Love the Street evangelism training in Norwich
Many of the parishioners from Cromer Church signed up for the ‘40acts’, a generosity challenge created by
the charity Stewardship, which encouraged participants to do at least one different act of kindness each day
This year over a 100,000 people world-wide were on a 40-day mission to positively impact their local
communities, notching up an estimated 2 million generous acts.
As well as doing individual acts the church organised a weekly ‘generous’ act to encourage their parishioners to stretch their faith, connect with their local communities and make a difference.
The acts included packing bags at Morrisons, giving out free chocolate bars, encouraging shoppers to support their local foodbank, praying with people on the street, giving out free Easter eggs and just being available to listen to peoples’ stories.
The response from the general public was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. They were genuinely
touched by the simple acts of kindness and generosity.
After receiving a chocolate bar and a ‘because you’re loved’ note, one lady was inspired to donate some of her furniture to the local foodbank community store and a gentleman at the tennis club bought coffee for his friends.
One ‘act’ at Morrisons collected the same amount of food donations in 4 hours that would normally take 2 weeks. One shopper bought a bag full of items to donate and said how much he valued the foodbank scheme as it really helped him when he was in crisis.
He said: "they are brilliant, so this is my act of generosity and a chance to give something back'.
Simon Fenn, Head of Mission said:
"I’ve been particularly encouraged by the willingness of our church family to get involved and step out of their comfort zone."
One volunteer said:
"It was a bit challenging putting your faith on the line but the lovely responses from people made it worthwhile and rewarding"
"It’s been brilliant and a bit scary, I’ve loved it! People have really appreciated the simple acts of kindness and knowing that they are valued’