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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. See www.prisonfellowship.org.uk for details.

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.

We also support PrisonHOPE

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Prisons Week - 8th to 14th October 2017 - enables us all to share in the prayer support of prisons, prisoners, staff, chaplains and volunteers. You can add your support by using the resources on the Prisons Week website.

Prison Fellowship and Reflex are our Mission Partner focus for the month of October. Prison Fellowship and Reflex are championed by Janet and Paul Rosier respectively. You can contact them for further information.

We support ten Mission Partners. They are:

  • Michelle Proctor, working with Serving in Mission (SIM) at Mukinge Hospital in Zambia.  Her 'champions' are Liz Bennett and Tim Britton. (Focus month: January)
  • The Canaan Christian Centre in Sheringham. Canaan's Director and 'champion' is Evelyn Smith. (February)
  • Tearfund. Their 'champions' are Judith Anderson and Lynda Brown. (March)
  • Sara Prior-Sanderson (CMS).  Her champions are the Mission Action Group (April)
  • Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), our patron. Their 'champion' is Liz Whitaker. (May)
  • London City Mission.  Their 'champion' is Elizabeth Bridger. (June)
  • Cromer Beach Mission. The Mission takes place in August in partnership with Scripture Union. Their 'champion' is David Orsborne. (July)
  • Andrew and Maria Leake working with CMS in Argentina and with Compassion. Their 'champion' is David Leake. (September)
  • Prison Fellowship and Reflex. Their 'champions' are Janet and Paul Rosier, respectively. (October)
  • Bible Society. Their 'champion' is David Orsborne. (November)

In August and December we focus on seasonal opportunities for mission. We encourage every member of the church family to consider how they can be involved in these, and in other mission opportunities throughout the year.

cms logo webAndrew and Maria Leake serve with the Anglican Church in Northern Argentina. They work in environmental mission, sharing the Good News through addressing environmental needs and social justice among the poor in northern Argentina.

Deforestation, caused by the expansion of agro-industry into the dry tropical forests of the Chaco, is undermining the livelihoods and well-being of ever larger numbers of poor rural communities. Their voices are deliberately silenced or simply unheard in the rush to clear the forest and convert land to planting soya. Andrew and Maria run a local charity, Land for Life, which aims to equip churches and communities with information so that they can have a voice and, thereby, a better chance in their campaigns to protect their local environments. The Gospel becomes visible to those affected by environmental threats as the church seeks to transform unjust structures, challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation.

Andrew shares his working time between CMS and Compassion International, and is also a member of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN), which supports bishops around the world to develop and strengthen local initiatives to help congregations cope with climate change.

We have a long association with the Leake family. Andrew's grandfather, Alfred, went to Argentina more than 90 years ago as missionary to the Toba people. This ministry was continued by Andrew's father, David, who served as the Anglican bishop in Salta from 1963. Deforestation was not such a big issue at that time. The major problem was that the indigenous people were not recognised as citizens, so much of David's ministry was supporting them in their struggles with officialdom. Andrew took up the ministry in 1999. The need for advocacy is now more urgent than ever, and Andrew has recently written a book with his daughter, Cecilia, who is the fourth generation of Leakes engaged in this drawn-out struggle for land rights for the Toba and Wichi peoples.

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The work of Andrew and Maria Leake is our particular focus in the month of September. Their Mission Partner Champion is Bishop David Leake, Andrew's father, who also worked for many years in Argentina. You can contact him here.

thumb 2015 beach mission 001mission new logo squareMission 2017 takes place between Sunday 20th and Saturday 26th August, and we’re looking forward to another exciting time this summer.

Mission is run by a team of volunteers, and is a partnership between Scripture Union and the local churches. Holiday-club style activities and Bible teaching for 3-11 year-olds will take place in the Parish Hall from Monday 21st - Friday 25th, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon and will include games and activities and a time to explore what it means to be a Christian. Teen and adult groups will meet at the same time.  The venues for these will be confirmed shortly. 

Each afternoon, between 2.30 and 4.00, there will be activities for all-ages on the beach or in the local parks. Mission Café, run by volunteers from the local churches, will also be open in the Parish Church from 2.00 to 4.00 every afternoon and will offer a place to relax, chat, pray and reach out to parents and passers-by. Evening activities include the Family Ceilidh and Quiz Night as well as one or two special events for adults.

 

David Orsborne is the Mission Partner Champion for Cromer Beach Mission. For further information, you can contact him here, visit the Mission website or visit the Cromer Beach Mission page on the Scripture Union website. There are lots of ways to be involved, and the work of Beach Mission is our particular mission focus in July.

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LCM has been working to meet the needs of London’s poorest and least-reached people for 182 years and has historic links with Cromer Church.

Its 90 full-time missionaries work among schools, youth clubs, care homes, prisons, street women, the homeless, addicts, refugees and asylum seekers, travellers, people of other faiths and races, and many work with churches.

  • Please pray for energy, wisdom, perseverance and protection as some often face opposition and violence.

Everywhere there are serious mental health problems: one million Londoners experience mental health issues in a year including 100,000 children and young people; only 25% of these will get treatment and their life expectancy is reduced by 15-25 years. Most street women have mental health problems.

  • Please pray that the Holy Spirit will enable Christians to lead the way in addressing these mental health needs.

The vast mix of cultures and faiths present great challenges and opportunities for the Gospel.

  • Please pray for missionaries to present sensitively the.unique claims of Jesus to be the way to the Father.
  • Please pray that they will convey the saving love of Jesus to all, especially the lonely, despairing and the marginalised.
  • Please pray for those who show interest in the Gospel but gel led astray by extremists.
  • Please pray for wisdom as the Mission explores the best option for redeveloping the Headquarters building, to increase its usefulness,practically and financially for the future.
  • Please pray for the visit of four missionaries to North Norfolk, two of them to the Parish Church and St Martin’s on SUnday 11th June.

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London City Mission works "on the front line, taking the message of Jesus to London’s least reached."  Visit the LCM website to find further information about their work.  London City Mission is our particular mission focus in the month of June and is championed by Elizabeth Bridger. You can contact Elizabeth here.