Sam and Suzie
were living and working in Surrey after getting married nearly five years ago. However, eighteen months ago they sensed that God had a new adventure for them.
“Because of our love for Norfolk, having spent a lot of time here (as Suzie’s parents live in Sheringham), we explored possible new churches to minister in. We were delighted to accept the call to Union Church
” explained Sam.
They finally moved to Hunstanton
. The church, on Sandringham Road
is a joint Baptist
and United Reform
church. They meet to worship on Sundays at 10.30am
, and have a range of weekday activities.
“At this point we are still settling in and getting to know the church and town before looking at specific plans for the future. I have been taking time to meet with each person in the church individually, so I can get to know them and God’s work in their lives. And it has been a joy to meet these people and hear stories of what God has been doing.”
Alongside this they have also been getting to know the community. Suzie is a keen musician and has joined Hunstanton Concert Band
. She has begun teaching flute and piano in a few local schools. Sam is a passionate footballer, and has joined Smithdon FC
, a local Saturday football team.
“I reflected on John's vision in Revelation 21,
of God bringing together the new heaven and earth, making everything new and living with people. I believe that Christians and churches are called to live in anticipation of this new creation, sharing the good news that God wants a relationship with people and is making things new through Jesus Christ” said Sam.
“As a result I believe there are some clear things God wants to do in our community. I believe He wants people to be in a passionate relationship with Him, and I also believe justice and beauty are part of his plan too. Exactly what this will look like we are yet to find out, but I’m sure He will reveal it a step at a time!”
“I hope that over the coming months we will begin to discern what God’s plan is for His kingdom in Hunstanton and draw this together into a vision that will guide us to fulfil His purposes.
For more information about Union Church, visit http://www.unionchurchhunstanton.org/