- Last Updated on 23 February 2014
It is undoubtedly a sign of increasing old age that, no sooner does Christmas seem to be finished, Easter begins to appear around the corner! For us, as a Church Family here at Cromer, it means two things: ‘A Passion for Life’ and ‘Up, In, Out’.
This will be our fifth year of ‘A Passion for Life’ and gives us the opportunity by what we do an what we say - as one of our strap-lines says - of ‘celebrating the good news of Easter with the people of Cromer’. So regardless of whether you are in a small group or not, I hope you will read the Passion for Life leaflet and get involved. The more we do, the bigger impact it will have!
‘Up, In, Out’ - by contrast - is only a baby; only in its second year! It’s our attempt to use the period leading up to Easter, that Christians know as Lent, to do something slightly more constructive than just give up chocolate or ‘blue’ Pringles or whatever your particular weakness may be - however good that may be for some of us health-wise!
Each week, starting on the Sunday after Lent begins, we will be given a challenge to try and perform:
- Up - something that deepens our relationship with God
- In - something that deepens our relationship with each other
- Out- something that deepens our relationship with the world
It’s something we tried for the first time last year, and now want to develop further. So I hope you’ll be ready to take up the challenge when the first cards arrive later in the month. Rather than just the football, I also hope you’ll ask others how they’re getting on when you’re chatting over coffee... and I hope others might do the same for you!
- Last Updated on 3 March 2014
Climate change has become a reality in this country over the past few weeks with unprecedented storms and flooding affecting many people. Despite the hardship and difficulties these people have suffered, we have the resources in this country to provide decent support and accommodation for them as their properties and livelihoods are restored.
In recent floods in Bolivia and India, and the disasters in Phillipines and Haiti, many have been killed and thousands made homeless, living in makeshift shelters without adequate food or access to basic essentials. In Democratic Republic of Congo and in Syria ongoing civil wars have killed and displaced millions of people. In Syria alone, 6.5 million people have been displaced and 2.2 million have fled the fighting to become refugees in neigbouring countries. Many of these will have seen family members killed or abused and will be living in harsh and deprived conditions without adequate protection from, in Syria, cold conditions.
So what can Tearfund do in these situations? Through its local church partners it can provide food, clean water, emergency shelter, basic facilities, support to those returning to their homes and training and education to enable lives to be rebuilt. It can campaign with the governments of developed countries to reduce CO2 emissions which undoubtedly exacerbate any change in global warming. “Tearfund’s call is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest. To do whatever it takes to end poverty and rebuild poor communities. To work through local churches, because they’re Jesus' body on earth, ready to care for the whole person, and the whole community, inside and out”.
What can we do here in Cromer? We can give to support this work but most importantly we can pray and continue praying into each of these situations. There are opportunities, too, for individuals or groups of all ages to volunteer for short information or working visits to Tearfund supported work in Africa, Asia and South America. Please visit www.tearfund.org for information about volunteering and all other aspects of work with the needy, or contact us for more information
The work of Tearfund is our particular focus in the month of March. Bruce Hemmant is our Tear Fund Champion. You can contact him here.