Quidenham Group of Churches
The Quidenham Group of Parishes is a collection of neighbouring parishes who enjoy relating to each other. Despite our various different outlooks (Old Buckenham shops in Attleborough and go to the dentist and doctor there while Quidenham goes to East Harling or Kenninghall and so on) we find a common cause together in proclaiming the Gospel in our small rural villages and are inspired by the witness of our ancient buildings and the generations who have gone before us (not to mention the gospel itself!) to continue that witness today.
Services during this Covid time:
Each week, during this time when rules on meeting are so restrictive in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19, our vicar is sending out something for us to follow week by week if we find church difficult to attend. There is an introduction, the bible readings, some hymn choices, a sermon, and some intercessions, often contributed by church members who live in our villages. You cannot 'put money in the collection' online like in church, but if you would like to make a donation, then please go here and select the parish you wish to help. We will appreciate your help especially at this time when we cannot easily hold large gatherings and other events.
Churches in Benefice
Old Buckenham: All Saints
Old Buckenham church, with its thatched church and octagonal Saxon tower, is very much part of the village. The congregation is involved in many village societies and organisations, and likes to socialise after the Sunday service in the Church Rooms next to the church.
Banham: St Mary the Virgin
St. Mary's is known for it's Friday Youth Cafe, Saturday cafes and film nights and it's small but active congregation gives everyone a warm welcome. Banham is known for its zoo at the other end of the village - if you come for that, our beautiful church is not far away through the village by the village green so come and see!
New Buckenham: St Martin
St. Martin's Church is an inspiring building in the heart of an old Norman village which is nearly all still within it's original boundaries, surrounded by 'the great ditch', next to the remains of the castle. The small faithful congregation of the church does all it can to welcome and support those who come.
Eccles: St Mary The Virgin
St. Mary's Church, Eccles has a small congregation living locally who welcome any newcomers warmly. They join with Quidenham congregation each week, worshiping together in each other's churches week by week.
Quidenham: St Andrew
St. Andrew's has a small congregation living locally who welcome any newcomers warmly. They join with Eccles congregation each week, worshiping together in each other's churches week by week.
Wilby: All Saints
All Saint's Wilby meets for worship on the 2nd Sunday of each month, joined by the congregations of Eccles and Quidenham. We enjoy the old traditional language for our service, but use comfortable upholstered chairs in a carpeted chancel, rather than the hard box pews in the nave.