Norfolk Christian initiative launched as response to Covid-19 crisis
With the backing of a wide range of Norfolk Christian leaders, Network Norfolk is today launching a new ecumenical project to help churches and Christian groups across Norfolk respond to the developing Covid-19 crisis and is asking them to send in their project stories.
The project aims to quickly gather information about, report on and publish a bank of stories and project profiles on Christian churches, organisations and groups which are stepping forward to help tackle social and pastoral needs in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
To be called “faithhopelovenorfolk” the new digital resource has been backed by Transforming Norwich and senior church leaders from across the county.
The initiative is also a response to the request from the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk Lady Dannatt for faith groups to play their part in responding to the crisis.
From an original idea by Julian Bryant, local Church in the Community Consultant and part of the Transforming Norwich core team, which was put to Network Norfolk publisher Keith Morris (also part of the Transforming Norwich team), the initiative has, within a few days, developed and gained widespread support.
Julian said: “The idea was to gather together the different responses churches are making to supporting people in the community at this time, so we can all be better informed and work strategically together.”
Keith said: “As an established online resource for the Norwich & Norfolk Christian community for 15 years now, and with a substantial existing audience, we are ideally placed to rapidly get this initiative up and running, with the help of our large network of contacts across the county.
“We would ask our readers to let us know what their church, group or organisation is doing to try to help our community deal with this unprecedented situation. We have heard about food and medicine delivery projects, telephone support networks, debt help, prayer initiatives, online training and connections and all types of support for the vulnerable. But we want to hear about many more which we are sure have started or are getting up and running right now.
“Don’t wait, but get in contact straight away as your great idea or support you can offer others is urgently needed,” said Keith.
Please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org, ideally by downloading and filling in as much as you can of our Project Template, available here, plus a picture if possible.
The faithhopelovenorfolk project launch has been generously supported by Transforming Norwich, but if you wish to help us to continue and widen the initiative, please consider making a donation, details here.
Please direct people to the new website www.faithhopelovenorfolk.co.uk