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The community at St Francis Church is small but active, with initiatives including a lunch club, parish nursing, messy church and youth work through close links with local Christian charity ENYP.
Heather’s previous role at Cringleford involved establishing a community hub at the new Roundhouse Park development. Her first few weeks at St Francis have been quite different as there are existing provisions in place.
Heather’s approach has been to celebrate what is already happening and to look for gaps and opportunities to make the work flourish further.
Heather and her family moved into the vicarage a month ago and she has spent the time meeting people, learning about the area and focusing on prayer. This has sparked lots of ideas but no definite plans yet as she is keen to build up a picture of the assets and skills of the local community and discern what God is saying.
Alongside her role at St Francis, Heather is also a Pioneer Missioner for the Diocese. She has a particular calling to reach people who are outside of church – and her desire is to help people connect with God in a place that is culturally relevant to them.
Heather is looking at some creative ways to help people connect with God and with each other, for example by offering variety in worship and growing Messy Church. She is willing to try new things and has an eye for making things visually engaging.
Over the coming weeks, she will build relationships with the local schools – Heartsease Primary Academy and OPEN academy, one of the only Church of England high schools in Norfolk. She said: “I’m really looking forward to working with them.”