Vibrant Life of our church today by Revd Lydia Avery, Priest-in-Charge. Upper Tas Valley Benefice

St Mary’s is a beautiful church with a long and interesting history, but there is so much more to the church than history and a beautiful building! It also has a vibrant life today!

The COVID-19 pandemic led to St Mary’s closure for two periods during 2020 and 2021, but from April this year, it was able to gradually re-open for Church Services every Sunday at 10.30am. Our Sunday Services are always broadcast on Zoom for those who are unable to come to church but still want to worship, this is also available to those who want to attend an important life event, like a wedding, baptism or funeral, but isn’t able to do so physically. The Church also hosts one of the eight Foodbank Collection points in our Benefice of The Upper Tas Valley.

Outside in the churchyard, Norfolk Wildlife Trust manages ‘God’s acre’ with encouraging wildlife in mind and throughout the year it is possible to see interesting plants and lichens, as well as the occasional deer or mole. St Mary’s is currently working towards an Eco-Church Award.

Traditionally, there is a Holocaust Memorial Service on the 27th January, there are also Harvest celebrations, a bi-annual Remembrance Service and a full range of Christmas services, and we all hope that this will continue to be the case as the Pandemic restrictions now begin to ease.

As it has always been, the church is also a centre for some of Forncett St Mary’s many social events and meetings. An environmental group occasionally meets here and the church hosts art exhibitions and music and drama events. A Film Club will be launched at St Mary’s this Autumn.

We love this church, we hope you’ll feel very welcome here if you decide to visit - and that you’ll love it like we do!

In the meantime, if you would like to meet and worship with some of the people of this church, you will receive a warm welcome in church at the monthly Sunday Service at 10.30am. For a full schedule of services and for the Zoom codes, please look at the Services and Events section of our Benefice pages on www.achurchnearyou.com

lydia avery