Church of England Diocese of Norwich St. George, Tombland, Norwich

Announcements and News

Canon John Minns

Revd Canon John Minns

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce that Fr John peacefully passed away at home on 30th December.

Fr John had not been well for some time and we pray that he is now with his Lord and Saviour whom he faithfully served, without thought for himself, throughout his life.

We pray for and remember Jane and her family at this sad time.

Fr John was priest-in-charge of St George Tombland for 27 years between 1991 and 2018 - he was a true priest, pastor and friend.

As Bishop Graham James said at Fr John's last service ..."John’s pastoral care of the flock of Christ has not been simply diligent, it’s been outstanding. And why? Because John has loved every square inch of this church, every stone within it, and especially the living stones, all of you......we know he has spent himself physically as well as spiritually as a shepherd at St George’s, Tombland. John, you’ve reminded us of what God looks like. God looks like Jesus the good shepherd. He looks like the teacher by the lakeside. He looks like the saviour hanging on the cross. He looks like the one who is made known to us in the breaking of bread. Christ the good shepherd laid down his life and was raised to life again so that we may become sons and daughters of God ourselves. Such have been the possibilities released by John’s ministry here. And that’s why today we give the most profound thanks for John and for Jane "

We, too, give our most profound thanks for Fr John's life, love, ministry and friendship. May he rest in peace and rise in glory - a true and faithful servant.

This week:

Father John's funeral takes place at the Cathedral on Tuesday 14th January at 2 pm. It will be a Requiem Mass. All are welcome.

The previous afternoon (Monday at 4 pm) the coffin will be received into the Cathedral. Close friends and family are welcome to attend.

Forthcoming events:

Norwich East Deanery event: Tuesday 21st January at 7pm at Banking Hall, OPEN youth trust, Bank Plain. This is an opportunity to meet our new Diocesan Bishop, the Rt Revd Graham Usher. The event will conclude with a short Eucharist at St George Tombland at 8.30 pm.

Chain of Prayer for Christian Unity, Thursday 23rd January in St Luke's Chapel, Norwich Cathedral. Our benefice has an allocated slot, which is 1130 to 1145. However you are welcome to come in and pray at any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Sunday 1st March at 6.30 pm at St Peter Mancroft: Commissioning service for the new co-rural deans for Norwich East. 

General notices

We are now serving filter coffee after Church on Sundays. Please ensure that you donate the recommended amount to cover the cost.

The new step free access via the North porch, from Tombland Alley, is now in use (as well as the usual entrance on the South). It will be unlocked before the Sunday service: turn the handle on the right as you face it from outside. 


There is a regular collecting box at the rear of the South Aisle. A list of items that are needed is provided in the notice sheet this week.

Data Protection

Details of the data protection policy are shown on the relevant page of this web site. 

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