Colkirk: St Mary, Colkirk w Oxwick w Pattesley
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A place where spirituality is celebrated for every parishioner and visitor.
The church is usually open during the day, for quiet and reflection, and for historical interest.
Colkirk with Oxwick and Pattesley is one of the seven parishes (others listed near the foot of this page) that make up the Upper Wensum Village Benefice, formed in 2005. The name comes from the River Wensum, which has its beginning, spiralling out from the centre of the benefice, hence the design of the group logo (see picture gallery). The river reaches Norwich, running past the cathedral, where the original building stone was brought by barge to create it. The other side of the city the river runs into the Yare, reaching the sea at Great Yarmouth.
Revd Robin Stapleford became Rector of the Upper Wensum group in the summer of 2008. The churchmanship style in the benefice at large is central, with early morning said Prayer Book (trad) Communion, and mid-morning Common Worship Communion, sometimes Family Service, and usually no evening services. Hymns are usually selected from 'Hymns Old and New'.
An informal Morning Prayer is said each Friday at 9.30 am, rotating around the benefice as advertised, and at St Mary Colkirk every Saturday at 9 am, also providing opportunity to speak to the Rector without appointment. A 'Julian' (of Norwich) - silent, contemplative - prayer meeting is held at Colkirk Rectory about once per quarter as advertised.
Oxwick and Pattesley fall within the parish of Colkirk. All Saints Oxwick had its roof removed in a 'formal act of dereliction' in the 1940's. The church is still consecrated, and used for an annual open air service for All Saints (around November 1st). Any remains of St John the Baptist Pattesley have been incorporated into a subsequent private dwelling.
Enquiries for weddings and christenings (baptism), or other special services, are welcome.
God bless you.
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