The next Church Prayer Night is on Monday 3rd February at St Martin’s between 7.45 p.m. and 9.15 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Prayer Night offers the opportunity for the Cromer Church family to explore prayer together in a range of styles, and to pray for the world, for the church, for our community, for families, for individuals and for each other.  Please get the date in your diary, and come along.

Monday 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day, and Philip Hall's prayer encourages us to remember, repent and respond to events past and present. Please use it in your prayers on that day. Further information and resources can be found on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website.

Lord God and Father,
We remember before you all those who bear the inner and outer scars of the Holocaust and of subsequent acts of genocide.
Let them not be overwhelmed by the horrors that engulfed them. Be close to them.
Help them to see that you suffer with those who suffer, and that no wickedness can ever extinguish your infinite love.
Restrain those who are filled with hatred and use violence to pursue their ends. Change their hearts.
May remembrance make us alert to the reality of evil and its deceptive allure.
Help us to recognise our own capacity for evil and allow your Spirit to purge it from our beings.
Help us also to stand up against evil and oppression, even if that means we have to suffer ourselves.
Enable us to defend those who are not strong enough to defend themselves, and to be ready to bring the light of your truth into the dark areas of human experience.
Deepen our respect for everything you have made, and help us to share in securing the maximum good of every person who is alive in your world.
We ask this in the Name of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, carries our sorrows, heals our wounds, and is risen for our freedom. Amen.

Philp Hall

18th - 25th January 2020 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The materials for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta). On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer.

Hospitality is a much needed virtue in our search for Christian unity. It calls us to a greater generosity to those in need. The people who showed unusual kindness to Paul and his companions did not yet know Christ, and yet it is through their unusual kindness that a divided people were drawn closer together. Our own Christian unity will be discovered not only through showing hospitality to one another, but also through loving encounters with those who do not share our language, culture or faith. In such tempestuous journeys and chance encounters, God’s will for his Church and all people comes to fulfilment. As Paul will proclaim in Rome, this salvation of God has been sent to all peoples (see Acts 28:28).

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is promoted in the UK and Ireland by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland where you can find further information and resources. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity leaflet for 2020 is published by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.  In addition to daily Bible readings, reflections and prayers, it contains background information and a variety of other useful resources.  It can be downloaded from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website here and also, for convenience, pdf from our website .

Cromer Mothers' Union meets on Tuesday 21st January at 2.30 p.m. in the Parish Hall Coffee Bar, when Revd Jennie Hodgkinson will be the speaker. The Parish Hall is in Church Street, opposite Boots (Postcode: NR27 9HH).. All are welcome. Please contact us for further information.

Pray in 2020 on the 20th of each month at 20:20 for 20 minutes. Pray that God will give many opportunities to speak about Christ (Colossians 4:3 NLT).

Prayer 2020 kicks off on Monday. There are people around the globe in church communities and organisations who are taking part. You can pray on your own or with a group at home, at church or with colleagues. You can pray spontaneously or you can use prayers prepared by Prayer 2020. The January prayer is: Father, as we start Prayer 2020, we ask that this year we will carry your light into every place we go and share your good news with those we meet. May we walk and work in unity to reveal your love and goodness (John 8:12).

Prayers for the rest of the year can be downloaded here.