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.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally celebrated during the octave of St Peter & St Paul which runs from 18th to 25th January each year.
As part & in support of this, the DEOs of NWCT organise an Ecumenical Chain of Prayer in Norwich. The date for this is Thursday 23rd January from 10am to 4pm, in St Luke’s chapel (with very kind permission of the Dean of the Cathedral). The theme for this year is ‘Unusual kindness’ & resources can be found on the CTBI website at https://ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer
There are still some slots available. If you are a church, from across the traditions, and would like to take one of these, please get in contact with Catherine Howe (County Ecumenical Officer) firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 270 360
If individuals would just like to drop by and join in to pray for Christian Unity at any time during the day, everyone will be very welcome which ever church will be taking the lead. We look forward to you joining us.
In addition to this Network Norwich also notes that there two additional & very special events happening in Norwich to celebrate this initiative.
Firstly, on Wednesday 22nd January, the Boys, Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars of Norwich Anglican Cathedral Choir will be singing the service of Choral Evensong at to the Cathedral of St John the Baptist at 5:30pm. It is believed that this is the first time that Evensong has ever been sung in the Cathedral.
Secondly, on Saturday 25th January, the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, the Schola Cantorum from St John the Baptist Cathedral will be singing Vespers in Norwich Anglican Cathedral at 3:30pm. There was a Catholic Mass at Norwich Anglican Cathedral some years ago as part of the Cathedral’s 900th Anniversary Celebrations, but it is believed this will be the first time that the Catholic Office of Vespers has been sung at the Cathedral since the Reformation.
Everyone will be most welcome to all of these services
Community Chaplaincy Norfolk offers mentoring support for ex-offenders of all faiths and none. See https://norfolkchaplaincy.org.uk/volunteering/ for more information.
If you are interested to help someone coming out of prison to rebuild their life, please get in touch with them to request an application form.
The Caister Talks
9 Feb – “A Day in the Life of Medieval Norwich” – Sally Anne Lomas
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.
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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!”
Further details of the services across Norfolk will be published in due course
NWCT Church Leaders’ have confirmed at their meeting in May the following details for the Ecumenical Palm Sunday service 2020:
Please save the date!
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: Rev Mark Fairweather- Tall (NCBC)
Everyone is warmly invited to join this service