About Us

All Saints' Church, Shelfanger is described by Simon Nott, on the excellent Norfolk Churches website (www.norfolkchurches.co.uk) thus: 'Shelfanger church is welcoming to visitors, rejoicing in its commission to allow pilgrims and strangers 'within the gate'. A friendly church, and an interesting one too.' ((C)Simon Knott 2006). Visitors to the church - be they tourists, neighbours, Old Sceluangrians, or Sunday worshippers - invariably comment on both the care with which the building and surroundings are looked after, and the welcome which they receive from members. While the style of worship is perhaps best characterised by reference to 'central' churchmanship, there is a strong emphasis on a Biblical ministry. Services range from the quiet BCP simplicity of fourth Sunday 8 am Communion, through BCP Matins, to the more contemporary feel of Common Worship services and the interactivity and informality of second Sunday all-age services. There are occasional concerts, recitals and social events, held either in the church or at the village hall. Above all, Shelfanger Church is a community of friendly and mutually-supportive Christians, who are fully engaged in the life of their village and the surrounding community.

 

While a church has stood on the village's southerly rise since the ninth century, the present building dates partly from the last quarter of the thirteenth century; it was then that its two sanctuary frescoes were painted. After a thousand years, there is still a lively, if numerically small Christian witness in the village. Shelfanger shares a rector with the villages of Burston, Gissing, Tivetshall and Winfarthing. Revd David Mills has been the rector at All Saints since 2002. All Saints' Church is overseen by two churchwardens, Roger Challoner and Peter Harries and a Church Council (the 'PCC') of ten members, which meets every two months. The building and its picturesque churchyard are extremely well looked after and villagers who do not attend church are regularly among those who give generously both of their time and their subtance to ensure the upkeep of the building.