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Network Norfolk is looking to highlight the innovative things which Norfolk churches and projects have learnt during the Covid-19 pandemic – new ways to worship, creative ways to engage with and serve their communities and reach them with the Gospel.
Norwich foodbank has just marked a full year of delivering emergency food parcels direct to people in need across the city to help them cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
A Gorleston vicar who was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, has been explaining how he came to be in Gorleston and about some of the work taking place in his community.
Teaming up with supermarket Morrisons to deliver pizza-making kits to local families in Catton, Norwich, over half-term, was just the latest in a pandemic-long series of initiatives by Oak Grove Community Church to help vulnerable people.
Foodbanks across Norfolk have seen large increases in the numbers of families needing crisis food support during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Members at Carleton Rode Baptist church in South Norfolk handed out 260 lunch packs as well as 50 family wellness packs during the school half-term break.
Lighthouse Community Church in Sheringham provided fruit and vegetable parcels for 86 North Norfolk families over the February half term, following a successful packed lunch project last October.
A Norwich hospital chaplain has responded to the call for former NHS staff to return to help during the Covid-19 pandemic, 20 years after he was last part of the hospital chaplaincy team.
A new initiative, called ‘Two’s Company’, is being launched in February by a number of churches in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Bradwell and Belton - a lifeline to those who feel cut off from the outside world, particularly during the Covid-19 crisis.
Hope Community Church in Wymondham is celebrating two awards in the recent South Norfolk Community Awards 2020 - the Lifetime Community Hero for Elisabeth Louis and runner-up in the Community Group of the Year.
A new Thetford church, launched during the pandemic, has boxes and boxes of children’s clothes which it wants help to give to vulnerable families in the town.
St Mary Magdalene in Gorleston put on a socially-distanced Christmas Day lunch for those who would otherwise have been alone.
In the lead-up to Christmas Norfolk Christian charity ENYP has been working to distribute thousands of food and toy hampers to vulnerable families.
The Salvation Army has shared Christmas joy with 6,766 vulnerable people across Norfolk, including 3,810 children who will have presents to open on Christmas Day thanks to its annual Toys and Tins Appeal.
Gateway Vineyard church in Norwich and Beccles has teamed up with a number of local agencies to make sure almost 200 hampers packed with food and toys find their way to vulnerable families and deserving NHS workers this Christmas.
The foodbank run by the churches in Martham have introduced a Reverse Advent calendar, to encourage people to donate those treats which food parcel recipients often cannot afford to buy.
Kingsgate Community Church in Great Yarmouth has provided nearly ten thousand meals for the local community during this difficult summer, as well as providing its “Smile at home” activity packs for families.
Revd Matthew Price, who leads a food bank in Gorleston, along with Jon Clemo, chief executive of Community Action Norfolk, and Sir Norman Lamb, former North Norfolk MP, have been discussing the possible impacts of the second lockdown.
There has been a surge in the growth of Community Fridges, often run by churches and Christian groups. Norfolk already has fourteen up and running, with several more in the pipeline.
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