The work of the Diocese of Norwich

The Church of England across Norfolk and Waveney

The Diocese of Norwich covers most of Norfolk and North East Suffolk and is a Christian presence serving every community through a family of 650 churches and 110 schools and academies; together Committed to Growth.


Throughout the Diocese are hundreds of wonderful, historic church buildings – around 650 in all – which are actively used for worship and play a key role in major life events such as weddings and funerals. The church plays an active role in the heart of the community, and today some of the church towers are even used to deliver faster wireless broadband to local residents and businesses. The Diocese provides training and support to those who serve in these churches – from vicars to volunteers.

View some of the vast range of activities and groups run by churches across the Diocese by visiting Bright Map.

Schools and academies

Almost a quarter of the primary schools in Norfolk and Waveney – comprising over 13,500 pupils – are church schools or academies. The Diocese works alongside headteachers and governors, helping them make their school an inspirational place to learn, underpinned by a Christian ethos.

Pastoral Care

The Diocese’s spiritual and pastoral care extends to all parts of the community, which sees it supporting and empowering children, young people and families through a wealth of resources – from mobile playgroups to youth work cafés. They provide training and support for youth and family workers, as well as around 1,800 volunteers who work alongside them.

Through around 65 chaplains, the church reaches every part of the community – including hospitals, prisons and colleges – providing spiritual and pastoral care to anyone who asks for it.

The Diocese brings people together to strengthen the local community and share the message of Christ.

If you’re interested in finding out more please visit the
Diocese of Norwich website