Open Churches Week returns across Norfolk
There will be opportunities to explore Norfolk’s wonderful church heritage, with lots of fun-filled and exciting activities, as Open Churches Week returns at the beginning of August.
The week runs from Saturday August 1 to Sunday 9, and participating churches have been encouraged to think about using the theme ‘Saints in the Making’.
A number of parishes in the Aylsham area have run with this theme, bringing art to life with a hands-on art festival designed to capture people’s imagination as well as an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of workshops.
This will all be launched with the Bure Valley Mission Train bringing passengers from Wroxham, Coltishall and Buxton to open the festival at Aylsham Parish Church, pictured above. The opening event will be a family service led by the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick.
Throughout the week and beyond there will be another opportunity to see 23 life size models of saints which were previously displayed in Norwich Cathedral. The models have been designed and built by schools across the diocese, and depict saints inspired from biblical texts, or historical or legendary or modern day inspirational people, which have a special significance or associations with their school. (A photo gallery can be seen at www.facebook.com/dioceseofnorwich)
Open Churches Week will be the home for a range of events in churches from traditional village fetes and summer fairs to flower and music festivals, children’s activities and workshops. For example, St Mary’s in Great Bircham will be hosting a French Fair, with food, drink, music and games to bring a flavour of the continent to Norfolk.
There will be interesting lectures on a range of topics, Heraldry exhibitions and a Hymn Marathon as well as a number of exhibitions continuing to mark the anniversaries of the First World War.
Over 500 churches throughout the diocese will be open for visitors including: Bressingham, Swaffham, Ridlington, Potter Heigham, Great Cressingham, Brandon Parva, Garvestone, Whinburgh and Tivetshall St Mary with St Margaret.
To find out more about events happening during Open Churches Week, please visit: www.dioceseofnorwich.org/open