Praying the Way

The Fellowship of Pray-ers exists to provide prayer support to the work and worship of the Diocese of Rochester, as well as to pray for those in urgent need.

Below are the prayer leaflets for ‘Praying the Way’ around the Diocese - prayers are submitted by  deanery  coordinators and members of the Fellowship commit to a discipline of prayer around the points shared. If you are interested in joining the Fellowship do contact your local coordinator (below), or simply download the relevant prayer sheet.

To  ask  the  Pray-ers,  urgently or confidentially, to hold an event or person in their prayers please  contact  the  Bishop’s  Chaplain:  Lindsay  Llewellyn-MacDuff, Tel: 01634 814439,

This month’s Diocesan prayers: (coming soon)

Deanery prayer letters will be available soon.

Bromley and Bexley Archdeaconry
Jenny Smith     

Rochester Archdeaconry
Lorna Kahan

Tonbridge Archdeaconry
Judith Howard

May 2017


Pray for: wisdom to discern the difference between fake news and truth; peace in the Holy Land

Our country:

Pray for: perseverance in prayer for our world; continued wisdom for the Government as it negotiates with Europe on the terms of Brexit; love towards those who seem different from ourselves


Give thanks for: those who have been elected as churchwardens and PCC members; new members of Deanery Synod; all our Easter services
Pray for: the “Big Church Day Out” and those attending; all Ascension Day services; that those newly elected to church office will work together to further God’s mission; the “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer week starting 29 May; the time of discernment following Our Conversation: Our Future as the Diocese prepares to launch a framework enshrining God’s goals for ourselves and our churches in November; listening and understanding at conversations now taking place, especially at the Bishop’s Council meeting on 18 May; Christian Aid Week from 14 to 20 May; all students preparing to take exams; the Diocesan Fellowship of Pray-ers Quiet Day on 15 May; the ministry of the Pray-ers



Beckenham Deanery

Pray for:  God’s blessing on all that he is doing in the Deanery and in the communities the parishes serve

Bromley Deanery


Pray for: our patrons, the Society for the Maintenance of the Faith; our participation in the ”Thy Kingdom Come initiative

Chislehurst Christ Church

Pray for: changes in staffing for office hours; the smooth running of the work with families and children with the current leaders in light of the fact that it was not right to go ahead with a new Children’s and Families’ worker at present; the licensing of one of our church members as LLM on 20 May and two others in training for LLM; the Visionary Leadership Team as they look ahead to future patterns of ministry and mission

Erith Deanery

Pray for: a good response to Christian Aid Week

Belvedere All Saints

Pray for: the licensing of lay minister Ernie Feasey at Rochester Cathedral on 20 May; the commissioning of our new PCC on 21 May

Bexleyheath  Christ Church

Give thanks for: the success of our Bexley Night Shelter, and for the thanksgiving service on 6 May; the growing numbers attending our Sunbeams Parent and Toddler Group

Pray for: our Wedding Fair on 13 May; those being confirmed on 21 May.

Bexleyheath St Peter

Pray for: our fundraising for a new small car park; good response to our Three’s a Crowd concert; our reader, Paul Beeson, preaching a sermon series on the life of David

Bostall Heath

Pray for: newly confirmed members of our church; our PCC members; outreach through our Open Breakfast and Tea/Coffee Afternoon


Pray for: outreach through our Friday afternoon Oasis Open Church


Give thanks: for being able to help with the Bexley Night Shelter and what it has shown us; significant faith journeys made by those who attended the current Alpha group; the appreciation 11 couples are expressing for the current Marriage Course; high numbers attending the Toddler Club

Pray for: those on the “Growing Leaders” course being run with Bishop Ridley and St Peter’s; that we put our time and energy where God is already working; that our planned Prayer Room progresses without delay

Orpington Deanery

Cray St Barnabas

Pray for: “Kidsrock” for children aged 7-12, meeting weekly in term time

Orpington All Saints

Pray for: fund-raising in our area for Christian Aid, including at the Charity Lunch; blessing on our special “Resurrection” evening services; the visit of the vicar and his wife to Thunder Bay in Canada to consolidate the link between our church and St Paul Thunder Bay

Sidcup Deanery

Footscray with North Cray

Pray: that our new church officers bring new skills and fresh perspectives to the work of running our church

Sidcup Christ Church

Pray for: effective follow-up from the recent mission weekend; our new building project to come to completion

Sidcup St John the Evangelist

Pray for: our new PCC; those involved in re-establishing our Sunday School for children



Cobham Deanery

Pray for: our Deanery Synod on 16 May and the speakers visiting us as we discuss Mission Links; those participating in the Christian Aid Walk and for awareness to be raised; our 24/7 Prayer Room at Sole Street, and for each church in the Deanery to take part; practical arrangements as we plan to pray together in the “Thy Kingdom Come” initiative, and for powerful answers to prayer

Ash with Ridley

Give thanks: for the lay people who assist with worship; those who provide music; those who lead our Junior Church and Boy’s Brigade/Girl’s Association

Pray: that all may be blessed in their service; that others may be led to join in these ministries; that those who work with children may have wisdom and insight to draw them towards God; that families bringing children for baptism may recognise Jesus’ love in the church; for our churchwardens as they work on projects to refurbish kitchens and toilets in both churches

Cobham with Luddesdowne and Dode

Pray for: the successful outcome of our application for a grant to carry out major repairs to the chancel

Fawkham and Hartley

Pray for: the Ministry Team and PCC leading while the vicar is on sabbatical; that our May Fayre will draw the community together and raise funds; for those working hard to make this happen; the new churchwardens at their Visitation Service; all our committees and working groups

Meopham with Nurstead

Give thanks: that this month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Christian Aid sponsored walk

Pray for: the walks taking place on 13 May, for all taking part, all who sponsor the walkers, and those who will be helped by the money raised

RNWK Group

Give thanks: for the initiative of a local council to work together with our churches at youth provision

Pray for: God’s wisdom as we seek new money for funding

Dartford Deanery

Give thanks:  for those who were commissioned as Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends

Pray for: our Rural Dean, Kenneth Clark; all those supporting parishes in interregnum; right people to become new incumbents; those ministering to dementia sufferers and their carers


Pray: that work on the community church room will begin and that no insoluble problems will arise; the Scavenger Hunt and cream tea held over the May Bank Holiday

Darent Valley

Give thanks: for the work completed at St Mary the Virgin

Pray for: funding for repairs to roof and heating in the church of St John the Baptist

Dartford Christ Church

Pray for: Christian Aid Breakfast on 6 May; our International Meal on 20 May.

Dartford Holy Trinity

Pray for: God’s blessing on all that he is doing in church and community

Dartford St Alban and Dartford St Edmund

Pray for: our future as we begin to work together with one priest in charge; all priests who come to take our services; the right priest to answer the call to serve; the Dementia Café being held at St Edmund’s


Pray for: smooth planning and support for our Summer Fair in June; those in our parish who are sick or in need

Swanley St Mary the Virgin

Pray for: God’s blessing on all that he is doing in church and community

Swanley St Paul and Hextable St Peter

Give thanks: for the new pastoral team

Pray for: the completion of the parish profile for our interregnum; the right person to be called by God to our church; a blessing on the pastoral team’s ministry


Pray: that we will have enough volunteers for Christian Aid Week; Quiz Night on 13 May; continued work with youth and young adults

Gravesend Deanery


Pray for: our vision building process; Chris, our curate, and wisdom regarding his next post; preparations to celebrate 10 years since our hall was opened; outreach possibilities

Gravesend Holy Family with Ifield

Give thanks: for local families helped through Christians Against Poverty; our fellowship

Pray for: the residents of St Margaret’s parish; that our prayer events between Ascension and Pentecost will involve the wider community

Gravesend St Aidan

Give thanks: for the ministry of Daphne Lane as the parish Pray-ers Coordinator, and her husband Ernie

Gravesend St George

Give thanks: for the Pocahontas 400 events and those organising and helping

Gravesend  St George’s School

Pray for: the new planned primary school; Steve Carey, our head teacher; members of staff; the Governors; and Trudi Oliver, school chaplain

Gravesend St Mary

Give thanks: for our growing Messy Church

Pray for: preparations for our Holiday Club

Gravesend Street Pastors

Pray: that our next recruitment drive will send us more people; for the newly commissioned School Pastors and Street Pastors


Pray for: the new team leader who works with children on Sundays at “Sunday Special”; the pastoral team as they reach the community through our weekly Community Café and visits to care homes; that lives will be changed

Milton Christ Church

Pray for: couples preparing for marriage in the spring and summer

Milton St Peter and St Paul

Give thanks: for many blessings

Pray for: grace to resolve recent difficulties

Northfleet and Rosherville

Give thanks: for the generous response to our Lent charity, Macmillan Cancer Care; our ministry to children through Sunday School, Brownies and Toddler Group

Pray for: all who work for Macmillan and those whom they support; all who use our church building

Northfleet Huggens College

Give thanks: for the spring and new life in countryside, parks and gardens

Pray for: the elderly, especially those who are isolated and have insufficient support

Perry Street

Pray: that all preparing for baptism may be filled with the Holy Spirit


Pray for: all that is planned for parish and congregation during the next three months


Give thanks: for Swanscombe Churches Fellowship; the success of our combined winter services and activities

Rochester Deanery

Chatham St Mary and St John

Give thanks: for the new Messy Church that has started at St John’s Infant School

Pray: that many families will come to know the love of Christ

Chatham St Philip and St James

Pray for: preparations for our summer holiday club, running jointly with other churches in Walderslade

Chatham St Stephen

Pray: that we will live out and deepen the big ideas we explored during Easter; that we will be discerning in our self-sacrifice for others and learn new ways of serving; that we experience new life holistically and are able to share it

Strood Deanery

Pray for: God’s blessing on all that he is doing in the Deanery and in the communities the parishes serve


Malling Deanery


Pray for:  God’s blessing on all that he is doing in the Deanery and in the communities the parishes serve

Paddock Wood Deanery

Paddock Wood

Pray for: the new Children’s and Families’ Worker, who starts at the end of the month; those going on the pilgrimage to Israel with East Peckham Methodist Church from 2 to 11 May; Friends Together Bereavement Group Meeting on 11 May


Pray for: first Messy Church meeting on 14 May

Pembury Hospice in the Weald

Pray for: all staff, patients and families

Sevenoaks Deanery


Pray for: the St Martin’s Stars, a new Sunday morning worship time for young people

Kippington St Mary

Give thanks: that funds have been donated for repair of the rose window

Pray: that the rose window will be completed before the first of this year’s weddings on 6 May; for the Archdeacon’s visitation here on 10 May and for the churchwardens who attend; that our plant sale on 28 May will be a community event and reach out into the neighbourhood

Sevenoaks  St Luke

Pray for: Papa Youth and activities for 12 and 13 year olds; our Lifelong Learning course on the Apocrypha; plans for the coming interregnum

Sevenoaks St Nicholas

Pray for: Confirmation Service with the Bishop of Rochester on 14 May; Sunday @ 3 at Lady Boswells’ School – art and craft activities with a Christian message


Pray for: parish walk on 1 May; Safari Supper on 6 May organised by St George’s with many from Weald taking part; Christian Aid Week on the Green and around the village with church members and community working together; Rogation walk on 21 May ending with tea; our short weekday Celtic service of blessing for church and village

Shoreham Deanery


Pray: that our new monthly Breakfast Church will continue to be well attended

Kemsing with Woodlands

Pray for: unity of purpose as we plan to rebuild the church hall


Pray for: our re-ordering project


Give thanks: for everyone pulling together during the interregnum

Shipbourne with Plaxtol

Pray for: the installation of our new rector, the Rev Peter Hayler, on 6 May; him and his wife Donna as they settle in

Stansted with Fairseat and Vigo

Give thanks; for an increase in numbers, a new house group, and the popularity of our Thursday drop-in

Pray for: the healing ministry; more children and young people


Give thanks: for new lighting; re-roofing of the church; coffee mornings going well; our Breakfast Club

Tonbridge Deanery

Crockham Hill

Give thanks: for our newly decorated church building; good relations with the village school; Messy Church


Pray for: our church during Father Stephen’s three-month sabbatical; the youth trip to Mexico with Anthony Shipwright, our Youth Worker


Give thanks: for our new Youth Worker, Marcus, and his young family; the outreach of the Farmers’ Market


Pray for: preparation for weddings this summer; more helpers for Junior Church

Penshurst and Fordcombe

Thanks for: Messy Church, Café Church, and other new initiatives

Pray for: children and staff of our village Church Primary School

Tonbridge St Peter and St Paul

Pray for: Confirmation Service on 7 May; Summer Holiday Club

Tonbridge St Stephen

Pray for: Sarah and Matt Brown, our Youth Pastors, as they organise the children’s work; the Beta course in May

Tunbridge Wells Deanery

Southborough St Peter with Christ Church and St Matthew and Bidborough St Lawrence

Give thanks: for completion of the annexe at Christ Church

Pray for: guidance to discern the way ahead as we continue in our interregnum

Tunbridge Wells St Luke

Give thanks: for the gifts coming in for the repair of our organ

Pray for: that our Spring Fayre will succeed in raising funds for our continued mission and work

Prayer topics for JUNE should be sent to Judith Howard, 10 Mount Pleasant Road, Weald, Sevenoaks, Tel 01732 458285, TN14 6QE, by 10  May

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