In November 2015, Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn joined Alive in Faith. Fr. Peter Rollings remembers it well –"We were ready to start. It was good timing for us as there were a number of projects we wanted to undertake in our parish. Projects that might continue to be delayed otherwise."
Coupled with support for the wider Diocesan effort, there were a number of things the parish wanted to address locally. Prime among these was the presbytery kitchen, which was in desperate need of refurbishment. "The kitchen at that point had become an urgent concern. Decay and dampness had permeated throughout the units," said Father Peter. The renovations were expensive. This is why the project had been on hold for some time.
The parish was also looking towards the future, and thinking about funding that would be needed in the months and years to come. Young people were hoping to attend World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow. This would be a unique opportunity for them to deepen and grow in their faith.
Alive in Faith was a great success at King's Lynn. The generosity of parishioners helped to raise £204,340. Of this, the parish retains £95,755 for these important local initiatives.
"Already we have been able to do so much. Our presbytery kitchen is completely redone and can be fully utilised in comfort. Six of our young people attended World Youth Day and came back with memories that will never be forgotten. A true testament to what happens when parishioners recognise the needs that face us." ' Father Peter