Please note: The Rev'd Debbie Driver died peacefully on April 11th this year. If you had been dealing with Rev'd Debbie on any matter and this has not been resolved please contact the Rector.
In Loving Memory
Reverend Debbie Driver 1959-2018
Debbie’s unexpected death on 11th April 2018 marks the passing of an era and leaves us all feeling a great sense of loss.
She was born in Colchester, and her parents, Kath and Wilf, remember Debbie, even as a small child, was always with a happy disposition. From a young age Debbie’s passion was dancing. In her teens she resisted an invitation to join the London School of Ballet and preferred to develop and enjoy her dancing skills in Norfolk, amongst her achievements was a performance before Princess Margaret.
Alongside her dancing she worked at Colmans which is where she met her future husband, Andy. They were married in October 1981. Their daughter Angie was born in 1984, and their son Matt in 1986. Debbie could put her hand to many things: she worked for 12 years as the Company accountant when Andy was doing contracting work; she worked for a number of years in the local Pharmacy, and finally for 5 years as a qualified Driving Instructor. She was also a volunteer with the Beavers and the Cubs, and was a parent helper at Poringland Primary School, and served on the PTA of Framingham Earl High School.
Debbie’s faith was central to her life. She was involved in the Free Church but followed a calling in the Anglican Church and was ordained in 2010. Debbie played an integral part in the life and ministry of Poringland Benefice. She was humorous and warm, as well as direct and down-to-earth, but she always came across as honest, engaging and generous hearted. Appearances with Kevin, her bird hand puppet, at School Assemblies, Sunday Services, and the Christingle Christmas Services, will long be remembered by children and adults alike, not just for the slapstick humour, but also because of her ability to put across the Christian message in simple but also quite profound ways.
Over 220 people from across the wider community attended Debbie’s Service of Thanksgiving at All Saints Church Poringland on 30th April.
Debbie was not trapped by material possessions or the latest 'must have'. She firmly fixed her foundations and trust in Jesus Christ. And we know she is with Him now, in heaven. We thank God for Debbie, for her faith and love, and for all the memories she has left us with.
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 24th May 2018 – Church Open for Prayer
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 31st May 2018 – Church Open for Prayer
- 7:30 am – 10:30 am, 2nd June 2018 – Mens Breakfast
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 7th June 2018 – Church Open for Prayer
- 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, 9th June 2018 – Cabaret Evening
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 14th June 2018 – Church Open for Prayer
- 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, 17th June 2018 – Pub Church
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 21st June 2018 – Church Open for Prayer
- 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, 21st June 2018 – Filling Station
- 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 27th June 2018 – Men's Night
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 28th June 2018 – Church Open for Prayer
Regular Church ServicesWithin the Benefice there are three active Churches.
On the Second Wednesday of each month a Parish Communion Service is held at Albion House at 10.00am and a Morning Service at Cresta Lodge at 11.00am.
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|Week of Month||All Saints Church|
|St Andrew's Church|
|St Mary's Church
& Sunday Club for 6 to 11 year olds
Family Service & Baptisms
|No Service||No Service|
Services usually take place at the times displayed above.
However services may be re-arranged so please check the What's On Page.
St Andrew's Parish Church is open to visitors on Saturday between 10am & 12noon, 10am to 11am in Winter.
Enquiries for Baptisms, Marriages and Banns should be made to the Rector.
Please visit the What's On Page for dates, times, venues or more information for these Services,
|Procession of Witness||March 30th||10.00am||Starts at Framingham Earl Bible College finishes at Roman Catholic Church|
|Easter Sunday||April 1st||9.30am||All Saints Church|
|Benefice Marquee Service & BBQ||July 8th||11.00am||The Rectory, Rectory Lane|