Binham Priory guided tours
Guided Tours of Binham Priory and its monastic precincts lasting for about an hour during the summer months May to September, can be arranged at mutually convenient times by contacting Maureen Frost on 01328 830362. A donation of £2 per person will help us to maintain this magnificent priory church.
Binham Priory Events
Binham Priory hosts a wide range of music, arts and social events and activities
The Priory Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross is open daily between 10am and 4.00pm for individual prayer in line with social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines.
The Priory Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross is open for worship as listed under Services.
Zoom Services on Sundays will continue on a monthly basis – the first Sunday of the month at 5pm.
To participate please telephone Ian Newton on 01328 830947 or email iannewton46@ gmail.com. You will be warmly welcomed.
Ian Whittle is very keen that we continue to offer services for any who are not able to come to church.
I have been delighted to take part in Divine Worship on Zoom, made possible by Mr. Ian & Canon Fiona Newton, with whom I’ve worked closely over these last months. Vast thanks to all.
Dear Friends and Parishioners,
After the varied delights of Christmas we have begun what I hope to be a peaceful, blessed and healthy New Year in this Season of Epiphany, the celebration of the showing forth of Christ to the world. The world certainly needs Hope, hope with reflection – Lent; and hope for eternity – Easter. Little signs of this delight us: snowdrops in January and catkins in the lanes. A lovely show of snowdrops you will find behind Gunthorpe church: a perfect dell, with wild garlic to follow.
A continental pleasure is the Epiphany cake: a little crib and baby hidden in the almond flour and a gold (paper) crown for the one who finds it (mind your teeth!). It’s a reminder that it was a king who was laid in a manger; and the paradox of the Christian religion is that the Creator of all things came unto and into his own, not in state and majesty, but in the humblest of circumstances.
The child, the record carefully points out, was a descendant of the royal line of David; and it was for a king the wise men looked; and it was through fear of a rival that Herod sought to eliminate any potential threat to his own throne. The sovereignty of Christ is that which can save the world and transform all that is in it. We are called and invited to a life which by submission to that sovereign will is eternal.
It delighted me at Christmas that lavish or simple our parish churches were havens of peace and hope, all wreathed in green; and Easter, though brighter, will be no different. May the snowdrops and all things living – flourish.
Kindly spring again is here,
Trees and fields in bloom appear;
Hark! The birds with artless lays
Warble their creator’s praise.
Where in winter all was snow,
Now the flowers in clusters grow;
And the corn, in green array,
Promises a harvest-day.
Lord, afford a spring to me,
Let me feel like what I see;
Speak, and by thy gracious voice,
Make my drooping soul rejoice.
On thy garden deign to smile,
Raise the plants, enrich the soil;
Soon thy presence will restore
Life to what seemed dead before.
John Newton 1725-1807
Forthcoming Service Times – April
|First Sunday after Trinity
|Morning Prayer BCP
|Second Sunday after Trinity
|Morning Prayer BCP
|Third Sunday after Trinity
|The Fifth Sunday of Easter
|Songs of Praise for the Coronation
|The Sixth Sunday of Easter
|Ascension Day Service at Langahm
|The Seventh Sunday of Waster