A brighter future for those in need across Norwich
Imagine a place where the homeless are fed and clothed, the lonely discover community, troubled young people find someone to believe in and support them as they find their way to a better tomorrow, ex-prisoners are rehabilitated and helped to find employment, struggling sex workers can break free from addiction and the elderly can meet with a friendly face. Sounds good? SOUL Church, on Mason Road in Norwich, aims to do all this more, working closely with a number of trusted partners to make a difference to the people of our city.
And while you might not have heard of the church, over the past five years its passionate team of volunteers has been slowly but steadily building various practical initiatives across Norwich as part of its dedicated non-profit, SOUL Foundation.
Pastors Jon and Chantel Norman head up the church. Jon is a local boy and devoted Norwich City supporter and chaplain, while Chantel grew up in Los Angeles. The two met at Bible college in Australia and worked in South Africa for a number of years before returning here. “We’re passionate about our city and we want to make a real difference to the people of Norwich. One of our aims is to build a warm, welcoming community where anyone can feel right at home and can access the support they need, whatever it may be.”
As part of this, the church is currently planning a new building within the ring road where they will host weekly services, as well as community groups, lunches, a nursery, sensory room, sports clubs and more, alongside a hostel for the homeless. Pastor Jon recently ran seven marathons in seven days to raise funds and bring the project to a wider audience, supported by well-known local figures such as Jake Humphries and the team at Norwich City.
If you’d like to find out more about SOUL Church, SOUL Foundation, the new building, or 7 in 7, please visit soulchurch.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jill on 07985 763 405.
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