Update .. What have we been doing during the past 9 months
Things may have seemed quiet over the past year with lockdowns but progress has been made both physically and on line. After many delays the building work is finally complete (20/5/2021) and awaiting signing off. Here is a photo of the ramp and another of the kitchen area.
In addition we had a very generous and kind donation of new pew cushions for which we are extremely grateful as the old ones were well past their best. After cleaning and polishing the chapel together with running a dehumidifier for a few days every month the chapel is looking so much better and ready to welcome visitors and hold services again.
When we were able to open the chapel in advent we held an open week with a life size silhouette nativity every evening.
We have continued to hold fortnightly Zoom services all of which are available to view on our YouTube channel together with all the Central Norfolk Services… Pilgrim Methodist Church
We also have an active Facebook Page. We have had an advent series of posts, a virtual prayer walk around all the Walsingham Streets, a Holy Week series and most recently short prayer videos every day between Ascension and Pentecost following Thy Kingdom Come
Finally we are restarting monthly services followed by a tea at 4-30pm on July 11th then August 8th and Sept12th. We hope to be open on some days prior to then and during the September Heritage Open Days Event. Please look here, our Facebook page or give us a ring for further details
Progress Over the Summer Holy Week2020
We have made good progress over the summer months in catching up on deferred maintenance that desperately needed doing . Have a look at these photos. All credit and thanks to Dan at Finishing Touch Decorators of Hindringham. What a great job inside and out with all the windows
EFL have also been making great progress with the ramp and new toilet facilities… Here’s a sneak preview.
Roof Repairs Complete…..
Hopefully no more leaks !!
The intermittent leak we have had for some time has hopefully now ben sorted. Here’s the cause. Whilst we have the scaffolding up the upper windows are getting sorted at the same time. We’ve been waiting for a while to get this done but the end result should be a great improvement.
During the lockdown all work on the chapel, repairs and disabled access has had to come to a stop and our planned services have not been able to take place.
Despite not being able to meet together though we have still been able to share fellowship with others. We are hosting on Zoom a shortened Circuit Northern Prayer Fellowship and Bible Study which has changed from once a month to weekly on Monday evenings at 7-30pm.
Having dipped our toe in the water for a few weeks we are now holding a regular fortnightly mini Zoom service at 7-30pm for 40 mins to which anyone is invited if they wish. One advantage of a small congregation is that Zoom is an ideal platform. Please email or ring for details if you are interested in joining with us.
Called in to the chapel just before the shutdown to check all well. Took a few moments to sit alone think and pray. If only pews could talk! Remembered all the generations of Christians who have met here since 1794. Remembered all the personal, local and national times of crisis that each generation faced and how they overcame them with God’s help. Encouraged me and puts things into perspective
Love was in the air on Sunday evening in the chapel as we met together for a time of spiritual refreshment and sharing followed by fellowship over food. Our Moravian love feast buns to an original recipe were “interesting” although the vegetable bake was perhaps more palatable to modern tastes ! Join us for our next time together on March 1st.
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Great time together January 12th..We were joined by Paula from Sabah (Malaysia) her daughter Anna from Hong Kong and her future son in law Noel. Andrea, Noels sister from Colchester, brought them to Walsingham for the afternoon and they saw we were open Lovely sharing worship and chatting over food together. We’ll keep in touch..
On Tuesday 22nd October we marked the end of an era as we celebrated the life, faith and work of Tommy Seaman. Tommy had been the face of Methodism in Walsingham for many years together with his wife Sylvia. It was lovely to see St Peters Church in Great Walsingham packed with family and friends who came to say goodbye, pay their respects and share memories. It was also wonderful to hear the great singing that raised the rafters. The service was lead by Rev Andrew King with touching contributions from our previous minister Rev Jenny Pathmarajah and our current minister Rev Cliff Shanganya. We aim to ensure that Tommy’s legacy lives on.
Despite terrible weather we had a lovely time together as we celebrated the 225th Harvest Festival service at the chapel. All the donations went to Fakenham Food Bank. After our time of worship we shared in a Ploughman’s Supper followed by cheesecake…. Much appreciated by everybody.
After the torrential rain Monday dawned bright and sunny ready for the visit of Alan from eagles in the sky. He brought his drone so we could inspect the more inaccessible parts of the roof and building. Well worth while and some stunning photos. Highly recommended!
Our next time together is on November 3rd at 430pm. A short time of worship for 30 mins followed by pumpkin soup and apple pie. If you’re free or in Walsingham that afternoon do come and join us. You’d be most welcome.
Had a great Heritage Weekend 13-15th September 2019 combined with the Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride. The sun shone and we had over 80 visitors one of whom gave us an impromptu organ solo! Finished with a short uplifting service followed by sharing tea together with lots of sandwiches, scones and cakes. Great to welcome our new Circuit Superintendent Revd Jacqui Horton, Deacon Jen and a surprise visit from our District Chair Revd Julian Pursehouse.
Great time at the praise service and BBQ…. Many thanks to Graham !!
New Initiative! Every month. Sunday at 4-30pm.
July 2019 Hymn Sandwich !! Great time of Fellowship together
The Grapevine Spring 2019
Here is a copy of the East Anglia District Grapevine. It features an article by Sam Parfitt our new Pioneer Rural Church Planter, working across community-based ‘Replanting Rural’ church plants in two rural areas. One of these is Blakeney but the other is Walsingham ! Welcome Sam.
Mid Norfolk Circuit Events 23-24th March 2019
On Saturday 23rd we held a circuit event at Dereham…. Reimagining Central Norfolk
Under the guidance of Yasmin Finch members and clergy from throughout the circuit got together to plan for the future. A real time of fellowship, exploration and searching for guidance and ideas for the future.
On the 25th it was the annual Songs Of Praise event at the Thursford Collection. With the Fakenham Town Band and the Grand Wurlitzer leading the singing and items from the circuit choir a great time was had. Thanks so much for the wonderful music and really joyful time together and to Stephen Lynn for organising it… A collection was taken to support Action for Children.
Last week turned out to be a special week for the chapel. On Tuesday the 19th the Ecumenical Marian Pilgrimage visited for a communion service. It was lovely to see 55 worshippers in the chapel, the pipe organ being played beautifully and very professionally and the pulpit being used for preaching !! Altogether a great and uplifting time of worship together.
On Friday 22nd March the Churches of Walsingham came together for an evening Stations of the Cross where 28 people followed a powerpoint presentation and meditation led by Rev Cliff Shanganya.
Looking forward to the Ecumenical Marian Pilgrimage visiting Walsingham in March. They will be holding a Communion Service at the chapel on Tuesday 19th March at 4-45pm when the Rev Gareth Powell Secretary of the Methodist Conference will be preaching.
Our minister Cliff has just returned from an uplifting time visiting his family and Methodist Churches in Zimbabwe.
It was rewarding for him and the brothers and sisters he met and ministered to especially at this very difficult time in the country.
We are well underway with plans to improve the disabled access to the chapel !!
For those interested here are the
Cliff meets Justin Welby… The Archbishop of Canterbury
22nd July 2018
First impressions count so we’ve been sprucing things up a bit! Entrance repainted and now working on the side windows… Reputtying and then repainting. Whilst there this morning three school groups visiting Walsingham came in for a look as well as a couple of other visitors. Lovely to see and welcome them. Watch this space re the ramp at the entrance… We have plans!! Drop in if you’re in the area…you’re always welcome
25th February 2018
Some photos from yesterday’s visit
Exciting news !! Mrs Jill Baker the Vice president of the Conference is visiting the Chapel on Saturday the 24th February at 3pm. Whilst with us she’ll be giving a short talk. We are planning to have a historical display on that day along the lines of last year’s Heritage Open Days. The Chapel will be open from lunchtime and possibly in the morning and all are welcome to attend or drop in. Here’s a photo with previous VP Jill Barber (who visited a few years ago) at Englesea Brook Chapel. Jill Baker is on the right.
January / February 2018
We have been busy with school groups visiting the chapel as part of their tours of Walsingham. Sir John Leman High School visited in January and Sawston Village College on the 6th February. We welcome Norwich School on the 21st and Worstead Primary on the 23rd. Also the photography group from Bodkam led by Robert Myerscough will be using the chapel as part of their photographic work. Watch out for new views and angles on familiar objects !!
We opened our doors for the National Heritage Weekend on Sept 9th – 10th. During that time about 50 non church visitors came and saw our exhibition, had a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. We finished with a service trying to imagine life back when the chapel opened in 1794. Glyn preached and Angela sang with Tommy being our reader and Steward. As you can see we tried to dress appropriately !! Our new minister Cliff and his wife Christine came along on the Saturday and led some of us in an impromptu hymn sing. Some of the information from the boards can be seen on our site.
Our new minister Rev Cliff and his wife Christine
Recently Oundle School visited the Chapel as part of their trip to explore Walsingham. Tommy gave them an interesting talk and we all helped out with refreshments. Hopefully they enjoyed the visit and felt that they had learned something about the Methodist Church and John Wesley.