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Former City player and pastor to take on seven marathons in seven days

Soul Church Senior Pastor & Norwich City FC Chaplain Jon Norman and Norwich City FC Academy Chaplain Lewis Blois are running seven marathons in seven days to raise funds for a new church.  Picture: Neil Didsbury

Soul Church Senior Pastor & Norwich City FC Chaplain Jon Norman and Norwich City FC Academy Chaplain Lewis Blois are running seven marathons in seven days to raise funds for a new church. Picture: Neil Didsbury

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They help keep the community running in one of the biggest churches in the county.

But now SOUL Church senior pastor Jon Norman and his fellow Norwich City FC chaplain Lewis Blois will be taking on the 7 in 7 challenge – seven marathons in seven days to raise money towards a new church.

SOUL Church, in Mason Road, Norwich, offers a community space for the north of the city.

With around 1,200 people attending the church every week, it is hoping to move back to its former home in Heartsease Lane after it burnt down 13 years ago.

Mr Norman moved to the church from Cape Town in 2012. The 40-year-old said: “The church is to help society and the community.

Lighting the way. Inside the current Soul Church on Mason Road in Norwich.
Picture: Neil DidsburyLighting the way. Inside the current Soul Church on Mason Road in Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury

“We want to build a church, yes it will be for worship, but children will be able to play in the park and there will be a drop-in centre.

“Showers for the homeless, so many things that are going to help the city. It’s not just a building, it’ll be a multi-purpose building with thought put into every room.”

The SOUL Church was 
formed in 2014, after the 
Norwich Family Life Church 
was renamed.

The pair will run across Norfolk – with highlights being 39 laps around Colney, City’s training ground, and five times from SOUL Church to its former Heartsease Lane site.

The Soul Church found a home on Mason Road in Norwich after a fire destroyed their previous church on Heartsease Lane in 2006. Picture: Neil DidsburyThe Soul Church found a home on Mason Road in Norwich after a fire destroyed their previous church on Heartsease Lane in 2006. Picture: Neil Didsbury

Mr Norman added: “Seven in Seven will be based in Norfolk with a goal to raise £1million for the purpose-built facility which will serve the community.

“I have been training for nine months now, with around 900 training miles. I have had a great coach and we have trusted him to get us over the line.

“There have been good weeks and not so good weeks but we are moving in the right direction.”

Mr Blois, who has attended the church for three years, is a former footballer who spent time at Norwich City and King’s Lynn.

Former canaries player and Norwich City FC Academy Chaplain Lewis Blois and Soul Church Senior Pastor & Norwich City FC Chaplain Jon Norman will attempt to run seven marathons in seven days to raise funds for a new church.  Picture: Neil DidsburyFormer canaries player and Norwich City FC Academy Chaplain Lewis Blois and Soul Church Senior Pastor & Norwich City FC Chaplain Jon Norman will attempt to run seven marathons in seven days to raise funds for a new church. Picture: Neil Didsbury

The 37-year-old said: “Jon and I are chaplains at Norwich City Football Club, and we were chatting up there and Jon said this could be a good challenge.

“Football has helped with the psychological side of training. The body is gone – but from a determination and will to succeed the football background has helped, especially with team work being a team of two.”

For more information go to soulchurch7in7.com

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