The medieval building has a Georgian interior and is a calm light space with no stained glass. The building speaks for itself: what you see is what you get. To the many passers-by during the week, we are a familiar landmark building standing at a busy crossroads in the city, and we are so grateful to have the support of local businesses and residents.
Our worship is straightforward Anglican, accessible and undemonstrative. We enjoy intelligent open-minded sermons and good music, usually provided on our excellent organ (the original 1802 instrument in its original gallery position) that suits the building perfectly. The peal of six bells in the church tower is rung after the service on most Sundays.
We are a committed and growing congregation all playing our part in helping St George's Colegate meet its role as the parish church of Norwich Over-the-Water. Since 2010 we have updated an outdated kitchen and toilet to provide an accessible meeting room within the medieval structure, thus helping to unlock the potential of the building for the next part of its history. A hearing loop has been installed and we have also carried out extensive necessary routine repairs to stonework, guttering, roof timbers and the pew floors. All the historic wall monuments have been cleaned as part of a community project.
We have researched and produced guides and leaflets including an illustrated Georgian trail, highlighting the important place of the church in the lives of many people in Georgian Norwich. Those who call in at the church for whatever reason during the week are just as important as those who see themselves as part of the community which worships here.
The parish of Norwich: St George, Colegate is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Norwich’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.