“Pray for me … that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve him and you, all the days of my life.
This was the prayer request made by Her Majesty the Queen in her first Christmas broadcast in 1952. Throughout her long life, Christ’s example and teaching have been seen acted out in the dutiful and faithful life of our servant-hearted Queen Elizabeth.
We know that her visits to her home at Sandringham offer her valuable times of rest and relaxation and she is held in special esteem and fondness in the County of Norfolk and Diocese of Norwich. This weekend we join with millions of others throughout the UK and around the Commonwealth, celebrating and giving thanks for the life and service of the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee. Seventy years of service to our country and to our world.
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I asked Phil Courtier, Director for South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils, how we should pray for people like him – our local leaders and civic workers – as they help to shape the places in which we live.More
Praying for Secondary School students
George is a GCSE student in a large school.More
“Every night is different!” says Paul Rendell.More
Set free to hear Christ
“I’m often too proud to admit that I need the concrete challenge and accountability of a wise mentor, with whom the landscape of the soul can be traversed and surveyed,” says The Revd Taylor Wilton-Morgan, Assistant Curate, United Benefice of St Benedict.More
Baby Basics – journeying with families
“Today we gifted a new Moses basket to a Mummy, and her unborn baby, knowing she has very little, if anything, to provide the essentials needed,” says Baby Basics Coordinator Maggie Anderson.More
Sapling signs of hope
Ecology student Ben Knights first set eyes on the hazel saplings while on placement in the Bishop’s Garden.More
Bringing hope and healing
“I love my job, there are so many positives” says Eve Hart, manager of the Great Yarmouth team for The Matthew Project, “Unity” (young people’s drug and alcohol service).More
School’s journey to Easter
“The last two Lents have been difficult,” explains John Neenan, the head teacher of St Michael’s CofE VA Primary School in Aylsham, “so we planned something special this year for our Lenten journey to Easter.”More
Praying towards Pentecost
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ (TKC) focuses on spiritual transformation by being empowered to share Jesus’ message and praying for five friends to find faith in Christ.More
As a teenager, Rachel Seabrook belonged to a supportive youth group full of people who loved to talk about Jesus and pray for one another.More