Norwich Central Baptist Church (NCBC) is a large and busy church located in the middle of Norfolk’s county town. It is currently led by pastor Revd Mark Fairweather-Tall and has a regular Sunday congregation of over 200 people.
There is a lively programme of activities at the church including two parent and toddler groups, a lunch club, and a Saturday contact centre. The church is a distribution point for the local Foodbank, and is currently working with other churches on a night shelter project for rough sleepers in Norwich. This started last winter and is being run again this year, operating for three nights a week at NCBC. It is the only night shelter in Norwich, so meets a real and growing need.
In the past year NCBC have started a new work – the Mousehold Hub – located in the former Silver Road Baptist Church premises about a mile away. There is a new community café which engages with people in the area who might not come to church. This is a crossing place for the local community. The work is in the early stages, and already has a successful messy church with over 50 attending.
The Mousehold Hub is also home to a Portuguese speaking congregation (one of three in Norfolk). Paulo and Claudia Mussi are missionaries from Brazil who have come to Norwich to serve the Portuguese speaking people and the local community around Mousehold.
• For pastor Mark as he moves on in February to become a Regional Minister in South Wales.
• For the church as it enters a time of ministerial vacancy and begins the search for someone new.
• The new Mousehold Hub and the opportunities for outreach.
• For Paulo and Claudia Mussi and the Portuguese speaking congregation.
• That God will remove the barriers that people without any church experience find difficult.