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About River Ministries (Norfolk)

The VISION for River Ministries (Norfolk) "River Ministries flowing in Norfolk and Beyond" The vision of the church is based along the A1075 that is Watton, Shipdham and Dereham.

It is that the towns have churches with a vision for their local area, and that they remain one church united structurally, through leadership and by an earnest desire to grow and support one another. To work with others to see churches of a like vision planted and established in Norfolk and beyond.

The vision is for Watton to be a Resource Centre for the wider Christian Community and that this work will be known internationally (from the prophecies of Muriel Shelbourne, Malcolm Baxter and Joseph Kobo). Watton on the Web, Women for the Kingdom and Together For God are seeking to fulfil this part of the vision.

map of Norfolk
Map of Norfolk - with Watton, Shipdham and Dereham highlighted

Our vision will cause us to start a journey the like of which we have never made before, making changes and adjustments under God's direction as we go (Isaiah 42:16,"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them".)

Norfolk has been a desolate place plagued by splits and division, and the enemy has used this tactic successfully against the churches. Today there is a call to unity, a standing shoulder to shoulder to face the enemy. For the bible says (James 4:7), "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.". As we submit our personal ambition, ministries and lives to God, we can take our stand in unity, resisting the devil and see him flee.

As we do this I believe that God has given us this promise from his word: Isaiah 43:18-19, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." That even in this wasteland of Norfolk we will see a blossoming and fruitfulness. This vision for rural communities working together for the furtherance of the gospel means that a small village church made up of just 20 people will have access to full-time ministries. It means that as a group of churches we will be able to employ a full-time evangelist and a full-time prophet who could build their own teams from within the churches. These itinerant ministries will also be released to travel further a field.

A small church will have available full-time pastoral cover, together with the ministries they provide. These small churches will meet on Sunday mornings in their own location, where the group's worship team would provide musicians, and in the afternoon or evening gather together for a large celebration service. My friends I pray that you catch the vision of the church and that it will burn within you to the glory of God and that together we will be able to say "that we were called to the kingdom for such a time as this". Norfolk needs God's people to arise in unity shoulder to shoulder.

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