The Bishop of Norwich's deanery visit to Thetford and Rockland on Thursday 16 January was a smorgasbord for the senses.
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.
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.
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".
Advent is in full swing and Ingworth & Sparham Deanery warmly welcomed Bishop Graham in on the festivities during his recent visit.
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.
A flotilla of 400 origami boats set sail to launch a year of Mayflower 400 celebrations in St John's Harleston.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Christian community in north Norwich demonstrates abundant love and hope throughout the schools, churches, communities (and airport!) they serve.
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.
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.
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.
Mary and Joseph (and Trevor the donkey) are off on an exciting journey around Norwich Market to celebrate the Christmas season.
Heacham Parish Church will be holding a Festival of Angels from Saturday 30 November through to the end of December 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The last week of October, Cromer Church was transformed into a glowing cavern of wonders for their fantastic Light Party.
Yvonne Mack, one of the wardens at Blofield Church, has recently been named volunteer of the year by the YMCA in Norfolk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The people of Redenhall Deanery share their passions, hopes, and projects with Bishop Graham on his visit to them.
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.
St Mary Magdalene in Gorleston has celebrated ten years of its weekly drop-in lunch, The Bridge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Around 120 classic cars gathered at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 3 August for the start of the 2019 Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Countess Euston, and Deputy Lieutenant, William Kendall, visited the Lowestoft Community Fridge at Saint Andrews Church today.
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.
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.
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.
Sue Morton, Project Coordinator for Upper Sheringham Bell Appeal gives an update on the project.
On 2 July the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, visited the Loddon Deanery, continuing the Bishops' Prayer Pilgrimages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anna Heydon, Imagine Norfolk Together Worker recently went to a Modern Slavery conference at Lambeth Palace. She shares her story below.
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.