The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have made the following statement in response to the announcement of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
“It was with profound sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty the Queen today 8th September. We join the nation in grief and thank God for her long and distinguished reign. The loyalty to, and love expressed, for Queen Elizabeth across the world is a testament to the life that she led, one marked by dedicated service to others. She provided encouragement and reassurance to a world living through uncertain times.
“For people of all ages the Queen has provided constancy, a calm and wise influence at all levels of society. Our nation, the Commonwealth and the world have been greatly blessed by her life and work.
“We give thanks to God that her duty as monarch was grounded in a deep faith in Jesus Christ, which has been an inspiration to countless people throughout her reign. Her dedication, commitment and service to her people will never be forgotten and will sustain all those who mourn in the coming weeks. Our prayers are for her family who have lost a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt and we pray that all may be inspired by her service and guided by her example.
“The prayers of the Methodist people are also offered for His Majesty the King in his new role.”
The Revd Graham Thompson and Anthony Boateng, President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
A prayer on the death of Her Majesty the Queen
Creator God, We give thanks for the life of Her Most Gracious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. We honour her life of service built on a firm foundation of faith and an exemplary commitment to duty. Comfort those who mourn and bring peace to those in distress. We offer our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
A very warm Saturday heralded our coffee and chat morning ,with stalls and raffle on hand to encourage folk to spend their money for our charities— Assist Trust and an orphanage in Malawi. A big thanks to all those who came along as £210 was raised. Books, jigsaws, jewellery, scarves , bags and cakes in abundance tempted our visitors. It is wonderful to be able to open up to friends and community after the past two years. Look out for our Christmas coffee morning at the end of October!
Today we joined Alan in celebrating his 80th Birthday. Penny made a lovely cake and Spike composed a poem for the occasion that Penny managed to reproduced onto the cake. So that you don’t have to try and read it, it is below.
Alan’s Birthdays nearly here So, everybody, raise a cheer It’s 80 long years now folks That’s just the age of his best jokes.
No longer at the Power Station He lectures us about Creation His services are like no other We’re so pleased that he’s our brother
The church helped Lyn celebrate a significant birthday this year. A member of the church was asked by her family to make a special cake for her, which she kindly shared with the congregation after the morning service.
“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.