A pair of Peregrine Falcons has set up home on the Parish Church tower and are raising three chicks. In cooperation with the Hawk and Owl Trust and the North-East Norfolk Bird Club, a CCTV monitor has been made available in the church to enable church family members and visitors to watch the birds on their nesting tray. Please note that this facility is not available during service times, which means that it won’t be possible to view the pictures between 8.30 a.m. and 12.15 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. and 8.15 p.m. on Sunday or at any time when a wedding, funeral or other service is taking place. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Peregrines are protected birds and disturbing their nest site is an offence. This means that the tower will remain closed to visitors until further notice. We know that a lot of people look forward to climbing the tower when they visit Cromer but that simply isn't possible at the moment. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

The next social event for men is on Friday 14th June, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m. at Cromer Town Football Club. The evening will start with a Walking Football session (6.00-7.00 p.m. @ £2.50 per person) followed by a talk by Cedric Anselin, the ex-Canaries player and Mental Health ambassador, about the importance of self-care with regards to Mental Health.  Cromer Town FC will also be providing burgers, bacon rolls and an open bar to help raise funds for the 'Share as One for Mental Health' charity, and the evening will be supported by the NHS Wellbeing service. Why not join us for an enjoyable evening of friendly banter, burgers and football?

This year's Canaan Open Day is on Saturday 8th June at 11.00 a.m. The Canaan Christian Centre in Holt Road, Sheringham is one of our Mission Partners, and its founder and Director, Evelyn Smith, is a member of the Cromer Church family. Canaan's work has always had a strong focus on reaching children and this year's Open Day will reflect that. Members of the Incredible Kids Club will be there so that supporters can meet them and learn how the Canaan team reach out to them. Daniel, a local children's evangelist will be there with his puppets and illusions and the event will include songs and a quiz, and Jeff Greaves - who was involved with Canaan many years ago - will encourage everyone with a talk for all ages and testimony. The day will finish with refreshments/lunch at 12.30 - outside with music, weather permitting. The gifts this year will be supporting the children's ministry/minibus.

On Sunday 9th June, the speakers at our morning services will be from our Mission Partner, London City Mission. They will  be sharing accounts of their work with the neediest and most marginalised people in London and there will be an opportunity talk with them after each service. London City Mission has historic links with Cromer and 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.

We are delighted to have been elected as the Churchwardens of Cromer Church with St Martin’s for the forthcoming year. We will attend the Archdeacon’s Visitation on Tuesday 5th June where we will make the solemn declaration to formally begin this year of being Churchwardens. We would welcome your prayers as we take the oath.

We would like to express our sincere ‘thank you’ to Alison Orsborne for her six years as Churchwarden. She has worked tirelessly to fulfil this role through challenging times, and we are very grateful to her for her ministry. As in every walk of life, we are only where we are because of what people have done before us, and as Churchwardens for the coming year, we plan to build on what has gone before us, so thank you very much Alison for everything you have done.

As the Bishop’s representatives, our Churchwarden role has three main components:

  • to be responsible for legal and financial aspects of church life including overseeing the maintenance and development of the church buildings and their contents;
  • to care for and encourage the incumbent and the whole church membership in ministry and mission, within and beyond the parish;
  • and to make a key contribution to the strategic leadership of the church as we discern God’s vision for the church in the parish.

That’s quite a role description! Please pray for us, and work with us, as we seek to serve God in this place.

David Loades and Jackie Austin