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Press release: food bank

Rob shared a press release this week about the expansion of the Norfolk food bank, which we’re getting involved in. Those in need, who are at risk of going hungry, will be referred to us for a few days’ food. It’s a basic way to meet people’s needs, and we’re all really excited about it.

I’m not sure where the article has appeared, but I thought I’d share it.

Foodbank reveals plan for centres across Norfolk
The team behind Norwich foodbank has revealed its vision to see a network of foodbanks right across Norfolk, so that anyone who is in need of its crisis food service is within easy reach of one, and is appealing to churches to help it become reality. Keith Morris reports.

A very successful harvest appeal, backed by the efforts of Norwich Evening News readers and ultra-athlete Alex Panayotou with her 195-mile non-stop run to Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium, has seen Norwich foodbank overwhelmed with 12 tonnes of food and donations. And now the Christian charity is looking for church partners to help it expand right across Norfolk.

Norwich foodbank project manager, Grant Habershon, said: “Our vision is to see a foodbank within easy reach of anyone in the county that may need one. Norwich foodbank is being brilliantly supported. What we want is that people in Cromer or Yarmouth for example also have somewhere to turn.

“As a minimum we would like to see five foodbanks across Norfolk in places like Great Yarmouth, Cromer and South Norfolk, alongside the existing ones in Norwich and King’s Lynn. If other towns or villages want a foodbank, then fantastic.

The Norwich Foodbank is already having an effect beyond Norwich within one year of opening.

“Food has come in from all over the county,” said Grant. “This includes schools from Cromer, Banham, Loddon, Dereham and Reepham and churches from Overstrand, Mattishall, Tipton, Paston, Hockering, Sea Palling and Wells. They also had a wonderful harvest collection from Wayland Prison.

“This incredible response is allowing us to push ahead with plans to open additional distribution centres for foodboxes, both in Norwich and now further afield.”

Grant and the team are now keen to speak to churches and communities outside of the city which are interested in becoming one of the distribution centres or would like help and encouragement in setting up their own foodbank and joining the Trussell Trust foodbank network.

“It is great if towns can set up their own foodbank and join the Trussell Trust network. King’s Lynn has just set one up and Thetford and Gunton will soon be doing the same. However many areas may not have the resources to do this or may need help and encouragement.

“Wymondham Rotary Club recently contacted Norwich foodbank to see how a distribution centre could be set up in their town. Local churches in the town got behind this cause and a distribution centre operating from Wymondham Baptist Church will be launched later this year.”

Churches Together in Diss and Harleston are very keen to get involved and may start by linking to the Norwich warehouse bringing food in and taking parcels out while working towards a longer term goal of setting up a south Norfolk Foodbank. Discussions are also taking place with churches in Swaffham, Dereham and Stalham.

In Norwich itself foodbank will be opening a new distribution centre for their food boxes at Witard Road Baptist Church at Heartsease in November and another one at Eternity Christian Centre in West Earlham in December.

You can quickly donate up to £10 to foodbanks by sending a text message reading “FBUK11” to 70070, which will be split evenly between Norwich foodbank and the Trussell Trust.

Tuesday November 22nd, 2011 in Events and Activities | Comments Off on Press release: food bank

Recorded Sermons

A backlog of recorded sermons have been uploaded to the site from a few months ago right up to Sunday 13th November. They can be accessed here: http://www.wymondhambaptist.org/services/recorded-church-sermons-mp3.html

Thursday November 17th, 2011 in Sermons, Website | No Comments »

On making decisions

In the last two days I have made two decisions on behalf of the church – one regarding the new sign, and the other regarding the carpet in the counselling room. Margaret wasn’t available, and Penelope wanted someone more officially from WBC to be in on the discussion.

Both decisions we will have to live with.For a while, at least.

Maybe I will have got them wrong. I used the best information available, considered the impact of each of the options, and then drew a line under it: here’s the decision.

This morning I’ve stumbled across a blog entry on failure which talks about how churches need to distinguish between good failures, which are because they tried something and maybe it didn’t go the way they wanted it to, and big bad failures, because they didn’t do anything for fear of failure.

The line that jumped out at me:

I want to set down the paradoxical assertion that it’s only when a congregation can endure a load of small failures that it has a possibility of avoiding the largest failure–death. Conversely, a congregation that spends its life avoiding as many small failures as possible will often wind up dying earlier than it might have otherwise.

Or in two words, do something.

You may find the full article interesting: http://bit.ly/uPBB5u I intend to go back and read it again – more slowly.

Tuesday November 8th, 2011 in Buildings | No Comments »