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.

Families and Youth Pastor Chapel Field Road Methodist Church, Norwich

Norwich Methodist Circuit are seeking to appoint a Pastor to establish and develop a pastoral relationship with children, youth, and families in the community served by Chapel Field Road Methodist church.  20 hours per week.  Salary £13,520 per annum (plus reasonable expenses)

The post will require the Pastor to work with the local schools, colleges, and universities. There is also scope to work with the uniformed organisations and other young people currently meeting on the church premises.    The Methodist Church is committed to safeguarding all.   Charity number 1134358

For an application form and further information, please contact the Circuit Administrator at norwichcircuit@gmail.com or phone 01603 765904

Closing date Wednesday 11th March 2020.  Interview date: Friday 13 March 2020

The Caister Talks: now until October 2020 in St Stephen’s Church Norwich

The Caister Talks

11 March – “Margery and Julian: Women of their Time and Place?” – Dr Carole Hill
25 March – “The Life and Times of Richard Caister” – Frank Meeres
22 April – “Richard Caister and Margery Kempe” – Dr Laura Varnam
27 May – “Caister’s Pilgrim Badges and their Context” – Dr Michael Schmoelz
24 June – “Can the English Pray? Caister as Vernacular Theologian” Rv Dr Alex Irving
29 July – “The Manuscripts of Caister’s Prayer” – Dr Elizabeth McDonald
23 Sep – “Caister and Lollardy” – Professor Richard Rex
28 Oct – “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.

Richard Caister (d.1420), once vicar of St Stephen’s Church, was confessor to Margery Kempe and contemporary of Julian of Norwich. He preached in English and wrote a poem that was hugely popular in the decades after his death, insisting on the immediacy of God’s grace and the opportunity for all people to know and speak about God.

After his death, his burial place in St Stephen’s Church became a national centre of pilgrimage. During the Reformation, his legacy was contested by Protestant and Catholic historians.

Throughout 2020, the sixth centenary of his death, there will be a range of events and activities to explore the life of Richard Caister and the Norwich he would have known. These include an exhibition, a pilgrimage route of medieval Norwich, performances, workshops and a series of public talks (‘The Caister Talks’) from experts from around the country.

For more information: officemanager@ststephensnorwich.org

 

World Day of Prayer Friday 6th March 2020

The World Day of Prayer on Friday 6th March 2020 has been prepared by the Christian women of Zimbabwe, on the theme “Rise! Take up your mat and walk!

There are many services taking place across Norfolk & Waveney.  Some of these can be found on the WDP website (https://www.wwdp.org.uk/).  Find a service near you: https://www.wwdp.org.uk/services/?search=&radius=15

A list is also shown below:

Acle 2pm Acle Methodist church
Aylsham 2.30pm & 7.30pm St John of the Cross White Hart Street NR11 6HW
Beetley 2.30pm Beetley Methodist High House Road Beetley Norfolk
Bramerton with Thurton 10.30am Ashby & Thurton Village hall Thurton NR14 6AT
Briston 2pm Briston Salvation Army hall
Brundall 2pm Brundall Church
Bungay 2pm St Edmunds church, St Mary’s Street, Bungay.  NR35 1AX Suffolk
Burnham Market 11am The Methodist church, Station Road, Burnham Market.  PE31 8HA The Address will be by Lee Taylor a Quaker who works for a charity in Zimbabwe
Cromer 2pm Our Lady of Refuge church Overstrand Road Cromer, NR27 0JH  
Dereham 2pm Wellspring Family church Neatherd Road Dereham
Dersingham Hunstanton & Heacham 11am St Cecelia’s church Dersingham Coffee served from 10am
Drayton & Taverham 1.30pm St Edmunds church Taverham Lunch beforehand at 12.30
Earlham 2pm Ipswich Road URC church Norwich NR4 6QR
East Harling 6pm St Peters and St Paul’s East Harling
Flegg / Hemsby 2pm Hemsby Parish church
Framlingham Suffolk 2pm St Clares Catholic Church ( at the bottom of Fore Street in Framlingham)
Freethorpe tbc Chapelfield, Freethorpe, NR13 3LY
Great Yarmouth 2.30pm Park Baptist Church, 14A Crown Road, Great Yarmouth NR30 2JN
Grimston & Pott Row area 2pm Pott Row Methodist Chapel
Harleston 7pm St John’s church Broad Street Harleston IP20 9AZ
Heartease & Thorpe 2pm Witard Road Baptist Church Plumstead Road East
Hellesdon & Mile Cross 1.30pm Salvation Army Boundary Road Norwich NR6 5HT
Hemblington 10am to 1pm Hemblington church, NR13 4EF Quiet morning with reflections at 10am, 11am & 12noon followed by themed lunch
Hempnall & Topcroft 5pm Topcroft Parish church Supper served at 6pm
Hethersett 2pm St Remigius church Norwich Road Hethersett  NR9 3JS
Kessingland 6pm Kessingland Methodist Church
Kings Lynn 2pm All Saints’ Church, North Wootton
Lingwood 2pm Lingwood Parish church
Loddon 7pm St John’s church George Lane Loddon
Long Stratton / Tasburgh 2pm  St Mary’s church Tasburgh
Ludham 2.30pm High Street Methodist Church in Ludham
Mattishall 2pm All Saints Mattishall NR20 3QF
Mundesley 2pm Mundesley Methodist church, Cromer Road Mundesley NR11 8BE
North Walsham TBC Salvation Army citadel TBC
Norton Subcourse 2.30pm Norton Chapel The Street Norton Subcourse NR14 6RS
Pulham Market 7pm St Mary Magdalene Pulham Market IP21 4TD
Reepham 12noon Communion service with WDP liturgy & prayers at St Mary’s  Followed by local lunch
Sheringham 2pm St Peter’s church,  Sheringham
Sprowston 2pm St Mary & St Margaret’s church Church Lane Sprowston
Stowupland (Suffolk) 2pm Holy Trinity
Thetford 10.30a St Cuthbert’s Church in King Street  Thetford Refreshments from 10am
Watton 2pm Watton Methodist church

 

For more information, please contact:

Maggie Kingston is the Chairman of the Norfolk WDP (email: mmkingston@btinternet.com

Joan Graves is the Norfolk WDP Link Person (email: jmgsprowston@gmail.com)

 

Thursford Songs of Praise Sunday 29th March

Thursford Songs of Praise

One of Norfolk’s biggest Songs of Praise celebrations will once again take place at the famous Thursford Museum near Fakenham on Sunday March 29th starting at 3 pm. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

The main speaker this year will be Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn . Other returning favourites will be the Fakenham Town Band, one of the foremost brass bands in East Anglia, and Danny Wakefield, playing the magnificent Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Also performing will be the choir which is formed especially for the occasion by local Methodists.

The event, which has been organized by the Central Norfolk Methodist Circuit, in conjunction with the Thursford Museum, is one of the most popular events in the Norfolk church calendar and usually attracts over a thousand people.

Admission is free, although a collection for charity is taken, with this year’s charity being Shelter

Tickets for the service can be obtained by writing to Stephen Lynn, 34 Manor Drive, Litcham, Kings Lynn, PE32 2NX. Applicants should enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, A5 size for up to 15 tickets, A4 for larger quantities.

 

Ecumenical Palm Sunday service 2020 on Sunday 5th April

Date: Sunday 5th April 2020

Time: 6.15pm (the slightly later start time makes parking nearby so much easier!)

Location: Norwich Salvation Army Citadel, 36 St Giles Street, Norwich NR2 1LL

Preacher: Revd Beth Powney, Regional Minister of Eastern Baptist Association &  NWCT Church Leader

Everyone is warmly invited to join this service

Life Together: LEPs Today & Tomorrow on Saturday 6th June

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

It is on Saturday 6th 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]

Ecumenical Chain of Prayer 2021 in Norwich

The 2021 Chain of Prayer will be held on Thursday, 21st January – save the date!  It will take place between 10am & 4pm

St Luke’s chapel has been booked.

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

 

Norwich Capital of Ecumenism

This was the headline in  Osservatore Romano – the official daily bulletin of the Holy See [The Vatican]  following a   report in Catholic East Anglia [East Anglia’s Catholic newspaper] of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to St John’s Cathedral in Norwich – an unprecedented visit by any primate of the Church of England. It was the Archbishop’s first stop in his 3 day visit to the Diocese of Norwich in November 2018.

Ref:  www.rcdea.org.uk