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  • Welcome to the website for the Diocese of Rochester

    We are the Church of England in the areas of Medway, north west Kent and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley. A diverse and vibrant community of faith, we are Called Together to Grow disciples, Enrich our communities and Resource each other in our mission and ministry.


    Latest News

     

    We have now begun a phased reopening of the Diocesan Office. If you need assistance, the reception is available for phone calls only between 9am and 5pm on weekdays on: 01634 560 000 or please email: reception@rochester.anglican.org

    We're sorry, but we are unable to welcome visitors to the office at this time. The office is being used by a small number of staff on a scheduled basis. 

    Our Safeguarding Advisers continue to be available to you during this time. Whether you are a parish or an individual - please do continue to refer any safeguarding concerns to them and seek their advice and support. Find their contact details here

    All other teams should be contacted in the first instance via email. All contact details can be found here: www.rochester.anglican.org/contact/

    For advice for your parish around the coronavirus, please visit our dedicated webpage or visit the Church of England website


      Tuesday 15 September 2020

    Bishop of Tonbridge commemorates 80th anniversary of The Battle of Britain Read more

     


     

      Wednesday 26 August 2020

    Parishes prepare for the season of Creationtide Read more

     


     

      Monday 17 August 2020

    'Not defined by results' Bishop Simon writes to students across the Diocese, as controversy over exam results continues. Read more

     


      Thursday 30 July 2020

    Diocesan Synod hear of struggles of young people during the pandemic from The Children's Society Read more

     

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  • What's On

    Tuesday 22nd September

    08:30 Bishop's Leadership Team Meeting

    Wednesday 23rd September

    Ordination Retreat

    Thursday 24th September

    Ordination Retreat

    Friday 25th September

    Ordination Retreat

    Saturday 26th September

    Ordination Services (Priests and Deacons)

    Ordination Retreat

    Thursday 1st October

    14:30 DBE Finance & Resources Committee

    Friday 2nd October

    Rochester Leadership Programme for Lay Ministers Residential

    Saturday 3rd October

    Rochester Leadership Programme for Lay Ministers Residential

    Sunday 4th October

    Rochester Leadership Programme for Lay Ministers Residential

    Friday 9th October

    KIME Residential

    Saturday 10th October

    World Homelessness Day

    KIME Residential

    09:30 Diocesan Synod

    Sunday 11th October

    Prisons Week

    PROVISIONAL - Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    KIME Residential

    Monday 12th October

    Prisons Week

    PROVISIONAL - Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    Tuesday 13th October

    Prisons Week

    PROVISIONAL - Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    Wednesday 14th October

    Prisons Week

    PROVISIONAL - Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    Thursday 15th October

    Prisons Week

    PROVISIONAL - Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    Friday 16th October

    Prisons Week

    PROVISIONAL - Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    Saturday 17th October

    Prisons Week

    PROVISIONAL - Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    Sunday 18th October

    Prisons Week

    PROVISIONAL - Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    Monday 19th October

    PROVISIONAL - Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    Tuesday 20th October

    PROVISIONAL - Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    14:00 PROVISIONAL - DBE

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  • Prayer

    Diocese of Rochester Cycle of Prayer
    The daily cycles of prayer for the Rochester Diocese

    *Parish...
    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources.) *Parish cycle:* Dartford, Christ Church Vicar: The Rev Dr Richard Mortimer *Community Cycle:* For treasurers and finance officers Today the Church of England remembers Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

    **Trinity...
    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources.) **Trinity 15**   **Exodus 16.2-15** **Psalm 105.1-6, 37-end \[or 105.37-end\]** **Philippians 1.21-end** **Matthew 20.1-16** Today we pray for Gravesend deanery The Rev Nigel Bourne, Area Dean; Mr Bob Moreton, Lay Chair Today the Church of England remembers John Coleridge Patterson, first Bishop of Melanesia, and his companions, martyrs, 1871

    *Parish cycle*:

    Darent...

    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources.) *Parish cycle*: Darent Valley: Darenth, St Margaret of Antioch; Horton Kirby, St Mary; and Sutton-at-Hone, St John the Baptist Vicar: The Rev Emma Young *Community Cycle:* Sutton-at-Hone CE Primary School, Sutton-at-Hone Headteacher: Mrs Karen Trowell (Head of School) Horton Kirby CE Primary School, Horton Kirby Headteacher: Mr Glenn Pollard Today the Church of England remembers Theodore, archbishop, 690

    *Parish cycle*:

    Swanley,...

    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources.) *Parish cycle*: Swanley, St Mary the Virgin Vicar: The Rev Dane Batley-Gladden *Community Cycle:* St. Mary's CE Primary School, Swanley Headteacher: Mrs Amanda McGarrigle

    *Parish...
    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources.) *Parish cycle*: Southfleet, St Nicholas Priest-in-Charge: The Rev Josh Young *Community Cycle:* Sedley's CE Primary School, Southfleet Headteacher: Mrs Amanda Everitt Today the Church of England remembers Hildegard, abbess, visionary, 1179

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    Reflection from the Rt Rev Simon Burton-Jones, Bishop of Tonbridge

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