The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby is coming to the Diocese in November, just a few days away from the 100th anniversary of the ending of WW1 and this, combined with his passion for reconciliation, has contributed strongly to the shaping of his programme.
Wednesday 7 November
The Archbishop will arrive in Norwich on Wednesday 7 November. He will start his visit to our Diocese with a visit to St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral for an ecumenical act of worship. Everyone is welcome to attend the event which will start at 12 noon.
At 5.30pm the Archbishop will attend Evensong at Norwich Cathedral followed by an evening of exploration into the subject of reconciliation.
In the context of the WW1 anniversary, the evening will highlight not only our world’s need for peace today but also the fact that every single one of us is called to be a peacemaker. ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’, Jesus tells us. “Love your enemies”. But what might this actually look like in your life and mine? We hope this event will offer lots of ideas.
Everyone is warmly invited to the evening – to all of it or as much as you can manage. It will begin at 5.30pm with Choral Evensong and end at 9.15pm after Compline by Candlelight. At 6.30pm, you will be able to spend time moving around some specially devised Stations of Reconciliation.
At 7.15pm, Bishop Graham will chair ‘Reflections on Reconciliation’ and we will listen to opening contributions from a richly diverse panel including Pastor Rolf Stahl from Koblenz, Norwich’s German twin-town; Dr Marian Prinsley, Vice President of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation; those who will speak about the need for reconciliation in a world peopled by homeless refugees and also in a divided Church.
In response to these initial reflections, the Archbishop will make his own presentation before leading us into a time of gathered silence and prayer. There will then be more time for people to make their pilgrimage around the Stations of Reconciliation before Compline brings the evening to a close.
Thursday 8 November
On Thursday 8 November the Archbishop Justin will be in the East of the Diocese.
At 11am there will be a short service at Caister Lifeboat station. There will be contributions from the children of Caister Junior School, including a dramatisation of the 1901 Caister lifeboat disaster, as well as an address from the Archbishop.
Following the service the Archbishop will board the Caister offshore lifeboat (one of the fastest in the country) and lay a wreath at sea for all those who have died at sea in wars over the last 100 years. Everyone is welcome to attend the service.
In the evening there will be a unique opportunity to hear the Archbishop in conversation with BBC Look East’s Andrew Sinclair about being a Christian disciple. Everyone is invited to come along to enjoy a light bite of fish and chips at Great Yarmouth Minster at 7.30pm. You may even be served your fish and chips by the Archbishop himself!
Both events are free to attend, and everyone is welcome to come along. To attend the evening at Great Yarmouth Minster please book your free place here.