Bishop to mark NSP return to Norwich streets
Volunteers, supporters and trustees will join the Bishop of Norwich at a special service on February 19 to mark the re-emergence of Norfolk Street Partnership after a year of re-organisation and re-structuring, as Chair of Trustees Rev Deb Cousins reports.
Although our teams returned to the streets of Norwich just before Christmas, we wanted to ask God to seal all that he has done in the past, and to bless our future ministry alongside other agencies in the night-time economy.
This service will mark the culmination of over a year of heart search, prayer, hard work and commitment from everyone involved in NSP to get to this point in our journey when we can resume our active ministry as churches together on the streets of our county.
During this time, I have been so impressed by the loyalty and patience of over 30 of our volunteers to support the Trustees, and to regularly attend our monthly volunteer meetings. I have personally valued the readiness of so many to share the considerable tasks to enable us to function on a much more modest scale than before.
Although we may be a small charity, we have a big heart for the ministry on the street to which we were originally called. We pray that as we return, working on a fortnightly Saturday rota initially, that we will inspire others to join us, both as Prayer Team as well as Street Team.
Prayer has been a very strong feature in sustaining us, informing us, directing us, and encouraging us. As we continued to meet, we have learned much about ourselves, but more about the faithfulness of God in being with us 'through the storms', in order that we might be ready to reach out to those who, in our community of the streets, need to experience the love of God in action.
The commissioning service will take place from 7.30pm on Thursday February 19 at St Stephens Church, Norwich when the Bishop of Norwich will commission the teams which help to bring peace and hope to the night-time streets of the city.
This service will mark a new chapter, a new beginning, for NSP as an ecumenical Christian organisation, as well as being hopeful and encouraging sign to the wider church, that, energised by power the Holy Spirit, the Christ light is taken out to the streets again brings. I feel very humbled that the Bishop of Norwich has accepted our invitation to lead the time of re-dedication and to bring a message of encouragement to us.
Great Yarmouth NSP are also preparing to return to the streets from April following training.
If you would like further information about Norfolk Street Partnership, or would like someone to give a talk about its work to your group, please contact: Rev Deb Cousins at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01603 738329.