Latest Norfolk Christian news stories in brief
NEWS IN BRIEF: Norwich church homeless threat lifted, hospital chaplain retires, church to hold services in theatre, royal accolade for Open and arson church to rise from ashes.
2010 NORWICH: Norwich Family Life Church
has had the threat of homelessness lifted after Norwich City
planners granted them temporary permission to continue meeting in a warehouse on the Mason Road
The 18-month permission has been granted to allow the church to sort out planning proposals for a new church building on its original Heartsease site, destroyed by fire four years ago. Read our previous story on this subject.
KING’S LYNN: After two decades of helping families cope with tragedies, West Norfolk hospital chaplain, Rev Canon Andrew Haig, is retiring from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
He said: “The real high points are when you become very involved with people who are experiencing tragedy and you get taken into their lives. You feel incredibly close to people and if you can play a useful part in helping them cope with that tragedy, then those are the fulfilling times.”
SHERINGHAM: Sheringham Baptist Church will hold 10.30am celebration services at the town’s Little Theatre on four Sundays during August to seek closer links with the community and cope with increased numbers swelled by holiday-makers.
The church’s Tony Rothe
said: “This year we thought we would go for the 200-seat theatre. We really felt a need to be in the heart of the community and try to draw people in from the town itself – we don’t want just the Baptists coming along.” Read our previous story on this subject.
NORWICH: The Open Youth Venue in Norwich has received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for the work of its volunteers presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson.
, the Christian businessman behind the centre, said: It’s a real shot in the arm and an acknowledgement of all the work that’s gone on over the years. Volunteers are very necessary in community projects and they are going to become all the more vital in these challenging economic times.” Read our previous story on this subject.
SOUTH NORFOLK: Carleton Rode Baptist Church
is hoping to rise from the ashes after fire damaged part of the historic village chapel last summer.
New £150,000 plans have been submitted for the damaged school room with better access, a new kitchen, toilets and meeting area. Church numbers have increased by 50pc since the fire and the arrival of new pastor, Rev Mark Taylor
, and the Loft Youth Club
now attracts 70 youngsters. The church has been meeting in various village halls around the area while the building was repaired. Read our previous story on this subject.