Good Friday Passion Play in city-centre shopping square
The directory was launched at the Great Yarmouth ‘Celebrate’ event in November 2018 and contains sections on Children, Youth and Families, Building Community, Food and Crisis Provision, Health and Wellbeing, and Debt & Money. It lists every church providing a service in each category, along with the area covered, the type of service or activity, which day(s) of the week it happens, venue address and contact details.
Anna Heydon, Development worker with Imagine Norfolk Together said:
“The directory emerged out of the Community Ministry Breakfasts that I run and a desire from the members there to have a combined list of everything the churches are doing to demonstrate the love of God in the local community."
The directory is regularly updated online, but ministry leaders requested a paper format that people visiting the Foodbank etc. could take away with them. As a result, a thousand copies have been distributed to local churches, charities and statutory services.
Anne went on to say:
“The guide has been very well received, especially by those outside of the church, many of whom have expressed surprise at how much the Church is doing.”
Imagine Norfolk Together is a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of Norwich. Their aim is to celebrate and support the work of local Christians in their community by providing churches with support as they develop and deliver social action initiatives, running workshops, training and events in order to build people's capacity to take action, and developing local partnerships.
This article comes courtesy of Network East Norfolk.