St John's News - 15 Feb (including news about the Fifes and Hopewells)

Dear friends,

"As you go, proclaim this message: 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Heal those who are ill, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give." Matthew 10:7-8

This was part of the Bible reading at Miriam Fife's Induction and Installation service last Friday, as she was made Rector of the Benefice of Launditch and Upper Nar in Norfolk. We thank God for calling Miriam to serve there and pray for her and the family for their continued ministry in that benefice. You can see a picture from the service below.

On Sunday, we heard about the Parable of the Great Banquet from Luke 14. If you missed it, you can catch up here.

Zoom Quiz Night - 5 March
The St John's Church Zoom Quiz is on Saturday, 5 March 2022, starting at 7pm. These are always great fun and the cost is just £5.00 per person (four in a team). Children under 16 are free. We will use break-out rooms, so you can invite another couple of friends or members of your family from another house to join you virtually. If you wish to enter, please contact John Evans at (01449 781251).

Open the Book is back!
Great news! The school are welcoming Open the Book back into school on Wednesday 9 March. However, there is a need for more volunteers. If you would like to participate in sharing in a fun way the stories of the Bible with the schoolchildren, please contact Jackie Hull ( for more information.

Home Groups
We have various small groups that meet on Wednesdays at various times to chat and look at the Bible. Some groups meet in person and some online. If you would like to join a group, please contact Peter (

Prayer Meeting
The weekly church prayer meeting is on Zoom on Saturday at 9:00am for 40 minutes. To join, click or, load Zoom and use Meeting ID: 685 295 1296 and Password: 816262.

Upcoming dates:
Wed 2 Mar 5:00pm - Ash Wednesday Service
Sat 5 Mar 7:00pm - Zoom Quiz Night

A message from Elizabeth and Molly Hopewell
Finally, Elizabeth Hopewell has asked me to forward this message to all their friends at St John's:

Hello everyone,

This is sadly goodbye. I am just letting you all know that that Molly (Mum) and me are moving to Hunstanton in Norfolk on 25th February 2022 and am sorry that to most of you this message is via email.

I have been considering this for some time, we both love the North Norfolk Coast and we lived there for eleven years when I was a child so know it quite well. Surprisingly it has changed little over all those years. The past two years with Covid and the change of life, together with the fact that I retired from work in April 2021 were additional reasons for this decision. Back in August 2020 I noticed that some new houses were being built in a very nice area of the town and not that far from where we used to live in fact. It has been an effort to reserve one of these as they were selling so fast but we got there in the end.

This is a very big change for Mum to go through I know at this stage in her life but she wants to be able to enjoy some time there again. We will also be nearer to my sister which will be nice for both of us and I will be in walking distance of Old Hunstanton beach. So I thought I need to make a change in my life and do this whilst I can so have taken that leap of faith and made it happen.

We will be very sorry to leave Elmswell as we have lived here longer than anywhere else and I know it will feel very strange for a while not being on such familiar ground. However, we visited Hunstanton every year and it always felt a bit like home anyway. It will be sad to leave behind our lovely house, good friends and neighbours and we will miss everyone. We wish all of you in the church community the very best for the future. Life does seem to be returning to more of a normal pattern now and hopefully, this will continue.

Best wishes to everyone, it's been a pleasure knowing you all and take care.

Kind regards
Elizabeth and Molly xx

God bless,

Tue 15 Feb 2022