“It was wonderful to hear the buzz inside the church!” A comment we have been waiting for over these past months. A chance to show the community we are up and running! The coffee morning was appreciated not only by our members but by folk from other churches in the circuit.
Stalls of handicrafts and books and jewelry — as well as the always welcome cakes— provided a chance to chat, buy a little something and admire the talents on display. Sitting with a coffee gave people chance to catch up with friends and their latest news.
At present, £250 was raised, to be given to the Haiti appeal set up by All We Can , a Methodist Relief and Development charity— this being our chosen overseas charity. Thank you to all who donated. A double whammy, as they say!
In our garden, we now have a new bench, bought with some of the donation from Graham Porter. Graham sadly died but this is a permanent reminder of his support for Trinity Church and Methodism in Taverham. He was a man of many talents but unassuming and kindly in his ways. His family were very important to him and along with his faith, supported him throughout his illness. He and his wife Deidre often opened their beautiful garden for fund raising events so as we sit in our church garden, we will think of Graham with fond memories.
In the words of the hymn, “see, what a morning, gloriously bright” couldn’t have been more appropriate for our first service after lockdown 2021! The sun shone, expectations were high and daffodils filled the church with colour and cheer. What an ideal Easter morning to celebrate the risen Jesus! To be with our friends and in a place we love – although socially distanced and masked! Thanks to our minister Mary for leading the communion service. We look forward to regular Sunday services in church but the usual Norwich North West Youtube service will continue for those unable to meet with us.
New Years Eve 2020, a cold but gloriously sunny day at Blickling! Walking the grounds felt a million miles from all the worry and sadness that this year has brought. Nature at its winter best with frost decorating hedges and trees and crisp underfoot, rather than muddy ground. The Tower is a holiday let now but in bygone days it saw guests sipping champagne while they watched the horse racing from the crenellated balcony. The race course has long disappeared but the building shone in the winter light. The lake looked a picture and was frozen in parts, making it difficult for the odd hardy fisherman! A welcome coffee and bacon bap beckoned at the end of our walk! Our county has beauty in varying ways, be it seaside, countryside or the Broads. Let us enjoy it — safely– in 2021. – Jean.
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.
50 years ago on the 1st August, this lovely man promised to stick with me, ‘for better for worse’. And so he has! How thankful I am, dear Jeremy and how blessed I feel to be able to celebrate with you now, all those years together
Having to postpone our ‘big 50th party’ was sad, of course, but what a special day it turned out to be! Claire Elizabeth, Richard Tusting, and Ali Chapman, our 3 wonderful children, produced so many surprises – not least suddenly appearing, at intervals, in our garden! With 5 of our 7 beautiful grandchildren! And, there we were, prepared mostly for Zoom! Thank you so much all of you, for your planning, cake, video & gifts, but most of all for being with us to share our special day – Rosemary