Welcome to Chapel Field Road

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In the name of Christ we offer a warm welcome and encouragement in your Christian journey.

Welcome to a friendly, active church with a membership of 190, from various backgrounds and countries, and of all ages.

Come and join us!

 Worship

Sundays:
10.30 am (with activities for all ages);
6.30 pm (Upper Room)
─  Holy Communion as announced.

Wednesdays:
12.15 – 12.45 pm (Upper Room)
─  Holy Communion as announced.

Thursdays:

1.00-1.30 pm Prayers for healing (Upper Room);
6.00 pm Service in Swahili on alternate weeks (Upper Room). 

Check here for details of the Sunday Worship Services during April 2015.

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Easter at Chapel Field Road

Begin Holy Week with Prayers before the Cross at 7.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 30 March – 1 April, in the Upper Room.

Mark Maundy Thursday, 2 April, with Holy Communion at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room.

At 10.30 am on Good Friday, 3 April, join in a United Free Church service at Norwich Central Baptist Church, Duke Street.

Later on Good Friday at 5.00 pm share in the witness of Christians as we raise the cross at Chapel Field Road, followed at 5.15 pm by the Walk of Witness to the Cathedral, which culminates in ecumenical Evensong there at 6.00 pm.

Our Easter Day celebrations begin with Holy Communion at 8.00 am on Easter Sunday, 5 April, followed by Breakfast. To help with catering, please sign the list in the Church Centre if you’re intending to come.

Don’t forget to bring a few spring flowers with you on Easter Sunday to decorate the cross outside our Church as you arrive for our services at 8.00 am, 10.30 am and 6.30 pm.

Our flower-arranging team would be grateful for gifts of flowers, foliage and contributions of money to help to decorate our Church for Easter. Please see Evelyn Lovatt, who is co-ordinating the arrangements.

Last but not least, can you help to distribute these flowers to house-bound people on Easter Monday, so they can share in our celebration? Margaret Snelling will be pleased to hear from you.

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Sunday 19 April 2015: Third Sunday of Easter
Lectionary readings ─ Acts 3: 12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3: 1-7; Luke 24: 36b-48
Introit: Alleluia! ─ South African setting
Anthem: All heaven declaresSinging the Faith: 293

10.30 am
Revd John Fenn
Join us for refreshments after the service, upstairs in the Hall – there is a lift

6.30 pm
Revd John Fenn
Service of Holy Communion in the Upper Room

Sunday 26 April 2015: Fourth Sunday of Easter
10.30 am
Jill Dascombe
Vice President of the Methodist Conference
Join us for refreshments after the service, upstairs in the Hall

6.30 pm
Revd John Fenn
Worship in the Upper Room

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

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Visitors are always welcome amongst us.  On arrival, please make yourself known to one of the Stewards or the Minister.

All are welcome in this place.


God in the Arts

He gave us eyes to see them:
Amid the hectic, busy lives we lead, many people fall under the control of ‘the hurry syndrome.’ We have to do ‘A’ as soon as possible, and we have to get to ‘B’ as soon as possible. And along the way we have phone calls to make, emails to open, and Facebook and twitter and all the social media to check. It means that we often go through the world without giving the world a second glance. This year in these articles we are going to pause, and, as the poet says, ‘stand and stare.’ Each month we shall be looking at a painting that celebrates the wonder, the joy, the mystery, and the marvel of the created world in which we live.

April
Poussin’s ‘The Funeral of Phocion’
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In the 17th century the name Arcadia evoked an earthly paradise that was celebrated in art and literature as an idyllic place of peace and harmony where humanity and nature were at one. To live in such beautiful surroundings was to find heaven on earth. We often have that feeling when we are out in the countryside amid the hills and woods, the valleys and lakes. The sun shines benevolently down on the scene, and we feel nothing can destroy that happiness and sense of unity we have with creation around us.

That is the mood shown to us when we first look at this month’s painting, ‘The Funeral of Phocion.’ It is by the Baroque artist Nicholas Poussin, who was born in France but spent most of his working life in Rome, where he died in 1665. In the distance are friendly hills, and then closer at hand we see the trees and bushes, a winding river, the shepherd and his sheep, a couple walking and talking, and the farmer and his cart. There are also signs of civilisation—it is the city of Athens with its temple and buildings, a place where harmony and reason rule. Poussin presents us with a calm, ordered landscape. But in the foreground we see something that jolts us out of this reverie. Two slaves carry off a body for burial. It is Phocion, an Athenian general. He was known as ‘Phocion the good,’ admired for his honesty and integrity and for his simple way of life. In the 4th century BC Phocion argued for peace when the city around clamoured for war with Macedon. His enemies won the day and they intrigued to have him condemned. As a traitor, Phocion was denied a burial in Athens, and so his body is being taken outside the city.

The world of civilisation and the world of nature seem oblivious to this tragedy of a moral life cut down by others. In this month of Eastertide we can think of a similar scene of nature and civilisation. The garden of Joseph of Arimathea where a body is brought for burial—someone, who like Phocion, stood out for goodness and peace, but who fell victim to the forces of hatred and jealousy within the city walls of Jerusalem.

Poussin painted a second canvas where the ashes of Phocion are returned to his grieving widow—a sad end to a good life with no hint of hope for a better future. In this season we rejoice in a different end to the story of Jesus. On Good Friday His body is laid to rest in a tomb. Two days later the Lord of Easter walks again in that garden to tell a grieving Mary Magdalene that there is hope for her future. There is the promise of transformation—a new creation and a new world where eternal life is triumphant. In such a world, the human heart within, the dwelling places of people and the countryside around can never be the same again. The Easter Alleluia rings out to embrace them all.

Michael Burgess