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.

Working for unity in a broken world: the past, the present and the future of the Anglican Centre in Rome

The Most Reverend Ian Ernest, will be giving a lecture on 8 December entitled ‘Working for unity in a broken world: the past, the present and the future of the Anglican Centre in Rome’.
The talk will take place in the Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral at 7pm.

The Most Reverend Ian Ernest has been director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Personal Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See since 2019. Prior to that he was first, Bishop of Mauritius and later Archbishop of the Anglican Church of the Indian Ocean.

Born on the island of Rodrigues which forms part of the Republic of Mauritius, in 1954, he is the son, grand-son, and great grand-son of Anglican priests serving the Diocese of Mauritius. He was ordained as a deacon in 1983 and was ordained as a priest in 1985. In 2001, he was elected as the 15th bishop of Mauritius and became the 1st Mauritian to hold the office of the Archbishop of the Indian Ocean in 2006.

He served as chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa from 2007 to 2012 and as General Secretary of the Global South, a Network of the Anglican Communion from 2012 to 2016. From 2016 till the present time, he serves as a member of the Task Force of the Anglican Communion for Unity and Reconciliation.

In Mauritius, he was a founder member of the Council of Religions. He was Proctor Scholar studying at the Episcopal Divinity and the Harvard Divinity Schools, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA in 2005.

For more information please email Secretary to Canons SecretarytoCanons@cathedral.org.uk

Ecumenical Chain of Prayer 2022

Covid permitting, the annual Ecumenical Chain of Prayer will take place in person on Thursday 20th January 2022 (as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity) from 10.30am to 4pm. It will take place in a new location – St Joseph’s chapel in St John’s Cathedral in Norwich – at the kind invitation of the Dean, Very Revd Provost David Paul.  https://www.sjbcathedral.org.uk/ 

We are also invited to arrive early & join with their 10am Mass.

The theme in 2022 will be ‘We Saw His Star in the East…’ & the resources have been prepared by the churches of the Middle East.  These usually, but not exclusively, provide the focus for our prayers. They are now available to download from the CTBI website https://ctbi.org.uk/resources-for-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2022/

If your church / Christian group would like to take a 15minute slot – between 10.45am & 3.45pm, please get in touch!  Another innovation we are introducing is to offer you the option to take the whole 15minute slot just for your church or organization – or, as before, to share it with another group.    Please let us know your preference.

If you would just like to drop by as an individual, you will also be most welcome. We all look forward to being able to join together in person again to collaborate in prayer, one of the many areas we have in common.

Please contact Catherine Howe (County Ecumenical officer) on catherine.howe@dioceseofnorwich.org

Faith groups across Norfolk & Waveney unite to call for climate justice at the COP26 UN climate talks

From 21st – 29th August, faith groups in Norfolk came together to do a multifaith relay pilgrimage towards Glasgow, where world leaders plan to meet in November for the COP26 UN climate talks. Organised by Quakers and the Church of England in Norfolk, the pilgrimage route ran in sections between churches and Quaker meeting houses, allowing participants to join by walking, cycling or taking public transport for as many or as few sections as they would like to.

The pilgrimage organisers invited anyone of any faith group or none to join to express their urgent concern that the climate talks at COP 26 produce realistic commitments by governments to the radical changes needed to save the planet from ecological disaster.

This was written up in the EDP

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/people-gather-kings-lynn-climate-change-pilgrimage-8280476

Newman lectures 2021 – Conversations – an online webinar series

These have already taken place:

30th April: Talking Heads with John Charmley & Jacob Philips

4th June: Newman Conversations.

6th July: Catholic Education: Good for Scotland? with Archbishop Leo Cushley

14 September:  John Henry Newman’s Enduring Englishness

9 October: ‘What Should We Expect From Politics After Covid?’  The Rt Hon Ruth Kelly

For more details see; http://www.newmanlectures.co.uk/#lecture-videos

Palm Sunday Ecumenical Service 2022

In previous years there has been an Ecumenical service on Palm Sunday in Norwich where the NWCT Church Leaders worship together with Christians from across the denominations.

The details for this are currently being confirmed but ‘save the date’ for 2022 – Sunday 10th April at 6.15pm in Norwich.

Watch this space for more details.

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!

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