A Passion for Life

Published on: 24 February 2022

As we go to press, this initiative is gaining momentum with 10 churches from Gorleston to Dereham and counting, preparing a month of mission in the build up to Easter.

This is all part of a UK-wide mission helping churches proclaim the good news of Jesus in our communities. The meaning of the phrase “Enjoying engagement for life” is being promoted through small, everyday connections as well as larger events, such as talks with guest speakers. On Holy Saturday a Passion Play will take place, organised by Celebrate Norfolk with local churches and the Saltmine Theatre company.

Coordinator John Drake said, “We need to grow churches from the base up through ordinary contacts, not relying solely on professional pulpit sermons on a Sunday. Our everyday groups are many times larger than church on Sunday; we can set out to mix and engage naturally in non-Christian circles.”

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Queen’s Jubilee

“Pray for me … that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve him and you, all the days of my life.


Emerging communities

I asked Phil Courtier, Director for South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils, how we should pray for people like him – our local leaders and civic workers – as they help to shape the places in which we live.


Praying for Secondary School students

George is a GCSE student in a large school.


Street Presence

“Every night is different!” says Paul Rendell.


Set free to hear Christ

“I’m often too proud to admit that I need the concrete challenge and accountability of a wise mentor, with whom the landscape of the soul can be traversed and surveyed,” says The Revd Taylor Wilton-Morgan, Assistant Curate, United Benefice of St Benedict.


Baby Basics – journeying with families

“Today we gifted a new Moses basket to a Mummy, and her unborn baby, knowing she has very little, if anything, to provide the essentials needed,” says Baby Basics Coordinator Maggie Anderson.


Sapling signs of hope

Ecology student Ben Knights first set eyes on the hazel saplings while on placement in the Bishop’s Garden.


Bringing hope and healing

“I love my job, there are so many positives” says Eve Hart, manager of the Great Yarmouth team for The Matthew Project, “Unity” (young people’s drug and alcohol service).


School’s journey to Easter

“The last two Lents have been difficult,” explains John Neenan, the head teacher of St Michael’s CofE VA Primary School in Aylsham, “so we planned something special this year for our Lenten journey to Easter.”


Praying towards Pentecost

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ (TKC) focuses on spiritual transformation by being empowered to share Jesus’ message and praying for five friends to find faith in Christ.


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