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.
Thy Kingdom Come is a prayer initiative led by the Church of England for evangelisation. 2020 will be the 5th year in which it has been held and it continues to grow, especially in its ecumenical reach of different churches and denominations involved. In particular both the Methodist and Roman Catholic churches have a more formal part to play with some of their own dedicated resources and videos being produced for their national networks.
The theme and logo Thy Kingdom Come is now established in many parts of the world as world networks of churches and denominations in 85 countries are praying at the same time, using the Lords Prayer with the intention of evangelisation.
Resources are being produced in many different languages.
A key theme for individual Christians who #pledgetopray (Twitter hashtag) is ‘Pray for Five‘. Christians are praying for five people they know that at least one might become a follower of Jesus.
Thy Kingdom Come is not prescriptive as to how that might happen and individual churches and groups of churches are encouraged to pray for their own ways of outreach.
Many other CTE member churches have a national ‘Champion’ who has been appointed to facilitate communication, advice, resources and networking within their denomination along the lines of the advice from the Archbishop of Canterbury ‘pray in your own way’.
Ask your national church office for the contact or email Ben Aldous CTE principal officer for evangelism and mission
Link to the website and resources: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
If you are observing the WPCU at Pentecost, resources are available download from the CTBI website: https://ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer/.
The materials have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta).
Alternatively paper copies are also available. Please contact Catherine on 01603 270360
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
Over 1,000 churches have now signed up to the ecumenical project YourNeighbour.org, which has been set up in response to the coronavirus crisis.
YourNeighbour.org aims to support vulnerable and isolated people who are not able to access help in other ways. Anyone who contacts them by email or their helpline (0300 323 9952) will be connected with a local church, who can help with a phone call, shopping, picking up prescriptions, advice or pastoral support.
More than 40 denominations have joined the efforts according to YourNeighbour.org’s director, Dom Llewellyn. “We’ve been delighted at how the Church is showing that it is one in Christ in responding to the COVID-19 crisis… churches’ extensive work in demonstrating the gospel through providing vital food supplies or employment and debt advice, as well as having volunteers who are safe and well supported, is needed now more than any time this century. ”
“It is so inspiring to see the church across the nation standing up for such a time as this.”
Many of CTE’s Member Churches are already involved including the Baptist Union, Assemblies of God, Methodist Church, Salvation Army, and dioceses from both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.
YourNeighbour.org is an initiative of the Good Faith Foundation (GFF), a new charity seeking to combat social exclusion by bringing people together.
20.05.20: Update: The Caister Talks are being recorded. You can access the first two through the links below.
1. 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)
The Caister Talks
“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
For more information go to https://www.ststephensnorwich.org/the-richard-caister-talks/
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: email@example.com
This letter comes to you from the Community Engagement Officer – Norwich District, James Marrison
I am writing to you at this difficult time as we are trying to find out what local Churches and faith groups are doing to support their communities. I know many will be involved in providing some vitally needed practical support to the vulnerable e.g. donating food, acting as food banks, delivering to those isolating etc. I am also aware that livestreams for Sunday services are taking place during this period of social distancing.
It is clear that Churches will be relied upon by many for both practical support and for help to combat loneliness and maintain their mental and emotional wellbeing. I have been tasked with collating what is being provided by Churches and faith groups across the county in order that these things can be promoted and those in need put in contact with the right people.
Could you please respond directly to me (James.Marrison@norfolk.pnn.police.uk) with any information you can provide around what is happening that would help us with this.
Many thanks, James
|James Marrison Community Engagement Officer – Norwich District
These lectures are in the process of being re-scheduled
- 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
The following will remain under review until they have a clearer idea of how the situation is progressing.
Date: 6 June 2020, 10am-12.30pm in Norwich Cathedral Library,
Faith for the gambler: an introduction to Pascal’s wager
Tutor: Dr Anthony Speca
Date: 25 July 2020, 10am-12.30pm in Norwich Cathedral Library
God and nature in art
Tutor: Dr Chris Joby,
Booking To book please complete the booking form, or for more information, please contact NCCL Admin Team, 01603 218443, NCCL@cathedral.org.uk
Monday 16th November, 7.30 – 8.45 pm Science, Reason and Christian Belief Revd Dr Rodney Holder Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge
Science-Faith Lectures in Norwich Cathedral
To coincide with the visit of Dippy the Diplodocus (which is currently postponed)
See the Cathedral link to Dippy on Tour
Science and Faith in Norfolk is a Norwich-based group affiliated to Christians in Science. Meetings and lectures aim to explore the interface between science and religious belief.
Contact: Prof Nick Brewin, Secretary: 07901 884114 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Revd Dr Patrick Richmond.
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
Further information: email@example.com
[This is a collaboration between Westminster College, Wesley House & CTE]