Norwich Christian community vision moves on
A vision of a small Christian community or household in Norwich has moved forward since it was first revealed on the Network Norfolk website last year. Norfolk Christian social action pioneer, Val Dodsworth, brings us up to date with the story.
About 18 months ago I wrote a piece for Network Norfolk about the possibility of a Christian Community or Household which could offer a mutually supportive home and a place of encouragement and growth to half a dozen or so Christian people, who might otherwise be living alone.
The aim of such a household would be, as well as providing a home, to offer a service or resource to the local community, which could include perhaps, a Good Neighbour service, or temporary accommodation for one or two people who are in need of shelter and support, or just a simple friendly, welcoming place to go, and perhaps get help with practical tasks or knotty problems.
All sorts of life issues have intervened in the last year which have delayed the progress of this project. However, there is now a small group of like-minded people here in Norwich who are interested in taking this further. Gail Halley and I have been working closely together and trying to discern God’s will about this. We have located a suitable house, which is for sale, in the Mile Cross area, where we would be happy to settle.
Contact is being established with local churches, with the City Council and with local Housing Associations. Financial sponsorship and/or investment is needed.
I recently attended a small conference where I was amazed to discover that such Christian Communal Households are coming into being in many towns and cities in this country, and usually in down-town areas where Christians and the church are often not highly visible or seen as particularly relevant to everyday life.
I found myself wondering if this is a move of the Spirit of God, a new way of getting His people actually living the gospel in some of our “less middle class and leafy” areas?
Perhaps a way of being church and portraying something of the love and compassion of Christ to those who rarely, if ever, attend a formal place of worship?
We would welcome, ideas or interest from anyone else who might want to be involved in any way in this project.