Shortly after WW2, local Methodist leaders considered relocating their place of worship and witness into the heart of Sprowston. A new building was erected on the present site on Wroxham Road in 1958, replacing the former ‘Primitive Methodist Church’ in Shipfield, Sprowston Road. To this day, the local name for Sprowston Methodist Church remains “Wroxham Road” (also known by some members as Rocky Road) to distinguish it from the former “Sprowston Road”.
A booklet was produced in 1983 to mark the 25th Anniversary, and gives an insight into those earlier years of Christian worship and witness.
Further information about this and other Methodist Churches in the area can be found in a brief history, entitled “Through Cloud and Sunshine”, edited by Norma Virgoe and Albert Ward (2002). The church has witnessed numerous special times of God’s grace over the years and, in the words of the editors – “It moves into the 21st century with confidence and faith.” (ibid. p.146)
Another booklet was prepared as a statement of thanks to God in reaching our 50th Anniversary. We were reminded of so much – memorable outings, mission weeks, special celebrations, outdoor services and prayer weeks – and there were personal memories, too. Copies were made available throughout our Anniversary celebrations, and have all gone – but if you’d like to track one down, you’ll need to ask at the Church.
A sustained ministry of prayer lies behind all that’s happened and continues to happen at Wroxham Road. Recently, the church’s prayer life has been enhanced by special ‘Prayer Weeks’. The first of these included a 24 hour Prayer-vigil during April 2005.
We joined in the national initiative of 24-7 Prayer, entitled “Pray Without Ceasing”, during January 2006 with events that stretched from New Year’s Eve through two weeks. The whole worship area was made available as a prayer-space, with a prayer-safari guide to assist our journeys of prayer.
Since then, the popularity of this quiet open space has led to a frequent setting aside of Holy Week and Easter as a time of sustained prayer, with numerous prayer-stations to help focus our praying. It has become a very special time for all who join in.
Since 2007, our regular prayer has been: “Lord, we want to know your Presence with us here.”
2008 was an important year for us. Taking the biblical theme of the ‘Jubilee Year’ for our 50th Anniversary, we were able to celebrate with thankfulness and a sense of release into a new freedom. Special events were enjoyed throughout the year.
For many folk the future may seem so uncertain but, having witnessed God’s hand of mercy through a demanding year, we have been renewed in faith. Building on what we have experienced and now experience, we are confident of His guidance as we follow His call – “going forward, all working together”.
We are ordinary folk who have discovered something special in Jesus. Our Services are always open to the public. Why not join in? You will be welcome. You, too, can become part of the story… and a part of His story.