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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


    5 July 2021

    An emotional farewell as the Diocese says goodbye to Bishop James and Bridget. Read more

     5 July 2021

    Dr Liza Thompson has been appointed the new Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel Read more

     16 June 2021

    Our Annual Report and Accounts for 2020 are now available to read and download Read more

     

    19 May 2021

    Archdeacon Julie Conalty has been announced as the next Bishop of Birkenhead Read more


     

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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.: #TodayWePray 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:* Eynsford, St Martin, with Farningham, St Peter and St Paul, and Lullingstone, St Botolph Rector: The Rev Dorothy McGarvey *Community Cycle:* Medway NHS Foundation Trust Chaplain: The Rev Lynda Cooke, The Rev Karen Nelson

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    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.: #TodayWePray 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:* Borough Green, Church of the Good Shepherd Vicar: The Rev Chris Turner *Community Cycle:* Vacancy-In-See Committee Chair: The Rev Canon Mark Barker

    *Photo: The Miracle of the...
    To our brothers and sisters who have contracted and are suffering due to the Coronavirus Disease, we pray that God’s healing hand may rest upon you. To medical doctors, nurses and the supporting staff who are in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, the Good Lord sustain you and inspire you to render your life-saving services with due care, love and compassion. To all those who have lost their loved ones due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we convey our deepest sympathies. We pray that their souls, through God’s mercy, may rest in eternal peace. We pray that God may grant all bereaved families his consolation and strengthen their faith and hope in Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord. Amen. (Prayer adapted by CAFOD from the 2020 Easter Message of the Catholic Bishops of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe) *Photo: The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes (ca. 1545–50) by Jacopo Tintoretto* **Trinity 9** **2 Samuel 11.26-12.13a** **Psalm 51.1-13** **Ephesians 4.1-16** **John 6.24-35** Today We Pray for the **Sevenoaks deanery** The Rev Michael Gentry, Area Dean; Brigadier Ian Dobbie, Lay Chair

    *Parish...
    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.: #TodayWePray 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*: Westerham, St Mary the Virgin Vicar: vacancy *Community Cycle:* Churchill CE Primary School, Westerham Headteacher: Ms Kathy Jax Today the Church of England remembers Ignatius of Layola, founder of the Society of Jesus, 1556

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    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.: #TodayWePray 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*: West Sevenoaks Team Ministry: Kippington, St Mary; Riverhead, St Mary, with Dunton Green, St John the Divine; Sevenoaks, St Luke Team Rector: The Rev Mark Bridgen Team Vicar: The Rev Anne Bourne Team Vicar: The Rev Andy Finn *Companion Parish:* Estonia, Harju-Risti Harare, Marondera All Saints *Community Cycle:* Sea Cadets The Rev Clive Jones and The Rev Nigel Bourne Today the Church of England remembers William Wilberforce, social reformer, Olaudah Equiano and Thomas Clarkson, anti-slavery campaigners, 1833, 1797 and 1846

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