Arrival of your new Diocesan Secretary
As a fellow PCC member, it gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the new Diocesan Secretary.
As lay leaders in our parishes, I know from experience that your passion to serve, leadership and commitment underpin so much of the good that we see our churches deliver across the Diocese.
I have worked in the charity sector for the last 22 years, the last 12 of which I have spent leading a local Christian charity called YMCA Norfolk. Over this time, I have sought to empower people to make decisions that will see their lives transformed so they have hope for this life and the next. I am looking forward to working towards the same outcomes in this new role and hope I can apply the skills and experience that I gained to good effect so that I might make a positive contribution.
I certainly look forward to working with you to support our churches to thrive so they can continue to be at the heart of their communities, in the way we have seen so powerfully through the pandemic.
I have inherited a wonderful team at the Diocesan Board of Finance, who, although much reduced in number going forwards due to the recent financial pressures, are working extremely hard to ensure PCCs, clergy and congregations have the resources, advice and support they need.
PCC news is a great example of this as it ensures that those PCC members who have no internet access are still able to feel informed about matters that are vital to their role. Even better is that, thanks to the organisations that advertise in the paper, PCC News has very little cost implication to the Diocesan Board of Finance. I look forward to sharing more about other initiatives to help our parishes in future editions.
There is much for our PCCs to be considering as we seek to emerge from the pandemic, and many challenges to face. I hope that together we can not only overcome the challenges, but in God’s strength, take the opportunities he provides to be a beacon of hope in our communities.
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Welcoming new residents
Housing developments are happening everywhere, Horsford is no exception. Just six miles north from the centre of Norwich, it is a place to which couples and young families are keen to move.More
VAT is a grey area… but let us add a little colour!
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Nurturing early growth
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The stable which became an Easter Garden
They are many of us saying this – but it is true: ‘We have tried new things because of the pandemic – and there are some things that we want to keep.’More
Faithful band of pilgrims at Easter
Great Yarmouth Minster is blessed with a set of Stations of the Cross paintings set in our townMore
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Before you go any further with a heating project, you should carefully review your current situation.More
Opportunities to enrich your regular routine
‘Becoming’ is a process; it takes time, and the process itself is the key benefit.More
Continuing the journey
This spring, our PCC and congregation at All Saints, Chedgrave, were delighted to discover that they had achieved a bronze eco-award.More
Bronze award pursued
St Mary’s Church, Kelling, is a Grade II listed building set in a large churchyard in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Norfolk coast.More