Day Two

Tuesday 30 October

The Archbishop will take part in an early morning run and prayer session with joggers from St Margaret’s Barming and their vicar, Rev Wil North, who is Rochester Diocese’s Sports Ambassador, as well as the St Lawrence Bidborough Men’s Group, which has been established by their Licensed Lay Minister. (Open to media)

At St George’s C of E School Gravesend, the Archbishop will speak to a group of nearly 250 children and staff from across the seven Anglican schools in North Kent that constitute the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust. (Open to media)

He’ll also join a student debate with Bishop James Langstaff on the topic of ‘social media’.

At Tonbridge Baptist Church, he will meet with recovering and recovered addicts who are taking part in the Recovery Course, a Christ-centred twelve step course supporting those with any sort of addiction, secret habit or compulsive behaviour. There the Archbishop will address the group, hear testimonies and meet the team. (Closed to media)

At St. Saviour's Church, Tonbridge he’ll meet one of the agencies in the diocese who are engaging with victims and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse group. He’ll lunch with those who are part of the CDAP (Community Domestic Abuse Programme) Freedom Programme. It will be an opportunity for the Archbishop to talk about how faith can be part of their healing and reconciliation, and about his own faith in times of crisis. (Closed to media)

Travelling on to St Augustine’s Church, Bromley Common, he will share time with those at the Bromley Common Dementia Café. There he will meet with people living with dementia, their families and carers, and the team running the café. (closed to media)

He’ll hear about the Diocese’s pioneering work with Anna Chaplaincy and will commission some new Anna Chaplains. (Service open to media)

He will then move to Rochester Cathedral for a question and answer session. (This session is  for an invited audience of clergy, lay ministers, youth council and youth workers, and will be a ticketed event) (closed to media).

Following this there will be time for him to meet with civic and business leaders. (closed to media)

The visit will end with a service at Rochester Cathedral, on Tuesday 30 October, which will have a particular focus on raising awareness of the issue of Modern Day Slavery, which the Diocese is particularly concerned with. All are welcome. Doors will open from 5pm and the service will begin at 5.30pm. (open to media)

Any media interested in attending any open sections of the visit should contact Jennifer Ross, Communications Officer on / 01634 560 000 / 07526 171 583

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