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Kindness revolution launched over Lent by Norwich church

A Norwich church has launched a revolution of kindness, called 1000 Hours, across the city and county to mark the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter, reports Network Norwich & Norfolk.

Following a successful project during Lent in 2018 in which more than1750 hours of kindness were clocked up, Gateway Vineyard Church is once again aiming for its members and supporters to rack up at least 1000 hours of voluntary work and acts of kindness towards other people during the six weeks of Lent.

There will be individual acts of kindness and larger projects bringing together groups of people. And the hours will be logged and totalled on a dedicated website www.1000hours.co.uk.

Church pastor, Hannah Deal, said: “We first ran 1000 Hours last year and were really pleased to clock up more than 1,750 hours of kindness and voluntary work in the 40 days.

“It was so successful and well received that we are once again asking our church members to think about doing simple acts such as baking a cake for a neighbour, giving your postman a bar of chocolate or cooking a meal for someone in need.

“We have already planned some larger group activities by offering our services for free to community organisations in the area. There is going to be litter picking at schools, streets and beaches. We will be serving tea and cakes to residents at De Carle House in Thorpe St Andrew, running craft workshops, a free clothes swap and hampers for Leeway clients.”

There are also several projects planned in conjunction with the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and James Paget Hospital to show appreciation for staff, including giving away chocolate bars as well as goodie bags for ambulance drivers and knitting items for the neonatal unit babies.

Hannah said: “There are all kinds of ways in which people can show kindness towards other and we hope that through them we will see positive changes in our community.

“We believe that simple acts of kindness will send ripples across our city and county. I cannot wait to begin and I hope that in big ways and small we will be able to show God’s love and kindness to people.”

If you would like to get involved, or find out more details, email 1000hours@gatewayvineyardnorwich.org.uk or visit: www.1000hours.co.uk.

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