PCC News - Issue 22
Articles in this issue...
Vision and priorities for our life together
We are called to listen ever more attentively to the God who seeks to bring transformation in Christ to us. God in Jesus longs for us to be a prayerful people, a pastoral people, and a prophetic people.
Positives of lockdown
As a city-centre church it has always been something of a challenge for the Ministry Team to run well-attended evening study groups at St Peter Mancroft in Norwich, especially in the winter months.
Have you got kerb appeal?
As people begin to return through our church doors, especially those who may come over the next few months for specific celebrations and festivals such as weddings, Harvest and Advent, it’s a good time to look again with fresh eyes and constructive comments at the welcome your church is offering.
Supported by standing order
I am treasurer of the Church of All Saints, Welborne, which is a little country church.
Back in Summer 2020, the team at Christ Church and St Andrews Eaton wondered what they could do instead of the holiday club they usually ran.
Our wellbeing initiative
Joining up the “Forces for Good” Norfolk Association of Local Councils was formed in 1946 to help all 500 or so town and parish councils throughout Norfolk with their work as the first tier of local government.
Who’s got egg on their face now?
Cracking a raw egg on my head in collective worship has been perhaps the oddest moment (so far!) in my relationship with Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy, but I have so appreciated the special relationship between the school and our church since I arrived at St Mary Magdalene in Gorleston.
You only have to ask
Our church is eight miles from Diss in South Norfolk and is definitely a rural church.
Sandringham Federation group of schools is very lucky to be served by none other than the Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, or Father Jonathan to us, who is not only our incumbent and school vicar, but also the Vicar of Her Majesty The Queen at Sandringham.
We have a very close relationship with Swaffham Church, St Peter and St Paul Swaffham.
Now is the time
I think that we will all agree that we have just been through the most unusual of times.
Eco Heating Systems
We all need some form of heat to make us comfortable and in our churches, we often need to offer a welcoming warmth.
Free online funding for you
The Diocese of Norwich is excited to announce that we have subscribed to an online database of hundreds of funding sources specifically for churches and other Christian causes provided by Church Grants.
Plant a tree for the Jubilee!
Faith Leaders from across the UK, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, are urging faith communities to plant trees in honour of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the nation, through The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.
A well-considered scheme is needed for any new tree planting. In choosing species, consideration should be given to their mature height, span and root growth.
A cha(lle)nging perspective on Church
The recent “Faith in the Nexus” report is a piece of research by NICER examining the intersection of children’s exploration of faith in the home in relation to church and school.
Anna Chaplaincy emerging across the Diocese of Norwich
Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury) is quoted as saying – “mission is seeing what God is doing and joining in”.
Learn to listen
It has been said that the Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members, and not a mutual benefit society organised by its own members for their own collective advantage*.
Tree festival – our way
Some churches have a large Christmas tree that dominates the nave, others have tree festivals with magnificent displays filling large spaces and competitions for the best.
Barn in village saves fair
The Friends of All Saints Bawdeswell was established some 18 years ago to raise funds for the general upkeep and enhancement of All Saints.
Covering all bases
Many parishes now have their unique giving QR codes and URLs as well as the physical resources such as business cards and posters to promote the diocesan online facility.
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