Norfield celebrates Homecoming Sunday and Rev. Wilson’s milestones


Bernard Wilson

Homecoming Sunday is a Norfield Congregational Church tradition that normally just signals the official end to early summer worship and a return to 10 o’clock worship.

But this year, Norfield will also be celebrating the return of its pastor, the Rev. Dr. Bernard R. Wilson, from sabbatical, as well as celebrating some major milestones in his ministry: 2013 will be Dr. Wilson’s 10th year as senior minister of Norfield and it is also the 40th anniversary of his ordination.

Homecoming Sunday is organized by Norfield’s Fellowship Committee, and there will be games for the kids and lunch catered by Verona on Wheels Pizza Firetruck.

Homecoming Sunday is also the day parents may sign up their children for Sunday school, youth groups and children and youth choirs. It’s an afternoon of family-friendly inter-generational fun.

Dr. Wilson and his wife Nereida recently returned from a “halfway around the world” educational cruise where they not only took in the local sights but visited churches in each country — sightseeing with a “religious thread” — where they observed ordinary people expressing their faith. Dr. Wilson said he learned that regardless of whether it was a service that incorporated voodoo in the Bahamas, Christianity in Portugal, Catholicism in Spain, Islam in the Arabian countries of Egypt and Jordan, Hinduism in India, or Buddhism in Malaysia and Singapore, “it was eye opening to see how similar human beings are even in extremely different cultures and religions.”

He praised Associate Minister Kelly Hough Rogers for “holding down the fort brilliantly” in his absence and reports that everyone on the Norfield staff is ready and energized for the upcoming year.

Homecoming Sunday begins at 10 a.m. for worship, followed by the luncheon. All are welcome. For more information, visit

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