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 has a vibrant life today! The church is part of the eight-church Upper Tas Valley Benefice and hosts a monthly service during the winter months and the moment, it is also open for a monthly service during the summer whilst our sister church, St Peter’s, is awaiting urgent structural work. There is a Holocaust Memorial service every January, a harvest celebration in September, an Act of Remembrance in November, and a full range of Christmas Services. The church also holds baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

The church is also a centre for some of Forncett’s social events and meetings. An environmental group sometimes meets here and the church regularly hosts art exhibitions and music and drama events.

Outside in the churchyard, Norfolk Wildlife Trust manages ‘God’s acre’ to encourage wildlife and throughout the year it is possible to see interesting plants, including lichens, as well as birds, deer and the occasional mole. As you walk around the churchyard, you’ll see well-used bird feeding stations and bird and bat boxes. The Church is registered with Eco-Church and is actively working towards accreditation.

We love this church and hope you’ll feel very welcome here whenever you decide to visit – and that you’ll love it as much as we do.

In the meantime, if you would like to meet and worship with others here, you will receive a warm welcome on the third Sunday of the month at 10.30am in church or via Zoom. For a full schedule of services, and the Zoom code, please take a look at the ‘Services and Events’ section of our Benefice Pages on or on our Facebook Page

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