Message from our Rector

Dear Friends,

This month it is six months since I began my ministry with you in our four beautiful churches and villages, and it is such a joy to be here! It has been a bit of a whirlwind, with Christmas and Easter both falling within that time period, and there have been many wonderful opportunities to join in with the events that are happening in our communities and at Rougham CE Primary School.

I am enjoying watching how the Rectory garden is changing with the seasons, and how the new shoots of growth are beginning to flower – the snowdrops, primroses and daffodils are amazing!

In the same way, new shoots are springing up in our churches and communities, with new events and activities being planned, and more people coming along to contribute and to serve.

Having celebrated a joyful Easter (Bucks Fizz, party poppers and hot cross buns!) we are at the point of intentionally planning our vision and direction for the next five years. The responses that we are receiving from the Questionnaire will feed into that, and I’m really encouraged by the number of questionnaires that have been returned so far. We need to maintain a sustainable, visible Christian presence in our villages, and to include more people in living out our vision.

We aim to do this by setting up a number of working groups to enable:

• children’s and families’ work

• pastoral care

• buildings and churchyard maintenance

• communication

• finance

• administration

• fund-raising


Do you have gifts and skills to offer?

Could you be part of one of these groups?

Your help and support in any of these areas will be most gratefully received.

Blessings, Julia

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News from the Parishes: Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals

From next month we will be including the names of those in our parishes whose special life events the churches have shared in: congratulating those who get married; welcoming those who are baptised; and remembering with love those whose funerals we have been part of, whether in church or at the Crematorium.