About Us

Lound is a small village on the Norfolk/Suffolk border a mile inland from the A12. The parish church is dedicated to St John the Baptist: it is built mainly of flint and has a typically East Anglian round  tower.

We follow a traditional form of worship in our Sung Eucharist and with using incense,we feel we are continuing centuries of reverence. Some members of our congregation  show their loyalty by traveling a considerable distance to attend. 

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.  Our services are usually  held on the first three Sundays of the month as our priest is  shared with five other parishes in the group. There are strong links between the parishes so when there is no service here we can attend church in one of the neighbouring villages. 

When  possible over the weekend nearest to St John the Baptist day - June 24th - we have our flower festival. Many volunteers from church and the community help to prepare and man the church and the accompanying craft fair. A theme for is chosen for each festival to reflect the locality, history and church events.The 2011 festival  celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

These activities mean that more of the community are included in the church celebration and we can all encourage the younger people to feel how central the church is to village life.

Members of the congregation can use the toilets and car parking at the neighbouring Village Hall. Ramps allow wheelchair access to the church and a wheelchair is kept in the church for visitors to use if needed. An induction loop has been installed in the church to assist those with hearing aids.We all enjoy coffee after our services so we can have a chat and quench our thirst after singing joyfully for so long! For those too unwell to attend the church someone will visit at home or in hospital, and can be offered a recording of the church service so they can still feel part of the congregation For those who are following family connections or who want to see the church interior or just have a quiet prayer the church is open every day from 8:30am to dusk. Informative files are available that map the graves in the churchyard, show the photos of the latest festivals, and demonstrate the restorative work undertaken to display the spectacular interior decoration to advantage.

Lound Worship

We support a number of charities by having a regular collection for them.
In addition we assist Christian Aid to help for disaster relief.

The Music
Our organist, John Robbens , gave the following appreciation of the
music used in our services.
When The Rev Dr Shields was the Rector of Lound he helped to set the
pattern for  the service music currently in use, He was a Doctor of
 Music, an accomplished organist and a keen musician.
Service Pattern, Where we usually have a Sung Eucharist on the first
three Sundays of the month there are also seasonal and special services
 also Group services and Festivals  throughout the Church Year..
The Hymns. The Hymn book in use is the English Hymnal, originally
edited by Ralph Vaughan Williams; sometimes augmented by Hymns
Old and New, produced by Kevin Mayhew.
The Communion is sung to the setting by  Sir Sidney Nicholson, who
was a distinguished member of the Royal School of Church Muaic.
There are exceptions as follows:  the Kyrie Eleison and Creed are sung
to Merbecke, and the Lord's Prayer to a setting by Joseph Lees. The 
'Nicholson' is a lovely singable setting and the congregation of thirty
or so members know it and sing it well. It is a joy to accompany it.
The Psalms. These are sung sometimes to a Responsorial setting and
sometimes to the Parish Psalter settings,
The Organ by Harrison and Harrison, has a detached console,
surmounted by a very imposing array of pipes at the West end of the 
church. The action is Exhaust Pneumatic  (slow to speak) to two
manuals and pedals. There are eighteen speaking stops. 

John Robbens was our organist for many years, and he  carried on  
until he was over 90, not only playing our instrument  but other organs
in the group.  We  felt a great loss when he died , full of years,  and
his memorial service in Somerleyton  filled the church with people  
grateful for his kindness, humour and love of music.

We are lucky to have found a new organist Kevin Turner who is 
kind enough to attend most services, and follow the long-standing 
music arrangements. Franky Sayer and Gill Williams  are also
organists who help  out as required especially when services
are held during the week. We are lucky too that Miles Campbell
who helps organise the wafers, candles, and incense  for our   
 services,  is also a licensed server so that members of the
 congregation are able to take communion in a more co-ordinated 
procedure,  and there is little delay for the rest of the service 
to be completed.

Find out the history of our rectors from 1310!

Take a step into the past with St John the Baptist Church Lound...
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The Church Flower Festival
in pictures

A pictorial journey through this years very successful Flower Festival...
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Our services for this
coming month

Why not come and join one of our services this month? A warm welcome awaits you...
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