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Norwich church goes mobile to celebrate

GatewayTextWebA Norwich church is celebrating its first anniversary of going public by launching a mobile text messaging service to keep its congregation informed.
Gateway Vineyard church celebrates one year of meeting publicly at the Fishergate Centre in the city centre on Sunday January 20 and in that time its numbers have doubled.
Gateway Vineyard church was started by husband and wife team Craig and Hannah Deal in October 2005 as a plant from Norwich Vineyard, which meets in Thorpe St Andrew.
They are launching the free text alert service to help those that attend, and possible visitors, keep right up to date with church activities. “We just want to give people the chance to plug in to what we are doing,” said Hannah.
Craig said: “It has been a real adventure. To see the church grow over the last year has been encouraging. To see people discover Jesus has been fantastic.
"Vineyard churches throughout the world have always held the belief that church should be culturally relevant and in touch with local culture, most people talk to each other using text messaging so why shouldn't the Church?”
Set up café style, Gateway seeks to create a relaxed environment where anyone can come and meet with God, says Craig. With a free breakfast from 10am the service starts at 10.30am with contemporary worship followed by a short relevant talk and a chance to respond.
On Sunday January 20, they will be telling stories of what happened in the past year as well as painting a picture of what those part of Gateway Vineyard might expect in 2008 and visitors are more than welcome.
You can join them at The Fishergate Centre, Fishergate in Norwich NR3 1SE on Sundays from 10am.
You can also stay in touch by receiving free text alerts to your phone of upcoming events at Gateway by texting the word GATEWAY to 80480. Contact the church on 01603 439076 at   or visit

Gateway Vineyard is a registered charity and part of Vineyard Churches UK. Vineyard is a growing worldwide movement of 800 churches, there are currently 100 in the UK.

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