Imagine Norfolk Together's news and prayer letter December 2017
Welcome to the October edition of Imagine Norfolk Together's news and prayer letter (Great Yarmouth)
I work for Imagine Norfolk Together as a Development Worker in and around Great Yarmouth and Gorleston. Imagine Norfolk Together is a Joint Venture between the Diocese of Norwich and the Church Urban Fund which aims to support churches in their engagement with the local community so that together we can grow in relationship, strength and capacity to meet life's challenges
As always I would love to hear from you. Please ring me on 07471 357072 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the December edition of Imagine Norfolk Together's news and prayer letter (Great Yarmouth)
First of all I would like to wish you a Happy Christmas on behalf of Imagine Norfolk Together!
"The virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel," which means "God is with us"
The Living Room is now open again for the winter! We are now able to open 3 nights a week at 3 different church venues, offering a safe warm overnight space for Great Yarmouth's rough sleepers. Thank you so much to everyone who has given or is giving in so many different ways: money, volunteering, cooking, transporting, donations of bedding, praying. A big thank you also to the knitters from Smeeth in Kent who knitted us 30 of these beautiful blankets (see photos above)
For more information about The Living Room or to find out how you can get involved, please get in touch
There's so much going on at Great Yarmouth Food Bank at the moment! At an already busy time of year for the Food Bank, they have also started two pilot projects. The first of these is Fuel Bank, which aims to provide the most vulnerable people in our area with fuel top-ups as well as food, so that they can keep warm and well over winter. The second is a 'Cooking on a Budget' course which aims to train visitors to the Food Bank to be able to cook simple, nutritious meals with the contents of their food parcel, or low-cost food from a shop
The Food Bank continue to be so grateful for all donations from individuals, groups, schools, churches, shops etc. Possibly the longest distance donation came from Hannah Housego (pictured above). I visited Hannah's church in Fenstanton at harvest and talked about the Great Yarmouth Food Bank. Since then Hannah has been collecting festive treats from her friends, family and school, and at the end of November she brought them all the way over from Fenstanton to Great Yarmouth. What an incredible, generous girl, thank you Hannah
If you would like to find out more about supporting the Food Bank or to contact them have a look at their ** website https://imaginenorfolktogether.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=15fabc4d94b274186187fd132&id=dcb70a401b&e=17b554c1d1
to all who supported the Great Yarmouth Advent Sleepout 2017 - you have helped us to raise over £2000
Four of us braved the cold in the porch of Great Yarmouth to raise awareness of homelessness in our area and to raise money for the Church Urban Fund and The Living Room winter night shelter. You can read more about my experience in my blog
And there is still time to sponsor us! To make a donation
Unfortunately the Identity Advent Sleepout has had to delay their sleep-out until the New Year...But that gives them all the more time to get sponsors! To see their fundraising page:
FINDING OUR WAY
On 25th November over 40 people from 13 different churches and organisations came together for the event "Finding our Way: Mental Health and church communities." The day was organised by Imagine Norfolk Together working with the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) and was an opportunity to learn from professionals and volunteers from the NSFT and the Wellbeing service, to hear first-hand about experiences of poor mental health from those who have lived with it, and to discuss together the role of the church in supporting people who are struggling with their mental health
The feedback from the event has been very positive, for example:
“I have come away with several action points that I can work on straight away as well as the resources to start longer term projects. This has been invaluable”
“Very eye-opening, I learned a lot, but in a way that I can use in future”
More training and activities are already being planned as a result of this event. Please let me know if you are interested
Taking a Risk
I never thought I would say these words, but this winter I have learned to view risk assessment as a blessing...
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Would you like to find out more about Universal Credit in order to be able to support other people through the process? This training has now been rearranged for February.
Local event for people from local churches coming up. Find out more
I would love to hear from you to discuss any of the following things:
* How you are getting involved in your local community, and good news stories about the difference this is making
* Events you are running which welcome the local community or which equip for community engagement
* If you would more information about the Church Urban Fund and what they do
* If you would like to know more about running a 'Know your Church, Know your Neighbourhood' group in your church
* If you would like me to visit your church, church meeting or group
* Applying for Church Urban Fund grants
* Anything you would find useful in future editions of this letter
* Just to say hello!