Our mission is to create a peaceful oasis where people can find spiritual refreshment in God.
For the last five years we have thoroughly enjoyed the leadership of our Rector, James Roskelly, but he and his wife are now moving on to pastures new. We pray that God will bless them in their new home, and we look forward to welcoming them back from time to time.
We very much look forward to being able to welcome a new Rector to our church. If you are ordained priest within the Anglican Communion, and are looking for a move, we would love to hear from you.
Here in Thelveton the general population of 95 is fairly static, and includes 8 children. The church has 11 on the electoral roll, of whom 3 are resident in the parish. The 6 regular worshippers are mostly retired, though special services at Harvest and Easter attract a number of families.
Thelveton is a rural community, with a number of rented houses, which belong to the Thelveton Estate. The principal occupation is farming, though there is a Business Centre in Frenze. The level of unemployment is low. The village is part of the civil parish of Scole, with whom we have close links.
The church building stands in the middle of a field, out of sight of any habitation. It is a flint building, with an open bellcote, and a single aisle. The pews were replaced with chairs in the 1960s. It is in good repair, and currently has services at 11am on three Sundays a month, one Common Worship communion, one Book of Common Prayer Matins, and one Service of the Word. Prayers for the parish are said on most Wednesday mornings. We have a good organ, which is used for most services. We do not have vestments, but we do have coloured frontals on the altar. Baptisms and weddings are fairly infrequent, and often for people associated with the parish rather than living in it. We rely on the Benefice for training, teaching and Lenten courses, children’s work, baptisms and other occasional offices. Worship is jointly with Dickleburgh for Remembrance and Christmas day. We would wish to maintain at least this provision if possible.
The church hosts Quiet days, “picnic” lunches, and occasional exhibitions, concerts, or workshops. There is an Envirolet© toilet in a shed in the churchyard. This is always open for visitors to the churchyard. The churchyard is on the Boudicca Way, and is often used as a picnic area. There are frequent visitors to the graves. The porch is always open for shelter, and there is a prayer trail in the churchyard.
The redundant church of Frenze is part of the parish. We hold a Carol Service there at Christmas time, and a picnic with Compline during the summer.
We do not mind which gender the new incumbent is. Members of the congregation expressed a wish for “someone who is kind, who will listen.” A knack for attracting young people (anyone under forty!) would be a big advantage.
We have always paid our quota in full.
THELVETON, ST ANDREW
WELCOME TO THELVETON CHURCH
St Andrew's Church,
Sir Rupert Mann
Mrs Jackie Jones
St Andrew's church is situated down a narrow quiet lane in open countryside. It is a beautiful spot to come to find peace, to have a picnic, or to walk part of the Boudicca Way, which passes through the churchyard. The church itself was built in the early 14th century.
The church is a good venue for courses, exhibitions, concerts, or meetings, especially in the summer months. There is a composting toilet available in the churchyard, and tea/coffee making facilities in the church. The pews were removed in the 1960s and the floor is carpeted throughout. Chairs can be arranged in a variety of formats. Seating is available for up to eighty people. Healing services, and quiet days can be arranged on request. A variety of courses on aspects of the Christian Faith can be arranged for groups of between two and ten people at a time that suits you.
If you wish to make use of the facilities please contact Gale on 01379 740042