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Egyptian police declares the stabbing of Christian family

Egyptian police declares the stabbing of Christian family "a normal quarrel"

Three members of a Christian family in Egypt are fighting for their lives after being stabbed by a Muslim neighbour. However, local police have declared that the incident was "just a normal quarrel" and refused access of the family lawyer to the records of the prosecution.

Wed 4 Dec 2019
Terror attack on Burkina Faso church part of a bigger wave of anti-Christian campaign

Terror attack on Burkina Faso church part of a bigger wave of anti-Christian campaign

The gun attack which killed 14 church members in a village in Burkina Faso is just the latest in a wave of Christian persecution in the West African nation, according to a Christian pastor working with victims in the country.

Mon 2 Dec 2019
Turkish president's promise to rebuild churches in Syria are

Turkish president's promise to rebuild churches in Syria are "a drug to numb the feelings of Christians" claims Syrian pastor

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to help Syria's Christians rebuild their churches "so that they will be able to return to their lands and start praying there again." However, the promise does not convince a Christian pastor living in north-eastern Syria.

Fri 29 Nov 2019
A handmade tale: petition in fabric goes on display in the cloisters at Westminster Abbey

A handmade tale: petition in fabric goes on display in the cloisters at Westminster Abbey

Part of a 16,000 strong petition with a difference went on display at Chapter House, Westminster Abbey this week. The Handmade Petition: I See You, consists of 16,000 handmade squares of fabric. Each one contains a message to women around the world who are currently being persecuted for their faith and gender.

Fri 22 Nov 2019
Friends of the Holy Land 10th anniversary event a great success

Friends of the Holy Land 10th anniversary event a great success

Friends of the Holy Land are delighted to report that the first event in their 10th anniversary celebrations was a success.

Wed 20 Nov 2019
New Rector of Poppyland Benefice

New Rector of Poppyland Benefice

Revd Sian Reading was licensed by Bishop Graham on Sunday 17 November 2019.

Thu 14 Nov 2019
The Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card Shop 2019

The Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card Shop 2019

This is the 54th year of Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card Shop raising money for a range of charities through the sale of seasonal goodies - and we have the details on the shop for this year right here!

Wed 13 Nov 2019
16,000 fabric squares highlighting women persecuted for their faith and gender ready to hang at Westminster Abbey

16,000 fabric squares highlighting women persecuted for their faith and gender ready to hang at Westminster Abbey

Eighteen volunteers have finished sewing together thousands of handmade squares of fabric for Open Doors' Handmade Petition installation that will be displayed in Chapter House, Westminster Abbey. The installation will highlight the double vulnerability of women who are persecuted for both their faith and their gender.

Mon 11 Nov 2019
Bishop of Norwich enthroned

Bishop of Norwich enthroned

On Saturday 9 November in a cathedral packed with 1,800 people, the Rt Revd Graham Usher was enthroned as the seventy-second Bishop of Norwich in a service rich with symbolism.

Sat 9 Nov 2019
£250k fund launched to support early years groups

£250k fund launched to support early years groups

Community groups that support young children and their parents in Norfolk are being invited to apply to a new Community Fund designed to get our county's babies and preschoolers off to the best possible start.

Mon 4 Nov 2019
Join Bill Bryson for tea and cake and help save the UK's historic churches and chapels

Join Bill Bryson for tea and cake and help save the UK's historic churches and chapels

Tea and cake at a top London restaurant with Bill Bryson OBE; a personal guided tour of the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul in Greenwich with Michael Palin OBE; and joining TV historian and author Bettany Hughes OBE on location are just some of the 'money-can't-buy' lots going under the hammer in the National Churches Trust's new 'Save our Churches' online auction, raising funds to help pay for urgent repairs to the nation's churches.

Mon 4 Nov 2019
Church of England's Environment Group calls for greater action on Climate Change across the Church

Church of England's Environment Group calls for greater action on Climate Change across the Church

The Church of England's Environmental Advisory Group has called for all parts of the Church to recognise the Climate Crisis and step up its action to safeguard God's creation.

Fri 1 Nov 2019
Carbrooke Primary & Nursery is GOOD

Carbrooke Primary & Nursery is GOOD

St Peter & St Paul Carbrooke Church of England Primary Academy and Nursery, near Watton, is celebrating a "good" Ofsted inspection.

Thu 31 Oct 2019
Join in with Singing for Syrians

Join in with Singing for Syrians

Singing for Syrians is a nationwide campaign chaired by Victoria Prentis, MP offering a fun, inclusive and positive way to raise money for some of Syria's most vulnerable people. Get the resources to join in and support the cause.

Wed 30 Oct 2019
Churchwardens' Yearbook 2020 is now available

Churchwardens' Yearbook 2020 is now available

The diary designed to help with churchwardens' church and parish duties can now be purchased ready for next year - complete the form here to get your copy.

Wed 30 Oct 2019
Bishop of Norwich encourages Day of Prayer for Media

Bishop of Norwich encourages Day of Prayer for Media

In these times of growing polarisation and confirmation bias, churches are being encouraged to take part in a 'Day of Prayer for the Media' on 3 November with a resource pack contributed to by the Bishop of Norwich and former Archdeacon of Norwich.

Mon 28 Oct 2019
Great Yarmouth Minster a venue for Open Christmas event for homeless and vulnerable this year

Great Yarmouth Minster a venue for Open Christmas event for homeless and vulnerable this year

The Great Yarmouth Open Christmas event, for homeless and vulnerable people in the borough, will be held at the Great Yarmouth Minster this year - thanks to partnership working between the borough council and community organisations.

Mon 28 Oct 2019
Four new Honorary Canons appointed to Norwich Cathedral

Four new Honorary Canons appointed to Norwich Cathedral

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher has appointed four new Honorary Canons of Norwich Cathedral: Julie Boyd, Catherine Dobson, Susanna Gunner and Christian Heycocks.

Sun 27 Oct 2019
Norfolk vicars appointed to the Archbishops' College of Evangelists

Norfolk vicars appointed to the Archbishops' College of Evangelists

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby will today (Wednesday 23 October) commission two priests from the Diocese of Norwich as 'Archbishops' Evangelists' at an event in Lambeth Palace.

Wed 23 Oct 2019
Lay ministry course highly praised

Lay ministry course highly praised

Church of England reviewers have praised the Diocese of Norwich course which trains lay ministers (often called Readers).

Mon 21 Oct 2019
Homeless people at risk of modern slavery

Homeless people at risk of modern slavery

Staff and volunteers at night shelters are being urged to be on the lookout for signs of exploitation  among guests in a campaign launched today by the Church of England's anti-slavery initiative.

Sun 13 Oct 2019
2019 Advent Calendar launches with competition

2019 Advent Calendar launches with competition

The 2019 Real Advent Calendar has been officially launched with a new 24 page Christmas story-activity book, a children's competition, with profits helping to transform the lives of children in Kenya.

Fri 11 Oct 2019
Halloween Campaign to give 25 people the gift of sight

Halloween Campaign to give 25 people the gift of sight

The 2019 Meaningful Treat Pack, is a life changing resource which will give up to 25 people the gift of sight while helping with mission work on, and leading up to, the eve of All Saints (Halloween).

Mon 7 Oct 2019
Counting church visitor numbers goes digital

Counting church visitor numbers goes digital

The National Churches Trust's Great Church Visitor Count aims to find out how many people visit churches. Current numbers are thought to be seriously underestimated, which can make it hard for churches to access funding for repairs and to be a part of local tourism initiatives. Find out more and get your church involved.

Mon 7 Oct 2019
Destroyed Christian businesses in Syria given new lease of life

Destroyed Christian businesses in Syria given new lease of life

When the fighting was over in Aleppo and life started to return to the city, many people found their livelihood destroyed. However, for some of them, vital help was not far away.

Mon 30 Sep 2019
Archbishop is thrilled by plans for Dragon's Den Convent

Archbishop is thrilled by plans for Dragon's Den Convent

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has expressed his support for the plans to develop the former Convent at Ditchingham on the Norfolk/Suffolk bording, saying they are some of the most exciting proposals he has seen since becoming Archbishop and that this project thrills his heart.

Fri 27 Sep 2019
Indian state's new bill could put anyone in jail for praying for others' healing

Indian state's new bill could put anyone in jail for praying for others' healing

India's Himachal Pradesh state has passed a new bill against 'forced conversion' which requires anyone seeking to convert to another religion to give a month's notice to the district magistrate stating they are doing so by their own will.

Tue 24 Sep 2019
Readers' Day 2019

Readers' Day 2019

On Saturday 21 September, four new Readers were Licensed and five who have recently transferred to this Diocese were welcomed.

Tue 24 Sep 2019
Bishop of Norwich appoints new chaplain

Bishop of Norwich appoints new chaplain

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher has appointed the Revd Canon Sally Theakston as his new chaplain.

Wed 11 Sep 2019
Findings show that parents still value Harvest Festival

Findings show that parents still value Harvest Festival

New polling shows that parents have warm memories of taking part in Harvest Festivals and want their children to do the same.

Tue 10 Sep 2019

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