New Norwich church opens its doors
2007: A new Norwich church will be meeting publicly for the first time from January 14 offering free breakfast and a café-style welcome.
Gateway Vineyard, led by Craig and Hannah Deal, started in October 2005 and is a church plant from Norwich Vineyard which meets in Thorpe. They will be launching a new regular Sunday morning service at the Fishergate Centre in Norwich.
Craig said: “We want to be contemporary and relevant. But basically we want to create an environment where we and others can meet together and discover Jesus wherever they are at in life and with as few barriers as possible. It will be very relational, hence breakfast, it will be only an hour which is accessible, and the talks we hope will be relevant to everyday life.
“We are a community of people who are committed to following Jesus Christ with our whole lives and who also called to love and serve each other and the city around us. We value diversity. We are a place where all are welcome: whether you're curious or convinced, disillusioned or envisioned, hurting or content.
“Other things important to us are Vineyard values like keeping things simple, no hype and valuing the individual. There will be worship and opportunities for prayer.
“Our first event involved Mexican food, live music and an invitation to come in and hear why we were starting a church. The name ‘Gateway Vineyard’ was inspired by our desire for the church to be a place where anyone could come and meet with God.
Craig, who has lived in Norwich for the last 6 years, has worked for the Vineyard movement in the USA in Anaheim, California for 3 years. He is married to Hannah, daughter of Norwich Vineyard pastors Geoff and Annie Lawton. Both also work for the Schools department of YMCA Norfolk and they lead the church together.
You can join them for breakfast at 10am or 10.30-11.30am for the new services from Sunday January 14. There will also be child-care for 0-3s.
For more information contact Craig and Hannah on Tel 01603439076
Pictured outside the Fishergate Centre are Craig and Hannah Deal.