Dr Rowan Williams at Norwich Cathedral
Bishop Graham writes:
Over £7 million was collected in parish share in 2016 – a huge achievement and a sign both of the vitality of the life of the parishes in this Diocese and the generosity of all of you who worship in them.
The collection of parish share is now more than £1 million greater than it was just 4 years ago. This increase has only happened because the lay people of this Diocese value the ministry of their clergy and want to see the mission of the Church blessed.
Our much improved financial position enables us to address the challenges of the increases in population we are likely to see in Norfolk and north east Suffolk in the next decade, although it continues to be a challenge to attract clergy to this part of the world. I have noticed, however, that once they arrive here, most clergy love it and prove to be our best ambassadors.
So to all of you who have contributed to this great achievement, thank you – to clergy and laity alike, staff at Diocesan House, treasurers, churchwardens and other lay leaders.
In a diocese with a population of less than 900,000 and with 640 church buildings, it is a massive feat for which I thank God and pray for his blessing on all that we seek to do with the resources he gives us.
Blessings and gratitude,
The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich