Welcome to the Hempnall Group of Parishes

  • Welcome

    We are a group of eight rural churches south of Norwich, Norfolk, and one of the oldest groups still working together in the country.

    On this website, you will find information about our services, our churches and our activities.

    Our churches are always open. Please drop in, stay a while or linger longer and enjoy the peace to pray, to look, or just sit and stare.

    The following is a comment we received recently from people who visited our churches:

    "We would like to say a big thank you for the wonderful day we had last Friday when we visited all eight churches of the Hempnall Group.

    Exploring Norfolk's churches has become one of our favourite pastimes and we've had some wonderful trips around the country guided by the satnav.  Simon Knott's website and the Mortlock & Roberts Books.  However, I don't think we've ever had a day visiting such a wonderful collection of churches as the Hempnall Group's and the day was made by the exceptional welcome at each and every one.

    It is clear that people have put a great deal of effort in to have all the churches kept open - thank you - and we think your booklet of the Group's churches is an excellent guide and addition to our bookshelf.  We particularly liked the additonal touches such as the benches placed in the porches, the water-bowls for dogs (not that we have one!), clear messages of welcome and individual open-out cards for each church.  And, of course, everywhere was so well-presented and the people we met along the way were so friendly and happy to chat.."

    There is regular worship in individual churches and we come together monthly for group services. Forthcoming services are listed on this page.

    As God’s people in these villages, we believe it is important to reach out in love and the power of the Holy Spirit to all and share the good news of Jesus.

    We hope you enjoy your visit to this site and our churches.


    Michael Kingston, Rector 

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  • Dates for your diary

    Sunday 19th May
    09:30  Eucharist at Bedingham Church
    09:30  Morning Service (Christian Aid) at Hempnall Church
    11:00  Eucharist at Shelton Church
    15:00  Renewal of Wedding Vows at Hempnall Church

    Tuesday 21st May
    17:00  Evening Prayer at The Flat

    Wednesday 22nd May
    17:00  Evening Prayer at Hempnall Rectory

    Thursday 23rd May
    08:00  Eucharist at Hempnall Church

    Sunday 26th May

    OPEN GARDENS at Topcroft

    09:30  Eucharist at Woodton Church
    09:30  Eucharist at Hemnall Church
    11:00  Eucharist at Fritton Church

    Monday 27th May

    OPEN GARDENS at Topcroft

    Tuesday 28th May
    17:00  Evening Prayer at The Flat

    Wednesday 29th May
    10:00  Quiet Morning at Diss Rectory (bring and share lunch)
    17:00  Evening Prayer at Hempnall Rectory

    Thursday 30th May
    08:00  Eucharist at Hempnall Church
    19:00  Ascension Day Eucharist at Hempnall Church


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