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Fresh expression of church - Fountain at Shouldham 

The Fountain at Shouldham is a 'fresh expression' of church for those who do not currently belong to a 'traditional' church.  The ministry, which regularly involves food, has been running for five years in Shouldham, West Norfolk.   

Norfolk feeds 5000logo243The Fountain at Shouldham team hosts monthly events on a Sunday morning or afternoon for people of all ages, but specifically with a focus on children. 

This includes Messy Church and Breakfast Church in Shouldham Village Hall, Forest Church in Shouldham Warren and an all-age church service at Shouldham School. The gatherings typically involve food, such as bacon rolls, pizza and barbeque. 

Angela Caley, who leads the Fresh Expression, with her husband Tom said: “We try to mix it up so it is not always the same because I think it keeps it fresh when you are doing something different.”

Angela said: “People do come back and I think it’s partly because of the time they spend together around food. Because we do always make a point of having food, people always know that that social aspect is going to be something at least that they will like even if they are not so keen on the other activities!”

“By eating together I think it provides that community that people feel that they can belong to with the events we put on. It is nice to give people that experience at a Christian event.” 

The ministry recently became part of The Fountain Network, based in Ashill.

 

Factfile


Project: Fresh expression of church
Who: The Fountain at Shouldham, part of The Fountain Network based at Ashill
What: Various free monthly events featuring food, on a donation basis
Where: Shouldham, West Norfolk
When: Monthly
How many: approx 40 people per month
Contacts: Angela Caley at angelajcaley77@gmail.com or 07791 386165

Facebook: @thefountainatshouldham
 

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Norfolk Feeds 5000 is a research project which aims to establish the extent to which the Christian community across Norfolk is meeting the simple command of Jesus to "feed the hungry".

Christian churches, groups and individuals across Norfolk meet the needs of the hungry and the thirsty every day of the year through foodbanks, free community meals, homeless projects, soup runs, Messy Church and other activities.
 
A simple survey has been conducted to attempt to quantify the extent to which this is happening and the findings of the survey will be published here, including many of the stories about the projects which feed people throughout Norfolk.
 
The project is supported by Celebrate Norfolk, Network Norfolk, Christian Aid, the Diocese of Norwich, Good News for Norwich & Norfolk and Bright Map and is named after the Bible story of the Feeding of The 5000.

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