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 March 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 7.00 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.

Sunday 29 March 2015: Palm Sunday
Morning Bible reading: Mark 11: 1-11
Introit: Hosanna to the Son of David ─ Palestrina
Anthem: God so loved the world ─ Stainer

10.30 am
Revd John Fenn
Hosanna in the Highest – A meditation on the Passion
Join us for refreshments after the service, upstairs in the Hall – there is a lift

6.30 pm
Revd John Fenn
Worship in the Upper Room

Sunday 5 April 2015: Easter Day 
8.00 am
Revd John Fenn
Service of Holy Communion
followed by Easter Breakfast at 8.45 am

10.30 am
Revd John Fenn
Service of Holy Communion – All age worship

6.30 pm
Revd Helen Freeston
Worship in the Upper Room

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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.

March
‘Primavera’ by Sandro Botticelli

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Each month we are exploring a painting that celebrates the glory and wonder of creation.  In this month of March the world around us is moving from the cold and harshness of winter to new birth as the earth comes to life again in the season of spring.  It is the theme of ‘Primavera’ by the 15th century Florentine artist, Sandro Botticelli.  His work in the Sistine Chapel in Rome brought him to the attention of the Medici court, which commissioned this painting in 1482.  The Medici dominated the political life of Florence, but Cosimo and his descendants were also great patrons of the arts.  Humanism, which debated the place of reason in a world of faith, was the mood of the day in court life, and the work of artists at that time expressed the human form in all its beauty.

Scholars have never agreed on the exact meaning of ‘Primavera,’ but it is certainly a celebration of beauty and fertility.  We can identify a host of classical figures: Mercury on the left of the canvas separating the clouds so that Spring may come; Zephyr, the west wind, on the right, who is pursuing Chloris; Flora the goddess of abundance robed in a colourful dress and adorned with flowers.  In the centre we see Venus, the goddess of beauty, with a blindfolded Cupid above, preparing to shoot an arrow at the three Graces, whose arms are joined in a stately dance.  The setting is a wooded garden where the trees are filled with oranges, myrtle surrounds Venus, and wondrous flowers spring up from the earth.

At first glance the sensuousness and fruitfulness seem almost profane.  But we look again and think we see not Venus in the centre, but the blessed Virgin Mary, whose own fruitfulness gave birth to the Saviour.  The three figures by her side could be the Christian virtues of beauty, truth and goodness who dance in her honour, while all around God’s creation blossoms forth to bring joy and new life.  It is the world of the Song of Solomon, which the early Fathers could only accept as an allegory of Christian love, where the individual soul seeks the Saviour.  But that book of the Old Testament was written in praise of the love that moves human life, as much as it moves the universe.  And that can only be good because God the creator is good.

The writer invites the beloved to accompany her to the fields and vineyards and find fruits in blossom and plants in bloom: a wilderness transformed by growth and goodness.  Just so, we enter the garden of this painting.  The characters may be classical, some may be Christian, but as we look we see a creative Love that transforms the winter of death and darkness into light and Spring—the birthday of creation.

Michael Burgess