Life Together

Conversations around, Called Together, the vision for the Diocese of Rochester, identified a desire among many of us to be better equipped as ‘devoted disciples’ of Jesus.

Inspired by this desire, ‘Life Together’, aims to support those wishing to deepen their relationship with God.

What is it?

'Life Together' offers a way for people to abide and obey with others in Christ that is:

 • Flexible

• Accessible by all sorts of groups and communities

• Clear enough for us all to feel we belong.

This is not about setting rigid structures, but about encouraging a rhythm of listening, commitment and regular prayer.

There are underlying guiding principles, pulse points that help sustain the rhythm of our relationship with God and each-other; inspired by the Benedictine spiritual tradition.

These three films explain the principles of:

  • Stability: Abiding in Christ

Download it here

  • Obedience: Listening to Christ and responding to Him

Download it here

  • Change: Loving like Christ together

Download it here

and why they are imporant to Life Together.

Who is it for?

The simple answer is, anyone.

You might be a church group, the PCC, a home group. Maybe a group based in a school or office. A ‘Life Together’ group could be a dispersed community who meet on-line, for example, a group of students or a group of commuters.

Maybe you think you don't have the time, or just don't know where to start ‘getting connected’ with God.

The ways in which this could work are endless, exciting and could be very imaginative. 

What do others say?

But don't just take our word for it. A number of groups have already piloted Life Together.

This is what they say:

Why be part of it?

It's a good question.

The disciples were those who Jesus called; they spent time with him and eachother and learnt through their many shared experiences.

We see from this, and from the early Christian communities that the more time we spend in relationshipwith Jesus, the more fruitful and Christ-like we become.

Through our Life Together, the hope is that we will become fruitful in many ways. 

Watch this message from Bishop James Langstaff about his hopes for this initiative.



The 'Life Together' booklet has more information about how 'Life Together' could work for you.

  • Life Together booklet online friendly
  • Life Together booklet print friendly
  • Life Together card
  • Down load this poster to print and display in your church advertising your Life Together groups. Please contact the office is you would like a copy sent to you.
  • Bishop Simon’s talk from the Lay Ministry conference

The important thing is to do what you can not what you can’t, this is life giving not life sapping.


Download Bishop James' message to share with your church, group or organisations

Download the Listening film

Download the Obedience film

Download the Change film

If you would like someone to come to your church or Christian group to speak about Life Together, if would just like more details, or perhaps you are part of a 'Life Together' group and would like to let us know how it is going, please contact the Rev Jane Winter on:

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