Welcome

NWCT is an Intermediate Body of Churches Together in England covering the whole of Norfolk and those parts of the Waveney area around Lowestoft.

Our work is to enable Christian denominations to work together to spread the Good News that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to us to rescue us from the penalty of falling short of God’s standards and to offer us his gift of life in Jesus.

Online Ecumenical Chain of Prayer on 21st January 2021

In previous years, an Ecumenical Chain of Prayer has been organised (as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity) in Norwich & has been very well supported.

It will be difficult to do this with a service in a church so we are planning an online chain of prayer to be made available.  We are asking churches to send in short videos (circa 10minutes) of prayers, led reflections etc on the theme set by CTBI  Abiding in Christ https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2021/  or more generally for Christian Unity.

If you wish to be involved or would like more information, please contact Catherine Howe County Ecumenical Officer (catherine.howe@dioceseofnorwich.org)

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021: Abiding in Christ -18th to 25th January

The theme for 2021 is Abiding in Christ, based around John 15:1-17.

The resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have now been published by CTBI

https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2021/

As you will see, as a departure from the usual practice, materials were prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland & will use photos from the community (they have a beautiful wooden chapel with coloured glass windows).  Their spirituality of prayer and silence is particularly apt during the pandemic.

Unfortunately, printed copies are not being published this year (but that will be a bonus for the environment!)

The visit of Dippy the dinosaur to Norwich Cathedral January to March 2021

Dippy the Dinosaur will be visiting Norwich Cathedral from 11 Jan – 21 March 2021.  

Firstly, they are looking for  volunteers to help: for more information: https://www.cathedral.org.uk/dippy-on-tour/dippy-volunteers

Secondly there will be Science-Faith Lectures related to this in Norwich Cathedral & plans are afoot for the following talks listed below.

 
*Evolution and the God of love:  Speaker: Denis Alexander (Faraday Institute for Science and Religion)   Monday 25th January

The struggle for survival is an essential part of the evolutionary process.  How can the mechanism of evolution be reconciled with the idea of a God of love?

On-line Cathedral Lecture, 7.30 – 8.45 pm

 
*Evolution, human uniqueness and extra-terrestrials: is there a Christian perspective?
Speaker: Simon Conway Morris (Professor of Evolution and Paleobiology, Cambridge University)
 
*Annual Science-Faith Cathedral Lecture
Dinosaurs, Evolution and Religion. 
Speaker: Nick Spencer (Senior Fellow at Theos)
Science and Faith in Norfolk can be contacted on SFNorfolk1@gmail.com

Science and Faith in Norfolk is chaired by the Rev Dr Patrick Richmond, Vicar, Christ Church, Eaton.

For more information, please co
ntact the secretary – Professor Nick Brewin (nick.brewin@jic.ac.uk), Emeritus Fellow, John Innes Centre, Norwich.

 

 

World Day of Prayer – Friday 5th March 2021

WDP is Friday 5th March 2021 with the theme – Build on a strong foundation.   The service has been written by the women of Vanuatu & services are being arranged across Norfolk & Waveney.  To find a service near you, go to https://www.wwdp.org.uk/services/

The training day for Norfolk has taken place,

For further local information, please contact Joan Graves (jmgsprowston@gmail.com).

30th anniversary of the inauguration of CTE

 

Churches Together in England (CTE) had big plans for celebrating this exciting anniversary but these are now not feasible due to the challenges of COVID19.  There will be celebrations & the details of which will announced once these have been finalised.

Watch this space!

In the meantime, do read

 

Life Together: LEPs Today & Tomorrow on Saturday 5th June 2021

This is a day conference (carried over from 2020) for anyone involved in Local Ecumenical Partnerships (LEPs) or working ecumenically at the local level.

It is on Saturday 5th June from 10am to 4.30pm at Wesley House& Westminster College, Cambridge.

The keynote speaker will be Prof. David Ford – Does Ecumenism still matter?

This will be followed by a choice of afternoon workshops with practical information & inspiring ideas about working ecumenically at a local level led by the Methodist & Anglican NEOs & others

Conference price: £35

Booking: lifetogetherleps.eventbrite.co.uk

Further information: admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk

[This is a collaboration between Westminster College, Wesley House & CTE]

The Caister Talks: an update. The first two are available online

Update 20.08.20: The Caister Talks: Exploring the Hidden Story

A series of evening lectures delivered by a team of experts both some of whom are local and others from across the country. These lectures will be recorded and broadcast on Youtube at regular intervals throughout 2020.

For more information please go to:

 https://www.ststephensnorwich.org/the-richard-caister-talks/

 

The Caister Talks are being recorded. You can access the first two through the links below.

Sally-Anne Lomas, “An Imaginary Day in the Life of Medieval Norwich, 1411”   (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqfTzHNVQ74&t=1081s)
2. Frank Meeres, ‘The Life, Times and Will of Richard Caister’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRWX61WjIR8&t=9s)

Also are:

“The Life and Times of Richard Caister” – Frank Meeres
“Richard Caister and Margery Kempe” – Dr Laura Varnam
“Caister’s Pilgrim Badges and their Context” – Dr Michael Schmoelz
“Can the English Pray? Caister as Vernacular Theologian” Rv Dr Alex Irving
“The Manuscripts of Caister’s Prayer” – Dr Elizabeth McDonald
“Caister and Lollardy” – Professor Richard Rex
“The Ministry of Richard Caister Continues” – Rv Cn. Madeline Light

These form part of the

“Grant Me Grace” The Richard Caister Project: :  A Hidden Story in the City of Stories

A festival of poetry, workshops and public talks to mark the 6th centenary of Richard Caister, the 15th century Norwich-based poet and priest at St Stephen’s, Norwich.

 

For more information: officemanager@ststephensnorwich.org

 

NCCL Courses 2020-1

These lectures are on hold at present: please contact NCCL directly for up to date information

  •  Find the Lady: A look at the origins of wisdom and evidence for the personification of wisdom in the Old Testament and beyond.
  •  St Paul and women
  •   Teilhard de Chardin: God and Evolution

 

Booking To book please complete the booking form, or for more information, please contact NCCL Admin Team, 01603 218443, NCCL@cathedral.org.uk

www.norwichcentreforchristianlearning.co.uk

FaithHopeLoveNorfolk: the Norfolk Christian initiative launched in response to Covid 19

Faithlovehopenorfolk is a new ecumenical project to help churches and Christian groups across Norfolk respond to the developing Covid-19 crisis.

The project aims to quickly gather information about, report on and publish a bank of stories and project profiles on Christian churches, organisations and groups which are stepping forward to help tackle social and pastoral needs in response to Covid-19.

It has been backed by Transforming Norwich and senior church leaders from across the county.

The faithhopelovenorfolk project launch has been supported by Transforming Norwich.

The research and reporting team behind faithhopelovenorfolk is from Network Norwich & Norfolk