Here at All Saints' Church there are many special days throughout the year.
This was a special day for our Assistant Priest, Jane Lloyd.
For many years Jane worked in the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Since her retirement she has been ministering to us in All Saints'. She has been returning to South Africa for short periods to take over again while the current minister goes on annual leave. This year, Bishop Luke Pretorius made her a Canon of his cathedral, in recognition of her service to the Province.
A banner to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War was made by the banner group and is hung in the church as part of Remembrance Sunday Services
The white poppies in the clouds represent the peace we all pray for.
The poppies immediately under the wording are for each of the men from this parish whose names are on the WW1 plaque.
The poppies at the bottom symbolise those who gave their lives during that war.
The meaning of the flowers are white poppy for peace, red poppy for remembrance,
hawthorn for hope, catkins for reconciliation, white clover "thinking of you",
forget - me-not and garlic, used as an antiseptic during WW1 as an antiseptic, means strength and courage.
Suffolk Historic Churches Ride and Stride.
The second Saturday in September: Ride or Stride for our Heritage
All Saints' will be open for sponsored cyclists and walkers to verify that they have visited our church on the way to visit as many others as they can. This country-wide event allows money raised by walkers and cyclists to be divided between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and a church chosen by each participant. Everyone taking part chooses their own route including as many, or as few, churches as they wish.
Suffolk has around 500 historic medieval churches and our towns and villages would look and feel very different without their spires and towers reaching up into wide Suffolk skies.
The importance of these historic buildings to the communities where they are located cannot be over-stated. Weddings, funerals, baptisms, harvest, Christmas, weekly worship for both regular church-goers and occasional users.
Grants from the SHCT help with the preservation, repair, maintenance, improvement, upkeep, beautification and reconstruction of churches and chapels in Suffolk, including our own, and of their monuments, stained glass, furniture, ornaments, fittings and fixtures.