Our two harvest services were well very attended. Both preachers led really thought provoking .
The chapel was full for the morning service when we welcomed back our previous minister Rev Val Spencer, and friends from Gressenhall and Wendling joined us.
Thirty people stayed on for the Harvest lunch, prepared by our excellent catering team. Donations after this meal amounted to £171, to be given to ‘All we can’, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund.
The evening was quieter but no less interesting, and was taken by our Superintendant minister Rev Andew King.
All the harvest gifts were donated to the Mid-Norfolk Food Bank, which we support throughout the year.
Our annual carol service was very well attended, with several visitors from afar.
The Christingle service for children and their parents attending the Holiday Club comfortably filled the Chapel and great fun was had when the children constructed their own Christingles.
Both services were led by Rev Betty Trinder in her usual enthusiastic manner.
Encouraged by our Minister, Rev Betty Trinder, we held a Quiet Day on March 12th, based on the four days leading up to Easter Day.
Four areas were created within the Chapel, representing Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Low Saturday and Easter Sunday, which can be seen on the photos. Each area had something symbolic to represent the meaning of the day, as well as a bible reading and some other written inspiration. The brightness of the Easter area brought home the glory of the resurrection of Jesus and the new life that this offers to all.
Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper)
Low Saturday (or Holy Saturday)
For those who wanted a quiet chat or something to eat, the adjoining room was set out with tables and chairs.
In the centre was a table with ‘things to do’, such as a jigsaw puzzle, writing and colouring materials and a lot of sweets!
The finished jigsaw - this certainly kept us quiet for a while!
This was the first time we’d done this here, and we were pleased to have about 16 people attending during the day. Several commented on how they had benefited from the quiet time they shared with us.
We hope to hold another day like this one soon, with a different theme. Sometimes it’s good to be quiet for a while, to forget all the noise and distraction outside, and take some time to contemplate our spiritual sides.
We are very pleased to report that two new double-glazed windows have been fitted on the south side of the chapel. These can now be opened without anyone needing to climb up on a chair!
Work has also been completed recently to improve access to the school room at the rear of the chapel.
The original wheelchair ramp was added some years ago, but until recently visitors still needed to cross the grass verge, which could become muddy in the winter. Now no one will be getting stuck in the mud!
A wedding was held at Beetley Chapel last Saturday, 1st August. Didn’t the flowers look wonderful?
I have been involved with the Women’s World Day of Prayer for 51 years. When I moved here 12 years ago I started going to the Mid Norfolk Villages service. This year we were privileged to host the service at Beetley Methodist Church. The Church was full and we also had a very well behaved “Guide” dog!
The words of the service this year came straight from the hearts of the women of the Barbados Islands and reflected the reality of their lives. It was based on the words of Jesus, ‘Do you know what I have done to you?’ We were asked to share with each other our thoughts on radical love and wrote our response on a paper ‘footprint’ These were then gathered up with the offering. The main themes that came through from the ‘feet’ were love and peace.
It is also very moving to think that over 24 hours the same words are being said by women and men as time rolls round the world.
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Preparing in the kitchen
Last Saturday’s coffee morning was a great success. We welcomed over 60 people to the chapel throughout the morning. As well as serving teas and coffees, we had stalls selling cakes, marmalade, second-hand books, Tradecraft fairtrade goods, and bric-a-brac.
Arrive early for a good seat!
Of the proceeds, a quarter went to the Mid-Norfolk Food Bank in Dereham. The rest will be used to maintain and develop the Chapel. A big Beetley thank you to everyone who attended! We hope to see you again at our next coffee morning on Saturday 17th May.
On a very hot and sunny weekend in July, we held our first Craft Fair which we called ‘Crafts in Creation’, to celebrate the chapel’s 142nd anniversary.
Our contributors were Members, family and friends of the Chapel. We filled our worship area with crafts as diverse as water colours, patchwork and quilting, and classic car restoration—together with exhibitions of village and chapel history.Ladies were working at their lace pillows and encouraging visitors to have a go.
Our intention was to celebrate people’s talents and to draw visitors into our building and we were delighted with the turnout.
On Sunday there were two inspiring services led by preachers specially invited preachers. The craft items remained on display throughout.
The whole weekend far exceeded our expectations and we were delighted.
For lots more pictures of the craft weekend, see our Photo Gallery page.