Taking hope onto the streets of Norwich
Hope on the Streets: Operation Zechariah
will see Christians both young and old on the streets of Norwich undertaking social action projects from litter-picking, car washes and gardening to kids clubs and family events.
Operation Zechariah takes place from July 23-26. It will span from the city centre across the East of Norwich and is supported by the East Norwich Youth Project (ENYP), St Mary Magdalene on Silver Road and Norwich Central Baptist Church. The focus of ‘Hope of the Streets’ is not just for young people to get involved it’s for the whole body of Christ to work together.
ENYP administrator Lucie Fox
, said: “For the past few months we have been praying into the mission, and seeking finance to support the running of projects and fun days. God has blessed us in many ways, and we have seen a team of people register to join and serve with us.
“We held a 24-hour prayer event at the end of March, and God spoke to us through scriptures and pictures, and we are excited for the opportunity to see God continue to move in this city.”
Afternoon projects will run in three main areas: Heartsease & Thorpe (forming East Norwich), Central/City and Mousehold, and each area will hold family activities on Saturday July 26. The area breakdowns are listed below.
Heartsease & Thorpe
- Café / Children’s project – catering for adults and young children, to chill out, chat and eat cakes!
- Multi-skills club for 4-13 year olds (including dance and sports) called ‘EQUIP’. This is a pilot project with a longer term aim of establishing the club on a more regular basis in the community, and is designed to reach the next generation by equipping their body, mind and spirits. There are still a few spaces left for the 8-13 age group – booking details are available on the ENYP website (www.enyp.org.uk)
- Free Car Wash
- Litter picking/road clean up around local roads
- Support to supermarkets by helping to pack bags and giving assistance to customers
- Creation of an outdoor theatre in a gardening project
- The family fun day runs on Saturday July 26, from 3pm to 6pm behind Lionwood Infant School and includes a free BBQ, displays, children’s entertainer, giant games, face painting, arts and crafts, performances and music played by DJ Ezra.
- Holiday club for school years 3 to 5 meeting at St Mary Magdalene church
- Litter picking around the local area
- The family fun day runs on Saturday July 26, from 3pm to 6pm on George White School field on Crome Road. It includes free food, circus skills, bouncy castle, face painting, displays from the holiday club, and musical entertainment.
- Litter picking around the local residential and business areas
- A Kids club
- On Saturday July 26 Norwich Central Baptist Church are hosting two events to cater for families and the local businesses. These are a family fun afternoon from 2.30pm to 5.30pm which includes a BBQ, face painting, a soft play area and a gladiator duel. From 7.30pm-10pm they also host a café with a more chilled and relaxed atmosphere.
Hope on the Streets is open to young people and adults, and so please feel free to come and join us. Registration is just £12, which will equip you with everything you need to serve. Please email Lucie asap for information at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s still not too late to join.
“Please continue to pray with us, that we would see a move of God as communities are impacted, relationships are built and we actively serve the local communities,” said Lucie.
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Pictured above is Tyler Doran-Smith modelling the EQUIP t-shirt that children participating in the club will receive.