Alpha gives everybody a chance to explore life, faith and meaning and to see what the Bible has to say about life's big questions. Our current Alpha course started on Wednesday 6th February at Grey Seal Coffee, and continues weekly for 10 weeks. Each session runs between 7.30 and 9.00 p.m. and everyone is welcome. It's free, and each session is helped along with coffee and cake! Next steps: sign-up or contact us for further information.

The next Church Prayer Night is on Monday 4th 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.

Sunday 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 today.  Further resources can be found on the Holocaust Memoraik 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 2019 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year's theme is 'Only Justice' and the materials have been produced by the churches of Indonesia, working in a context of ethnic and religious diversity where there is a strong emphasis on the need for a unity that is built on solidarity and collaboration. They also highlight issues of economic injustice and how diversitty of religious practice is challenged in the face of radicalisation. The Week of Prayer for Christiam Unity provides an opportunity to reflect on the context in which we pray for Christian unity, explore how divisions in our society contribute to divisions in the Church and consider how injustice creates challenges to developing our shared life together. The Week of Prayer for Christin Unity is promoted in the UK and Ireland by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland where you can find further information and resources. You can also pdf download this year's pamphlet (5.43 MB) from our website. It contains background information, prayers for every day of the week and a variety of other resources.

Our next Men’s Breakfast is on Saturday 19th January, 8-10 a.m. at St Martin’s. Please come along to enjoy a hearty breakfast, the companionship of other men and good conversation about life, faith, the universe... anything! Find out more about men's breakfast, sign up here  or contact Simon Fenn for further information.