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SprowstonNews
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Created by the churches of the Sprowston Parish • May 2018 • 50p



Quiz & Chips
with raffle

Saturday 5th May 2018
7.00pm for 7.30pm start
at St Cuthbert's Church Centre
£7.50 each
Choice of: Fish & Chips
Sausages & Chips
Veggie Burger & Chips
+ Tea & Coffee provided
Bring your own soft or alcoholic drinks

Teams of four
or come and make up a team on the night!

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Phone: 07757 316658 or 01603 419896



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Warmer Days
I hope you had a great Easter as we face the new month of May and all
the hope spring has for us. Personally my hope is that it will be warmer
weather and that it doesn’t include any more snow!
As you will read in this month’s issue we have some amazing news for
our parish groups and a great reminder from Dean about knowing God
amongst us.
We also need your help, if you are able to distribute this magazine
Roz Taylor would like to hear from you. God bless, Adam
Contents
4 Keynote
7 First World War Centenary
11 Vicar’s Voice
12 Scout’s Scribblings
14 Group Reports
17 View from the Doghouse

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Worship in our Parish
Wildlife News
Puzzle
Advertisers
From the Registers
and Parish Contacts
34 Local Events

Sprowston News

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St Mary and St Margaret,
Church the
Lane Doghouse St Cuthbert’s, Wroxham Road
View from

Keynote:
On Monday, when the sun is hot
I wonder to myself a lot:
‘Now is this true, or is it not
That what is which and which is what?’
Winnie the Pooh
As we all know, Pooh was a Bear of very little brain, but he was also a
very inquisitive little Bear. On a sunny Monday he would lay back and
wonder ‘Now is this true, or is it not, that what is which and which is what?’
Now, you might say that this question doesn’t make much sense, but
pooh, whilst being a very muddled Bear, realised in his own way that there
is much more to knowing than just being correct. We can sense God’s
presence within our world, but we don’t always understand it. And this is
sometimes the nature of God; God can be a bit of a mystery.

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On May 20th we mark Pentecost, a time when we celebrate the presence
of God’s Spirit within our hearts and lives. The word ‘Spirit’ refers to that in
life which cannot be captured or defined. The Bible sometimes describes
God’s Holy Spirit as being something like a ‘wind’ or a ‘breeze’; God
moves amongst us and cannot be confined or fully understood. Just as we
see the human face of God in Jesus, we also see the wild unpredictable
force of nature in God’s Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit is a gift of change,
a reminder to us that nothing stands still because God as Spirit breathes
through the whole of life, and will always bypass our understanding;
although, like Pooh, we can ponder it a lot.
Something else worth pondering, but which is likely to make our brains
hurt is Trinity Sunday, which is the week after Pentecost. Its very easy
to get confused by the Trinity; Father, son and Holy Spirit- God in three
persons, apparently. How can God be one God, and yet also three
people? You might say that it doesn’t make sense, and I’d agree it doesn’t.
It makes God look like a committee, and we all know what those are like!
But the thing is, all this confusion is based on a misunderstanding of the
word ‘person’- when the early Christians spoke of three distinct persons
they meant something completely different.
The word ‘Persona’ refers to an actor who wears a mask, in other words,
God wears three different masks in order to play three different roles: Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit. The same actor has three different roles. So instead
of saying God in three persons, it might be more helpful to say God in
three different personas; three different roles, or three different ways of
experiencing the same God.
So, we can experience God as Parent - intimate but a bit remote. We can
experience God through human hands, as God with us - revealed to us most
perfectly through the life of Jesus Christ, but also in the lives of those around
us. And we can experience God as Spirit - both within us and around us.
After all that thinking, I’m feeling a bit like Pooh Bear!
God Bless. Dean.
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NORWICH CHOIR SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

Norwich-based choir ‘Sine Nomine’ celebrates its
40th anniversary this year. We are a small and friendly choir made
up of enthusiastic singers of all ages. We sing a wide range of
sacred and secular music both accompanied and unaccompanied.
We are keen to recruit tenors (male and female) and basses.
No audition is required but some ability to read music would be an
advantage. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings in the
city centre.
For more details please see the
website sinenominenorwich.wordpress.com
or contact sine_nomine@hotmail.co.uk

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First World War Centenary
In contrast to last month, there is just one name on the Sprowston war
memorial from May 1918.
Corporal Harry Neville (27) served with the Royal Garrison Artillery. He
died on 27th May and is buried at La Ville Aux Bois British Cemetery,
in France. This is to the north of Reims, and was established after the
Armistice for re-burials from the nearby area. There are 564 graves but
only 151 are identified. 27th May 1918 was the date that British forces
were driven back from this area by the German advance, in the ‘Battle of
the Aisne’. Harry’s parents lived at ‘Holm Oaks’ on North Walsham Road.
His older brother had been killed the previous year.
These articles are derived from research carried out by David Goodyear,
Bruce Rampley, David Sneddon and others, and published by Sprowston
Heritage in their book ‘Sprowston Church Memorials 1914-1918 and
1939-1945’, copies of which can be viewed in both Anglican churches
and at Sprowston Library.

Sprowston Day Centre
Our next project is looking for different fundraising ideas for the day
centre. We are contacting local businesses and have set up a fundraising
committee. Any help or support would be very welcome.
We will have had Friend in Deed visiting us with parents and their babies.
The members always look forward to the babies visiting them and it’s
lovely to see everyone getting involved in intergenerational activities. We
have got more of these visits throughout the year.
It is lovely to welcome a few new members on all 3 days, however we will
still like to see you if you would like a home cooked meal, entertainment
and a good chat. Details on our website www.sprowstondaycentre.co.uk
or you can ring us on 01603 419682. We also have a Facebook page
Sprowston Day Centre please like and it share for us.
Wendy | Sprowston Day Centre

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St Mary and St Margaret,
Church the
Lane Doghouse St Cuthbert’s,
View from

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