A Norwich evening of beauty and belief

JuliePrentice370Business consultant and author, Julie Prentice’s first beauty and belief extravaganza earlier this year was hailed as an unprecedented success. The dinner event at Bowthorpe’s Brook Hotel in Norwich was a bumper treat of health, beauty and fashion geared to every woman.  Sandie Shirley reports.

 
“I wanted it to be a bridge to the church,” says the woman who has spent over 20 years in the beauty industry before coming to faith in 2005.
 
Julie’s Beauty and Belief event attracted over 80 women from all walks of life. It also included a resume of diet, exercise and rest while being spiritually attuned to God to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It developed last year in the lounge of her Taverham home when she held an empowering faith and beauty course for her daughter’s eight teenage friends.
 
“My daughter told me about her friends who were studying for ‘A’ levels and a lot of them seemed to be under immense stress. I can remember how awful I felt when I was 18 so I wanted these girls to feel special and know they are capable of so much,” says Julie. “I would never have thought it possible that I had it in me to write a book but when you get on board with God He impacts and encourages us and I want others to realise this.”
 
By the time the course had finished last Christmas, Julie was planning a new mix of fashion and beauty on a wider scale that involved some of the teenagers as fashion models for prom dresses. “When God gives you a vision you just have to pursue it,” says Julie who had to exercise faith to launch the event.
 
She remembers taking the microphone many years ago at a beauty event for approaching 300 attendees at Carrow Road’s banqueting hall in Norwich.  “I suffered a severe panic attack. I could hardly breathe, let alone speak, and vowed I would never do anything like it again,” recalls Julie.
 
Twenty years later she relied on her Saviour to rewrite history as she took the platform to deliver a stirring message of faith, health and beauty, to encourage the audience to reach their potential. 
 
“I want to inspire people to look beyond themselves because life is full of possibilities,” says Julie whose event included a publicity outlet for her Christian business friends, her book (On Earth as it is in Heaven) and ‘Posh Frocks and Brides’ which is part of the Storehouse Charity Shop run by her church, Norwich Family Life Church. Some of the event proceeds also went to the Norwich Foodbank
 
Julie will be visiting new pastures with a trip to South Africa in September where she will be meeting up with new family members and hopes to share her Beauty and Belief format at her sister’s church.
 
Her next event on Thursday October 18 at 6.30 pm at the Norwich Christian Resource Centre is based on the theme ‘The Body is a Temple’. “We hope you will want to join us for an evening of inspiration beauty and passion. We want to inspire you to be the best you can be and endeavour to succeed,” adds Julie who says: “Believing makes you beautiful.” 

She also loves Christmas and is praying that God will give her something new, special and exciting to do with her ministry.
 
For more information email julie.jules2007@hotmail.co.uk  and for more inspirations visit www.jewelsofheaven.blogspot.com

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