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Prayer relay as Olympic Torch reaches Norfolk

The Olympic Torch Relay is encouraging a cascade of prayer and praise through villages, towns and cities across Britain. Now get ready, as the prayer baton comes to Norfolk on the 4th to 5th July.

The ‘More than Gold’ collaboration is using the Olympic Torch Relay to inspire a surge of prayer for local communities, the 2012 Games and the nations as it moves across the county.    Now as the Olympic Flame reaches Norfolk on Wednesday 4th July there is an opportunity for individuals, house groups and churches to get involved in the Prayer Relay.   Preceding the Torch’s arrival on Tuesday 3rd July, 7pm (for a 7.14pm start), Christians from Norwich and Norfolk are invited to gather for a ‘Prayer Flashmob’ - an hour of public prayer in Norwich city centre at the open space in Hay Hill, just off Haymarket/Gentleman’s Walk, in front of Next. To take part, you will need to bring a copy of prayers, topics and words of songs, which can be downloaded from the Call to Prayer website  www.call2prayer.co.uk
A Prayer Baton Exchange is taking place in each city where the Olympic Torch stops overnight.   On Wednesday 4th July a delegation from the Kings Gate Community Church in Peterborough will hand the prayer baton over to a meeting of Norfolk ministers at a Prayer Relay blessing exchange lunch at the House of Prayer, Norwich. The baton will then be handed over to a delegation in Ipswich the following day.    The ‘More than Gold’ collaborative has produced a free downloadable guide ‘Praying During the 70-day Prayer Relay’ containing more ideas of ways to take part in the Prayer Relay. It includes suggestions such as prayer walking part of the route or around your local community, or being a ‘prayer presence’ amongst the celebrations when the flame arrives.     You can also download the popular ‘Keep Praying and Bless’ booklet, a 70 day prayer guide for use during the Torch Relay,  written by Norwich’s Call to Prayer Director Jill Gower in collaboration with the House of Glory in Thurston, Suffolk.  The day-by-day guide has been prepared to enable Christians to unite in prayer during the strategic run-up to the Olympics.  

A detailed street-by-streep map of the route can be found here on the BBC website. In brief on Wednesday 4th July, the Olympic Torch Relay will go through King's Lynn, South Wootton, West Rudham, East Rudham, Fakenham, Holt, Cromer, Aylsham, and finally into Norwich on Wednesday evening.   On Thursday 5 July, the Olympic Torch will travel to Hethersett High School for an event early in the morning before being run through more parts of Norwich, Acle, Filby and through Great Yarmouth onto Suffolk.   Download A Guide to Praying During the 70-day Prayer Relay’ here.   Download the 'Keep Praying and Blessing' booklet here. (Author: )

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Norfolk residents are being urged to make a Will this November as research by Will Aid reveals that almost half the population mistakenly believe their estate will automatically pass to their partner when they die. (Author: )

YMCA Norfolk celebrates a year of growth
YMCA Norfolk celebrated a year of growth and development, told through the words of its staff, partners and the young people it works with, at the Open Venue in Norwich on October 25. (Author: )

Mothers' Union world leader speaks in Norfolk
Worldwide President of Mothers’ Union, Rosemary Kempsell, set the scene for the changing face of an organisation that began more than 130 years ago, when she was guest speaker at five Norfolk venues last week. (Author: )

Norwich Bishop says church faces uncertainty
The Church of England faces an unsettling time with uncertainty over the Anglican Covenant and women bishops, the Bishop of Norwich told the Norwich Diocesan Synod on Saturday October 13. (Author: )

Norfolk Christian Police to celebrate anniversary
The Norfolk Constabulary branch of the Christian Police Association is celebrating its third anniversary in November with a focus on the CPA Pocket New testament. (Author: )

Norwich churches speak out against EDL march
Leaders of all the main Christian denominations in Norwich have spoken out against a march by the English Defence League in Norwich organized because a city church has been barred by Norwich City Council for anti-Islam material. (Author: )

Study helps reveal why people leave churches
Most people leave churches because they feel offended by the leadership or church and do not feel they are shown understanding, according to a major new piece of research compiled with the help of Network Norfolk users. (Author: )

Matthew Project launches £40k Voicebox appeal
Norfolk based Christian charity, the Matthew Project, has launched a £40,000 fundraising campaign to replace its well-used and much valued mobile youth venue, the Voicebox caravan. (Author: )

Christian musician challenges Norfolk pupils
A multimedia event developed by Christian singer-songwriter and rapper Chip Kendall will be challenging pupils in Kings Lynn and Harleston this week with the question ‘Does God love science?’ (Author: )

Church singathon, life saver and fond farewell
Latest Norfolk Christian news include a church singathon, a life-saving machine at Norwich Cathedral and a fond farewell to a Norfolk vicar. (Author: )

News of controversial march, Bible and prayer
Latest news of interest to the Norwich and Norfolk Christian community includes a 400-year Bible on show, a controversial march and a Bishop's prayer. (Author: )

Norwich bishop prays not to be next Archbishop
As the Crown Nominations Commission meets today to begin selecting the next Archbishop of Canterbury, one of the leading contenders, the Bishop of Norwich, has told BBC Radio Norfolk that he is "hoping and praying" that God does not choose him. (Author: )

Christian Aid tax justice bus rolls into Norwich
A campaign for tax justice rolled into Norwich on Wednesday in the form of a big red double decker bus parked outside Norwich cathedral. (Author: )

Marketing skills for Norfolk church activists
On 11th September Christian activists from across the county came together for two thought provoking training sessions in marketing and social media hosted by the Media Trust and Network Norfolk. (Author: )

New face for Radio Norfolk's faith programme
There’s a new voice on BBC Radio Norfolk’s award-nominated Sunday Breakfast faith programme from this weekend, as Mark Matthews takes over from Emma Philpotts behind the microphone. (Author: )

Hundreds head from Norfolk to Wembley to pray
7 coaches carrying almost 350 people are travelling to Wembley from Norfolk for the National Day of Prayer and Worship on Saturday 29 September. There is still time to book your place. (Author: )

Norwich Bishop's garden raises £18k for charity
The Bishop of Norwich’s Garden has had a record-breaking year helping local charities to raise nearly £18,000 and there is a final chance to see it this week. (Author: )

Matthew Project wins drug and alcohol contract
An innovative new drug and alcohol treatment and recovery service is to be launched right across Norfolk next spring with the Christian-based Matthew Project as one of its key partners. (Author: )

Churches urged to make most of Paralympics
As the Paralympics begins, the More than Gold Initiative is encouraging churches to do what the Olympic movement has done - take the issues of disability to its heart. (Author: )

Skydive, chaplain jobs and church refurbishment
Latest news from the Norfolk Christian community includes a vicar and his son doing a skydive, two chaplain jobs at a local hospital and the start of refurbishment work at a Norfolk church. (Author: )

Prof tells teenagers that science points to God
Oxford University mathematics professor Dr John Lennox addressed over 2,000 teenagers at the Newday festival near Norwich today on the hot topic Has Science Buried God. (Author: )

Is your church ready for the Paralympics?
The euphoria of Team GB’s Olympic medal tally will likely carry through to the Paralympics – so is your church ready to take advantage of this unprecedented spotlight on disability? (Author: )

Newday Christian festival launches radio station
Over 6,000 excited young people arrived at the Royal Norfolk Showground near Norwich on August 13 for Newday, the Christian youth festival and this year Newday is running its own on-site radio station, which can also be heard across Norwich on 87.7 fm. (Author: )

Norfolk teacher set to walk for African dream
A Norfolk teacher is about to set off on a five-day walk around the county’s coastline to raise money for a Norfolk-based charity which aims to provide educational opportunities for children in Zimbabwe. (Author: )

Norwich Bishop, USA choir and church appeal
Latest news for the Norwich and Norfolk Christian community includes the remarkable story of a former Bishop of Norwich, a US choir visiting their roots in Norfolk and a Norwich church celebrating a roof appeal. (Author: )

Lords praise innovative Norwich Diocese internet plan
An innovative scheme from the Norwich Diocese which gives broadband access to remote rural communities has been highlighted as an example of best practice in a report just released from the Lords Communications Select Committee. (Author: )

Newday to bring 6000 young Christians to Norfolk
Over 6000 young Christians will converge on the Royal Norfolk Showground near Norwich on August 13 to play sports, listen to great bands, get involved in community activities, to learn about God and explore the relevance of the Christian faith. (Author: )

Eco-church, music marathon and football award
Latest news about the Norfolk Christian community includes a eco-congregation in Mid Norfolk, a musical marathon in North Norfolk and an inspiring young Christian football volunteer. (Author: )

Norwich Bishop set to umpire cricket match
The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, is to sharpen his adjudicating skills when he acts as umpire in a cricket match between two teams captained by his suffragan bishops on Saturday July 21 at Langley School near Loddon. (Author: )

Norwich call for justice on human trafficking
Budding opera singer Ben Cooley was working backstage in a theatre when he first heard the frightening statistics associated with current day human trafficking across the world, including in the UK. (Author: )

Christians celebrate with Olympic Torch in Norfolk
As the Olympic Torch passed through Norfolk, the county’s Christian community took its full part in the celebrations with prayer flashmobs and batons and several torchbearers involved. (Author: )

Norfolk Christians honoured with Olympic Torch
Several members of the Norfolk Christian community will be Olympic Torchbearers this Wednesday and Thursday. Here are their stories and where you can go and support them. (Author: )

Baptist president takes tour of East Anglia
The Eastern Baptist Association hosted Baptist Union President, Rev Chris Duffett, on the second leg of The Big Hearted Tour, last weekend, including helping South Norfolk’s Carleton Rode Baptist Church celebrate its 200th anniversary. (Author: )

Harry breaks Christian Aid Norfolk canoe record
Eighty-seven year old Harry Rout from Norwich broke all records recently when he became the oldest person to complete a Christian Aid sponsored canoe trip. (Author: )

Norwich Bishop to ordain ex-GP and scientist
The Bishop of Norwich is to ordain 9 new deacons and 8 priests in Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 30th June including a former GP, lecturer, accountant, scientist and a great Zumba enthusiast. (Author: )

MP tells Norfolk Christian charity to get angry
The MP who chairs the Parliamentary Group on Prostitution encouraged The Magdalene Group to get angry as they launched a new campaign drawing attention to issues of sexual exploitation in Norfolk. (Author: )

Norfolk praise musicians to herald Olympic Torch
Local Christian musicians are needed to join an open-topped Praise Bus, travelling across the country an hour ahead of the Olympic Flame, for the Norwich to Yarmouth leg of its journey on Thursday 5th July. (Author: )

£1m raised as Norwich homeless project set to open
A public appeal to raise £1m, to complete the funding for a £4.4m development of 40 self-contained flats for young homeless people in Norwich city centre, has been reached, with the doors due to open in early August. (Author: )

YMCA Norfolk's Ambassadors want to spread the word
A YMCA Norfolk Ambassadors scheme is being launched to introduce and communicate the Christian charity’s vital work to churches and other groups across Norfolk. (Author: )

Global Day of Prayer in six Norfolk venues
For this weekend’s Pentecost Sunday, May 27, the Global Day of Prayer Event will be held in several different venues around Norwich and Norfolk rather than one main venue. (Author: Keith Morris)

Norfolk Christian launches African nursery fund
On Saturday 19th May at the Proclaimers church in Norwich, Barbara Royce launched a campaign to raise £50,000 to build a nursery school in the South African township of Rosedale. Jenny Seal reports. (Author: )

Missionary Heidi Baker fills Norwich Cathedral
The charismatic American missionary, Heidi Baker, spoke to an audience of over 500 people in Norwich Cathedral on Saturday evening as the Fountain of Life Network Church launched a new Christian network for the region. Jenny Seal reports. (Author: )

Mental health support plea to Norfolk Christians
A plea to support people with mental health problems coming before the local courts has been issued by Norfolk Christian magistrate, John Myhill. (Author: )

Father's Heart conference set for Norfolk
High-profile Christian speakers Heidi Baker and Mark Stibbe are set to appear at the Father's Heart conference in Norfolk in May 2012. (Author: )

Norfolk priests yet to join new Catholic group
A Catholic group set up to welcome former Anglican priests and members, and named after the Norfolk shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, is yet to establish a group or attract any priests from the county some 16 months after it was established. (Author: )

Norwich dean's message of hope to Zimbabwe
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Graham Smith, has just returned from a 10-week trip to Zimbabwe where police wielding batons and armed with tear gas regularly break up Anglican church services. (Author: )

Apply for £10k award says Norfolk Deacon
A Deacon of the Open Episcopal Church in Swaffham is encouraging caring young people aged 10-18 from Norfolk to apply for a life changing award of up to £10,000. (Author: )

New website for Norfolk pregnancy charity
Pregnancy Choices Norfolk has launched a new website to help those facing an unplanned pregnancy or a pregnancy loss. (Author: )

Norwich bishops have their say on gay marriage
The Bishops of Norwich, Thetford and Lynn, say that they are sympathetic to the full inclusion of gay people in our society but that the Government’s current same-sex marriage proposals raise other important issues and are liable to generate more problems (Author: )

YMCA helps bring Olympic spirit to Norfolk
YMCA Norfolk has teamed up with Active Norfolk to bring a series of Community Games to Norfolk in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer. (Author: )

Norfolk Prayer for Revival meetings continue
Prayer for Revival provides an opportunity for pastors and churches to pray together across Norfolk. Two events are being held on April 16 to carry on praying for revival and the extension of God’s Kingdom. (Author: )

Christians urged to have say on gay marriage
Many Christians across Norfolk have joined the campaign against Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to legalise same-sex marriage with some church leaders urging others to follow suit. (Author: )

Salvation Army world leader in Norwich visit
The worldwide leader of The Salvation Army, General Linda Bond, will be conducting the Easter weekend convention at St Giles Street in Norwich. (Author: )

Norfolk churches awarded Jubilee funding
Seven churches around the county have been awarded funding by Norfolk County Council to host community events celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. And it’s not too late to apply for funding for your event. (Author: )

Baghdad vicar brings Norwich message of hope
Canon Andrew White brought messages of love, reconciliation, healing and angels amid the bombs and rockets of Baghdad, to several Norwich churches last weekend. (Author: )

Guide to 440 open Norfolk churches launched
The Diocese of Norwich’s Open Churches 2012 guidebook, the free A-Z guide to 440 historic churches across the county, has been launched at Great Yarmouth Minster to mark English Tourism Week. (Author: )

Newfrontiers changes reflected across Norfolk
Recent changes in the worldwide family of churches known as Newfrontiers are reflected with the congregations in Norfolk, (Author: )

Norwich Bishop hedges bets on Archbishop role
The Archbishop of Canterbury role is an almost impossible one believes the Bishop of Norwich, but he has not completely ruled himself out from it, if approached. (Author: )

John sees breakthrough at Bethlehem conference
Former YMCA Norfolk chief executive and ex-Sheriff of Norwich, John Drake, and his wife Barbara, witnessed first-hand a major breakthrough in the evangelical world in Bethlehem at a gathering of over 600 high profile international and local Christians. (Author: )

Archbishop to quit post for Cambridge role
The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced he is to step down from his post at the end of the year to become Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. (Author: )

Delia defends Christians in Lent appeal plea
Delia Smith has leapt to the defence of Christian belief while launching an appeal to raise cash for development charity CAFOD and offering a chance to spend a VIP day with her at Norwich City. (Author: )

Couples offered prayers at Norfolk wedding show
There were wedding bells and prayers when the Mothers’ Union and Norwich Diocesan clergy teamed up at the Eastern Daily Press county wedding show at the Norfolk Showground at the end of February. (Author: )

Twelfth Norfolk prayer for revival meeting
Prayer for Revival continues to gather momentum with its twelfth event on Monday March 12, bringing Christians and Church leaders together from across Norfolk to pray for the extension of God’s Kingdom in our churches and communities. (Author: )

Norfolk churches receive £2.1m for vital repairs
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced funding of more than £2.1million to support urgent repairs to 21 of Norfolk’s Grade I and II listed churches and chapels. (Author: )

Turin Shroud exhibition set for Norwich Cathedral
A full-size copy of the world-famous Shroud of Turin, believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, is coming to St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich later this month. (Author: )

Norfolk shoebox appeal seeks place to pack
The Norfolk branch of Operation Christmas Child is seeking new premises for its team of volunteers to collate and sort the thousands of shoeboxes that the county’s churches, schools and voluntary groups donate each year. (Author: )

Bear Grylls to champion Norfolk charity at game
Norfolk-based charity Care for Children is teaming up with TV adventurer Bear Grylls and Norwich City FC to promote its vital work with orphans in Asia, during Saturday’s Premier League match with Chelsea. (Author: )

Chance to join YMCA Norwich Sleep Easy
Churches and youth groups across Norfolk are being challenged to spend a night out with their friends, sleeping under the stars on Saturday January 28, to raise awareness of youth homelessness and to raise vital funds for homeless people across the county (Author: )

RC Bishop to be buried in Norwich Cathedral
The ashes of East Anglia’s Roman Catholic Bishop, who lost his six-year battle against prostate cancer last year, will be buried this month at a ceremony in Norwich. (Author: )

Director Mark resigns from Norwich YFC
Norwich Youth for Christ director, Mark Tuma has announced his resignation after 13 years with the city-based Christian youth charity. (Author: )

Bishop urges Norfolk churches to celebrate jubilee
The Bishop of Norwich has urged churches across Norfolk to get behind celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee during 2012. (Author: )

Church metal thefts reach record levels
Members of Norfolk’s church community have spoken out about the problems of metal thefts from the county’s religious buildings as 2011 is named the worst year on record for crimes of this kind nationwide. (Author: )

Open Christmas, Cathedral boost, radio warning
Latest news of interest to the Norfolk Christian community include Open Christmas events, a boost for Norwich Cathedral and support for local radio from the Bishop of Norwich. (Author: )

Dannatt is new Norfolk Churches Trust chief
The former head of the British Army, General Lord Richard Dannatt, has been made president of the Norfolk Churches Trust. (Author: )

Norwich council loan boosts YMCA project
A £400,000 loan from Norwich City Council to YMCA Norfolk will part fund the build of move-on accommodation for a number of homeless and vulnerable young people in Norfolk. (Author: )

Christmas angels provide for Norfolk children
Diocesan House was knee-deep in Christmas wrapping paper in early December as a team of Mothers’ Union volunteers feverishly parcelled up Angel Tree gifts destined to children in the UK whose parent is in prison. (Author: )

Unique Norfolk nativity set to take to airwaves
A Bishop, three MPs, a Norwich City football legend and a council leader will all be part of a unique new nativity play on BBC Radio Norfolk this Christmas Day. (Author: )

Norfolk churches help smash world carols record
Churches across Norfolk have helped set a new world record for carol singing. (Author: )

Norwich churches and charities in the news
Latest news in brief includes over 100 children in festive spirit at a Norwich church, an invitation to a black-tie charity ball in Norwich and the launch of a winter campaign in a city church. (Author: )

Norfolk Christian choices charity funding award
The future of Norfolk Christian charity Pregnancy Choices has been secured for the next three years thanks to a grant which will enable the charity’s vital caring and counselling work to continue. (Author: )

Carols mark start of Christmas at YMCA Norfolk
Residents, staff and supporters of YMCA Norfolk celebrated the real meaning of Christmas at a joyful carol service held at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich last night (December 6). (Author: )

Norfolk church bells break silence on abuse
Churches across Norfolk will be ringing bells in support of the White Ribbon Campaign to counter domestic abuse in all its forms from today for the next two weeks. (Author: )

Norwich Bishop calls for welfare reform re-think
The Bishop of Norwich has called on the government to re-think planned welfare reforms which he warned could leave families homeless by forcing them to choose between rent or food. (Author: )

Norfolk Christians can voice climate concerns
Julian Bryant from Christian Aid in Norwich is urging local Christians to send a postcard or email to the government to honour their commitments in the forthcoming UN climate change talks. (Author: )

Media more blessing than curse says Bishop
The media is more often a blessing than a curse in our society according to the Bishop of Norwich, Rt Rev Graham James, the Church of England’s new lead spokesman on media issues. (Author: )

Former Norfolk Bishop and Chief Constable meet
A former Norfolk Chief Constable met a former Norfolk Bishop for the first time at a Catholic Police Guild Requiem Mass in London this week. (Author: )

Norfolk revival prayer wave gathers churches
The eighth set of Regional Prayer for Revival meetings continued across Norfolk this week including meetings in Norwich, Fakenham, Carleton Rode and Great Yarmouth, bringing together numerous pastors and churches praying for God to revive His church. (Author: )

Norfolk choir of the year joint winners
Viva Voce singers from Norwich and Catton Community Choir shared the prize of Choir of the Year, in the contest run by BBC Radio Norfolk. (Author: )

Norwich Diocese backs women bishops proposal
The Norwich Diocesan Synod has decisively backed proposed legislation which would allow women to become bishops. (Author: )

Prince of Wales backs Norfolk church appeal
Latest Norfolk Christian news includes the Prince of Wales backing a Norfolk church appeal and an unusual flock joining a Norwich Cathedral service. (Author: )

YMCA Norfolk stages celebration with a difference
Opened by a juggler, closed by a would-be rock singer and staged in a nightclub, YMCA Norfolk put on an AGM with a difference in Norwich last night. (Author: )

Norfolk marriage charity celebrates ten years
Christian charity Explore Norfolk has been educating young people about relationships and marriage since 2001. A special celebration was held last week to mark the landmark anniversary. (Author: )

YMCA Norfolk £1m appeal passes the halfway mark
A public appeal to raise £1m to complete the funding for a £4.4m development of 40 self-contained flats in Norwich city centre for young homeless people, has passed the halfway mark. (Author: )

Pastors lead ‘prophetic act’ for Norfolk revival
More than 30 Norfolk pastors helped lead an unusual and united ‘prophetic act’ to usher in spiritual renewal and revival across the region. (Author: )

Outreach bus, celebration and wireless church
Latest Norfolk Christian news includes a new youth outreach bus, 60 years of sermons and approval of an innovative church broadband project. (Author: )

Two Norfolk churches to become Minsters
The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, has announced his intention to designate St Margaret’s King’s Lynn and St Nicholas’, Great Yarmouth as Minster Churches. (Author: )

Mission, deacons, wedding and crash in Norfolk
Latest Norfolk Christian news includes a Brazilian mission, new deacons, an emotional wedding and a cleryman who has died in a car crash. (Author: )

Church court, conference and pastors in Norfolk
Latest Norfolk Christian news includes German pastors touring the county, an Evangelisation conference and an ecclesiastical court hearing about a church broadband scheme. (Author: )

Norfolk Christian centre caters for Christmas
With Christmas fast approaching, a Christian conference centre in Norfolk is taking bookings for meals at special rate for group bookings. (Author: )

Norfolk Christian centre celebrates 40 years
Last weekend The Horstead Centre celebrated its 40th anniversary in style with a 12 hour sponsored zipwire challenge and a party with guests including the The Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk and the 'flying' Bishop of Lynn. (Author: )

YMCA Norfolk honours its outstanding staff
YMCA Norfolk staff from across the county have been honoured for outstanding service to the Christian charity in a first-ever awards and celebration event. (Author: )

Norfolk Christian group unites science and faith
A group professional scientists and theologians have formed the Christian group Science and Faith in Norfolk and have organised a lecture on 17 October by Professor Sir Colin Humphreys on the scientific basis of what happened at Easter. (Author: )

Norfolk Christian charity is a best-kept secret
A Christian charity which works in Norfolk to support adults with a learning disability to lead full and active lives is one of the church’s best-kept secrets. It is also looking for new staff to help it move to Norwich. (Author: )

Norfolk prayer for revival momentum grows
The sixth regional Prayer for Revival meeting on Monday 12th September will bring together more than 50 churches in a deep desire for cross-denominational unity and anticipation of revival across Norfolk and beyond. (Author: )

Annual appeal time for Norwich Salvation Army
During the month of September members, friends and volunteers of The Salvation Army in Norwich and the surrounding areas will be out collecting in the community to raise vital funds for the Annual Appeal campaign. (Author: )

Final chance to nominate Olympic torch bearers
Time is running out to nominate inspirational people across Norfolk to be one of 8,000 Olympic Torch bearers next spring in the run up to the London Olympics. (Author: )

Julie's Norfolk bike pilgrimage to buy Bibles
Keen female motorcyclist, Julie Bright from Norwich, aims to complete an eight-hour 120-mile pilgrimage of 14 Norfolk and Suffolk churches on her motorbike on Saturday (August 20) to raise cash to buy Bibles for bikers. (Author: )

Young people put faith into action across Norfolk
Over 6,500 young people joined together to meet with God at the annual Newday event at the Norfolk Showground. Aaron Curran, from City Church Norwich, reports on his week at Newday. (Author: )

Thousands encounter God at Newday in Norfolk
This week 6,700 mostly young people have descended on the Royal Norfolk Showground to encounter God at the Newday festival. (Author: )

Hundreds of Norfolk churches throw open doors
More than 300 historic churches across Norfolk will be throwing open their doors and running a packed programme of special events and activities during Norfolk Open Churches Week 2011, from Saturday August 6 to Sunday August 13. (Author: )

6000 head for Christian festival near Norwich
More than 6000 young Christians will be heading for the Newday event at the Royal Norfolk Showground over the next few days. (Author: )

Justice minister praises Norfolk Christian Forum
Minister of Justice, Lord McNally has praised the enormously important role of the Norfolk Ecumenical Criminal Justice Forum in a speech to the group in Norwich earlier this week. (Author: )

Thousands of youngsters put faith into action
Thousands of young Christians will be part of making the Big Society a concrete reality by putting their faith into action in local communities across Norfolk next week. (Author: )

Norfolk charity chief moves to Christian Aid role
The Chief Executive Officer of a Norfolk Christian charity is moving on to new things. He will be dividing his time between working for a national charity as well as helping to run a local community initiative. (Author: )

2,000 at cathedral pay respects to Bishop Michael
Around 2.000 people attended a funeral service in Norwich today (July 20) to mark the life of the Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia, Bishop Michael Evans. (Author: )

Norwich vicar warns church could face extinction
A Norwich vicar has issued a wake-up call to the Church of England at its General Synod about its possible virtual extinction in 20 years time due to aging congregations. (Author: )

Stay safe is Town Pastors' message at Latitude
For the first time, Town Pastors will be present at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk from 14 - 17 July, offering support, care and refreshments to festival-goers. (Author: )

Christian charity wins Norfolk show trophy
This year's Royal Norfolk Show exhibition winners proved that it's fun to play at the YMCA. Their interactive and welcoming stand demonstrated that the Christian organisation is so much more than a song. (Author: )

Norfolk Christians urged to vote for local heroes
Do you know of a person, church or Christian project who inspires you? Why not nominate them in the 2011 Inspire Awards to acknowledge their efforts and to reward them with a prize. (Author: )

Appeal to help bring People's Bible to Norfolk
An urgent appeal has been issued to find volunteers to help bring the People’s Bible to Norfolk and enable local people to make their mark in the historic edition. (Author: )

Pampering Norfolk outreach seeks to expand
A band of Norfolk women who offer pampering sessions to the elderly are calling for more volunteers. The scheme featured on Christian broadcasting channel, Revelation TV, on June 15 after it was publicised on this website. (Author: )

Jolly brings joy to Norfolk via Christian circus
The Friendship Society Circus is a new community initiative in Norfolk to share God's love with thousands of people. The ministry is headed up by Jamie Jolly who tells the amazing story of how the group became established. (Author: )

Norwich Bishop to ordain 15 into church ministry
A former solicitor, a teacher, a youth worker, a Canaries fan and an avid reader of crime novels are amongst those to be ordained by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday July 2. (Author: )

Going for gold with Norfolk Christian charity
It's a team effort for seven Norfolk Christians who will be taking part in a triathlon in order to raise money for Norwich Youth for Christ. (Author: )

Norfolk vicar is named as new 'flying bishop'
Downing Street has today announced that a Norfolk vicar is set to become a “flying bishop” – the next Bishop of Richborough. (Author: )

Broadband to make Norfolk churches rural hubs
Churches across Norfolk are set to reinforce their position as community hubs with an innovative move to turn their towers into wireless transmitters in the quest to give rural communities access to high-speed broadband. (Author: )

Norfolk Christians walk to show their faith
Hundreds of Christians across Norfolk have been taking to the streets and country lanes in traditional Good Friday walks of faith. (Author: )

Eight-day Bible marathon begins in Norwich
The Bishop of Norwich and 14-year-old Martin Walton began an eight-day public reading of the King James Bible at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library at noon today. (Author: )

Norfolk churches prepare for Royal wedding
Churches across Norfolk are preparing to celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding by holding events for their local communities as the Church of England has welcomed an increase in the numbers of couples wishing to marry in church. (Author: )

Norfolk churches gather for revival prayer
Dozens of churches from across Norfolk gathered in Norwich and Great Yarmouth for a third Prayer for Revival meeting on April 4. (Author: )

East Anglia churches urged to open their doors
Churches across East Anglia will this week be urged to open their doors and restore their buildings to their medieval role at the heart of communities at a Norwich-based conference. (Author: )

Norwich and Norfolk Christian news in brief
In the news this week is one Norfolk church offering families the chance to remember lost children and another that has had its ambitious plan to double in size rejected by planners. (Author: )

Norwich Bishop named as new CofE media voice
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have named the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, as the Church of England’s new lead spokesman on media issues. (Author: )

Norfolk Christian youth event stirs crowd
Newday on the Road brought very loud music, old-fashioned praise and preaching to an excited audience of 200 youngsters at the King’s Centre in Norwich recently. (Author: )

Norwich and Norfolk Christian news in brief
In the news this week is an exhibition of the life in medieval Norwich churches, a congregation’s £400k vision and a diamond couple who met in a Norwich church youth club. (Author: )

Big Society needs church says Norwich Bishop
The social landscape of Norwich and Norfolk would be changed immediately and much of society would begin to unravel if Christians were removed from the picture, the Bishop of Norwich told a Norwich Diocesan Synod. (Author: )

Free guide to Norfolk churches will open doors
A new booklet helping people to explore Norfolk’s historic churches has been officially launched in Reepham. (Author: )

Norfolk churches join together in revival prayer
Over 20 Norfolk churches joined in simultaneous prayer for revival last week at meetings in Norwich and Great Yarmouth. (Author: )

Norfolk Lent project will train nurses in Nepal
Norfolk-based children's charity Morning Star is launching a project this month to train nurses in Nepal from money raised from people giving things up for Lent. (Author: )

Vicar backs new Norfolk Christian Writers' group
King’s Lynn vicar, Corin Child, from St John’s brings his love of literature to the heart of church culture and is encouraging others through the Association of Christian Writers and the new Norfolk Christians Writers group. (Author: )

Crowds flock to Christian show in East Anglia
From a clergy fashion show to an ecclesiastical karaoke machine, the first-ever Christian Resources Exhibition in the Eastern Region took place at Exec in Peterborough from February 24 to 26. (Author: )

Light shining at Norwich missions conference
The International Gospel Outreach conference in Norwich last weekend highlighted the need to bring God's light into the current state of chaos in the world. (Author: )

Revival prayer partner call to Norfolk churches
Churches and ministries across Norwich and Norfolk are again joining together on March 7 under the banner of Prayer for Revival. (Author: )

Historic Norfolk churches to get £2m in grants 
Fund (HLF) have announced almost £2m of grants to support urgent repair work to 18 Grade I and II* listed places of worship across Norfolk. (Author: )

Glue and God at regional Christian exhibition
A half day worshop at next week's East of England Christian Resources Exhibition will showcase Messy Church; church for people who don't "do" church. (Author: )

Rough night highlights Norwich homeless plight
Norfolk Street Pastor and teenager Aaron Curran, joined 55 others sleeping rough on the Norwich streets on January 29 at the YMCA Norfolk Sleep Easy event to raise awareness for the homeless and to raise money. This is his personal account of the event. (Author: )

BBC Norfolk choir competition launched
Church and Christian choir groups from Norfolk are urged to enter this year's BBC Radio Norfolk's Choir of the Year competition. (Author: )

YMCA's Michael joins celebrity sports launch
Football coach and YMCA Norfolk part-time worker Michael Douglas has joined with celebrities such as Delia Smith, Jake Humphrey, Simon Thomas and Iwan Roberts to help relaunch a Norwich City FC charity which promotes sport and its benefits. (Author: )

Norfolk churches partner in revival prayer
Churches and ministries across Norwich and Norfolk joined together on January 24 to pray for Christian revival after an American evangelist prophesied a spiritual awakening in the city. (Author: )

Norwich bishop swaps pulpit for catwalk
The Rt Revd Peter Fox, honorary assistant bishop in the Anglican diocese of Norwich, will join half a dozen fellow ministers for a special presentation of clerical clothing, including his wife's designs. (Author: )

YMCA Norfolk Sleep Easy highlights homeless
Around 55 YMCA Norfolk staff, supporters and clients slept out under the stars at events in Norwich and King's Lynn last night to highlight the issue of homeless young people across the county. (Author: )

Premier speaks of vision for media in E Anglia
Premier Christian Radio is exploring the idea of setting up regional media centres, including one for the Eastern region based in Norwich, it was revealed to a meeting of Norfolk church leaders in Norwich on January 27. (Author: )

Norfolk Christian resource centre on the move
The Youth and Children’s Resource Centre of the Diocese of Norwich has been based at the Horstead Activity Centre for several years, but it is now on the move and has some items to give away. (Author: )

Christian exhibition comes to East of England
The well-known Christian Resources Exhibition is heading to the East of England for the first time ever in February and Network Norfolk readers are being offered discounted tickets. (Author: )

Waite backs homeless charity's Norfolk move
An international homeless charity, based in Cambridge, is coming to Norfolk in April when it will be officially opened by its national chairman Terry Waite. (Author: )


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