When the pandemic hit, St Edmund’s Church in Taverham, like all across the diocese, had to close the door of its ancient building.
Standing as a beacon of light for over 900 years in this large suburb just north of Norwich, the team quickly re-thought their ministry. Despite little experience of digital communication, they adapted, initially simply using a smart phone, and took Sunday services, toddler tunes, youth group and prayers online, broadcasting live via their Facebook page.
Many of these continue to run, even as the building has reopened. A daily “bitesize prayer” time is recorded by different people from the church, and weekly “midweek moments” has a Bible reading, reflection, and prayer. Worship leader and families worker Rachel Seabrook says, “Listening to God and to each other is the gracious invitation God offers us in prayer, learning to love God and our neighbour in more Christ-like ways.”
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