The Hempnall Group of Parishes

Welcome to the Hempnall Group

We are a group of 8 rural parishes in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, who enjoy living, working and worshiping together.
The Group was founded in 1964. This was a pioneering and visionary step taken by Bishop Launcelot Fleming to revitalise and enrich the church in an area of thinly populated villages.

This has been our experience. Since then, the parishes have grown together and continue to share resources and benefit from opportunities for collaboration in numerous ways. We have discovered that can do more together than we can alone.

This is abundantly evident in these difficult times, where a network of practical support and help has emerged in our villages. Thank you to those who have a share in this. We all have different needs and there are those who can assist. Let’s continue to cope with this crisis with a spirit of kindness and loving service to those around us. Please don’t hesitate to contact someone to help or just for a chat.


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Lent 3 | Family Praise

Lent 3 | Family Praise @ St Margaret's Church, Hempnall
Sun, 3 Mar, 2024, 4pm


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Advent 2 - Taize Evening Service

On Sunday December 10th we gathered silently in Woodton church, by candlelight and torchlight, for a quiet, reflective service in the Taizé style, involving prayers, readings and periods of silence, interspersed with  its distinctive songs and melodic chants.  

Founded in 1940 and home to over 100 brothers, both Catholic and Protestant, from all over the world, the Taizé monastic community is a major site of global Christian pilgrimage, attracting tens of thousands people each year, mainly, though not exclusively, young Christians.  Over the years several people from our benefice have visited Taizé and all of them regard it as very memorable experience.

Those at Woodton have provided feedback which speaks of the powerful effect of the simple liturgy, the beauty of the music, the atmospheric setting for the service and the opportunity, much appreciated, to be still, to contemplate and reflect:

 Prepare the way for the Lord,

Make a straight path for God.

Prepare the way for the Lord.




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