Norwich churches group closes after 20 years
Norwich Central Churches Together is to come to an end after 20 years of ecumenical work following a final AGM held at Trinity United Reformed Church on Tuesday night (Feb 23). NCCT liaison officer, John Myhill reports.
This was an emotional gathering attended by many lay people from the 18 churches of NCCT, who have worked ecumenically for more than 20 years, and two clergy who came to Norwich in 2015.
Notable successes of the past year for NCCT were a special service for World Mental Health Day, the United Service at St Peter Mancroft for the Week of Christian Unity, and the Chain of Prayer at the cathedral arranged by Graham Fletcher. The annual forum event was missed and it was hoped that Transforming Norwich might put on something of that kind in future.
Clergy will continue to exchange pulpits, arrange joint ventures, and welcome those from other churches to share their work.
The clergy will continue to meet over lunch each month as arranged by Transforming Norwich for prayer, informal contact and to share the very special problems and opportunities of working in the city.
The NCCT was formally laid down at the AGM and the decision taken to give any remaining funds to the Network Norwich & Norfolk website, which will continue to provide ecumenical communications for the churches of Norwich as well as across the county.
It was also recommend that all NCCT churches become members of Transforming Norwich and take an active part in ensuring that this body accurately represents the full diversity of Christian action, faith and learning in our city.
The united free churches service will be at the Central Methodist church on Chapelfield Road this coming Good Friday, March 25 at 10.30am, and there is hope for some united act of Christian witness on Easter Saturday. Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk will take place at the Forum on June 11.
This was a moving celebration of the Grace of God as shown in the life of this Covenant; and a positive discussion of the future of inter-church co-operation in Norwich. The meeting was concluded with prayer led by Rev Robert Avery of St Peter Mancroft.
Pictured above are Norwich's two cathedrals.