From the notices: 1 October 2017

Celebrate National Poetry Day with Cameo this Thursday, 5 October at 7.30 pm, when five readers will bring you Freedom, a medley of poems both light and serious, all of them enjoyable. Do come! [Yes, we know that NPD changed its traditional date this year and was launched last Thursday, to fit in with a major literary event in Hull, but here in Norfolk we proudly do different.] 

This year’s Harvest Appeal focuses on chicken farming in Zimbabwe, which resonates with us following Revd Freddie Takavarasha’s inspiration. Envelopes can be placed in the offertory plate; the money raised will help people in a desperately poor part of Africa to tackle poverty, and will provide for their needs. 

The Methodist Women in Britain District Day will be in Ely on Wednesday 11 October, when Ruth Arnold will be commissioned as the new District President. The speaker will be Bishop Everald Galbraith from Jamaica. A coach will pick up from Chapel Field Road at 8.20 am; the fare is £10.00. Please contact Margaret Snelling as soon as possible to book your seat. 

Because of a lack of staff for our Junior Church, for the time being sessions will be reduced to one a month, provided that there is a volunteer to help with safe-guarding. The Junior Church will next meet on 8 October and 29 October, provided that there is an adult to help with safe-guarding, and Together in Worship on 15 October. Please spread the word about this. If you can volunteer to help with the Junior Church, please see Frances Middleton or Linda Ross as soon as possible. 

Copies of the new Prayer Handbook are now available from Sandra Brown or the Bookstall. The price is £3.95. 

The Day Centre has re-started for another year and there are vacancies for some new members. We meet on Tuesdays from 10.30 am to 3.00 pm, and provide teas or coffees mid-morning and afternoon, and a hot lunch at lunchtime. We will be pleased to greet anybody who would like to join us all day, or just for lunch. Please contact Sheila Everitt for more information on 01603 259343. 

You’re invited to join with other churches in praying this week for St Helen’s Bishopgate and for projects for the elderly in our city. 

I come with Christians far and near 

to find, as all are fed, 

a new community of love Together met, together bound 

in Christ’s communion bread by all that God has done, 

we’ll go with joy, to give the world 

the love that makes us one. 

Brian Wren