Wild Church, Norfolk

Published on: 8 March 2022

For the last six months Wild Church has been running in an outdoor community space called Loch Neaton. As a Licensed Lay Minister, I head it up, and a new intergenerational community has been growing.

Loch Neaton is a beautiful green space in the small market town of Watton. It hosts a 2.5-acre lake and sits adjacent to the Sports Centre. It is looked after and manged by a team of Trustees and is a place of recreation for the community.

I have been supported by the Mission Enabler Team who have helped me to think through what could happen next and what could be done differently in a context to create a flourishing new Christian community.

The Mission Enabler Revd Deb Cousins has visited the space to walk and dream with me. Deb also attended one of the Wild Church gatherings and has offered me 1:1 coaching as I explored what might be possible.

I am licensed to Mission Enabler Revd Tim Yau who has been encouraging missional imagining and regularly poses questions to help me think aboutdeveloping this new community. Prayer is at the heart of Wild Church and God’s provision has been evident. Use of the space has been provided free of charge, the local supermarket and community have donated resources and funding has been provided by the Mission Enabler ‘Pioneer Mission Micro-Grants’ and more recently ‘AlpKit’.

The Mission Enabler Team have encouraged me to not be afraid to ‘fail’, to join in with what is already happening and identify and work with people of peace. God has provided these in abundance.

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