The support that clergy wives' and husbands' can give each other is potentially very important because of the special nature of the work of the clergy.
The clergy spouse network is overseen by Julie James, the Bishop of Norwich's wife. Julie can be contacted via the PA to the Bishop of Norwich, Coralie Nichols, on 01603 629001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In this Diocese, each deanery has a clergy spouse who is appointed as the deanery 'Link'. He/she acts as a welcome to new spouses, keeping the other spouses in the deanery informed of relevant news and events, and may sometimes organise local meetings or gatherings. This system is not intended to be an official network, but an informal way of affirming and extending the existing lines of mutual support. It has been in operation for several years now, and we believe that it is proving to be a useful means of conveying our support and encouragement without interfering!
All of the Senior Staff and their spouses are also available to support and help if necessary. We hope you enjoy your time in this Diocese.
The Youth Task Force in the Diocese runs an annual weekend for clergy children (Year 7+) in the winter time called "Murder at the Vicarage?". The weekend can be very helpful for young people and many clergy children enjoy a number of youth activities available in the Diocese. Details are made available on the website.
The Sons and Friends of the Clergy is the leading grant-making charity helping Anglican clergy and their families in times of need. The role of the charity today is to help clergy of the Anglican Communion and their families in times of financial necessity or distress.
Details are available on their website.
This service is available to support clergy and their families. Jane Keeton is the Diocesan Counsellor and Adviser in Pastoral Care - find out more here.