North Norfolk Methodist Circuit

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To the North Norfolk Circuit Website.

 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.



Whilst we are in this period of lock down, Ministers and Local Preachers from our Circuit have prepared Services for us to use at home. 
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Pastoral Letter 28th June 2020 from the 

Revd. Chris Sharp - Acting Superintendent

Revd. Chris Sharp

From

Rev. Sharon Willimott  Email
Who is moving to take up a Part Time Free Church Chaplain post at the Multifaith Centre in the  University of East Anglia (Norwich)


Dear Friends

I was told many years ago that circuit ministry is a ministry of unfinished things. And so it has proven to be. When willing souls come together for Jesus much can be accomplished for the Kingdom but be sure that equally as much remains to be done. What we couldn't have predicted as being left undone was a formal acknowledgment of this time we have spent together. It feels odd to leave the circuit without saying goodbye, or reflecting together or giving thanks to God in worship, but I remind myself that what we have to sacrifice to the Coronavirus pandemic is so little compared to the costs borne by some. We cannot grumble. Kevin and I will be moving into the Norwich Circuit on 27th July and we will be closer to our family and look forward especially to more time with our three little grandsons. I have only a few days then in my new post as Free Church Chaplain at the UEA before the summer break- that will give me time to hone new skills, new ways of working - it's all social media and Zooming with students! We have much to be thankful for.

In the absence of being able to organise any formal gathering Kevin and I will be 'at home' this Saturday 11th July between 11 and 3 and would welcome any visitor who wishes to drop into the garden for a goodbye cuppa and a bun. As we are very conscious to be Covid19 safe perhaps you could call/email and let me know if and when you'd like to pop in so we can ensure social distancing!

Thank you for your love, prayers, care and attention and special thanks to the past and present members of the Circuit Leadership Team, our lay pastors and our fabulous supernumeraries, particularly the Revd Chris Sharp who has been the most welcome 'God send' ever. All of you have made my time in North Norfolk a joy and a delight.

Sharon.


And from the Revd. Chris Sharp

Thank you Sharon for kind words and a reminder that the 'Mission Dei' – mission of God - goes on and that we are very blessed to be called to join in with what God is doing.

We are all sad not to be able to say 'Goodbye' properly to you and to Kevin. But at least to be able to have an opportunity to worship at Cromer with limited numbers and 2 people representing the whole Circuit is something. We seize that chance and will be glad that throughout the Circuit people will join in with the prepared worship for use at home and know that words will also be said on their behalf to thank you and to thank God for your ministry over the last nine years. So many have appreciated your preaching, caring and visionary leadership. And to Kevin also, always supportive and a very much appreciated preacher, church treasurer etc. Thank you.

To you both – our love and prayers for the future in the name of Jesus.

Jeremiah 29 v 11 1 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope . (Amplified Bible)

Friends, as usual you will find below the Pastoral Letter from the Chair of District .

Peace, joy and blessing,

Chris.


The Pastoral Message from our Chair of District
Rev Pursehouse

   08:07:2020

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Some of you will remember that in the front garden of the District Manse stands a medium-sized horse chestnut tree but not all of you will know the story behind this specimen! The tree does not belong to us or indeed the District but is the property of the previous Chair the Revd. Graham Thompson. Graham planted the tree as a seedling whilst studying at Wesley College Bristol and since that time it has itinerated with each move across the Connexion. In September 2014 when he was redirected by the Conference to be Chair of the Plymouth and Exeter District it was felt by all concerned that it was too great a distance for the tree to travel to the south west. Hence for the time being, the treasured chestnut tree remains at Wentworth Green until such time as the Thompsons return to the county and perhaps it will find its final resting place somewhere in Norfolk. Needless to say Jean and I take great care to look after the tree whilst ever it remains in our safekeeping and from time to time we send through the occasional photograph to reassure all concerned!

On a more serious note the tree is a perpetual reminder to me of vocation – that sense that each and every one of us, made in the image of God, has a particular calling to be someone and to do something as we respond to the one who has lovingly created us. Our sense of vocation needs to be nurtured with care and grace over the course of a lifetime and it will change and evolve as we find ourselves in different contexts. Our calling is never simply our own calling but one that is held in the company of all God’s people and therefore something that grows in relation to the support, prayers and encouragement of others. Famously Frederick Buechner once defined vocation as ‘the place where our deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet’ – in other words it is that deep and compelling urge in our inner spirit to serve at the interface of human need where our service can transform the well-being of others and the wider world. For some, this is priesthood but for others it is nursing; for some it is social work and for others the teaching profession – whatever form it takes we know when we are in that place of calling and vocation.

This theme has a particular resonance for us at this time of the year in the Methodist Church particularly given that the Methodist Conference has just met and agreed the stations for the coming year. Many ministers across the Connexion are preparing for change as they embark upon a new appointment; saying farewell to one place and preparing for introductions in a new community. In the present crisis and whilst still emerging from the conditions of lockdown; none of this will be easy or straightforward – many of the things that we take for granted on such occasions will not be able to happen in the usual way. For this reason, I would ask you all to give particular attention in your thoughts and prayers for those ministers and their families who are saying farewell in such unusual circumstances and those who are preparing to move to pastures new in equally strange times.

 Julian     


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Please Note
 Revd. Chris Sharp has Circuit Oversight responsibilities until
31st August 2020
 

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 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

Mission Statement

 NORTH NORFOLK CIRCUIT MISSION STATEMENT
We seek to be outward looking and focused on drawing others to Christ

We aim to do this through:-

 

  • inclusive worship, using both traditional and new styles, and study of the Bible;
  • being alongside the disadvantaged and marginalised;
  • following the teachings of Christ and living what we profess, guided by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 Sept 2019

The Circuit is part of the East Anglia District

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  • Circuit Office, North Walsham Methodist Church
  • Grammar School Road
  • North Walsham
  • Norfolk
  • NR28 9JH

01692 501003
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