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Prayer Letter 67

 

Dear Friends,

“The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”
John 1v5

In October we, once again, held a Light Party for local families but this year it was held in the church building with neon disco, luminous face painting and glow sticks. It was very well attended and reminded us of the passage in John. Some of the lights were left in situ for the Christmas season, a visual reminder of Christ’s light in the world.

I begin with the good news that Rev. Will Warren, who was Interim Vicar for nearly a year, has been appointed Priest in Charge and was licensed in October. He, his wife Claire and their young family Timothy, Jonathan and baby Lydia are now settled into the Vicarage and Cromer life. Rev. Jennie Hodgkinson (Assistant Minister) has now recovered from illness and is slowly returning to ministry. Please pray for both Will and Jennie as they minister here in Cromer.

Over the summer we watched our three Peregrine Falcons grow and fledge, we joined in all the fun of Carnival Week, winning the Best Float Competition, we celebrated and gave thanks for the Cromer Scripture Union Beach Mission which has been running since 1883. Scripture Union have now ended their involvement and handed over to the Churches in Cromer to run a beach mission. We are leading this new initiative next year and will actively seek the involvement of those from neighbouring churches. Simon Fenn, our Head of Mission has already made good progress with this and I know he would greatly value your prayers.

The Christmas festivities began with the Tree Festival in church and the Civic Service and both the Junior School and the Cromer Academy held their Carol Services in church. All these links with the community are greatly appreciated and nurtured. Our toddler groups and a Saturday kids club have connections to a large number of families, and we are praying to find further opportunities to share the love of Jesus with them. Plans will soon begin for Easter, the Passion Play performed outside the church on Good Friday is a wonderful witness and watched by a great number of townsfolk and visitors, please pray that we shall have good weather and that seeds will be sown.

On behalf of the church family I want to thank you for taking such an interest in our ministry and for holding us in prayer. We pray that you and your church families will be greatly blessed this Christmas and that we shall all share the Light of Christ with those we meet.

God Bless from,

 

Vivienne Benford 

 

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Prayer Letter 66

 

Dear Praying Friends,

As I write this letter, Cromer is bathed in sunshine and visitors. We thank God for its beauty and peace, and thank you for your ongoing interest and prayers for the Church’s ministry.

To update you on our leadership issues, James - our Vicar - has stepped down from his leadership and he, his wife, Katie, and their children are now seeking God’s direction for their lives. Please support them with your prayers. We, too, will need to look to the future, while Revd Will Warren continues his encouraging role with us, as Priest-in-Charge designate. At the moment, Jennie Hodgkinson - our OLM Assistant Minister - is unwell, so please pray for her healing.

Also mentioned in our previous letter was the need for a new Churchwarden, and God has raised up a spirit-led lady, Jackie Austin, so along with David Loades and the PCC they take up the challenge of the church’s future.

Our summer ministry has begun in church with stewards on duty to welcome visitors and refreshments available, along with a play area for small children and a quiet area for prayer. Please pray that all who visit the church will meet with Jesus. Many of you, I am sure, have enjoyed climbing the tower when visiting the church, this year there is a complication: a pair of Peregrine Falcons. A nesting platform was installed, along with cameras, and they now have three fast-growing chicks. As a result, the tower is closed to visitors. A monitoring screen is in church for us all to follow their adventures!!!

Our outreach activities continue. The two parent and toddler groups attract young families and the holiday clubs for older children are now part of our regular activities. Also, services are regularly taken into the Residential Homes and Day Centre in the town and, for many year, a team from St Martin’s has run ‘Holiday at Home’, a week for the over 55s from the church and community where they can enjoy activities, meals and outings. Many who attend live alone and rarely go on holiday. Another well supported activity is ‘Meeting Point’ a safe and friendly place with an interesting programme and fun activities and events for members of our church family and the local community who have learning difficulties.

The Scripture Union Beach Mission (now renamed ‘LifeLight’) will, once again, take place between 25th and 30th August. Please pray for God’s blessing on the whole week. The church also enjoys getting involved in the Cromer Carnival by holding a Carnival Service and entering a float in the procession. Please pray that our presence will be as salt to the community.

Thank you once again for your faithful support and may you and your church families know His presence and peace.

Yours in Christ

 

Vivienne Benford

 

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