The Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2023

Published on: 21 November 2022

A hospice can provide a warm and loving space to families in the bleakest of times.

The family of the late Ian Bentley, former Archdeacon of Lynn, found this during his final days at the Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich.

The current lodge was built in 1979 and there is now a chronic lack of specialist palliative care beds within Norfolk and Waveney. This year’s Lent Appeal is raising money in memory of Ian to help complete a new lodge next to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, with space for 24 beds, a wellbeing centre, education rooms and a chapel.

Ian’s friend Archdeacon Steven says, “Ian Bentley’s ministry touched many people throughout the Diocese, and this is an opportunity to support the hospice in which Ian spent his last days. The new larger building will enable many more to be helped and supported at a very difficult and challenging time.”

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A warm place for young people

Barnham Broom Youth Café has been running for 18 months by the local church with support from North Breckland Youth for Christ.


A space for early learning warmed by the sun

More space was needed at St Michael’s CofE Primary in Aylsham so, in a project driven by the Diocese of Norwich, a new nursery has been constructed for Acorn Class.


Hong Kong families made welcome

Rachel grew up in Hong Kong and has close family there, so when she saw families turning up in Holy Trinity Church, Norwich, last winter, she was able to connect with them with a question from the heart, “Are you new here?”


Boundless love

It was a momentous week for Garry and Penny as they had just said goodbye to their last (probably 100th!) foster child and were now retiring.


Café at The Well – an invitation to encounter Christ

A church plant in Ingoldisthorpe, West Norfolk is serving up a warm welcome with barista-produced coffee in a café-setting in the local church hall.


Solar panel projects as a prophetic voice

Along with many others, our churches are facing a fierce hike in heating bills this winter which focuses our attention on our dependency upon fossil fuels.


A hug from God

Sarah Russell of St Faith’s, Gaywood, is a weaver. “I wanted to start a creative group at church with a faith-filled intent.


No place like home

Liam is in his own home this Christmas. For a number of years, he has flitted between the streets of Great Yarmouth and temporary accommodation.


Follow the star – the Great Invitation

This Christmas will be the first time since the Covid pandemic that we can invite our neighbours and our communities to an in-person gathering where all can hear the Christmas story and be welcomed into the love of Jesus.


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