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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

     

    The Diocesan Office is now closed until further notice. A Reception service is still available remotely. If you need assistance, in the first instance please email the Diocesan Reception on: reception@rochester.anglican.org

    During office hours you can also ring 07468 709671. If you do ring the main reception number (01634 560 000), you will hear a recorded message detailing all this information for you.

    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 are working from home and 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


       Thursday 7 May 2020

    Bishop Simon Burton-Jones, has written to all clergy and lay ministers to inform them that, the first phase of an easing of restrictions on the use of our buildings can now begin.Read more here


        Monday 27 April 2020

    Diocesan Secretary, Matthew Girt has written to the Diocese to update them on steps being taken to ensure the financial stability of the Diocese. Read more here


        Monday 27 April 2020

    The Church Of England has launched a free dial-in worship phone line during the coronavirus lockdown Read more here


        Tuesday 21 April 2020

    It is a sad fact that Domestic Abuse is happening right now within our communities and parishes. Bishop Simon has commended recent advice from the national church Read more here


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  • What's On

    Sunday 31st May

    Whitsunday/Pentecost

    Monday 1st June

    National Archdeacons' Conference

    Tuesday 2nd June

    National Archdeacons' Conference

    14:00 Clergy Houses Committee

    Wednesday 3rd June

    National Archdeacons' Conference

    Friday 5th June

    23:00 Diocese 1WON Young People's Ice Skate

    Wednesday 10th June

    DAC Tour

    Tuesday 16th June

    Church Schools' Celebrations

    Wednesday 17th June

    Church Schools' Celebrations

    Thursday 18th June

    Church Schools' Celebrations

    Friday 19th June

    Church Schools' Celebrations

    23:00 WON Young People's Ice Skate

    Sunday 21st June

    18:30 Choral Evensong

    Monday 22nd June

    Lambeth Conference

    Tuesday 23rd June

    Lambeth Conference

    09:30 Bishop's Leadership Team Meeting

    Wednesday 24th June

    Lambeth Conference

    14:30 DAC

    Thursday 25th June

    Lambeth Conference

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  • Prayer

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

    For key public services as...
    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.) This is a suggested additional cycle so that we can pray for those ‘key workers’ holding the burden of keeping the country running during the crisis: For key public services as well as Local and national government Parish cycle: Borough Green, Church of the Good Shepherd Vicar: The Rev Chris Turner Community Cycle: Bishop’s Advisor for BAME Concerns: The Rev Canon Jeremy Blunden

    for education and...
    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.) This is a suggested additional cycle so that we can pray for those ‘key workers’ holding the burden of keeping the country running during the crisis: for education and childcare. Parish cycle: Westerham, St Mary the Virgin Vicar: The Rev Kevin Barnard Community Cycle: Churchill CE Primary School, Westerham Headteacher: Ms Kathy Jax Today the Church of England remembers Augustine, Archbishop, 605. John Calvin, reformer, 1564 Philip Neri, founder of the Oratorians, spiritual guide, 1595

    for health and social...
    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.) This is a suggested additional cycle so that we can pray for those ‘key workers’ holding the burden of keeping the country running during the crisis: for health and social care. Parish cycle: Knockholt, St Katherine with Halstead, St Margaret Rector: The Rev Tim Edwards Community Cycle: St Katharine's Knockholt CE Primary School, Knockholt Headteacher: Miss Sarah-Jane Tormey Today the Church of England remembers the Venerable Bede, monk, scholar, historian, 735; Aldhelm, bishop, 709.

    for utilities,...
    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.) This is a suggested additional cycle so that we can pray for those ‘key workers’ holding the burden of keeping the country running during the crisis: for utilities, communication and financial services. Easter 7 [Ezekiel 36.24-28] Acts 1.6-14 Psalm 68.1-10,32-end [or 68.1-10] I Peter 4.12-14,5.6-11 John 17.1-11 Tonbridge deanery The Rev Dr Miriam Barker, Area Dean; Dr Sally Musson, Deanery Lay Chair Today is the Sunday after Ascension Day Today the Church of England remembers John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788.

    for transport.
    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.) This is a suggested additional cycle so that we can pray for those ‘key workers’ holding the burden of keeping the country running during the crisis: for transport. Parish cycle: Weald, St George’s Vicar: The Rev Canon Mandy Carr Community Cycle: For struggling families, and those who support them Diocesan sponsored charity: Home for Good Today the Church of England remembers William of Perth, Pilgrim, Martyr, d. c.1201

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