Trio of Norfolk community initiatives launched
By Helen Baldry
2010: Three new Christian community initiatives were officially launched in Norwich
on January 20
with the backing of Transforming Norwich.
Money 4 Mission, Norwich Foodbank and Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk made their first public appearances at St Luke’s Church on Aylsham Road in Norwich at an event attended by around 80 people.
Urging people from the Christian community to get involved in these projects, John Betts
, of Transforming Norwich
said: “All three projects have the potential to advance the kingdom of God. It's all about releasing Christians to do their activities to build a fine community in and around Norwich."
Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk
is a major Christian event planned for Norwich in June following on from last year’s successful Churches Community Action Fair.
It aims to be an expression of all aspects of the life of the local Christian community and will take the form of a series of events planned around mid June in Norwich city centre.
Celebrate development officer, John Betts, said: "The city centre will be buzzing with a whole raft of activities from serious debates to fun activities. The body of Christ together reaching out to the community without hiring an evangelist but using what we already have.” Jill Gower, who is leading the prayer team, said: "This will be a poignant time for our city."
Money 4 Mission
aims to support, encourage and enable Christian social action in Norwich and Norfolk. Connected to established charity Dreams & Visions
, Money 4 Mission aims to raise and distribute funds for specifically local initiatives and help simplify the process of giving for the work of Christian mission with Norfolk.
Biddy Collyer, the driving force behind Money 4 Mission, said: "This is the destiny of Norwich and our plans for the city. There are lots of Christian ministies in our city that can pull together. Through these relationaships we can bring light to Norwich. Money 4 Mission aims to provide sustainable income for our Christian agencies. It's really important that prayer and evangelism is at the centre of what we do.”
Norwich Foodbank aims to help some of the 30,000 people in Greater Norwich who are living on the edge of poverty. Part of a national network of foodbanks, the Norwich project aims to give out nutritionally balanced emergency boxes of food to people in crisis who have nowhere else to turn.
said it is an exciting new project which will distribute emergency food parcels, which last for two days, to people in need. It is a Christian based project but available to everybody.
He encouraged people to get involved through Harvest festivals, church gifts, donations and collections from churches and businesses. An idea currently being launched is for regular events on Saturdays at supermarkets, where collectors give shoppers the opportunity to buy one extra item in there trolley to be donated to Foodbank.
Potential supporters can be given a shopping list of needed items including UHT milk, creals, tinned tomatoes and tea bags. Frank encouraged churches and groups to sign up to be involved.