Yarmouth meeting to put Norfolk Christian action on the map
Church and Christian organisation leaders from across Norfolk are being invited to stakeholder meetings, including one in Great Yarmouth, to find out how they can help a project aimed at putting Christian social action and community engagement work on the map. Keith Morris reports.
Bright Map is an existing digital resource developed initially by Diocese of Norwich to show groups and activities run by Anglican churches. A couple of years ago it was opened up to non-Anglican churches and Christian organisations across Norfolk, with the help of www.networknorfolk.co.uk.
Now there is a major initiative, led by the chaplain to the High Sheriff, Rev Matthew Hutton, to expand the content by mapping who is involved in tackling particular social issues.
Churches and Christian organisation leaders are now being invited by Matthew to attend one of three 60-minute stakeholder events in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in early March.
They are as follows: Tuesday 5 March at 10am for 10.30-11.30 at King's Gate in Great Yarmouth, NR31 0LE; Wednesday 6 March at 13.30 for 14.00-15.00 at St John’s Church, King’s Lynn PE30 1NT; and Tuesday 12 March at 13.30 for 14.00-15.00 at King’s Centre, Norwich NR1 1PH.
Matthew said: "The purpose of these meetings is to inform people about the Bright Map initiative, to answer questions and to receive suggestions and to discuss ‘what happens next’ after March 31 when both myself and the Focus Group will withdraw. They are happening, intentionally, before the major presentation event at County Hall on Wednesday March 20, to which High Sheriff Charles Watt is inviting civic and other leaders in a range of sectors across the County to hear about Bright Map and to play their part in spreading ‘the message’, for the greater good of the poor, the disadvantaged and those on the margins in our society."
The Stakeholder meetings will be limited to 25 people at each of them, to secure sufficient ‘critical mass’, so one individual per church or organisation is preferred.
Anyone who would like to come to one of the meetings is asked to register with Matthew by the end of February, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about this project on Network Norfolk
Churches and other organisations across Norfolk are also being asked to visit www.brightmap.org and add details of the services they provide to both the Groups and Activities pages and also fill in a short social issues survey about their work.