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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.

A rare copy of the 1611 King James Bible will be on show this weekend in the Norfolk church where it was discovered.
 
The surviving Bible was used by St Peter and St Paul Church in Carbrooke, near Watton, just over 400 years ago, but unlike many places of worship it was not thrown out when updated versions were printed.
 
It was found in a back room of the church near Watton in the early 1980s by the then vicar Philip Harrison and churchwarden David Saunders.
 
Since the discovery, the Bible has been kept in the Norwich Cathedral library and was featured in a London exhibition last year to mark the 400th year of the document. This book will be one of the attractions at the Carbrooke Harvest Heritage Weekend between 10am and 5pm on September 29 and 30.
 
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March quotes church bookstall ban 

 
 
HayHillBookstallThe English Defence League will hold its first march in Norwich this November, citing a decision to ban a Christian bookstall as a reason for the demonstration.
 
The EDL, which has 81 members on its Norwich Facebook page, listed the banning of Reverend Alan Clifford of the Norwich Reformed Church from using a market stall bookstall on Hay Hill (pictured right) as a reason for the march.
 
They believe the decision by Norwich City Council, following a complaint about anti-Islamic leaflets, violated freedom of speech.
 
A campaign group called We Are Norwich said it will hold a counter-protest to celebrate the city’s diversity. Nick O’Brien from the group said: “The EDL do not represent the diverse, multi-cultural city.”
 
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Bishop creates prayer for school  

 
A special prayer was written for the official opening of a Thorpe St Andrew school 60 years ago, and now the Bishop of Norwich has repeated the tradition by creating a prayer to mark the diamond jubilee year of St William’s Primary.
 
The Rt Rev Graham James shared the new prayer about faith, hope and joy in a special assembly, and he also spoke to the pupils about what the passing of 60 years means.
 
“Sixty years is a very long time. It is just long enough for it to be in my lifetime because I am 61. I know, very old indeed, but even bishops were children once; it is an astonishing fact,” he told the children.
 
“What the school and the church is about is that we are all different sorts of people but we make up one community,” he said, before he shared his newly created prayer with the school and presented a framed copy to a group of pupils.
 
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