"One More Step" Welcome to "One More Step", our Summer Exhibition for 2017. Life has often been likened to a journey and, whether we like it or not, it's a journey with a defininte beginning and - at least as far as our life on earth is concerned - has a defininte end. This year's Summer Exhibition explores aspects of that journey. Using words and pictures, it invites those who visit the Parish Church to learn about the journeys that others have made, and to reflect on their own. We're delighted that you've come to explore this online version of the exhibition. Take time to explore each board, using the tabs below, and use the words, images and ideas as prompts for your own reflections and prayers. If you happen to be in Cromer, why not pop in to the Parish Church, explore the exhibition and our wonderful building for real and join in with what you find going on there? You're always welcome! Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Finally... Step 1 Beginning What's your journey like at the moment? What's driving you on... or holding you back? What might help you to speed up... or slow down? Who or what could help you make a better, more fulfilling journey today... tomorrow... this week... this year? Pause for thought or prayer, using the words and images to help you reflect. Step 2 Where have you come from? Visitors come to Cromer Church from all over the world. The exhibition in the Parish Church has maps where visitors can add a sticky dot to show where they've travelled from. We currently can't find an easy way to implement this on the website so, instead, invite you to send us the name of your village/town/city and country using this form so that we can add it here. The question also invites visitors to reflect on the more personal and, perhaps, spiritual journey that they've made in the course of their life. So, pause and reflect... where have you come from? What have been the milestones on your journey... the highs, the lows? What have you learned... what are you learning? What's your sense and your story of what God has done... and is doing in your life? Where have you come from... and where are you going? Take a moment to pause for thought or prayer using the questions, above, to help you reflect. Step 3 Peter the Fisherman Read the story of Peter's journey with Jesus, starting in the top left and reading clockwise. How does Peter's story help you to reflect on yours? Peter's story begins when he responded to Jesus's call. Is that your experience, too? If not, how might God be challenging you today, and how might you respond to Jesus's call to, "Follow me!" Peter spent time with Jesus, got to know him and learned what it meant to follow him. Is that your experience, too? Time spent with Jesus, in prayer, in reading the Bible, in following where he is leading helps us respond better to his call to, "Follow me!" Peter didn't stick with Jesus when the going got tough, but found, to his surprise, that Jesus stuck with him. Is that your experience, too? Jesus understood Peter's weaknesses and failing, but still had a plan and a use for him... and he has a plan and a use for you - because he loves you - if you've once responded to his call to, "Follow me!" Peter became 'the rock' because he allowed Jesus to call and shape him, pick him up when he fell down and send him to do great things for God. Is that your experience, too? Take time today to pause for thought or prayer, using the words and images and ideas, above, to help you reflect on God's purposes and the 'next chapter' in your story. Step 4 Elizabeth Fry Take a moment to read this brief account of Elizabeth Fry's life. Elizabeth Fry's life was transformed by an encounter with Jesus, which led her to work tirelessly for transformation for others. How has your life been transformed - and how is it being transformed - by Jesus and for the good of people everywhere? Take a moment to pause for thought or prayer about your own journey of transformation using Elizabeth Fry's story to help you reflect... ...and if you've not yet started on that journey and need to have a transformative encounter with Jesus today, talk to him and ask him to show you what to do or, if you can pop in to church, speak to one of the stewards who will be pleased to help you or to pray with you. Step 5 Evelyn Smith Evelyn Smith is a member of the Cromer Church family. Read her story... God has spoken clearly to Evelyn over the years, challenging, encouraging and guiding her. What's been your experience of listening for - and hearing - God's voice? Evelyn has often taken God 'at His word' and her willingness to follow where He has called, has led her to some interesting and unusual places. Take a moment to pause for thought or prayer about your own calling and journey - however conscious you've been of God's calling, and whether or not it led you to interesting and unusual places - using Evelyn's story to help you reflect... Step 6 Where next? You might want to find a quiet space, a place filled with light and beauty, or simply your favourite place in your own home and be still and listen for God's voice. You might want to talk or pray with a friend that you really trust and tell them how your life's journey is going at the moment, and to share your hopes, dreams, difficulties and frustrations. You might want to find a favouite passage from the Bible - ask a friend or contact us if you're not sure where to start - and nourish your soul from God's word. You might want to pop into the Parish Church (if you're in Cromer) or your local church (if you're not) and seek out someone to help you take the next step on your life journey, with God. Look closely at the picture and you'll see that the church is made up of hundreds of small pictures of people's faces. They're real people: the members of the Cromer church family. They're ordinary people, just like you and me. The picture is an illustration of what the church is like in reality: real people on a journey with God. That's why, whoever we are, whatever we've done, wherever we've come from - we can trust God for the next step, and for every step, of our life's journey with him. Take a moment to pause for thought or prayer before you go. What's your 'next step'? Finally... Thank you for viewing the online version of our 2017 exhibition. We hope you enjoyed your visit. You are welcome to visit the Parish Church and experience it 'for real'; either by coming to one of our services on a Sunday, or by visiting at any time. The Parish Church is open daily from about 8.30 until about 5.30 (4.30 or earlier in winter). Sunday services are at 9.00 a.m. (Traditional Communion), 10.45 a.m. (Morning Service and teaching groups for children and teens) and 7.00 p.m. (Informal, contemporary worship). There is also a smaller, family-friendly service at 10.30 a.m. at St Martin's in Mill Road. The tower is open Monday to Saturday from May Day until the end of October half-term, but is closed on Sundays. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need any further information, or want to tell us your story. The photographs, below, show the exhibition as it looks in the Parish Church. If you're in Cromer between now and the end of September, do take the opportunity to pop in to the Parish Church and see it for real. 'One More Step'A photographic record of 'One More Step', Cromer Church's Summer Exhibition 2017. All images are Copyright © 2017-2018 Cromer PCC - All rights reserved.