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Norfolk Christian news stories from 2008 

NetworkNorfolkTenYears400In the third part of our tenth anniversary series we look back at the major news stories we covered in 2008, which included a crisis at a Norwich Christian bookshop, growing churches, the Open Academy and a city centre fire hitting a church and Christian charity.

Staff fired as Norwich SPCK bookshop closes
FEBRUARY: The future of Norwich’s only city-centre Christian bookshop is uncertain after it closed its doors on February 5 and all its staff were sacked. More ...
 
Growing city church moves to bigger venue
FEBRUARY: A Norwich church is growing so fast that it has had to find a bigger venue for its expanding congregation. More ...
 
OpenAcademyArtist3WebHeartsease academy gets the green light
FEBRUARY: The Government has given the go-ahead to Norfolk's first academy school at Heartsease (pictured right) and kept the two Christian sponsors at the helm. More ...
 
Norwich church marks its golden jubilee
APRIL: Wroxham Road Methodist Church in Sprowston, Norwich is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with special events between May and September. More ...
 
NCBC make history with Bishop's Cup treble
MAY: Norwich Central Baptist Church created Norfolk Christian Football League history by winning a straight hat-trick of Bishop’s Cup final victories wins on May 3. More ...
 
Lambeth bishops flock to Norwich Diocese
JULY: Two archbishops and three bishops from across the world, including a female bishop from the USA, visited the Norwich Diocese last weekend (July 12 - 13) as part of the run-up to the Lambeth Conference. More ...
 
Norwich Chinese church celebrates decade
AUGUST: Norfolk's first Chinese Cantonese Methodist church (pictured top) has celebrated ten years of life with an anniversary service at its home of Wroxham Road church in Norwich. More ...
 
Norwich Christian resource centre resurrected
AUGUST: A thriving city centre Christian resource centre, bookshop and cafe is set to re-open in Norwich under new management within the next few weeks after a successful rescue plan. More ...
 
Norwich's first Academy opens its doors
SEPTEMBER: Norfolk's first Academy school opened its doors to pupils for the first time on September 3, with staff promising a more personalised approach on how to work - and look - smarter. More ...
 
Norwich church and Christian charity hit by fire
NOVEMBER: A Norwich city centre fire has hit both the Salvation Army and Norwich Youth for Christ offices on St Giles Street, but will not affect their ongoing work. More ...
 
TimmsHead2Christian website to cover whole of Norfolk
NOVEMBER: Pioneering ecumenical Christian website Network Norwich is planning to spread its wings and provide coverage for the whole of Norfolk as well. More ...
 
Faith and politics put on Norwich agenda
DECEMBER: Faith leaders from across Norwich and Norfolk have met with government minister Stephen Timms MP (pictured right) and City Council leader Steve Morphew to talk about engaging the faith community and local government. More ...
 

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