The Diocese of Norwich has come up with a new way to help people to find out what’s happening near them.
Bright Map is a website mapping tool – a map of Norfolk and Waveney on the web which the general public can visit – which highlights regular church activities and groups.
The idea behind Bright Map is on celebrating, sharing and promoting the regular activities and groups the church runs and is involved with in the county – everything from Alpha courses, parent and toddler groups, messy/cafe church, arts and creative groups, choirs and more.
The diocese wants to highlight the church’s engagement in the local community and let people browse a map to discover activities near them. The website is not about Sunday or mid-week services or one-off events like a flower festival or service of celebration.
When you click on any activity it gives a brief summary and invites the user to visit the church’s website to find out more, where one exists.
“When I joined the Diocese a number of years ago every map I could find was either showing parish boundaries or the location of church buildings,” says Gordon Darley, director of marketing and communications. “They were clearly useful for their purposes, but it seemed to me they didn’t show the life, vibrancy and breadth of how the church serves, supports and loves the local community.
“We’re proactively communicating that the majority of activities and groups on the site are either run or supported by the local church, but in a ‘Did you know it’s run by the local church?’ way.
“When you see all the pins in the map it’s really good to see something is happening near you.” brightmap.org
How Bright Map looks