Norwich Christian mum appeals to church groups
Norwich Christian mum Lizi Ingle has set up a website to inform parents about local events and is appealing to churches who run activities for 0 – 11s to get involved.
Lizi Ingle and her youth worker husband are committed to full-time Christian ministry and have studied at Bible college. They have two pre-school age children and life is busy for Lizi, who also suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Since moving to Norwich in August 2015, Lizi searched for groups and activities to join. She found that there was no central place for mums to find out what they needed to know. She said, “I'm on about 15 Facebook groups and it is bewildering keeping up to date on what is happening in Norwich with little ones at home.” She has found that many churches do not advertise toddler groups very clearly on their websites and it can be difficult for people to find the information they are looking for.
Lizi [pictured right] has always appreciated being part of a community; she loves being a mother and also loves caring for others and getting to know other parents and their children. Relocating to Norwich was the prompt for Lizi to draw upon her desire to connect people together and to consolidate the many streams of information for parents – so Mums in the Know Norwich was born. Lizi said, “I was so unsure where I was to serve since moving, with the restraints of fatigue, my husband’s commitments and two little monkeys to keep out of mischief!”
Lizi is keen for churches to use the website as way of advertising their activities for free. She said, “Often church websites can be aimed at other Christians moving to the area rather than for the mum looking for a group to go to on her doorstep. Search engines have radically changed how they scan for information as well, so many church websites have not appeared when I've searched.”
In a short time, the website and social media pages of Mums In the Know Norwich has grown and Lizi has already listed many church groups and is keen to add as many as possible, including regular toddler groups, messy church – and one-off events. She said, “I'd love to sign-post mums to good church groups as they are often very loving, kind, accepting and, ultimately, a place where they will connect to people who know Jesus as their Saviour.”
How to get involved
email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your activities