That time of year again when a few fit folk completed the sponsored walk from Lenwade to Whitwell. The weather was kind and pleasantly warm and the chat continuous! Tilly made the most of the stream and we avoided her after that! At the half way coffee stop we were joined by Mike, Jill and Vivienne who had no problem finding us this year! Scones, jam and cream were enjoyed before the return amble back to our cars. Thank you to all those who walked and those who sponsored us for our overseas charity HART.
Last night, Doreen and I attended the welcome service for our new
superintendent, Rev Andy Burrows, and his family.
A different sort of welcome as Sprowston church had all the Covid precautions in place but it worked well! Modern technology meant we had music and singing on the screen
and we could discreetly join in behind our masks! There were representatives
from the different faiths, including the Salvation Army as Andy was a
Salvation Army Captain for 16 years before becoming a Methodist minister. Rev
Julian Pursehouse spoke eloquently about our role as servants to each other
and to the community and accepting it ourselves from others.
Promises were asked and made by Andy and by the congregation as we formally welcomed him. Unfortunately no handshakes from each church and an orderly exit when the service was over. We missed the personal contact — and the usual
refreshments afterwards! — but the warmth of welcome was there and we look
forward to meeting and hearing Andy at Trinity. Jean
Sunday the 2nd August saw the CofE arrange a drive-in service at the Norfolk Showground
Waiting in their cars for the start of the first service ever held songs of praise style for motorists at the Norfolk showground are Pat; Spike and Doreen and Alan and Helen.
Approximately 100 cars attended for the Drive-in Sunday service organised by the Diocese of Norwich
Visitors could follow the service from their car radios and there were subtitles for the words of the hymns. It was a perfect hot and sunny afternoon and before the service visitors could enjoy the street market with a choice of places to eat.
If only–! Tony admiring an American car from the 1920s whilst on our church picnic at Heydon. A beautiful afternoon on the green, meeting up with friends, putting the world to right and enjoying lunch– what more could one want after lockdown! A drink from the cafe and a gentle stroll round the estate completed a pleasant get-together.
We have been maintaining the garden at church and are very pleased with how it is looking. We have also been looking at the implementation of measures within the church building so that we are compliant with the current covid legislation. This means we will be ready to open the church for worship when we are given the green light. Linda and John
During lockdown my role of sending out weekly news letters has become more important. Not only have I been sending out the usual church news, but I have also been making sure that all other things of interest to the church are passed on to all the members. I have also helped with preparing the daily prayer and reflections for publication on the web site.
I have also managed to complete a 10 week photography course, and am really pleased with my achievement. I have caught up on my reading (10 books and counting). I have also been knitting baby cardigans, hats and blankets for the NICU at the N&N. Jayne
Finished my Needle-craft , probably wouldn’t have done it if we weren’t ” locked in” .
Spike is being very industrious too, after he worked really hard to lay the artificial lawn, he is darning his socks,(a dyeing art) in our throw away society. Maybe we shall have to” Make do and mend” a bit more now! Doreen
I had just moved before lockdown so some of the jobs that need doing around the house have had to wait. I have enjoyed the challenge of running my own home again.
I have done many of the things others have done during this time, walking along Marriotts Way, doing jigsaws, practising my music, using my tablet, watching TV and so on. I have also started planting up pots of flowers for my new garden.
As you can see from my photos, I have been cooking and made a cake for Jo’s 50th and have been doing lots of knitting. Rita D
During lockdown I have had time to sit and sew. Although there is still a little bit to finish, I am really pleased with the way it is looking, I just need Spike to make me a frame for it. Doreen