Appeal issued to back Norwich church hit by break-in
City churches grouping, Transforming Norwich, has given its backing to Alive Church following a break-in at the weekend and appealed to other churches to support it.
Alive Church, on Nelson Street in the Heigham area of Norwich, suffered a break-in over the weekend when £17k-worth of computers, sound and lighting equipment were stolen along with Foodbank supplies intended for those in need.
Thieves broke in through a window of the church and the break-in and damage was discovered when church members arrived for a service on Sunday morning.
But church members responded positively to the set-back, helping to clear up the mess and an appeal to pay for an alarm system and CCTV has been launched online.
Now Transforming Norwich chair, Danny Doran-Smith, has appealed for other city churches to rally round and support Alive.
“Our heart as Transforming Norwich is to stand together as churches and ministries as we seek to serve the city and communities of the area, “he said. “Our thoughts are with our friends at Alive Church, and we pray that though this is difficult time, they would have opportunities to continue to share the Good News and see God's Kingdom advance. If you feel able to support or bless them in anyway I am sure they would appreciate it."
An online appeal to raise £3k to pay for an alarm system or CCTV has already been launched by Sara Carrington, sister of Alive location pastor Johanna Thorne.
Sara said: “Over the weekend my sister’s church was broken into and damaged. They stole computers and lighting equipment to name just a few things and also managed to break into and steal many food items which were for the community Foodbank which helps feed the homeless and people on low incomes. The church has only just completed its renovation so this has caused a big blow. The Church is run for the local community and is a charity that helps everyone with support when they need it.
“As it is a charity it has no funds to be able to purchase an alarm system or CCTV and the police have already advised it’s highly likely the thieves will be back at some point to steal the rest of the items they could not get out. Please can you all donate even a £1 or whatever you can to help the church get back to helping the community.”
You can find the appeal at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sara-carrington
Alive Church, began in September 2014, after rebranding from the previous City Church, and only moved into Alive House, on Nelson Street, Norwich last September in an effort to reach out to the Heigham area.
Alive House had been thoroughly refurbished and transformed from its original, although dated, brightly coloured scheme into a contemporary attractive space.
Read our previous story about the break-in.
Pictured above is a woeship service at Alive Church in Norwich.