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 

    E-mail the Church Office      


    You are warmly invited to our Christmas Services:

    CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT - Sunday 15th December

    4.00pm at Fritton Church

    GROUP SERVICE - Sunday 22nd December

    10.00am at Woodton Church

    CHRISTMAS EVE - Tuesday 24th December


    4.00pm Hardwick Church

    4.00pm Topcroft Church

    5.30pm Bedingham Church

    5.30pm Hempnall Church


    11.30pm at Hempnall Church

    CHRISTMAS DAY - Wednesday 25th December

    9.30am Family Eucharist at Woodton Church

    9.30am Eucharist at Hardwick Church

    11.00am Eucharist at Topcroft Church

    11.00am Family Communion at Morningthorpe Church

    UNITED CAROL SERVICE - Sunday 29th December

    10.00am at Topcroft Church with mulled wine & mince pies








































  • Dates for your diary

    Thursday 5th December

    08:00  Eucharist at Hempnall Church

    Sunday 8th December

    08:00  Eucharist BCP at Morningthorpe Church

    09:30  Gift Service at Hempnall Church

    11:00  Eucharist at Topcroft Church

    11:00  Matins at Hardwick Church

    16:00  Advent Reflection at Topcroft Church

    Tuesday 10th December

    17:00  Evening Prayer at The Flat

    Wednesday 11th December

    17:00  Evening Prayer at Hempnall Rectory

    Thursday 12th December

    08:00  Eucharist at Hempnall Church

    Sunday 15th December

    09:30  Eucharist at Bedingham Church

    09:30  Eucharist at Hempnall Church

    16:00  Carols by Candlelight at Fritton Church

    Tuesday 17th December

    17:00  Evening Prayer at The Flat

    Wednesday 18th December

    17:00  Evening Prayer at Hempnall Rectory


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