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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
Gorleston church to host community summer fete

Gorleston church to host community summer fete

Following the success of their Christmas community event, 'Christmas on the Mag', St Mary Magdalene Church in Gorleston is hosting 'Summer on the Mag' on Magdalen Square on 15 June from 1pm to 5pm.   

Tue 11 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
Being part of a growing community - Places of Welcome

Being part of a growing community - Places of Welcome

In March 2018, Christ Church in Eaton started their journey to becoming part of the 'Places of Welcome' Network.The Revd Shawn Tomlinson, Curate at Christ Church explains more about how it all began.

Wed 6 Feb 2019
Snow Drop Sundays & Art Exhibition

Snow Drop Sundays & Art Exhibition

As has been tradition for some years now, St Margaret's Church in Thorpe Market will be flinging its doors open to the Spring to welcome visitors who trek for miles to come and visit the snowdrops in the churchyard.

Sat 2 Feb 2019
The Big Churchyard Birdwatch

The Big Churchyard Birdwatch

Nineteen different species of birds were seen in and over the churchyards at All Saints Church by hardy birders over two hours on Sunday 27 January.

Tue 29 Jan 2019
40 churches join together in Norwich chain of prayer

40 churches join together in Norwich chain of prayer

An ecumenical Chain of Prayer involving 40 churches from eight different denominations took place over six hours at Norwich Cathedral on Thursday 24 January during Christian Unity Week.

Tue 29 Jan 2019
Dickleburgh Primary School opens new Peace Garden

Dickleburgh Primary School opens new Peace Garden

Last week Dickleburgh Church of England Primary School opened a new Peace Garden.

Fri 25 Jan 2019
Norwich church and charity to celebrate Bishop Graham

Norwich church and charity to celebrate Bishop Graham

This week Soul Church is hosting a thanksgiving service and the OPEN Youth Trust are hosting a banquet to honour the Rt Revd Graham James for his work and service as Bishop of Norwich.

Tue 22 Jan 2019
Moorlands Academy rated 'Good' by Ofsted

Moorlands Academy rated 'Good' by Ofsted

The Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) academy has shown rapid improvement and is now good in all areas with the inspector stating: 'Leaders have established a culture of high expectations of both pupils and teachers, meaning that 'children in the school make strong progress'.

Fri 18 Jan 2019
Norfolk student named Eastern Region's Young Performer of the Year

Norfolk student named Eastern Region's Young Performer of the Year

A student from Archbishop Sancroft High School (ASHS) has been named the Eastern Region's Young Performer of The Year by the National Operatic and Amateur Dramatic Association.

Fri 18 Jan 2019
The South Creake Lectures - building on success

The South Creake Lectures - building on success

Nigel Kenyon Jones looks back over the past four years' experience of the lectures at South Creake.

Wed 16 Jan 2019
Showing Jesus' heart in the heart of Norfolk

Showing Jesus' heart in the heart of Norfolk

This regular feature in The Magazine normally focuses on a benefice in the Diocese of Norwich but in the spirit of ecumenism - the theme of the Jan/Feb 2019 issue - it's Dereham Baptist Church.

Wed 16 Jan 2019
Sheringham musician leads choir at St Paul's

Sheringham musician leads choir at St Paul's

A Sheringham musician was recently honoured by being invited to direct the music for a special service at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

Wed 16 Jan 2019
Jazz musician to speak at North Norfolk Filling Station

Jazz musician to speak at North Norfolk Filling Station

Norwich vicar and jazz musician David Lloyd, will be the guest speaker at the first meeting of North Norfolk Filling Station at Swanton Novers Village Hall for 2019 on Monday 28 January.

Tue 15 Jan 2019
Better Christmas for King's Lynn Debt Centre clients

Better Christmas for King's Lynn Debt Centre clients

In the run up to Christmas the CAP King's Lynn Debt Centre offered much more than debt advice to its clients, giving out Christmas hampers, sacks of toys, pantomime invitations and providing a place of community.

Wed 9 Jan 2019
Two Christian King's Lynn projects in the Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Two Christian King's Lynn projects in the Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme.

In January and February, the King's Lynn Night Shelter and King's Lynn Foodbank will be two of the three organisations hoping to gain the most votes in the Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Tue 8 Jan 2019