The Church of England plays a vital role in the life of the nation,
proclaiming the Christian gospel in words and actions and providing
services of Christian worship and praise.
Its network of parishes cover the country, bringing a vital Christian dimension to the nation as well as strengthening community life in numerous urban, suburban and rural settings.
The Diocese of Norwich is one of 44 diocese England is divided into. It is one of the oldest dating back to Dunwich (AD630), Elmham (AD673) and Thetford (AD1070). It was founded as the Diocese of Norwich in 1094 and covers 1,804 square miles with a population of approximately 879,000.
The Diocese comprises all Norfolk (the fourth largest county in England) except for an area in the west beyond the Great Ouse and marshland, which is in the Diocese of Ely. A small area of Suffolk, known as Waveney, is also in the Diocese of Norwich, namely the port of Lowestoft and the associated Deanery of Lothingland. The total average weekly attendance is 20,000 across the 567 Church of England parishes, with 183 benefices and 648 church buildings.
Published on: 11/04/2013