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The North Norfolk Circuit stretches along the beautiful North Norfolk coast from Weybourne to Mundesley; out as far as Hickling on the Broads, and inland, through beautiful countryside as far as Reepham.
Message from Rev Chris Sharp - Acting Superintendent
In the light of government advice and decisions yesterday the Methodist Church will be updating it's advice today.
However in view of the seriousness of the situation I am writing now to advise you of our decisions locally.
The implications of the governments statements yesterday are clear and unequivocal and for us in the North Norfolk Circuit we must respond accordingly.
Therefore let me first express pastoral concern. We will continue as a Circuit and local churches to provide all the pastoral care we can in the circumstances. This will happen largely through telephone contact. The ordained staff are committed to keeping in touch and praying for you all, just as you will be committed to one another. In the smaller churches this may be easier than in the larger ones, however in a number of places we do have lay pastors and care and share groups or class meetings. One of the most important aspects of all this is good communication as we love and care for one another.
The staff want to be kept informed of any illnesses and needs so that practical and spiritual help can be provided.
In terms of meeting together it is important that we cancel non essential meetings and gatherings i.e. coffee mornings, fellowship groups etc., and advise users of our premises that we are closing the premises for all group activities and meetings. (There may be some minor exceptions e.g social need groups dealt with on an individual basis.)
As far as worship is concerned we recognise that the restrictions placed upon the elderly and vulnerable mean that few people will be venturing out to worship on a Sunday. There are only a few preachers not in this elderly or vulnerable category and for pastoral reasons we do not want them to feel they must take their services.
Therefore from now there will be no formal acts of worship in our Circuit Churches.
We believe God would want you to put your health first. There are many ways of offering our worship and nurturing our spirit. In addition to your own devotional material there are other resources which we can recommend to you for use at home.
Many churches are kept open to the public as quiet places and for personal prayer. Please let me know if this is something you wish to happen in your church so that we can help provide appropriate material and monitor the situation.
On a practical note we are not worried about the financial impact on the Circuit. We have reserves and invested funds and know that you will find ways of continuing to 'put aside for God'.
Also on a practical note please be aware of the need to continue to care for the fabric of the church buildings and not let the church mice play while the congregation are away.
This is all very regrettable but we thank God for his love that binds us together We can be all the stronger in this through the way we care for one another within and beyond the church.
We must continue to look out beyond the church, do what we can for others - family, friends and neighbours, and pray for all those fighting the disease, seeking a remedy, providing health care, making decisions.
Love and prayers,
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Revd. Chris Sharp has Circuit Oversight responsibilities until
31st August 2020
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Revd. Sharon Thraves is on Sabbatical during Jan, Feb & March
We have 15 Churches in the Circuit, and these can all be found by clicking on Churches in the Menu bar, where you will then be able to access each church`s page/s
NORTH NORFOLK CIRCUIT MISSION STATEMENT
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The Circuit is part of the East Anglia District
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- Circuit Office, North Walsham Methodist Church
- Grammar School Road
- North Walsham
- NR28 9JH