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Tasting and seeing the life in the Thetford & Rockland Deanery

Tasting and seeing the life in the Thetford & Rockland Deanery

The Bishop of Norwich's deanery visit to Thetford and Rockland on Thursday 16 January was a smorgasbord for the senses.

Wed 15 Jan 2020
Norwich South Deanery welcomes and supports friends old and new

Norwich South Deanery welcomes and supports friends old and new

Norwich South is brimming with people and projects that endeavour to reach out and welcome everyone in - a selection of which were shown to Bishop Graham on his first Deanery visit of 2020.

Wed 8 Jan 2020
A Milestone for Lowestoft Community Fridge

A Milestone for Lowestoft Community Fridge

Lowestoft Community Fridge, in partnership with the Lowestoft branch of Marks and Spencer, has redistributed one ton of surplus food and reduced food waste going to landfill.

Thu 2 Jan 2020
Donkeys star in Cawston village walking Nativity

Donkeys star in Cawston village walking Nativity

In what's now become a village tradition, the people of Cawston took to the streets wearing dressing gowns, improvised angel-wings and tea-towel head-dresses as they took part in a very special "Walking Nativity".

Wed 18 Dec 2019
Christmas and creativity in Ingworth & Sparham Deanery

Christmas and creativity in Ingworth & Sparham Deanery

Advent is in full swing and Ingworth & Sparham Deanery warmly welcomed Bishop Graham in on the festivities during his recent visit.

Wed 18 Dec 2019
#FollowTheStar and a Live Nativity at St Mary's Church Snettisham

#FollowTheStar and a Live Nativity at St Mary's Church Snettisham

The whole of the entrance is lit up by a large star over the main gates and lights twinkle on the large yews going up the drive. Stars hang from the ancient 14th-century pillars and more are screened onto the arch above the chancel. All invite you in to see the live Nativity happening in this Norfolk village.

Mon 16 Dec 2019
Mayflower 400 festival launches in Harleston church

Mayflower 400 festival launches in Harleston church

A flotilla of 400 origami boats set sail to launch a year of Mayflower 400 celebrations in St John's Harleston.

Mon 16 Dec 2019
Archbishop Sancroft Prayerspace

Archbishop Sancroft Prayerspace

Students at Archbishop Sancroft High School have been participating in a Christmas PrayerSpace. The PrayerSpace was created by Integrate Youth for Christ along with the school's pastoral team.

Thu 12 Dec 2019
Three years of the Breakfast Cafe

Three years of the Breakfast Cafe

At a Central Visitation in 2016 Bishop Graham James spoke about the Epistle of James and how it is always necessary for Christians to engage with their community. The Bishop's words inspired the Breakfast Cafe at Saint Andrew's Church, Lowestoft.

Tue 10 Dec 2019
Ordinand's vision to get men talking

Ordinand's vision to get men talking

Sean Oejniyi, first year Ordinand with the Eastern Region Ministry Course and member of Saint Andrews Church, Lowestoft, has a vision: to get men talking, making friendships and improving mental health.

Tue 10 Dec 2019
Exploring faith with emojis and pilates in North Lynn

Exploring faith with emojis and pilates in North Lynn

Something new is happening on the North Lynn housing estate in King's Lynn as local people come together to explore the Christian faith using Pilates, emojis and Google searches. Jenny Seal visited to find out more.

Mon 9 Dec 2019
Norwich North Deanery soars with hope

Norwich North Deanery soars with hope

The Christian community in north Norwich demonstrates abundant love and hope throughout the schools, churches, communities (and airport!) they serve.

Fri 6 Dec 2019
St. Nicholas church, Salthouse tower restoration

St. Nicholas church, Salthouse tower restoration

Thanks to a grant of £170,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a gift of £35,000 from the Friends of Salthouse Church, the 13th-century Tower of St Nicholas has been successfully restored.

Tue 3 Dec 2019
Architect's grave unveiled

Architect's grave unveiled

Notable 17th-century Architect, William Talman, was buried in Felmingham Churchyard after his death on 22nd November 1719. At the time he lived in Felmingham Hall and was Lord of the Manor.

Tue 3 Dec 2019
Helping hands in Depwade Deanery

Helping hands in Depwade Deanery

On his visit to Depwade Deanery, Bishop Graham met the local people and heard about the many ways in which members of the Depwade community lend a hand to help their neighbours.

Fri 29 Nov 2019
Mary and Joe Bring Christmas Glow to Norwich Market

Mary and Joe Bring Christmas Glow to Norwich Market

Mary and Joseph (and Trevor the donkey) are off on an exciting journey around Norwich Market to celebrate the Christmas season.

Thu 28 Nov 2019
Festival of Angels

Festival of Angels

Heacham Parish Church will be holding a Festival of Angels from Saturday 30 November through to the end of December 2019.

Wed 27 Nov 2019
Cromer Church's new Vicar looks forward to Christmas

Cromer Church's new Vicar looks forward to Christmas

Cromer Church has welcomed a new family into their midst - and they're excited by all the great things the church has on during the festive season.

Wed 27 Nov 2019
Blofield church's blue-sky thinking

Blofield church's blue-sky thinking

Blofield church has been experimenting with some interesting ways of getting people - particularly young people - to interact with their church. Yvonne Mack, one of the Churchwardens, tells us more on sleepovers and bell ringers.

Fri 22 Nov 2019
Caring for each other and the planet in Breckland Deanery

Caring for each other and the planet in Breckland Deanery

On a full-day trip to Breckland Deanery, Bishop Graham was shown the work communities and individuals across the Deanery do to show compassion to the environment and those around them.

Fri 22 Nov 2019
Flourishing in Lothingland Deanery

Flourishing in Lothingland Deanery

Bishop Graham was introduced to the people of Lothingland Deanery on his visit and the ways in which they come together and flourish as a community.

Fri 22 Nov 2019
Bishop Graham Welcoming Services have begun

Bishop Graham Welcoming Services have begun

Days after being officially enthroned at Norwich Cathedral as the 72nd Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham Usher began his welcome tour of the diocese with a service at Great Yarmouth Minster on Monday where he was asked to repeat his commitment to the work by an 11 year old pupil from the St.Nicholas Priory School.

Tue 19 Nov 2019
Soul Space highly and well received enrichment experience for pupils and staff alike

Soul Space highly and well received enrichment experience for pupils and staff alike

Two high schools have been trying out new ways of engaging their pupils through Soul Space - an area designed to allow for peaceful reflection and encourage interaction with God.

Tue 19 Nov 2019
Reflections on Hong Kong

Reflections on Hong Kong

As part of her training, Coryn Stanforth went on placement to Hong Kong; involving herself in the life and struggles of the people, and trying to help in difficult circumstances. Here, she shares her experiences.

Mon 18 Nov 2019
Heart-warming visit to Blofield Deanery

Heart-warming visit to Blofield Deanery

On his fifth deanery visit, Bishop Graham experienced the warm welcome of the community of the Blofield Deanery, nestled half-way between Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

Thu 14 Nov 2019
Shining in the darkness

Shining in the darkness

The last week of October, Cromer Church was transformed into a glowing cavern of wonders for their fantastic Light Party.

Mon 11 Nov 2019
Volunteer of the Year award

Volunteer of the Year award

Yvonne Mack, one of the wardens at Blofield Church, has recently been named volunteer of the year by the YMCA in Norfolk.

Mon 11 Nov 2019
Loving the Outdoors at the Horstead Centre

Loving the Outdoors at the Horstead Centre

On Bishop Graham's visit to the Horstead Centre he met many of the children enjoying the facility and had a go at one of the outdoor activities.

Thu 31 Oct 2019
Local artist raising funds for Thorpe Market Church

Local artist raising funds for Thorpe Market Church

North Norfolk Artist Rosalie Osborne Gibb is continuing her fund-raising efforts for St Margaret's Church in Thorpe Market with an art exhibition next month.

Thu 17 Oct 2019
From ASHS to anywhere

From ASHS to anywhere

A previous student of Archbishop Sancroft Highschool has been posted to The Band of the Coldstream Guards in London. Her first engagement being the state opening of parliament on Monday.

Wed 16 Oct 2019
Renowned seventeenth-century architect buried in Felmingham

Renowned seventeenth-century architect buried in Felmingham

On 22 November 1719, the prominent late seventeenth-century architect, William Talman, died at Felmingham Hall. He was buried in St Andrew's Church, Felmingham. His recently-discovered grave will be renovated in honour of the 300th anniversary since his death.

Wed 16 Oct 2019
West Norfolk school win Salvation Army's recycling award

West Norfolk school win Salvation Army's recycling award

The Salvation Army's 'Recycle with Michael' scheme has inspired pupils in several schools across Norfolk to recycle over a tonne of clothes, and pupils from Weasenham C of E Primary Academy topped the list winning a county-wide prize.

Tue 15 Oct 2019
Ashill church celebrates five years of CAP Debt Centre

Ashill church celebrates five years of CAP Debt Centre

On Sunday 6 October the Fountain of Life Church at Ashill held a service to celebrate five years of the Mid Norfolk CAP Debt Centre and heard testimony of its life-changing impact.

Tue 15 Oct 2019
Pilgrimage in Lapland

Pilgrimage in Lapland

This August, as part of the "sharing of experiences", six people were invited to join in a pilgrimage along the Dag Hammarskjold Way which lies 250 km within the Arctic Circle, further cementing the link between the Diocese of Norwich and the Diocese of Lulea in the far north of Sweden. Steve Williamson shares their journey.

Thu 3 Oct 2019
Hope and rebirth in Redenhall Deanery

Hope and rebirth in Redenhall Deanery

The people of Redenhall Deanery share their passions, hopes, and projects with Bishop Graham on his visit to them.

Thu 3 Oct 2019
Community in Great Yarmouth Deanery

Community in Great Yarmouth Deanery

From songs to sea and back again; the people of Great Yarmouth Deanery warmly welcomed Bishop Graham into their daily lives and the things that mattered most to them.

Fri 27 Sep 2019
Church in Gorleston celebrates ten years of drop-in lunch

Church in Gorleston celebrates ten years of drop-in lunch

St Mary Magdalene in Gorleston has celebrated ten years of its weekly drop-in lunch, The Bridge. 

Wed 25 Sep 2019
Acle memorial gardens ceremony

Acle memorial gardens ceremony

On Saturday 7 September at 10am at Acle War Memorial Hall Recreation Centre a ceremony took place to celebrate the opening of Memorial Gardens in memory of those who gave their lives in World Wars One and Two.

Wed 18 Sep 2019
Life in the Lynn Deanery

Life in the Lynn Deanery

People across the Lynn Deanery welcomed Bishop Graham to their local communities and shared their projects, churches, outreach, hopes and concerns in the areas of their service and ministry yesterday.

Thu 12 Sep 2019
Bishop Jonathan's prayer pilgrimage to St Benet at Waxham & Tunstead Deanery

Bishop Jonathan's prayer pilgrimage to St Benet at Waxham & Tunstead Deanery

On Thursday 29 August, The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Bishop Jonathan Meyrick went on a pilgrimage of prayer, worship, and a boat ride. Here, Robin Myerscough, tells us more.

Fri 6 Sep 2019
Church and Benjamin foundation join forces to give young people a brighter future

Church and Benjamin foundation join forces to give young people a brighter future

Aylsham Parish Church has teamed up with the Benjamin Foundation to help and encourage young people living in supported accommodation with the Go-Ahead Career Coaching Award Scheme.

Thu 5 Sep 2019
Pop up Pub at Little Barningham Parish Church a huge success

Pop up Pub at Little Barningham Parish Church a huge success

Little Barningham village's last permanent pub closed its door decades ago, but the beer and wine were flowing on Friday 23 August for the whole community and beyond.

Tue 27 Aug 2019
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