Today’s readings show us different ways of seeing Christ as King so that we can grasp something of the reality of Jesus without using the language of political power. The exchange between Jesus and Pilate speaks in terms of bearing witness to the truth, not in terms of worldly power. The one on whom is conferred ‘sovereignty, glory and kingship’ receives them through his Passion and death.
All parishioners who have contact with children or vulnerable adults need to have a DBS disclosure. Most already have one but may need to have it renewed – it lasts for 3 years only. If this is the case you will be contacted by one of the parish’s safeguarding officers: Fran Ludden(Aylsham), Gerry Mildinhall (N.Walsham) or Hilary Bolger (Hoveton).
Today is the Feast of Christ the King: there will be a retiring collection for the Diocesan Youth Service.
Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) meets on Monday, 26th November, starting at 11.30am. There will be the usual morning activities followed in the afternoon by, an ever popular speaker with the group, the local historian, Neil Storey.
In Remembrance – reminder. You will find in each church a Memorial Book or paper slips on which to write the names of your deceased loved ones; these will be placed on the altar throughout November.
St Helen’s 4th Wednesday Club meets on 28th November; coffee is served from 11.30am. There is a simple hot lunch at 12.30pm followed by a free raffle and social activities and games. We finish at 4.00pm with tea and cake.
This will be our last meeting this year. All senior citizens are welcome.
Reverse Advent Calendar for the Norwich and Cromer District Foodbanks. Simply donate one item every day for 25 days in November from the list in each church, either filling a box from home or placing them in boxes at the church. Please return by 1/2 December weekend.
On Sunday 2nd December at 4pm, the whole parish is warmly invited to join the Aylsham community for “Come Lord Jesus” – words, music and prayer to mark the start of the beautiful season of Advent. All are welcome, irrespective of faith or none, so please come…and bring your neighbours and friends along too. Details: Katie on 01263 577784.
News from our twinned parish, St Francis Xavier, North Western Cambodia. Fr Greg’s latest email is on the twinning board at the back of the church. He asks us to pray for the students starting their new academic year. .As he is from Indonesia, he also asks for prayers for those who died in the plane crash recently.
3rd December – Feast of St Francis Xavier. Please remember our twinned parish and all who are missionaries, like Fr Greg in Cambodia. Send a Christmas card: address labels are available. Please see the board.
A Christmas Celebration at St John’s Cathedral An evening of Christmas Carols and music from the Cathedral choir & Brass ensemble is on Wednesday 19th December at 7.30pm . Tickets £10, under 16s free – this includes a glass of mulled wine. Tickets are available from the Cathedral shop and website -www.sjbcathedral.org.uk
CAFOD – “World Gifts 2018” catalogue is now available enabling us to give in a way that will help people break free from poverty. Please pick up one of these booklets for, maybe, some Christmas Gift ideas. Order by 14th December.
Charity Christmas Cards – available until 15th December at the Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card shop, St Stephens St. Norwich (next to Sainsbury’s) Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.
We pray for all our sick parishioners, including Deacon Ron O’Toole, Mary Johnson, Joe Seely, and Maria Wilby.
We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Francesco Carlucci, Patricia Honey, Maureen Hardingham, Frieda Summerhill, Fr Edward Watkis, Linda Ward and Lucy Segovia.
May they rest in peace.