N Norfolk Methodist superintendent says farewell
Revd Sharon Willimott, Circuit Superintendent for North Norfolk Methodists, has moved to a new post in Norwich after serving the North Norfolk Circuit for the past nine years. Tony Rothe reports.
Sharon led her final service at Cromer Methodist Church on July 12, attended only by members of that church with a few invited guests. At that service, she and her husband Kevin were presented with a Book of Appreciation featuring events and aspects of Sharon’s ministry, drawing on church members and the local community to contribute messages and photographs.
Barbara George, circuit treasurer, said “With the current restrictions on worship, we knew we would be unable to gather as a circuit to say farewell, so the Circuit Leadership Team decided to produce the Book of Appreciation which we could present to her, together with other gifts for her and husband Kevin at a much more restricted event.”
Sharon and Kevin lived in Cromer for several years before moving to North Walsham as the Circuit Superintendent. During the early stages of Sharon’s ministry in the circuit she was instrumental in
setting up the Cromer and District Foodbank under the umbrella of the Trussell Trust.
This was followed closely by starting a “Thursday bacon butties café” in conjunction with the Foodbank and then later a Monday cafe serving a 2-course hot meal community lunch. These initiatives merged to become the Community Matters Café on Mondays and Thursdays, based at the Cromer Methodist Church, where the food and refreshments served is a gift from the church and reaches out to the vulnerable and needy in the area.
Barbara said “Sharon has exercised a fruitful pastoral, preaching and challenging leadership ministry in the Circuit for which we are deeply grateful.”
Sharon is moving on to take up the post of Free Churches’ Chaplain at the University of
The picture above shows the Book of Appreciation being presented to Sharon and Kevin by Revd Chris Sharp (Acting Superintendent Minister), and is courtesy of Jane Green.
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