East Harling: St Peter & St Paul, Harling East

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The church of St Peter & St Paul is one of the finest of Norfolk's multitude of medieval churches and presents an immediately striking exterior with its wonderful 15th-century crocketted spirelet and beautifully-proportioned clerestory. The magnificent interior includes a wealth of important and highly decorative woodwork including 15th-century screens and a high-pitched hammerbeam roof to the fine nave, supported by a range of beautifully-carved corbels. There are also a number of significant tombs and memorials from the 14th to 17th centuries, many to the Herling and Lovell families who were the key benefactors to the church; not least the magnificent mid-15thc Easter Sepulchre tomb to Anne Herling and her first husband Sir William Chamberlain in the chancel. The east window is a triumph of painted 15thc glass from the Norwich school, depicting the Joys and Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For architectural features alone, the church richly rewards the enquiring visitor.

Primarily, of course, the church remains a house of prayer and worship and is home to a very active, faithful and devoted church community who enjoy worship in a range of traditions and styles, whether a Eucharist, a family service or cafe church. There is an energetic lay ministry team who facilitate some excellent youth activities, with games, teaching, prayer and faith-exploration groups.

We are a warm and welcoming worshipping community proud to be at the centre of a very active, dynamic and friendly village. Do come along and see us soon.


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Revd David Smith
The Rectory
Church Road
East Harling
NR16 2NB
01953 717140 (Priest-in-Charge) or 01953 718658 (Susan Dolling (Churchwarden))

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Said Holy Communion (BCP)
A said service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer
Every third Sunday at 9:00 AM for ¾ hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
Sung Holy Communion (CW)
A service of Holy Communion in the Common Worship tradition, complimented by our Walker organ and robed choir.
Every first second and fourth Sunday at 9:45 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship
All-Age Worship Service
A lively non-Eucharistic service, with a range of traditional and contemporary music led by our choir and worship band, often incorporating activities and illustrative sketches..! Popular and engaging, whatever your preferred church tradition.
Every third Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Soul Cafe
An informal worship service with plenty of food and drink afterwards.
Every first Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments


Morning Prayer (CW)
A simple act of corporate prayer, using the Common Worship Daily Prayer book
Every Tuesday at 9:15 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship


Evening Prayer (CW)
A simple act of corporate prayer, using the Common Worship Daily Prayer book
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM for ½ hour
Common Worship


Evening Prayer (CW)
A simple act of corporate prayer, using the Common Worship Daily Prayer book
Every Friday at 5:30 PM for ½ hour
Common Worship


Morning Prayer, West Harling (CW)
A simple act of corporate prayer in the beautiful and evocative parkland setting of All Saints Church, West Harling, maintained by The Churches Conservation Trust. Common Worship Daily Prayer is used.
Every Saturday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome


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Church Open The church is open during summer months (April-October) between 10am and 4pm daily.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10212
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: NORFOLK (262)
Deanery: THETFORD & ROCKLAND (26207)
Parish Legal Name: East and West Harling (260446 )
CofE Church Info: (626446 26/446)
Short URL: acny.uk/10212/
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The current editor is: David Smith

This page was last updated on Thursday 7th September 2017
East Harling: St Peter & St Paul : Church Road, Harling East, Norfolk, NR16 2NB

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