For many churches August is a quiet month but for us here at Cromer it’s a particularly busy one as we welcome literally thousands of visitors to our beautiful town.
Whatever the reason for their visit, I see August as a month where we as a church can practice the ancient biblical principle of hospitality which can be found throughout the Bible from as early as Genesis 18 when Abraham welcomes three strangers and finds to his surprise that one of them is God himself. And Jesus tells us in Matthew 25: 34-45 that whatever we do for a stranger we do for him.
But it’s not just the way we welcome visitors into our church buildings or services, it’s the mission opportunities we have in August too with the arrival of the Beach Mission team (3–14 August) and of course the Cromer Carnival (15-21 August).
It’s great that we have the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with children, young people and their families and it’s great to be part of the town’s celebrations, not just on carnival night but throughout carnival week, and to show that we are very much part of our community.
However, from a practical point of view both these events require a lot of hard work and dedication. Yet by being involved with them we witness to Jesus in a very visible way and show that Christians can enjoy themselves and have fun, just like everyone else!!! Please take this opportunity to pray for energy, patience, love and grace for everyone involved in all of these vital ministries.
Revd Jennie Hodgkinson