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Christian Unity in Gorleston, Bradwell, and Beyond

4th September 2022
The new church in Bradwell, the Elim Pentecostal, was recently a big hit at the Gorleston Cliff Top Festival, where they gave away hundreds of children’s Bible story books and sweets. Many people also came to the stall to ask for small wooden crosses that they wanted to take to family members who were sick. The stall that was organized by the Elim Church was also assisted by a team from four other local churches in the area, bringing together the unity of the Christian community of Gorleston and Bradwell. Jan and Rita who organized the stall were delighted with the turnout of the people and how several churches also came to assist

Pastor Anne Simpson, who leads the church, said that it was a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the local community, as well as many holiday makers who were visiting the area

The church has a vision to not only reach out with the love of Jesus Christ both spiritually and practically in the area, but to also bring together pastors and leaders of different denominations across the Great Yarmouth Borough, and will soon be hosting an evening fellowship with refreshments at St George’s Pavilion Café on Tuesday 13th September 6-8pm

As well as operating locally, Pastor Anne and a team are also involved in reaching out to many people around the world. She has been travelling to Africa for the past 12 years, and in the north of Malawi a piece of land was purchased and a women’s refuge has been built which is currently housing 10 women who have come out of abusive relationships or have been widowed with no way of supporting themselves. The ministry has been able to offer these ladies a safe house to stay in, but is also assisting and training them to do small businesses so that they can begin to rebuild their lives. On a recent trip, Anne oversaw the building of a new toilet and shower block
There is also ongoing work with children who are being assisted to go to school, and the planting of new churches in rural villages. In India there is a sponsorship programme for orphan children who are being looked after by a local pastor, and this programme enables them to go to school and provide for their daily needs
Pastor Anne says that “lives are being transformed around the world and we are now wanting to bring that same transforming power of Jesus to the community of Bradwell and Gorleston, and the surrounding areas”
Anne has lived in the area for a number of years, and has had a connection with the area since a young age, and is delighted to now be reaching out in this area. The church began in March of this year and meets every Sunday at 11am at the Mill Lane Community Centre in Bradwell, and everyone is welcome to come and visit us. The church is part of a wider worldwide recognised organization and is a lively church who believe in the power of God to change lives and bring hope and healing in this world

Pastor Anne Simpson

courtesy of the Gorleston Community Magazine


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