Sparkling wine, a three-course meal, party games and a singalong were among attractions at a weekend of activities marking the official launch of St Andrew’s Church, Eaton’s, Year of Celebration.
The congregation is celebrating 700 years since the first recorded incumbent of St Andrew’s, Geoffrey de Boton, began his ministry. And it is also 25 years since the addition of the extension known as the “new church” to St Andrew’s.
Some 60 people enjoyed a launch meal in the church hall. There was lots of laughter and friendly competitiveness between the tables with various party games including the impromptu creation of bonnets. The evening ended with a singalong of celebratory songs accompanied by Scott Morrison on the keyboard.
The following day the congregation was joined by friends from Christ Church and other visitors for the 10am launch service. The dean of Norwich Cathedral, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, joined the vicar, Phil Rodd, to officiate at the service during which the newly-installed organ was dedicated.
Afterwards everyone enjoyed coffee and a piece of a special cake, baked for the occasion by a member of the congregation.
The next events to commemorate the year include preparations for the Eaton Primary Academy Art Project – Stations of the Cross. Pupils and staff at the school will work alongside Phil Rodd, Andrea Woods (St Andrew’s children’s and youth worker), and Norwich-based artist Martin Cottam. Finished works will be exhibited in the church over the fortnight leading up to Easter.
A spokesman said: “St Andrew’s extends a very warm and friendly invitation to anyone wishing to attend any of the events coming up during 2018.
“Or why not come along to any of regular services held throughout the week or take some moments out of a busy day to sit in the quiet beauty of this beautiful building?”
Celebration events in February and March
- Saturday February 24, 7pm for 7.30pm, Quiz & Puds, St Andrew’s Church Hall, a community fundraising quiz in conjunction with Eaton Village Residents’ Association in support of the new Eaton Green playground project. Tickets from Andrea Woods (07526 728301, or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- March 9-11, Sew Spiritual, a team of Norfolk quilters return with a new display of beautiful stitching, based on experiences in praying the Psalms, free exhibition in the church, Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, Sunday 10am service until noon.)
- March 16 – April 1, The Way of the Cross, a special, free exhibition in the church for Easter featuring the work of children from Eaton Primary.
- Sunday March 25, 10am, traditional Palm Sunday service with procession, guest preacher: Archdeacon Karen Hutchinson.
For further details, see: www.standrewseaton.org.uk, or contact the vicar, Phil Rodd: 01603 455778.