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120 cars gather for 12th Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run

120 cars gather for 12th Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run

Around 120 classic cars gathered at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 3 August for the start of the 2019 Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run.

Mon 19 Aug 2019
Historic finds at the medieval church of All Saints' Waterden in Norfolk

Historic finds at the medieval church of All Saints' Waterden in Norfolk

Three surprise findings have been uncovered during a £270,000 restoration of Waterden church in North Norfolk in the middle of fields near the site of the lost medieval village it served.

Sat 17 Aug 2019
Mission imperative or jumping on the bandwagon?

Mission imperative or jumping on the bandwagon?

There are many different approaches to the way we treat the environment, but All Saints' Church, Chedgrave has investigated how churches are called to do the most for the planet.

Thu 15 Aug 2019
It's Beane a blast

It's Beane a blast

The community of Aylsham threw a huge one-day festival this month to say thank you and farewell to Revd Canon Andrew Beane and his family, as he moves to take up a new post as the Archdeacon of Exeter in Devon.

Wed 14 Aug 2019
Potterfest - in a church!

Potterfest - in a church!

Harry Potter fans flocked to Cawston on Friday 9 August where the amazing medieval church provided a backdrop for a celebration of J.K. Rowling's magical world.

Mon 12 Aug 2019
Work of church Community Fridge receives official recognition

Work of church Community Fridge receives official recognition

The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Countess Euston, and Deputy Lieutenant, William Kendall, visited the Lowestoft Community Fridge at Saint Andrews Church today.

Tue 30 Jul 2019
Might God be calling you to Reader Ministry?

Might God be calling you to Reader Ministry?

On Saturday 21 September four new Readers will be licensed in Norwich Cathedral, and over a hundred more will renew their promises, as they do each year in a Readers' Day Eucharist that highlights the importance of this essential ministry.

Mon 29 Jul 2019
An update from The Living Room project

An update from The Living Room project

The Living Room was set up by some of the Great Yarmouth church leaders and Imagine Norfolk Together, working in conjunction with local agencies, and first opened its doors in January 2017.

Thu 25 Jul 2019
Christ Church Lowestoft celebrates 150 years

Christ Church Lowestoft celebrates 150 years

Monica Brewster shares the story of the ongoing commemorations of Christ Church's 150 years of outreach and ministry in the seaside community of Lowestoft.

Wed 17 Jul 2019
Upper Sheringham Bells on their way to Dorset!

Upper Sheringham Bells on their way to Dorset!

Sue Morton, Project Coordinator for Upper Sheringham Bell Appeal gives an update on the project.

Fri 12 Jul 2019
Bishop Jonathan's Prayer Pilgrimage to Loddon Deanery

Bishop Jonathan's Prayer Pilgrimage to Loddon Deanery

On 2 July the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, visited the Loddon Deanery, continuing the Bishops' Prayer Pilgrimages.

Fri 5 Jul 2019
It's Beane a blast - saying farewell to Revd Canon Andrew Beane

It's Beane a blast - saying farewell to Revd Canon Andrew Beane

The community of Aylsham are throwing a one-day festival on Sunday 28 July to say thank you and farewell to their Rector, Revd Canon Andrew Beane, as he prepares to take up a new post as the Archdeacon of Exeter in Devon.

Fri 5 Jul 2019
Arron's ration challenge to support Syrian refugees

Arron's ration challenge to support Syrian refugees

One of the Activity Instructors at the Horstead Centre, Arron Fisk, has been raising money for Syrian Refugees by undertaking a sponsored ration challenge. Centre Manager Josie Barnett tells us more.

Thu 4 Jul 2019
MP visits Forncett Primary School

MP visits Forncett Primary School

On Friday 21 June, Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk came to Forncett Primary School to find out about unlocking education for all children. This is a campaign to help all children to have an education, currently 262 million are locked out of education.

Fri 28 Jun 2019
Beer and hymns in North Elmham

Beer and hymns in North Elmham

Beer & Hymns at The King's Head in North Elmham welcomed Bishop Jonathan to its Eastertide evening in late May. The Revd Sally Kimmis, Heart of Norfolk BenficeTeam Rector, tells us more.

Thu 27 Jun 2019
Local residents turn out in large numbers for community fete

Local residents turn out in large numbers for community fete

Saturday 15 June saw the roads around Magdalen Square in Gorleston closed off and the green space taken over by 'Summer on the Mag', a community fete hosted by St Mary Magdalene Church and incorporating Magdalen Way Methodist Church Summer Fair.

Wed 19 Jun 2019
Modern Slavery - from Lambeth Palace to a Norfolk train

Modern Slavery - from Lambeth Palace to a Norfolk train

Anna Heydon, Imagine Norfolk Together Worker recently went to a Modern Slavery conference at Lambeth Palace. She shares her story below.

Fri 14 Jun 2019
Great progress on the Waterden Restoration Project

Great progress on the Waterden Restoration Project

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, All Saints Church Waterden were awarded a grant of £183,000 last September for a major building project on their church.

Wed 12 Jun 2019
24/7 Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come at Heacham Church

24/7 Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come at Heacham Church

The congregation of St Mary the Virgin, Heacham ran a 24/7 prayer room in their church hall for the second year running, as part of the global Thy Kingdom Come prayer campaign. Penny Taylor, Western Shore Team Administrator, tells us more.

Fri 7 Jun 2019
Norfolk Christian-inspired Cloth of Kindness exhibition

Norfolk Christian-inspired Cloth of Kindness exhibition

'Love is the Thread' is a new exhibition at the Burning Bush Barn in South Norfolk showcasing the work of the Cloth of Kindness Project, an arts and wellbeing initiative developed by a Norfolk Christian artist for cancer patients and users of the Big C Centres across Norfolk.

Fri 31 May 2019
King's Lynn churches set to stage free festival

King's Lynn churches set to stage free festival

A dozen West Norfolk churches are set to come together for the fourth year running at the Celebrate Festival for a community fun day in the centre of King's Lynn on Saturday 8 June, facilitated by Celebrate King's Lynn.

Tue 28 May 2019
Vicar prepares for leap of faith from church tower

Vicar prepares for leap of faith from church tower

The Revd Sharon Lord, rector at Pakefield Church, is set to take a leap of faith from a clifftop church tower to help boost an appeal for the building's upkeep.

Tue 28 May 2019
Bishop of Lynn enjoys the sights of South Norfolk

Bishop of Lynn enjoys the sights of South Norfolk

Sunny skies and eager pilgrims met the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, from the train in Attleborough on Tuesday for his Prayer Pilgrimage to the Deanery of Thetford and Rockland (an area stretching from Attleborough to Thetford along the A11 in South Norfolk).

Fri 24 May 2019
Volunteers abseil church tower to raise funds

Volunteers abseil church tower to raise funds

Marleen Madinda of The Long Stratton and Pilgrim Team Ministry made it safely to the ground to share her recent abseiling challenge from All Saints Church in Tibenham.

Tue 21 May 2019
Archdeacon's Charge 2019

Archdeacon's Charge 2019

Well it was certainly a case that rain didn't stop play at the Archdeacon's Charge and Family Picnic 2019 at Sandringham. The sun may not have made an appearance but crowds of people certainly did.

Sat 18 May 2019
Space to recharge and reflect

Space to recharge and reflect

For the second year in a row student at Aylsham High School have been exploring prayer, spirituality and life's biggest questions with their very own interactive prayer space.

Fri 10 May 2019
The R34 adventure - a centenary church service done different!

The R34 adventure - a centenary church service done different!

In 1919 the R34 airship flew from Scotland to Long Island and back to Pulham, the first double airborne Atlantic crossing. Diss Museum's celebrations include a service with a difference, featuring the story of this airship, at St. Mary's Church on Sunday 14 July.

Thu 9 May 2019
Success for the King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter

Success for the King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter

On 1 November 2018 the King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter opened its doors for our first full winter season, and by 31 March 2019 had welcomed 97 people as guests.

Mon 29 Apr 2019
Ecumenical sunrise service at Acle

Ecumenical sunrise service at Acle

Once again the Norfolk Broads Village of Acle demonstrated its enthusiastic commitment to ecumenism with a joint churches Easter sunrise service.

Tue 23 Apr 2019
Gorleston's young people serving their community

Gorleston's young people serving their community

A group of young people from Gorleston spent part of their Easter holidays undertaking manual jobs to serve their community. 

Mon 22 Apr 2019
Bishop Alan blesses accessible car in Brundall

Bishop Alan blesses accessible car in Brundall

The Bishop of Thetford, the Rt Revd Alan Winton, found himself in a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) on his recent visit to a group of churches in Brundall.

Wed 17 Apr 2019
Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist at Norwich Cathedral

Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist at Norwich Cathedral

People from all over the Diocese came together in Norwich Cathedral to join in with the Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist.

Thu 11 Apr 2019
Holy Saturday fun returns to the Mag in Gorleston

Holy Saturday fun returns to the Mag in Gorleston

Easter Saturday promises to be a fun afternoon for the community on the Magdalen Estate in Gorleston, as St Mary Magdalene Church's community Easter egg hunt returns for its second year.

Tue 9 Apr 2019
Focus On: The Mitre Benefice

Focus On: The Mitre Benefice

Hazel Horspole gives an insight into this Norwich city benefice whose motto is to "connect with God, connect with each other, connect with the world."

Tue 9 Apr 2019
Pub venue for lent group

Pub venue for lent group

This week Poringland and Framingham Earl Churches' Together held one of their Lent Bible study groups in the Royal Oak pub.

Tue 2 Apr 2019
Our friends in Denmark

Our friends in Denmark

Amid the current turmoil over the UK's relationship with Europe, two deaneries from Dereham and Denmark cemented a friendship with a signed agreement last weekend, that had originated from a simple meeting a few years before.

Thu 28 Mar 2019
Government coastal funding for Corton Church tower restoration

Government coastal funding for Corton Church tower restoration

The congregation of St. Bartholomew's Church, Corton has been celebrating the award of a £28,300 grant from the government's Coastal Revival Fund (CRF).

Wed 27 Mar 2019
The view from a Portuguese community

The view from a Portuguese community

At the time of writing, with Brexit possibly just weeks away, David Foster joined some of the congregation of Igreja Batista de Dereham, a vibrant Portuguese-language congregation, over coffee and bolo de arroz to find out about their life in Norfolk and their hopes and fears for the future.

Wed 27 Mar 2019
Facilities for all at Freethorpe Church

Facilities for all at Freethorpe Church

For the past couple of decades, All Saints Freethorpe PCC has been wanting to provide modern facilities in the church. As a round tower church, it would have been difficult to get permission to build an internal toilet, and the cost was prohibitive. Peter Allies takes up the story.

Tue 26 Mar 2019
Bishop leads cast of Passion play at Anglia Square

Bishop leads cast of Passion play at Anglia Square

In Medieval times the church used street theatre to tell stories from the Bible as a way to communicate Christianity to everyone. The Anglia Square Passion on Friday 19 April will continue this tradition.

Mon 25 Mar 2019
A mission project that  involves a building

A mission project that involves a building

During the early part of last summer, I drove over to Blakeney to hear a workshop led by Dr Nigel Walter who, by profession, is not only an architect but also a theologian, writes Fabric Officer Jamie Campbell

Sat 23 Mar 2019
Building reconciliation in Rwanda

Building reconciliation in Rwanda

Earlier this year, a visit by a mission team from the Glaven Valley Benefice to Rwanda coincided with a unique community event that takes place on the last Saturday of each month. Jonathan Lamb, of Life In Abundance International, facilitated the trip and reports.

Thu 21 Mar 2019
Ecumenical prayer walk in Acle

Ecumenical prayer walk in Acle

A clear demonstration of unity in diversity was shown recently in a recurring event of churches coming together across denominations in one Norfolk village.

Wed 20 Mar 2019
The Revd Heather Cracknell takes up Fresh Expressions post

The Revd Heather Cracknell takes up Fresh Expressions post

The Revd Heather Cracknell has been appointed to a national Fresh Expression role with the Church of England based in Westminster.

Wed 20 Mar 2019
Be a part of the Archdeacon's Charge 2019

Be a part of the Archdeacon's Charge 2019

By kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen, the Sandringham Estate will host the Archdeacon's Charge on Saturday 18 May 2019 - and you could be a part of it!

Tue 19 Mar 2019
Yarmouth churches publishes community action guide

Yarmouth churches publishes community action guide

Imagine Norfolk Together have published 'Church in the Community', a directory of services provided by churches in the Great Yarmouth area, and many have been surprised at how much community action they are involved in.

Tue 19 Mar 2019
Church hosts Easter service for Norwich's city workers

Church hosts Easter service for Norwich's city workers

St Andrew's Church in Norwich's city centre is planning an Easter Service in the lunchtime of Thursday 18 April for city workers to enjoy an accessible Bible talk, glorious music and tasty refreshments. 

Mon 18 Mar 2019
Moving beyond 'us' and 'them'

Moving beyond 'us' and 'them'

When people in Norfolk ask the Revd Philip Harvey where he's from, he pauses. The pause accounts for the fact that he left Australia in 2002, then lived in Germany, Oman, Luxembourg and, since July 2017, in Sprowston (north Norwich) as curate. He shares his thoughts on the perspective this physical and spiritual journey has given him.

Thu 14 Mar 2019
New Priest in Costessey

New Priest in Costessey

On Monday 25 March the Revd Edward Land will be licensed by the Bishop of Thetford at 7pm in St Edmund as Priest-in-Charge of Costessey, Norwich.

Wed 13 Mar 2019
An answered prayer

An answered prayer

Sharing God's love is the core of living; sharing His love through a legacy gives hope and love beyond anything we might imagine.

Mon 11 Mar 2019
Giving up giving up - Cromer Church opts to give generously for Lent instead.

Giving up giving up - Cromer Church opts to give generously for Lent instead.

Cromer Church has set itself the challenge to complete various acts of generosity this Lent.

Wed 6 Mar 2019
Here there be Dragons!

Here there be Dragons!

The 'Inspired' group of artists and craftspeople are planning something special for their annual exhibition at St Mary's Church, Stalham. The 2019 exhibition, to be held during early May Bank Holiday, will be based on the theme 'Revelation'.

Mon 4 Mar 2019
Meet the Angels at Cawston Parish Church

Meet the Angels at Cawston Parish Church

Members of the public are being offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to climb up to the roof of Cawston Parish Church and marvel at the roof angels, medieval carvings and original paintwork.

Tue 26 Feb 2019
Mulbarton Churches aim for 40km for Lent

Mulbarton Churches aim for 40km for Lent

The Mulbarton Group of Churches are encouraging people to get active this Lent and run, walk or jog 1km a day for 40 days.

Mon 25 Feb 2019
Diocese of Norwich St Benet's Multi-Academy Trust welcomes its fifth school

Diocese of Norwich St Benet's Multi-Academy Trust welcomes its fifth school

Last week a welcome assembly was held at Diss Infant Academy and Nursery to welcome the children and academy into the Diocese of Norwich St Benet's Multi-Academy Trust.

Wed 20 Feb 2019
Homeless in Lent appeal for King's Lynn Night Shelter

Homeless in Lent appeal for King's Lynn Night Shelter

The King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter is asking churches and Christians to support their 'Homeless in Lent' appeal by giving something up and donating the equivalent money to help them show kindness and hospitality to anyone with nowhere to stay.

Tue 19 Feb 2019
HTB speaker to visit North Norfolk Filling Station

HTB speaker to visit North Norfolk Filling Station

Fiona Oommen from Holy Trinity Brompton in London will be the guest speaker at the North Norfolk Filling Station meeting on Monday 25 February.

Thu 14 Feb 2019
Enhancing St Cuthbert's place at the heart of Thetford

Enhancing St Cuthbert's place at the heart of Thetford

The congregation of a Grade 2* Listed, 13th Century church in the heart of Thetford has raised over £200,000 to adapt their church building, to create a flexible interior which will be suitable for worship and community use.

Thu 14 Feb 2019
Silver Jubilee of school supported by Lent Appeal Project

Silver Jubilee of school supported by Lent Appeal Project

In November 2018 a Special Needs School in Bangalore, which was supported by the Diocese of Norwich Lent Appeal, celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The former Bishop of Thetford, the Rt Revd David Atkinson gives us an update on the school 25 years on.

Thu 14 Feb 2019
Signing expression of faith in Brancaster

Signing expression of faith in Brancaster

Inspired by a recent article about Deaf Church in The Magazine, Catherine Golding, a teacher from a Church of England School in North Norfolk got in touch to share their story.

Thu 7 Feb 2019