Norfolk churches ask: Why bother with God?
A group of churches in Norfolk are partnering to host a series of events exploring life in Christ, throughout March and beyond, including asking, “Why bother with God in a post-Covid world”?
Life ‘22 Norfolk includes Norfolk churches such as Surrey Chapel, Holy Trinity, Servants and St Andrew’s in Norwich, Broadgrace in Coltishall, St Mary Magdalene in Gorleston and Diss Baptist Church.
It will include well-known speakers such as Rico Tice (of Christianity Explored), Hilary Nicholls and Nate Morgan Locke. Other events include a film night, style tips, workers lunch, cream teas, deep indie music with Pyramid Park, a youth night and inflatable fun for children.
Venues includes churches, a coffee shop, a city bar and St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich.
Explaining the choice of subject, Rev Richard James, Vicar of Holy Trinity said: “over the last two years, the world has changed dramatically. One of the key questions for each of us is where do we find meaning and hope in the changed world we now find ourselves in. These are the questions which Rico will help us to explore during this special evening. Everyone is welcome to attend.”
The evening which is free to attend will include refreshments and an opportunity to ask questions. Free tickets can be booked via the website. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The event will also be live-streamed via the Holy Trinity YouTube channel.
Later in March, the same group of churches will host Nate Morgan Locke who will speak at a series of events across Norfolk, exploring the question of where life that lasts can be found. On the evening of Saturday 26 March at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich, Nate, who is a film maker, will take attendees behind the scenes of film production and give a Christian perspective on some favourite themes from the big screen.
Nate will also speak at a lunch for city workers at St Andrew’s Church, a cream tea in Coltishall and a music event with indie band, Pyramid Park, on Thursday 24 March. Earlier on Saturday 25 March he will be at two inflatable sessions for children aged 0-11 at Surrey Chapel and on the evening of Friday 24 March he will speak at a special youth event, ‘Night Life’ at St Mary Magdalene Church in Gorleston.
Night Life will make use of the church building, church hall and garden and is for young people in school year 6 and above.
The event, which will run from 7pm to 9pm, is free and will include a football cage, inflatable rodeo bull and other games as well as a cafe area with refreshments and tuck.
Rev Matthew Price, Vicar of St Mary Magdalene Church, said: “we are delighted to be working with other churches on the Life ’22 mission and excited about the opportunity of our event, Night Life. We have capacity for up to 100 young people and, as well as young people from our own parish, we are expecting young people to join us from Norwich, Lowestoft, Beccles and Cromer. We are praying that it will be a really fun evening and that it will give young people the opportunity to reflect on the life in all its fullness which Jesus promises he brings.”
Commenting on Life22 Norfolk, Nate Morgan Locke said, “I am thrilled to be coming to Norfolk for Life 22 Norfolk and I am looking forward to exploring some of the big questions of life, at the various events that have been organised. We’ll be doing that particularly by focusing on the life of Jesus Christ who, not least by the way we organise our calendar, is the centre point of human history. I look forward to meeting you in March!”
Nate will be in Norfolk from Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 March and will be speaking at a series of events. All the details, including how to book, can be found on the Life 22 website.
There are events for men, women, children, students and seniors, and these are all listed on the website: Life 22 Norfolk which has booking details, information about the speakers, and contact details of churches who will be running Hope Explored courses as follow-up to the events.
“Please have a look at the website and let your church and most importantly, your non-Christian friends know about it,” said Susan
For churches in Norfolk who want to get in touch, please contact Bev@SurreyChapel.org.uk or email@example.com (Diss Baptist Church)