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Norfolk skydive, celebrations and clergy moves 

Latest news about the Norwich and Norfolk Christian community includes an Easter message from the Bishop of Norwich, celebrations in south Norfolk churches and people on the move in the Diocese of Norwich.

BishopNorwich370The Bishop of Norwich, the Right Rev Graham James has written an Easter message for the Eastern Daily Press talking about a tandem skydive he is set to complete for the Matthew Project and how it will be a real leap of faith for him. He writes:
"In a month’s time I am doing a tandem skydive. As the days get nearer, excitement and nervousness grow. I don’t like heights, but I imagine I won’t have much time to be scared as we jump into the sky. It’s a leap of faith, prompted by my admiration for a wonderful local charity. The Matthew Project brings new life to people affected by drug and alcohol problems, and to their families and friends.

"It’s a great cause. It will still be the Easter season when I make the jump because Easter doesn’t finish at the end of this weekend. It lasts for 50 days. It’s the biggest feast of all in the Christian calendar and the most important. It’s a time for taking leaps of faith."
Read the full message on EDP24
Read more about the charity skydive on this website

Latest appointments and moves within the Anglican Diocese of Norwich include: Mrs Ruth Brett who has been appointed to a new position of Licensed Lay Worker in the Wymondham Benefice. Ruth will be Licensed by The Bishop of Thetford at Wymondham Abbey on Sunday June 8 at 10.30am.

BarbaraBryantMrs Barbara Bryant (pictured right) has been appointed to a new position of the Diocese Magazine Editor.

Rev Veronica Wilson is to move from her position as Rector of the Foulsham Benefice (the parishes of Foulsham, Guestwick, Stibbard, Themelthorpe and Wood Norton) and has been appointed to a new position of Priest in Charge of Heacham. She will be licensed by the Bishop of Lynn and installed by the Archdeacon of Lynn on May 25 at 6.30 pm at St Mary's Heacham.
Rev Christopher Hutton has been appointed to a new position of Rector of the Earsham Benefice and was instituted by The Bishop of Thetford and inducted by The Archdeacon of Norfolk at St Mary's, Ditchingham, on April 1. Christopher was formerly Curate at St Mary's Southgate, Crawley in the Diocese of Chichester.
Rev David Owen has been appointed to a new position of Rector of the Chet Valley Benefice and was instituted by the Bishop of Norwich and inducted by the Archdeacon of Norfolk on April 2. David was previously Team Vicar in the Droitwich Spa Team Ministry and is also a former primary school teacher and finance worker.

You can read more about David’s appointment at EDP24

You can read more about the other moves at the Diocese of Norwich website 

Eight south Norfolk villages are celebrating 50 years of being joined together into a group of parishes. The Hempnall Group, which includes the parishes of Hempnall, Topcroft, Fritton, Morningthorpe, Bedingham, Woodton, Shelton and Hardwick, celebrated the special anniversary with an Easter Day service at Hempnall Church, led by Rev Dr Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford.

The Hempnall Group, was formed in April 1964 when the villages found themselves without a priest and the then Bishop of Norwich, Launcelot Fleming, asked Rev Peter Bradshaw, late father of Ben Bradshaw MP, to take on the challenge of leading a team of two other clergy to get the eight rural villages to work together and build a strong local community in south Norfolk.

Group team vicar Liz Billett said: “Our experience of working with these churches over a combined total of 17 years is that all the local communities have enjoyed the benefits of being part of a group, whether it may be worshipping together for group services on a Sunday or for local events in the area.

Read more of this story on EDP24

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