Our annual Church Family Ramble takes place this afternoon, 26 August, at Morley, starting at the Methodist Church at 3.00 pm. Tea will be provided after the one hour walk; our evening service will follow there at 5.00 pm. You’re welcome to join in the walk or just come for the tea and the service.
Action for Children, which works in partnership with the Methodist Church, has opened a pop-up shop called 1869 in Castle Mall, named after the year the charity was founded. Rather than second-hand clothes it stocks brand new, sample or store seconds, items from retailers such as Hobbs and House of Fraser. Hurry to visit because the shop will close on Thursday 30 August. All the profits will go to local children’s centres which support both children and parents in many different ways.
New Beginnings, an evening to enjoy, will include music, poetry and socialising with refugees and asylum- seekers on Monday 3 September at 7.00 pm. It’s organised jointly by The Octagon Chapel and Amnesty International at Norwich Arts Centre, Mission Hall Bar, in aid of New Routes, a local organisation which supports and empowers refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants, and promotes cross-cultural integration and community awareness. See the notice in the Church Centre.
Our city is celebrating Heritage Open Days this year over two weekends, 6 – 9 and 13 – 16 September. We look forward to welcoming visitors to look around our Church on Friday and Saturday, 7 and 8 September from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Please speak to Pauline Mann if you would like to help.
We are taking part in the annual Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk (driving too), which encourages people to visit historic churches in and around the city on Saturday 8 September, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Half the proceeds are donated to the Trust; our half will be given to our Overseas Mission Project The Vidiyal Trust. Forms and details are available from Pauline Mann and Sandra Brown.
A date for your diary: on Saturday 22 September The Gwalia Male Voice Choir will give a concert at Chapel Field Road to celebrate the life of Carolyn Phillips, a former President of Norwich Welsh Society, who died last December. Tickets at £10 are on sale from Megan or Tony Davies (451073); proceeds will be given to The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.
If you’re turning out your drawers and cupboards, don’t forget that there’s a Jumble Sale on Saturday 29 September, in aid of The Vidiyal Trust. Any good quality items that you can donate will be very welcome. This doesn’t include glass or electrical items.
At our last Church Council meeting we pledged to pray in August for the new church which the community has built in Nyarugusu refugee camp near Kigoma, in Western Tanzania. Anna Machosi and Kiza Mnena, who delight us with their singing, were in this camp and have many friends there. The church will be dedicated today, 26 August, by their Bishop. See page 12 of your August Contact.