Palm Sunday Service
Sunday 25 March 2018 9.30am - St. Catherine's Church, Norwich Road , Ludham, NR29 5QA
Holy Week is when the church remembers the last week of Jesus' life and is the most intense week of the year for Christians. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. On Palm Sunday Jesus arrived in Jerusalem to cheering crowds. His triumphant entry into Jerusalem has been celebrated on the Sunday before Easter since the first centuries of Christianity. Crowds waved palm branches and covered his path with them. Churches remember this with crosses made from palm leaves and hold processions like the one that Jesus experienced.
All are welcome to join us in the Waterside Benefice as we remember Jesus's life, death and resurrection this Holy Week.
The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting,John 12:12-13
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—
the King of Israel!”
Friday 30 March 2018 11.45am - High Street Methodist Chapel walking to St. Catherine's Church, Norwich Road , Ludham, NR29 5QA
or at 2.00pm at Hickling Methodist Chapel walking to St Mary, Hickling.
As Jesus encountered various characters on the way of the cross, on the walk we're invited to have our own encounter with Christ. Good Friday is both a time of sadness and a time of thankfulness. Sadness as we remember the suffering that Jesus endured but thankfulness as we remember how he suffered and died as a sign of God’s love for all.
As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.Luke 23.26-27
City of London Sinfonia Concert
Saturday 21 April at 7.30 pm
St Catherine’s church,Ludham is once again extremely fortunate to have a world class orchestra coming to perform in the church. The concert on Saturday 21 April at 7.30 pm will be the first event in the 2018 Ludham Festival. Such concerts as this in a rural church would not be possible without sponsorship and we are again fortunate indeed that Orchestras Live and North Norfolk District Council will be our sponsors.
Orchestras Live is a national music charity that is unique to the UK. In 2015 they celebrated 50 years of delivering unique and high quality live orchestral music experiences to a vast range of communities across England.
This will be the seventh occasion on which Orchestras Live and NNDC have enabled a concert of this calibre to be performed in St. Catherine’s.
Following an appearance in St Catherine’s by the Tippett Quartet in 2009 as part of Happing Festival, the following year St Catherine’s was able to welcome the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble as part of “Orchestras Live North Norfolk” a brand new series of the highest quality orchestral concerts, developed by NNDC in partnership with Orchestras Live; this was also the inaugural year of the Ludham Festival.
Kenneth Sillito and his fellow musicians were delighted to return to St Catherine’s in 2011 with another concert by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. In 2012 we welcomed the Orchestra of the Swan as the centre piece of our third Ludham Festival and Happing Festival ,as usual sponsored by Orchestras North Norfolk Live/NNDC. 2013 saw the demise of the Happing Festival and the start of St Catherine’s direct association with our sponsors Orchestra Live and NNDC and more visit from top orchestras –the Academy of St Martin in the Fields(2013), the European Union Chamber Orchestra(2014, 2015) always performing brilliantly a wide range of music including newly commissioned works. Which brings us to the highly anticipated concert on Saturday 21 April 2018 at 7.30 pm. The programme will include works by Purcell, Part, Bach and Mozart.
Tickets,adults £12 in advance, £15 on the door, under 16s free are now on sale from Ludham Butchers or by contacting 01692 678060
Would You Like To Be More Involved In Your Local Church
All are welcome. We need musicians, readers, singers for the
choir/worship group, people who would like to pray, worship
assistants, help with buildings and maintenance. People to help
with youth and children's work, people who would like to help
with pastoral care, fundraising people.
Would you like to host a house group or fellowship group?
There are many opportunities for all.
In the first instance please get in touch with Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey
tel: 01692 678382
Annual Easter Son-Rise service at How Hill near Ludham
The Son-rise celebration is organised jointly by Stalham churches, but everyone will be equally welcome. On Easter Sunday, 1st April starting at 6.30am just before sunrise.
Message from the Rector
The month of February in the Church year following on from Advent and Christmas brings us to Epiphany Season. Epiphany means manifestation. The emphasis in this season is on the beginning journey of God’s salvation plan for the whole of creation and it is centred on what happens after the birth of Jesus the promised Messiah. During Epiphany we reflect on the early years of Jesus and the beginning of Gods ministry amongst us here on earth. Baptism in water and the Holy Spirit are two themes that we have been reflecting on as we move towards our next preparation season which is Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday on 14th February. There will be an Ash Wednesday Waterside Group service with the imposition of Ashes, do look out for details. Traditionally the marking with the sign of the cross on the forehead is the outward symbol of the penitent person who has chosen to reflect in fasting and prayer on Jesus journey of the Passion during lent. We hope that you will join with us in any one of our Churches to share this Epiphany and lent season together, all are welcome. During this season of reflection of letting go of the past and new beginnings we begin to prepare our hearts to receive Christ asking for forgiveness and for help to move forward. There has never been any greater time in the world than right now in this moment to ask for Gods help in our lives. Ask and the door will be opened, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, which moths can destroy, and where thieves can break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths cannot destroy, and where thieves cannot break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). Sending every blessing of peace to all those who live and work and visit, Ludham, Hickling, Catfield and Potter Heigham.
Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey
Take a look at some photographs from past events and services on our photo galleries, click on the link below.