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Newark Parish Church's Project Encouragement spreads positive messages this Christmas





A project which aims to spread positive messages throughout Newark and surrounding areas is already proving popular.

Project Encouragement has been launched by the team at Newark Parish Church.

The Vicar, the Rev David Pickersgill, said they want to flood the town with encouragement this Christmas.

Left to right the Vicar of Newark, the RevDavid Pickersgill, curate the Rev Chris Lee and youth pastors Megane and Tom Ranger launch Project Encourage. (5711860)
Left to right the Vicar of Newark, the RevDavid Pickersgill, curate the Rev Chris Lee and youth pastors Megane and Tom Ranger launch Project Encourage. (5711860)

"In this time when the world might feel like it's getting a bit darker, let's spread some light and some encouragement to those around us," he said.

He said it felt good when people said something encouraging.

"It can really make a difference, when things feel difficult, or when we feel down, someone telling us they value us, or that they think we are doing a job," said Mr Pickersgill.

"It can really help change our perspective and give us hope. Even when things are going well it feels wonderful to know that you're appreciated.

"Encouragement isn't just good for those receiving it, it also feels good for the people giving it too."

Curate the Rev Chris Lee said the original idea behind the project stemmed from letters that the first Christians wrote to each other and it is hoped Project Encourage will bring positivity into the daily lives of people now.

"I hope that people, who don't think they are appreciated, will receive a message from someone telling them that they are valued," he said.

"I hope people will say just the right thing to lift people up, when they are feeling low or ignored.

"It would be great to give your message to a work colleague, or a service provider, who are doing their everyday job and don't expect any thanks."

Tony Yates said his message is for the people who work on the church coffee bar and all those who serve coffee in the town.

"It's not just a matter of serving coffee and cake, but of also listening to people and offering them encouragement ­— listening to people's stories," he said.

Judith Matisko has thanked everyone who helps support vulnerable people through food banks, shelter for homeless, supporting survivors of domestic violence and befriending the lonely.

"You inspire me," she said.

The operations manager at the church, Louise Williams, said you don't have to be a church goer to join in the project or to have someone specific in mind.

"It could be a message from, or to a group, a family member, a carer, in fact anyone," she said.

Messages of encouragement can be posted on social media using the hashtag #projectencouragement Packs with postcards that can be handed out are available from the church and its website.

Those wanting to get involved can find out more at www.stmnewark.org or #projectencouragement.



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