Prayer for peace in Ukraine

Holy and Gracious God

We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.

We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.

We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.

We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.

We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.

Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.

And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.

Lord have mercy.

Amen

(with thanks to the Methodist church)

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.

Palm Sunday Ecumenical Service 2022

Thank you to everyone who supported this & made this such a special occasion.

To our wonderful hosts at the Norwich Citadel & to our preacher Revd Beth Powney.

It was good to be together for worship again after so long an absence.

Here is the new Norwich Centre for Christian Learning (NCCL) programme of courses for Summer 2022.

The next two planned NCCL courses, ‘Who wrote the Old Testament?’ on 30 April and ‘Who wrote the New Testament?’ on 21 May, will not now take place.  This is due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Christian Approaches to Other Faiths: Exclusivism, Inclusivism, Pluralism, Other?

Led by the Revd Patrick Morrow Date: 28 May 2022, 10am to 12.30pm, in Norwich Cathedral Library Cost: £10

We live in a religiously plural society. Many Christians wonder what to make of their neighbours’ faiths. Are they in error, dangerously so? Are they mistaken about this and that, but still ultimately oriented towards God? Or are they in essence the same as us, just using a different religious language?

For half a century, variations of these three options – known as “exclusivism”, “inclusivism”, and “pluralism” – have been presented as the exhaustive theological options.

This session will outline this “threefold paradigm” (attributed to Alan Race and John Hick), and examine its validity and usefulness, seeking to blend direct experience with scholarship.

Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in subject area 4, Doctrine and theology

If you would like to take part in one or more courses, please reserve your place by e-mailing them on NCCL@cathedral.org.uk, or by post to: NCCL, 65 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH or by telephoning them  on 01603 218443. 

They have kept the course fees at the same level as in previous programmes; it is very helpful if you are able to pay for your chosen course at the time of booking, preferably by cheque, though they can also accept fees by electronic bank transfer or on the day of a course.

Norwich churches create Ecumenical Chain of Prayer for Unity in 2022.

Despite a potential shadow that Covid may have cast, the Ecumenical Chain of Prayer was able to take place, as planned on Thursday January 20 in the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity with good support from the different Christian churches in Greater Norwich.

 “Traditionally this has been held in the Anglican Cathedral,” writes Laurette Burton from Churches Together in Norfolk and Waveney. “But as it is an ecumenical service, it was decided to rotate it annually through the churches of the different denominations. So, this year by kind permission of the Canon David Paul, the venue was St Joseph’s Chapel in St John’s Cathedral.” Fr David Paul, an Ecumenical Canon of Norwich Cathedral, opened the day by offering the 10.00 Mass for Christian Unity.


Parishioners of St John’s, led by Fr Simon Davies then took the first 15 minute ‘slot’. 
Fr Simon read an extract from the Decree of the Second Vatican Council Unitatis Redintegratio:
“There can be no ecumenism worthy of the name without a change of heart…We should pray to the Holy Spirit for the grace to be genuinely self-denying, humble, gentle in the service in others, and to have an attitude of generosity towards one another.”

Through the day there were participants from Anglican, Methodist, United Reformed and Catholic Churches, as well as the Salvation Army and Quakers, who provided a rich tapestry of traditions.

Julian Bryant from Christian Aid, who led one of the sections, said: “It was very encouraging to join with different churches and groups to take part in a day of prayer about unity which is vital for the mission and witness of the Church today. Joining with the local Anglican Franciscan group, we led prayers for perhaps 25 people about the mission of the church in walking with people facing conflict, hunger and injustice and making a difference. We also prayed for our role in valuing creation and taking a leading role in the climate emergency. People told us how moved they were in praying for people going through so much. We left feeling encouraged that as a united body and inspired by the Spirit, great change is possible.”


“The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity can all too easily begin to feel like an obligation with little meaning,” said Rev James Stewart, vicar of Thorpe St Andrew, “yet the Ecumenical Chain of Prayer Day each year provides us with something very positive and concrete to hold onto. Churches from across the City of Norwich and further afield attended throughout the day to pray and be still in God’s presence and urgently seek the coming of the Holy Spirit that we might all be one – united by our calling, our faith and our baptism.”
The Rev Julian Pursehouse, Ecumenical Canon and Chair of the Methodist District, closed the day. 

The subject for services in this this year’s Christian Unity week was written by people in the Middle East with the theme “We saw His star in the East,” based on the visit of the Magi to the Holy Family in Bethlehem. 

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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