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I write this article with the feast of Pentecost on the horizon. The coming of the Holy Spirit was quite an unforeseen event for the apostles; they had been promised something by Jesus, but they could have had no idea what he meant. The Greek word ‘Paraclete’ is unique, nobody can quite translate it: ‘Comforter’, ‘Advocate’ are two words often used.
It was a promise of courage and ability, as they were to discover as they set about their newfound roles.
I find myself pondering their situation as we face an opening up and tentative relaxation following the improvement in our circumstances (as I write this) in this country with respect to Covid.
The Pentecost celebration of 2021 is certainly seeming to mark the beginning of something new; everyone has been through a most trying year and more, some suffering from the disease, some dying from it, some experiencing great mental stress and strain, especially if they live alone or in abusive relationships. The sudden closure of many social interaction points had the effect of switching life off.
Although this summer is not so far proving the great provider of sunshine that last year did, (making me, oddly to look back on it with something approaching nostalgia for the sun, the quiet and birdsong) the ability to look forward through these cold grey days of May is helping us step out into what will inevitably be a New World. Some may want it not to change, to go back to what it was, but sadly that will not be possible, as almost everything is changing. How do you feel about your first crowded bus trip, or trip to Norwich on the train or a meal in a crowded restaurant or pub?
The love of God will never change, but human circumstances do, and God became man in order to help us understand that he is there, with us. He has been present all through the pandemic, suffering with those who suffer, weeping beside those who mourn.
As signs of hope begin to glimmer on the horizon we look forward to finding him in the fellowship with others, the ability to sing together, the entertainment of family and friends, a shared meal in our own home not in a chilly garden, and the overall spread again of smiles which are not behind masks. (One thing the pandemic has taught is the looking into people’s eyes to see if there is a smile in there).
These last months have certainly brought out many good things, in friendship, telephone calls, shopping and caring for our neighbour. While the crisis is not over yet, perhaps we can pray that the Holy Spirit will guide not just Christians but all mankind into becoming more aware, more caring and more loving.
We pray and hope that this summer will see sunshine not only in the skies, but also in people’s hearts and futures.
A MESSAGE FROM PAM THOMPSON: At the APCM’s Fr. Jeremy advised the parishioners that I was currently only temporarily licensed to officiate as a Lay Reader (or as we are now known in the Diocese of Norwich “Licensed Lay Minister”). To be a Licensed Lay Minister requires the agreement of all the PCCs in the Benefice and Fr Jeremy has advised me that the PCCs have unanimously agreed to this.
I started training as a Lay Reader in the Diocese of Southwark in 2003 and was Admitted and Licensed in 2006. I worked at St John the Baptist, Eltham and at Saint Swithun’s, Hither Green. In my first year as a Reader, I was elected to be the Area Representative for Readers in the Woolwich Episcopal Area and was subsequently elected to be the Area Warden for Woolwich. I also served as a Selector of Readers, taking part in the selection process to choose applicants for Reader ministry by assessing their potential for serving and developing as a Reader, and their ability to cope with and benefit from training.
Having moved, with my husband Keith, to Cromer in November 2018 we have been worshipping at Holy Trinity, West Runton and at All Saint’s, Beeston Regis.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and, as the other churches begin to open, we very much look forward to worshipping with you and getting to know you.
Subject to the covid-19 restrictions it is envisaged that I will be “Welcomed” formally into the Diocese at a service in Norwich Cathedral on 18th September. Pam Thompson
REGULAR GIVING — No doubt you are all aware of what a difficult financial year 2020 has been for our churches. General giving, collections, Standing Orders etc., were significantly less than in 2019 and, due to the pandemic, there has not been any fund raising. We are grateful to those church members who were able to pay by Standing Order – this has been of great benefit as their contributions have continued throughout the year whereas collections have not. We are also grateful to our church members who have either put their collection aside in their white envelopes, sent in cheques, or made bank transfers in order to contribute. If you have not yet considered paying a regular amount by Standing Order, could we please ask you to consider doing so.
GIFT AID CLAIMS — If you are a tax payer please consider filling in a Gift Aid Form. Gift Aid is a scheme which means that the church can claim from HMRC an extra 25p for every £1 you donate, or put another way, it increases your donation by 25%. That is as long as you have paid the basic rate of tax and make the donation from your own funds.
If you are not a tax payer then the church can still claim Gift Aid under the Small Donations Scheme for collections. Under these circumstances please do not pay your donations by cheque but pay by cash either in your envelopes or in not more than £20 notes as we cannot claim Gift Aid under this scheme on cheques or large denomination notes.
If you require any further details, either about paying by Standing Order or about Gift Aid then please speak to one of the Benefice Gift Aid Officers or one of the Treasurers.
NEWS FROM AROUND THE BENEFICE
There will be a series of lunchtime concerts taking place every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Admission is Free but there will be a Retiring Collection. Bring your lunch and enjoy a coffee or tea with us. Car parking is next door to the Rectory:
7th July: Mark Jones – Organ
14th July: Martyn Marshall – Organ
21st July: John Farmer – Organ & Piano
28th July : Jonathan Hill – Organ
4th August: Tim Patient – Organ
11th August: Zaira Palumbo & Alan Morris – Soprano & Organ
18th August: Jim Laird – Organ
25th August: Richard Walker – Organ
1st September: Scarlett Askew – Flute
St John the Baptist Church: At our Vestry Meeting, Connie Burchett was elected as Churchwarden for the coming year. Margaret Mitchell resigned her role as Churchwarden.
The APCM then followed and Clive Mitchell resigned from the PCC and Rev. William Bestelink was elected. The members of the PCC are: Mr & Mrs Dumolo, Rev. & Mrs Bestelink, Mrs Herbing and Mrs Idiens.
The Vestry Meeting and the APCM then closed and a PCC meeting took place. Mrs Rosemary Large agreed to be the Treasurer for the coming year. The following positions were agreed to: Mr Dumolo, Fabric Officer; Mrs Dumolo, PCC Secretary; Mrs Herbing, Electoral Roll Secretary.
It is hoped that St John’s might be able to open sometime in June and that to celebrate our Patronal Festival a Songs of Praise could be held on Sunday 27th June at 3.00pm. Connie Burchett, Churchwarden
A Letter from Clive & Margaret Mitchell: We would like to say a big “Thank You” to all our friends within the Quintet Benefice for their support and understanding of our decision to retire from our duties within the Benefice.
We have now become members of Cromer Church having lived in Cromer for nearly 10 years. Our association with West Runton goes back to 1960 when we used to holiday at Beeston Regis camp site (in Rev. Bloom’s time) and our daughter attended Sunday School there. Holidays were then taken at Shaw Cross Road, West Runton. Both our granddaughters were baptised in the Benefice. The eldest by Rev. Paul Atkins in Holy Trinity West Runton, and the youngest by Rev. Peter Davis in St. John the Baptist Aylmerton. In 1994 we retired and moved to Aylmerton from Cambridgeshire. Clive then transferred his Reader’s Licence to the Diocese of Norwich.
We have loved our long association with the Benefice. We wish you all the best for the future. Clive & Margaret
All Saint’s Church: Three meetings were held after the service on Sunday 9th May. These were attended by 13 people as well as Revd Jeremy Sykes. At the first meeting John Meikle was elected as Churchwarden. However, there remains a vacancy for the second Churchwarden.
Following this, a brief meeting was held to accept the notes made of the procedures followed in 2020 when no formal meeting was held. All those on the Electoral Roll had received a copy of the 2020 Annual Report (including minutes of 2019). These notes were approved ensuring that requirements for 2020 had been properly met.
The final meeting was the 2021 APCM. The Annual Report was received and accepted. The document included a report on the work of the PCC, Financial Report, Fabric Officer’s Report, Deanery Synod Report, Safeguarding Report, Flower Arrangers’ Report and a report on Sidesmen who were reappointed for next year. The Electoral Roll had increased by 4 people. Deanery Synod Representatives were elected, as were PCC members, although there is still a vacancy on the PCC. The meeting closed with remarks from Revd Jeremy Sykes who offered thanks to all those who had worked for the church and Benefice during the past year and provided some thoughts on the future. Derek Nightingale, PCC Secretary
All Saints Church: The meeting took place on Monday 10th May 2021 at Gresham Village Hall. Due to the restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic the PCC were unable to meet in person for the 2020 APCM, so the 2020 APCM reports were duly received and approved by the meeting. The regular APCM reports were presented to the meeting.
The key matters arising from these reports was the discrepancy between the monthly income and monthly expenditure for the church during the last 12 months, partly due to the lack of services during this period, and the discussion and report on the continuing repairs to the church fabric. Robert Batt
St. Andrew’s Church: Barbara and I were re-elected as Churchwardens for another year at the APCM. Thank you, it is a privilege to serve in this way and we will do our best for the church, its congregation and the community.
Kathryn, Elizabeth and Brenda were re-elected to the PCC and Jennifer continues to serve on the Deanery Synod. Madeline and Graham also continue as sidespersons.
A Contractor has been appointed to repair the roof, and we are anxious that work will soon begin. Graham thinks he has emptied around 50 gallons from the dehumidifiers to date! St. Andrew’s is in need of a lot of “tlc” at the moment, both inside and outside.
We hope and pray that government restrictions will soon ease, so we can hold services and make plans to bring our church back to life and its former glory. Jean Steward
Holy Trinity Church: The Annual Meeting of Parishioners was held on Sunday 16th May after the 11.00am Holy Communion Service. There were 28 people present and a further 8 online (Zoom). There were no nominations for the post of Churchwardens and the current Churchwardens for both Holy Trinity and St Andrew’s were duly elected.
There followed the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. The following were elected: Lay Chairman Mrs Rita Lewis. Deanery Synod Members (ex officio) Mr J Creasey, Mrs J Elton and Mr N Wharton. Churchwardens (ex offcio) Mr P Strudwick, Mrs R Large, Miss J Steward and Mrs B Wright. Other Members Mr P Fitch, Mrs J Williams, Mrs B Hones, Dr and Mrs R May, Mrs K McCrohon, Mrs A Wharton and Mr and Mrs K Thompson.
Mr Rohan Fennell has decided, due to ill health, he can no longer continue to take on the role of PCC Secretary. The meeting was asked for nominations to replace Rohan but, sadly, nobody stepped forward. At the moment Peter Strudwick is taking the minutes of the meetings but, due to all his other commitments, he cannot take on the job full time. If anyone would like to take on this position would they please ring either Peter (823657) or Rosemary (838121). It is not essential to be a member of the Parochial Church Council to be the Secretary.
Various reports were received and accepted. If you would like a copy of the full Minutes, please contact the Churchwardens.
The PCC voted unanimously to license, as a Lay Reader, Mrs Pam Thompson. Father Jeremy thanked her for her support of him since he joined us.
Father Jeremy thanked all who helped keep the show on the road during lockdown. He also thanked the retired clergy – Pat, William and Barry for their help during the vacancy. In particular, he thanked Father John Pawson on our behalf for the many years of service he gave to this Benefice. He then said a big “Thank You” from himself and Lesley for the welcome they have received from the Benefice and said that although they had only been in the Rectory for six weeks it was already feeling like home. Churchwardens, Holy Trinity and St Andrews
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