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Prayer walk, Lent lunch invite, Holy Land pilgrimage chance

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a prayer walk, a Holy Land pilgrimage opportunity and Lent lunches.

Acle Churches Together held its traditional annual prayer walk on Sunday March 1, stopping at significant community locations in the East Norfolk village to recognise and pray for the work done by the staff within each building.

The walk was led by Church of England rector Rev Martin Greenland, Methodist minister Rev Andrew King and Catholic Deacon Rev Peter Glanville, a retired BBC  producer who conceived the original  idea of the walk about 16 years ago as a useful tool to encourage a spirit of ecumenism among the villagers.

A cross-section of denominations joined together to recite appropriate prayers outside St.Edmund’s church, the Police Station, the Old Rectory, the Veterinary Hospital, the Academy, the Cemetery, the Recreation  Centre, the Medical Centre, the Library and finally the Methodist Church, where welcome refreshments were served  in a very convivial atmosphere.

Pictured above, front left to right, Andrew  King, Martin Greenland, Peter  Glanville.

All are warmly invited to a Simple Soup Lunch which will be held each Friday in Lent until April 3.

They take place from 1pm in the main hall at The Narthex, St John’s Cathedral, Earlham Rd Norwich, NR2 2PA.

There is no charge but donations are invited and profits are used for work in The Fe Y Algeria school system in the Cathedral’s twinned parish, Tambogrande, Peru.

Fr Luke Goymour parish priest of Brandon and Mildenhall is co-leading a ten-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Anglican Priest and friend, Rev David Everett and there is an evening on March 8 when you can find out more.

Fr Luke says: “St Jerome once described the Holy Land as the fifth Gospel. To walk where Jesus walked, and to be in the actual place where Jesus acted our salvation in the most dramatic fashion is a deeply significant and moving moment for any Christian. The biblical lands, so central to our Catholic Christian faith, are beautiful and faith inspiring places, yet sadly they are also deeply scared with political and religious division.  

“It is particularly poignant, then, that a group of Christians, Anglicans and Catholics, from Suffolk are making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Lent 2021 to pray for the unity of Christ’s Church.

“I am really excited to be taking a group to place where our faith started – I believe that there is something profoundly significant about Christians of different traditions, going back to our roots to pray for unity in the Body of Christ”  

The pilgrimage takes place between March 15-24, 2021 and is based in Jerusalem and Galilee. An information afternoon is being held at St John’s Church, Mildenhall, on March 8, at 3pm. The trip is open to all Christians, for more information either come on March 8 or download a booking form from