CPAS logoLooking at the prayer requests in this month’s CPAS Prayer Diary, they remind us of the three main thrusts of the Society’s work: reaching young people with the Gospel through the Ventures and Falcon Camps programme, supporting Patronage churches, and equipping church leaders for mission.

As summer approaches, we’re asked to pray for all the preparations being made for the Falcon Camps, which cater especially for youngsters coming from difficult home circumstances. Pray that the teaching programmes are faithful to the Gospel and are creatively delivered so the truth about Jesus really appeals to the young people.

One of the Society’s Patronage churches is based in Hull city centre and is playing an active role in Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. About 100 cultural events are taking place in the church so its visibility in the city is enormous. Pray for all the opportunities this opens up for the Gospel to be proclaimed.

CPAS is becoming more and more involved in the training of church leaders, both before and after their ordination. On 25th May, it is hosting a symposium on the subject of “Formation for Leadership” to discuss which leadership topics might be most helpfully covered at different stages in the training for the ordained ministry. Pray that all training and teaching will help equip church leaders to demonstrate and share the love of Jesus in communities nationwide.

If you want to know more about CPAS or order the Prayer Diary and Catalyst magazine, go to the CPAS website or contact Liz Whitaker using the links below.

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The work of CPAS, who are our Patrons, is our particular focus in the month of May. The CPAS website is here. Their champion at Cromer Church is Liz Whitaker. You can contact her here.

We support nine 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 Scripture Union Beach Mission. The Mission takes place in August. 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.

Sara is serving the people of Israel and the Palestinian territories as a Christian witness to Jesus’ love and compassion for all people.

She writes: “As I journey with the Lord, I find that he frequently challenges me to do things I have not previously considered. Recently, God’s challenge has been in areas of creativity.”

“I work in a Muslim majority area, near a girls’ school, and many people look in our shop windows as they pass, so it’s a great opportunity for witness. Christmas gave us an opportunity to do something different, and I was put in charge of the nativity scene for the shop window. We wanted to attract people into the shop so that they would meet us and ask questions, so decided to tap into the fascination for ‘selfies’ and decided that the best way to encourage people in, particularly the girls from the school, would be to have a Christmas photo booth. It was very successful and really encouraged people to come in and meet us.”

“I have now been asked to create something for Easter, which is a real challenge. Islam does not believe in the crucifixion and there is a fine line as to what I can put in the window that will challenge but not cause offence. I’ll let you know how I get on!”

Sara’s latest link letter is available at our worship centres. Please take one if you’re interested. Also, Sara is visiting the UK in June and we look forward to catching up with her then. In the meantime, you can give online to support Sara’s work at churchmissionsociety.org/anon

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Sara's work is our particular focus in the month of April. Sara's champions are the Mission Action Group and her Cromer Church Small Group.

tearfund logo"Following Jesus where the need is greatest"

Founded in 1968 as The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund, Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency committed to eradicating poverty in the poorest 45 countries of the world.

More than 75,000 churches are already partnered with Tearfund both in the UK and these countries to deliver programmes which bring practical help and show Jesus love to all, irrespective of faith or race. By working through these partner churches, Tearfund believes that needs of local communities can be closely met, and financial and practical resources protected and targeted to greatest need.

Tearfund works in over 50 countries, transforming the lives of the poorest communities, regardless of race, gender, nationality, or religion.

Tearfund works through local church partners who best know the local needs, giving donors the assurance that their money directly reaches those in greatest need. These local church partners are committed to professional standards and accountability in all areas of their work.

Tearfund believes that help is best given through community involvement, enabling people to release themselves from crippling poverty, through loans for small businesses, micro-enterprise, and self help groups, and to support long term sustainable projects.

Tearfund is part of the UK Disaster Emergency Committee, and local churches are best placed to assist with crisis relief, but also concentrates on preventative measures to enable communities to foresee disaster, by changing agricultural practices to more sustainable and drought resistant crops, and rebuilding homes in safer locations.

Tearfund is committed to eradicating HIV/AIDS, bonded and child labour, slavery, and climate change, through campaigning and advocacy work.

People of all ages are encouraged to participate in short, and longer term mission.

Cromer Church has a long history of support for Tearfund, and last year’s carol services raised over £2,000 through voluntary collections.

We have a bi-monthly prayer meeting for the work of Tearfund, details of which can be found in the Welcome sheet. We would love more people to join us !

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The work of Tearfund is our particular focus in the month of March. Bruce Hemmant and Judith Anderson are our Tearfund Champions.  You can contact them here or visit the Tearfund website here.

smith evelynThe Canaan Christian Centre
"Touching lives with God's love."

“Touching lives with the love of God” is the motto of the Canaan Christian Centre. At Christmas, one of our ex-residents was in contact with a gentleman whose wife had been moved into a different residential home to him. Over Christmas Day, visitors were not allowed as there were not enough staff, so she brought him to the Canaan celebrations. Children, families, food and music heralded his entrance, and he began to cry. He was thrilled. The music changed to carols, and he sang lustily and cried again. He experienced God’s love in action.

Other lives were touched in the orphanages and at Kanaan Haz in Hungary, as gifts were distributed. Take a look at the mission board. Ukraine, with temperatures of -30, and Gypsy children who had no shoes were provided with them. A big thank you to all volunteers who helped, gave, prayed and supported Canaan last year.

We desperately need minibus drivers (and maybe a replacement bus!) for Kids Club, which reaches over 20 unchurched youngsters. Praise God for them. A boy who lived at Canaan trusted Jesus at the age of 7 in Kids Club was baptised on Sunday. (He is 14 now.) Thank God for him and for others like him. Why not get involved, yourself? It’s hard work, but inspiring too, as we see lives touched and transformed by Jesus.

Evelyn

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Evelyn Smith is founder and Director of Canaan, and their Mission Partner Champion. You can contact Evelyn here. The work of the Canaan Christian Centre is our particular focus in the month of February and you can read the latest Canaan newsletter here.

Canaan Christian Centre
21, Holt Road, Sheringham NR26 8NB
Registered Charity No: 284117