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.

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

Interesting things to see in Norwich before the end of October

Dippy the Dinosaur continues to be in Norwich Cathedral & will be there until Saturday 30th October & there is no entry charge to see this very special visitor.

Please see the Cathedral website for opening hours; please note visiting Dippy is not possible on Sundays.  https://dippy.cathedral.org.uk/

Secondly Gaia is in St Peter Mancroft church until 31st October.

Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.  It provides an opportunity to see the interconnection of all life & all societies of the Earth, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment & one another.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture.

There is also a programme of talks and activities that explore the climate emergency and environment  Details of these will be included on their website https://www.stpetermancroft.org.uk/Gaia, including ticketing and prices where required.  Some events are being organised with

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


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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