Getting ready for Open Churches Week 2017
Norfolk is a county full of the most beautiful churches. The majority of them are medieval, and local people have worshipped in them for centuries.
Norfolk has the highest concentration of medieval churches in Europe; wherever you look in Norfolk you’ll see a church tower, beckoning you across the wide open spaces of the countryside. From tiny Saxon parish churches to the great Norman Cathedral of Norwich there is so much to see and enjoy.
Whether you’re in Breckland, on the Broads, in the Fens, on the coast or in towns and villages, historic churches abound. Nearly five hundred are open regularly, but during this week you can visit many additional churches not normally able to open. These include Norwich St Helen, part of the Great Hospital Complex, and Bylaugh St Mary.
The week commences with the Open Churches Car Run on Saturday 2nd August 2014 when 86 classic, sports and interesting cars will leave Norwich Cathedral at 9am and head out to Bawburgh, Barford, Deopham, Hingham, Hardingham, North Tuddenham, Swanton Morley, Worthing and North Elmham.
On Sunday 3rd August the Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James, will lead a Service at St Benet’s at Holme at 3.30pm. Directions to the site can be found at here.
Speaking of the week, The Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James has said:
“The great majority of our churches are open regularly on weekdays as well as Sundays, so everyone can be confident of finding the churches in this booklet open, many with activities of different sorts taking place. Our church buildings are treasure stores from the past that are also treasures in the present in the communities they serve and as places in which the worship and praise of God still takes place week in, week out.”
To see what some churches are doing for the week, visit our Open Churches page of the website. You can also publicise any events your church may be running throughout the week. Click here to add your event.