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.

Unpacking the persecution problem (Annual UEA / Keswick Hall Trust Lecture) – Wednesday 3 March.

This year’s Annual UEA / Keswick Hall Trust Lecture is Unpacking the persecution problem on Wednesday 3 March, 7 – 8.30pm; this is an online talk on Christian persecution around the world by The Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, the Bishop of Truro.

According to the latest Open Doors World Watch List (2021) on Religious Persecution, over 340 million Christians around the world are facing high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith. In 2018, Bishop Philip was tasked by the UK Government with investigating the persecution of Christians. His report has been fully accepted and is being implemented by the current government in support of freedom of religion and belief.

In this talk, Bishop Philip will discuss his investigation, the difficulties faced by believers in practicing their faith, and the need to unpack the persecution problem.

The talk is a key address in the UEA / Keswick Hall Trust lecture series and is introduced by Professor of Faith and Global Politics Lee Marsden. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

This is an online event which is free & all are welcome

How to book

To book, go to the UEA website – www.uea.ac.uk

Please note that you will be required to register with the UEA Store to confirm your booking.

They are happy to accommodate any special access requirements – please email events@uea.ac.uk or leave a message on 01603 592130 and let them know what they can do to help.

World Day of Prayer – Friday 5th March

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.

Due to the limits imposed through the requirements of the pandemic a number have moved their services online on Zoom.  These include Loddon, Jessopp Road LEP in Norwich,  Sprowston, Hemblington, North Lynn & Thurton.

A full & up to date listing of the services planned across Norfolk & Waveney can be found at http://Services | World Day Of Prayer (wwdp.org.uk)

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

Recent THEOS report: Growing Good: the future of the church?

Hannah Rich introduces the GRA:CE Project final report ‘Growing Good; Growth, Social Action and Discipleship in the Church of England’. Published on 09/11/2020

The report contains recommendations about the Church’s potential role in national volunteering; the way they measure church growth and attendance; and the way congregations might be better equipped to connect their faith with the needs of their community.

https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2020/11/10/grace-launch-blog

The visit of Dippy the dinosaur to Norwich Cathedral Summer 2021

Dippy the Dinosaur will be visiting Norwich Cathedral this Summer arriving on Tuesday 13th July until Saturday 30th October.  

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

There will be associated lectures put on by 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.

Online Ecumenical Chain of Prayer on 21st January 2021

We are hugely grateful to all our contributors for their support of our new initiative.

This  has been be released on our  YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9EMLIem_nyonNzK4QCK7cg/

The ‘running order’ is as follows:   

Introduction:     (Laurette Burton RC DEO)                                                 0.00.00 to 0.02.32

Ecumenical Canon & Chair of the East Anglia Methodist District Revd Julian Pursehouse                                                                                                                                                                     0.02.33 to 0.10.42

St Margaret’s Drayton (Sylvia Barwick & Revd Marc Palmer)                                                                                                                                                                                  Part 1: 0.10.43 to 0.14.42                                                                                                                                               Part 2: 0.14.43 to 0.21.27

Oakgrove Community Church (Revd Darren Woodward)                0.21.28 to 0.30.43

Christian Aid (Julian Bryant)                                                                         0.30.44 to 0.42.03

Revd Beth Powney – The Baptist Church Leader for NWCT             0.42.04 to 0.48.05

Bowthorpe LEP (Revd Mark Elvin)                                                              0.48.06 to 0.58.33

Sprowston Church (Revd Dean Akrill)                                                       0.58.34 to 1.02.17

Trinity Thorpe Marriot LEP (Revd Mary Sachikonye & members of her congregation)                                                                                                                                                         Part 1:  1.02.18 to 1.06.25                                                                                                                                              Part 2:  1.06.26 to 1.09.08                                                                                                                                              Part 3:  1.09.09 to 1.11.23

Hingham & Mothers’ Union (Revd Sally Wallace-Jones)                1.11.24 to 1.21.04

Guild of Health & St Raphael (Eleanor Laming)                                    1.21.05 to 1.30.15

Norwich Salvation Army Citadel (Major Mark Sawyer)                    1.30.16 to 1.41.08

Benefice of St George Colegate & Tombland                                        1.41.09 to 1.49.46

St George’s RC Church, Sprowston (Fr Sean Connolly)                      1.49.47 to 1.56.04

St Peter’s LEP Church, Jessop Road (Margaret Dann, Elizabeth Sidebottom & Jenny Poltock                                                                                                                                            1.56.05 to 2.07.39

St Peter Mancroft (Ben Almond & Michael Winter)                           2.07.40 to 2.17.35

St Mark’s, Lakenham                                                                                      2.17.36 to 2.29.15

URC Norwich (Revd John Potter)                                                               2.29.16 to 2.34.12

Ecumenical Canon: Pastor Jon Norman                                                   2.34.13 to 2.42.23

Conclusion  (Laurette Burton RC DEO)                                                     2.42.24 to 2.42.53

 

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

The provisional date for the Ecumenical Chain of Prayer in 2022 is Thursday 20th January – hopefully that will be possible back in a church setting….

 

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

 

NCCL Courses 2021

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation the next three NCCL sessions have been CANCELLED:
28 March – Find the Lady
18 April – St Paul and women
25 April – God and evolution

They hope to reschedule these sessions for some time beyond the current situation.
Decisions will be taken about the other planned NCCL sessions (6 June Pascal’s wager and 25 July – God and art in nature) in due course as the situation is progresses.

For more information, please contact NCCL Admin Team, 01603 218443, NCCL@cathedral.org.uk

www.norwichcentreforchristianlearning.co.uk