Dear Friends,

If I haven't said it already, Happy New Year 2019! We finished last year with a shared section service for our Annual Covenant Service at Toftwood where over 60 came which made for a great worship and fellowship together. I hope we can continue in the same fashion throughout the year. I love January as it is a long month and is less frantic than the 4 months of September to December. Here is what is happening over the coming months.

The World Day of Prayer that I will be leading will be at Trinity on Friday 1st March at 2.00p.m. praying for the people of Slovenia. This is one date I always put in my calendar to which all are welcome to come and share in this ecumenical service. There is also the same service at Mattishall Methodist Church at 2 p.m.

A late Shrove Tuesday this year. At 12.30p.m. 5th March. I will be cooking pancakes at Toftwood and you are all invited to share in their fun time of fellowship over a homemade soup and pancake lunch. Proceeds are for The Leprosy Mission. I wil be nipping out of the Minister's District Retreat at Ditchingham as it is one lunchtime I value very highly, but I will be returning straight afterwards so ther will be no Ash Wednesday service this year.

I will be leading a Lent Group at Garvestone Methodist Church every Wednesday at 7.30p.m. starting on 13th March. If you have not already planned a Bible study of your own or Lent Group and would like to join us, you would be very welcome, just let me know.

I have booked a Food Hygiene Course for the Circuit to be held at Toftwood on the 27th April, 9.30a.m. - 12.30p.m. the cost will be covered by your church. Please let me know if you need new training or repeat training. I had hoped to organise a First Aid Course also as those certificates are also three years old and due to expire in April but, unbelievably, there is no St. John's Ambulabce trainer in Norfolk! True, the nearest is Lincoln or Ipswich. I have e.mailed the Red Cross but they haven't even acknowledged it. So, if anyone knows of a trainer in basic First Aid please let me know. 

The main Circuit news is that there is a Circuit Awau Day on Saturday 23rd March at Trinity, and the Songs of Praise will be at Thursford on the 24th March. You will all know that Rev Andrew King is leaving us to take on the Superintendency at the Broad's Circuit which will take him close to his widowed mother and whilst we are very sorry he is leaving a year early we can only wish Andrew well and thank him for his amazing hard work and faithful service to our section and circuit for 18 years. We are very fortunate that he will be replaced by Revd. Jacqui Horton and Deacon Jen Woodfin will join her to support the Market towns.

So we have a busy year ahead with plenty for us to do as we support our own chuches, our section and circuit in whatever we can. Please also hold all of that in your prayers.

With God's love and blessing,