September ended with James explaining how we intend to begin living out our new vision during the course of this year with some exciting actions and initiatives that we plan to do, along with a challenge to support these things financially through being radically generous with our finances. If you missed the services on 25th September, or any of the talks on the previous two Sundays, please do catch up by listening to the podcasts on our website.
Everyone who is part of the church family here in Cromer should have received an envelope with a summary of our actions for the year, a ‘giving pack’ and a pledge form to return by 10th October. Thank you, in advance, for your response. We are genuinely full of anticipation of what God will do this year, as words we have spoken about our future begin to translate into actions on the ground.
The month of October sees a new start time for our largest congregation, moving from 10.30 a.m. to an 11.00 a.m. start. We hope this will help in the preparation for this service, both in terms of practical set-up and in terms of our personal preparation for those who come, with tea and coffee served from 10.15 a.m. to enable plenty of time for the building of relationships within our church family. Please do come in time to enjoy this space and, after getting your tea or coffee, move into the main body of the church so as to enable others who come after you to reach the refreshment stations! Please especially look out for visitors, taking the initiative to make them welcome and get them a coffee and show great hospitality!
Prison Fellowship exists to offer every UK prisoner access to support and prayer. Our two local prisons - HMP Norwich and HMP Bure (Coltishall) are prayed for regularly, and volunteers help run Bible Studies, Alpha courses, chapel services, and visit prisoners. Prison Fellowship run three major programmes: Sycamore Tree – a victim-awareness programme addressing restorative justice, exploring the impact on victims, offenders, and the community; Angel Tree - supporting prisoners’ families by raising funds to provide Christmas presents for their children, accompanied by a personal greeting from the parent for their child; and letter writing by volunteers enabling prisoners to feel valued and supported in custody. Over 150 trained volunteers write to prisoners.
Reflex, a ministry of British Youth for Christ, works with over 1600 young people in custody every year. It empowers them to break the cycle of offending. See www.reflex.org for details.
Prisons Week - 9th to 16th October 2016 - enables us all to share in the prayer support of prisons, prisoners, staff, chaplains and volunteers. You can add your support by using the prayer topics on our weekly Welcome Sheet and the Prisons Week leaflet.