Diocese of Norwich to name most welcoming church
The most welcoming Anglican church in the Diocese of Norwich is set to be named in an awards event at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday August 6.
Earlier this year, the diocese launched a competition to find the most welcoming church not only for parishioners but also for visitors and tourists that stop by.
Over 30 churches entered with an interesting mix of large, small, rural and urban churches.
Churches were asked to nominate their church as ‘the most welcoming’ and then a panel of judges came to visit unannounced to see how welcoming they really were.
The judges were looking for a mixture of criteria ranging from simple things like signs that indicate the church is open; how clean, tidy and well maintained the church and its surroundings are; how interesting the church is; and if there are leaflets or guides that express the essence of the church.
One of the judges said: “We have had a fascinating time visiting all the churches who had been nominated. They ranged from large town churches to the smallest of churches in the middle of nowhere. The aim of the award was to find good practice which could easily be shared with other churches in the Diocese. We looked for a number of things including signs of welcome, a clean porch with up to date notices, the condition of the biscuits where offered (and were pleased to note no soggy examples were found!), how helpful guides and leaflets were and how loved the building felt.”
The awards will be presented by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James at 9.30am on Saturday 6 August in the Weston Room at Norwich Cathedral.
Pictured above is All Saints Hethel, picture by Simon Knott.