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.

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

 

Ecumenical Chain of Prayer 2021 in Norwich

The 2021 Chain of Prayer will be held on Thursday, 21st January – save the date!

The format for this is currently under review in the light of the continuing restrictions imposed by the COVID19 virus pandemic

For more information please contact Catherine Howe County Ecumenical Officer (catherine.howe@dioceseofnorwich.org)

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021: 18th to 25th January

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

The material this year comes from the Community of Grandchamp and  will use photos from the community (they have a beautiful wooden chapel with coloured glass windows).

The worship service is based around 3 vigils (although some of this may obviously depend on the Covid situation in Jan 2021):

  • The first vigil is centred on the unity of the whole person and our abiding in Christ. Participants are invited to keep five minutes of silence. These moments are repeated throughout the celebration.
  • The second vigil expresses the desire to rediscover the visible unity of Christians. Anchored in the love of Christ, we turn to our neighbours and exchange with each other a sign of his peace.
  • The third vigil opens us up to the unity of all peoples and all creation. The action in it is inspired by a text from Dorotheus of Gaza. Several people are positioned around a circle, and move towards the centre. The closer we move to God – the centre – the closer we draw to each other.

 

The resources for the week are produced annually by Churches Together in Britain & Ireland (www.ctbi.org.uk).

The booklets are usually published around the end of September each year.  Once available, printed versions of the resources  can be ordered by phone from Norwich Books and Music (01603 785925)  or  online.

In previous years they are also available as downloads.

SFN Talks associated with visit of Dippy the dinosaur 2021

Science-Faith Lectures in Norwich Cathedral

Dippy the Dinosaur will be visiting Norwich Cathedral from 11 Jan – 21 March 2021.  
Consequently, SFN are seeking to reschedule the three Cathedral* talks listed below.
 
*Evolution and the God of love. 
Speaker: Denis Alexander (Faraday Institute for Science and Religion)
 
*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.

The secretary is Professor Nick Brewin, Emeritus Fellow, John Innes Centre, Norwich.

 

 

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 new 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