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King's Lynn Centre of Mission

Behind the old streets, maritime landmarks and the stone arched windows of King's Lynn minister, lies a much less picturesque reality of loneliness and isolation. This rural Norfolk town is among the 10 percent most deprived areas in the UK. James Hawksworth leads the King's Lynn Centre of Mission here and ministers in an area of considerable poverty – the kind of area where Church Army has made its home in all the fourteen decades of its history. The vision is for evangelism to become a way of life for many Christians, not only in King's Lynn but in the surrounding churches in the north-west of Norfolk.

James' heart is with young people and their families. He's has been working with the YMCA, who have started a youth club in the North Lynn estate and James will act as a YMCA Chaplain at the youth club. This has also opened up avenues to do mentoring with some of the young people on the estate, which he hopes to begin in the near future. James is also a Chaplain at a local secondary school, supporting the students through pastoral care sessions and also running Games Club, a lunch club for young people where James gets alongside those who are facing all types of issues including loneliness, brokenness at home and bullying. James has also been given permission to work with the other two local secondary schools, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily put a pause on this work beginning. In South Lynn, James is working alongside a local church to help them develop their evangelism and outreach on the estate. You can read more news from the King's Lynn Centre of Mission in this article from Network Norwich and also in the centre of mission's latest newsletter.

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Carolyn Kinsman, 24/06/2017