Rescue plan for Norwich Christian literature
Following the temporary closure of Norwich’s
only city centre Christian bookshop and the alleged sacking of its five staff on Tuesday, an alternative plan to preserve the future of Christian literature in Norwich is emerging.
John Betts (pictured right), chairman of Transforming Norwich said: “We are all concerned for the staff at SPCK and wish them well. We are also concerned about the potential loss of Christian literature in Norwich.
“On behalf of Transforming Norwich and others, I am personally leading an alternative initiative to see that the long-term future of Christian literate in Norwich is secure.
“As soon as there is anything definite to report this will be published on Network Norwich. In the meantime, we value the prayers of all concerned about this situation.”
Any parties with a specific interest or offers of help can contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01603 861181. If you want to express your support, you can do so at the bottom of this article.
The Forget-Me-Not Café,
which is also at the SPCK Centre, at St Michael at Plea, Redwell Street, is still open for business and a notice pinned to the door states that the bookshop will reopen on February 18 under the Saint Stephen the Great Charitable Trust.
SSG chairman Mark Brewer said: “This charity intends to carry on Christian bookselling in Norwich so long as we have the custom and support of the Christian community in the city.
“That support is particularly important at present in view of the challenging economic environment that virtually all High Street retailers are experiencing throughout the country.”
Mr Brewer said the organization had not “sacked” the staff via email.
He said: “We have recently completed new contract consultations throughout the charity. Unfortunately, certain persons have chosen to terminate their employment rather than agree to the new contract. This is a matter of the employees' personal and individual choice; it is not the action of the charity.”