Our new vision is launched...
"Our vision for 2025, is to see hundreds of lives transformed by Jesus with a vibrant church community of 1,000 people, as we release missional disciples and intentionally invest in Families, Children and Youth."
That is the exciting vision we believe God is calling us to step into as Cromer Church, and a vision we now need to do all we can to make a reality. Thank you to the St Martin’s congregation for coming down to the Parish Church over the last two Sundays. It’s been great to join together as a church family as we launch our new vision. Please do listen to the talks again if you can (you can find the talks on our website), in order to fully digest all the new vision entails, and to begin to pray about how God wants you to be involved in the future. Please also pray for the Strategic Vision Team over the coming weeks, as we discuss how we begin to turn the vision into action.
The plan is that we will come back to you as a whole church in September - after a summer break and a time of mission to our community (through Beach Mission and Cromer Carnival in August) – with some specific goals, actions and projects for the next year in order to begin the journey of making our vision a reality on the ground. Linked with this, will be some financial implications of these actions, with teaching and encouragement to raise our giving, and so become more of that ’Generous Church’ our vision talks about: “People giving sacrificially and generously of their time, their skills and their money, investing for growth.”
As we launch our vision, we also say goodbye this month to Paul and Wendy Neale – not because they are leaving Cromer, but because with Paul’s retirement as our ‘Assistant Minister’, he and Wendy are taking 6 months out to rest, relax, be refreshed and enjoy time with family and friends. We give great thanks to God for their ministry here, and all they have given of themselves, and we will publicly thank them and pray for them in our Parish Church morning services on 3rd July. Please be there to support them.
Finally, we want to let you know of some really encouraging news that puts a key foundation in place as we begin to live out our vision. This week, we have appointed a new staff member, to a new role, to join the staff team from September. Simon Fenn will be our new full-time ‘Head of Mission’, and we look forward with expectancy to all God will do through his ministry. More details to follow in September! We trust God for the exciting journey ahead.
James and Katie