New head named for King’s Lynn church group

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Lynn’s Churches Together group has a new moderator with the Rev Dale Gingrich taking over the reins.

Mr Gingrich is the team vicar at Gaywood and he succeeds the Rev Corin Child, who has been at St John’s Church in The Walks for seven years.

Mr Child said: “In a town like Lynn, it makes a lot of difference when churches work together.

“We have been able to organise events involving speakers, election hustings, a much used food bank, a youth club, Good Friday processions, and other things besides.

“It wouldn’t have been possible for churches to do this individually.”

He is looking forward to starting his new role as Chaplain to Norwich School in September.

He said: “My current position already involves some chaplaincy work with the air cadets and the College of West Anglia, I enjoy working with young people and I’m looking forward to the new challenge of being a chaplain full-time.”

Churches Together aims to foster a sense of understanding and unity between all Christian traditions.

Mr Gingrich has experience of working with different churches and encouraging people to work together as he has been ecumenical officer for the Norwich diocese.

Already part of the Churches Together committee he is looking forward to his new role which starts after Easter.

He said: “I appreciate all the work that Corin has devoted to Churches Together in King’s Lynn as moderator. There is a real atmosphere of collegiality and respect among the churches in Lynn which he has fostered and maintained.

“I look forward to serving as moderator for Churches Together in King’s Lynn and working with churches from the town and surrounding communities.”

He said that the task was daunting but the atmosphere between church leaders in Lynn is so positive that he knows he will receive support.

He said that churches are in a stronger position to help the community when they respect each other’s gifts and share and build upon each other’s strengths.”

Originally an accountant, he became a Lutheran minister before being ordained as an Anglian priest.

The future includes involvement with the food bank and the West Norfolk Credit Union alongside awareness raising to increase the visibility of these services.