Our Facebook 'Thoughts' for the last week can be downloaded here

We are beginning to distribute 'belonging cards' to everyone in the Central Norfolk Circuit. Each card has a unique piece of a rainbow jigsaw puzzle stuck to it.  All the puzzle pieces are needed to make the whole so each one is important and valued!  The cards will be coming out during October and November through your minister so don't worry if it takes time for yours to reach you. 


Our morning prayer times are going well. They are being recorded and can be accessed (via youtube) under the Prayer Tab on this website.


Our month of short zoom prayer times between 8. 45 - 9 am begin today.  Please contact 07912379101 if you would like the zoom link for the prayer Monday - Saturday when we are praying through the prayers in the Methodist Prayer Handbook.


We have been sorry to learn of the death of one of our Circuit Local Preachers, Mr Peter Wright.  Peter died suddenly at home on September 18th and we are holding his wife Elizabeth in our love and prayers.


The District Synod took place via Zoom on Saturday. The Methodist Youth President, Phoebe Parkin, was welcomed and she spoke about 'Climate Change Activism' and the theme of the Methodist young people as 'God's World, Our Home'.  If you want to know more, take a look at the 3Generate pages on the Methodist Church website which can be accessed here An initiative called '3Generate365' has been launched which aims to help "children and young people to pray, listen, notice, discuss and explore how God may want them to be active as disciples in the world".


Please pray for the Circuit Leadership Team meeting via zoom this afternoon - for the first time in this Connexional year. We welcome Rev Anne Richardson to the team, as we do Mrs Sam Parfitt (who becomes a member of Staff after a year as Rural Re-planter in Blakeney and Walsingham.  Mrs Aileen Fox has taken over as Senior Circuit Steward from Mr John Hull (although he remains a CS).


Around half of our 24 Circuit churches began worship again yesterday - safely and successfully. Many people attended, and although they were socially distanced and face-covered, worship was meaningful and 'community in presence' re-stablished.


Rev Anne has been successfully welcomed to formal ministry in our Circuit!  A pre-recorded version of the service that took place at 7 pm on Friday evening can be viewed at this link.  The live zoom gathering was paralleled with a live zoom link for the Norfolk Christian Deaf community with which Anne is involved. 



The Welcome Service for Rev Anne Richardson will be on Friday 4th September at 7 pm via Zoom.  The link will be made available on Tuesday the 1st. Anyone is welcome to join us on this special occasion.


Around 75 - 80 people joined in the Zoom Service for Rev Betty's Farewell (53 devices) yesterday.  Betty was given a good send-off with Cliff preaching the sermon (and tributes from the Circuit Stewards, Olwyn (Trinity), Jen (Messy Church at Toftwood), Liz (Wendling), and our Chair of District, Rev Julian Pursehouse.  Betty spoke about each of her churches and, just before the final hymn, she received (at home in Bacton via her husband Mark) a cheque from the Circuit, a card with messages from lots of people across the Circuit, and a specially made cake. 


Our Month of Prayer continues as some big world issues continue to appear on our news, as the coronavirus situation continues to be a deep concern, and as we continue to think through how some churches can re-open safely in September.


OUR MONTH OF PRAYER BEGAN THIS WEEK.  If you would like to participate in a 'telephone prayer wheel' (receiving, and making, one telephone call each day), then please contact Deacon Jen or fill in the contact form on this website. The handout of suggestions for daily prayer (including a specific prayer for our world, for the fight against coronavirus, and for our circuit churches at this difficult time) can be downloaded here.


If you would like to join in the Zoom Farewell Service for Rev Betty Trinder, please contact our Administrator Mandy, or fill in the 'contact' form on this website.  We will then send you a link for the service which will be on Sunday August 16th at 10.30 am. Anyone who is connected with the Central Norfolk Methodist Circuit is very welcome.


BREAKING NEWS: The circuit staff are suggesting that the month of August should be a month of prayer.  Further details on this website in the near future.


Yesterday's circuit staff telephone service was the last one (for the time being at any rate). Each of the Staff played a part and Rev Cliff preached the sermon on 'small things'. The link is


Rev Cliff has spoken about the 'Yes, we can' song on the latest edition of the Connexional Methodist podcast which can be listened to here.


The Welcome Service for Rev Anne Richardson as a Circuit Minister in the Dereham section will be on Friday evening September 4th at 7 pm.  Probably via zoom - watch this news channel for further details in due course.


The 'Yes, we can' video (Yes, we can make this world a better place) can now be viewed here. A message against racism from our Chair of District, Rev Julian Pursehouse, is included.


Rev Cliff is launching a video of his song 'Yes we can' this evening - on YouTube and Facebook. The song, sung by many different people of all genders, ages and nationalities, takes a stand against Racism. To watch and listen from 7.30 pm go to this link.

The Methodist Conference has taken place online this week. The link to watch in catch-up is Conference Catch-Up.


A Farewell Service for Rev Betty Trinder is being organised for the morning of August 16th. Details will be posted here shortly but the event is likely to involve a 'zoom' service and a printed version for people without the internet to follow at home. 

We have a virtual 'Open Gardens' event running for the month of June. 
Please contact us if you would like to submit 3 or 4 photos of your garden.

We have written to the 4 Members of Parliament covered by our Circuit to ask them to take up with the government the matter of Gift Aid in the pandemic time.  You can read the letter here.


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