Norwich church completes 2,200 hours of kindness
A Norwich church has clocked up almost 2,200 hours of kindness during the 40 days of Lent in a campaign to launch a revolution of acts of kindness called 1000 Hours, across the city and county.
Gateway Vineyard church members gave out an incredible 5,000 bars of chocolates to staff at two of Norfolk’s main hospitals, goodie bags to paramedics and hampers at doctor's surgeries and to prison officers.
There were group activities such as litter picking on beaches and at schools and providing tea for residents at a Thorpe St Andrew care home.
Also many individual acts of kindness such as cleaning street signs, litter picking, writing thank you letters and baking cookies for teachers.
The Norwich & Norfolk University Hospital and the James Paget in Gorleston saw staff form long queues to collect a free bar of chocolate or piece of fruit from church members.
Hampers of food and cakes were given to grateful staff inside Norwich Prison, to clients at a domestic violence refuge and also to 360 paramedics who work across central Norfolk.
Of the prison visit, children & families pastor, Marc Lillystone said: “We just wanted to say thank you to a group of public servants who work hard behind closed doors and won't often get much thanks from the public or prisoners.”
The church also teamed up with Kinsale Infant School to encourage pupils to undertake their own acts of kindness.
An estimated 10,000 different people were touched by the 1000Hours campaign which was hailed a great success.
Church pastor Hannah Deal said: “There are all kinds of ways in which people can show kindness towards others and we hope that through them we will see positive changes in our community.
“We believe that simple acts of kindness will send ripples across our city and county. In big ways and small ways we wanted to be able to show God’s love and kindness to people.”
To find out more visit www.1000hours.co.uk or see the short video below.
Read about one special act of kindness here
Pictured above are members of Gateway Vineyard giving out chocolates at the Norwich & Norfolk University Hospital.