It was a privilege to be appointed by the Methodist Conference to serve as Chair in this district from September 2014. East Anglia is a particularly idyllic part of the British Isles and an area where you can be constantly reminded of the beauty of God's creation.
The East Anglia district is geographically vast and culturally diverse, stretching from the North Norfolk coast to the leafy suburbs of Cambridge and from the flat expanse of the Fens to the bustle of Felixstowe docks! I trust that within this rainbow community you will find a warmth of welcome, an optimism in God's grace and a passion for the Gospel!
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Below is a pastoral letter from The Revd Julian Pursehous, Chair of The East Anglia District
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I am writing to you as your Pastor but also as a fellow human being as I share your pain and bewilderment in these extraordinary times. I never imagined I would live to see such a time as this when public worship would be suspended and our way of life would be irrevocably changed in the light of a viral pandemic. We now find ourselves in uncharted territory as we face the uncertainty of what the next five months will bring. I know that many of you will be deeply troubled by the directive to cease public worship and I echo that feeling as someone who feels deeply called to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. The medical and scientific information seems to present us with the compelling evidence that only by significant ‘social-distancing’ can we hope to slow the viral spread, ease the pressure on the NHS and save some of the lives of our most elderly and vulnerable members of society. Difficult as it will be, I trust that all of us will find the resolve to work with these measures and adapt to this different way of life for a period of time.