (Texas USA)
- “A welcoming clergy, we come every time we holiday in this area.”
- “Simplicity and stillness.”