The Mission and Community Engagement team exists to promote and enable the missionary calling of the people of God to flourish in the Diocese of Rochester.

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Diocesan Community Engagement Advisor
CreditWise Team Leader

Messy Church co-ordinator
Caroline Clarke
Tel: : 01634 560000

This role enables me to share my passion about seeing people coming to faith in Jesus Christ because their lives have been transformed by the work, words and actions of local churches as we love and serve our neighbours whoever they may be. Helping and enabling community engagement in this way is diverse and covers many areas including:

  • Identifying and equipping those responding to community needs.
  • Setting up outreach such as Messy Church, Community Cafés, WLTDO? – Who Let The Dads Out? etc.
  • Promoting partnerships with statutory agencies, local agencies and groups such as Men in Sheds, etc.
  • Social Action projects such as Winter Night Shelters, Foodbanks, Community Gardening, etc.
  • Responsible Credit and Credit Union projects.
  • Gathering and equipping volunteers who are keen to make a difference. 

Caroline is also a Licensed Lay Worker and Commissioned Evangelist

Dementia Specialist Project Officer
Julia Burton-Jones

Mobile: 07912 240856

As dementia specialist project officer, I have been working 21 hours a week since May 2015 on a two-year project funded by Henry Smith’s Surplus of the Poor Clergy Fund. The main goal of the project is to explore how chaplaincy might meet the needs of people with dementia and their families, working alongside The Gift of Years at The Bible Reading Fellowship, which has pioneered Anna Chaplaincy for older people.  Working with others across the Diocese who are keen to make a difference in dementia, I am raising awareness of the needs and recruiting Dementia Friends.  Through networking, training and resourcing we are building Dementia Friendly Churches and nurturing new activities such as dementia cafés and memory friendly worship services, as well as identifying and equipping those who feel called to dementia chaplaincy roles.

Arts in Mission Co-ordinator
Rev Mandy Carr

Tel: 01732 463291

Arts in Mission focuses on how the creative arts can be used to tell God’s story.  Our role is to compile a directory of current creative expressions across the Diocese and to encourage new projects in church and community.     This includes forging a network of artists and creative practitioners to be a resource for one another and to assist or support future projects.

Community Chaplain West Kent
Rev Miriam Barker

Tel: 07846912043

I am Associate Vicar at St. Stephen’s, Tonbridge and have a half-time role as Community Chaplain in the West Kent area, offering chaplaincy to organisations in the community who work with very diverse groups of people.  For example, Kenward Trust who work with drug and alcohol addiction recovery and West Kent YMCA who work with teenagers in difficulty.

  Children and Young People Team

Cheryl Trice

Diocesan Adviser for Children and Youth Work
Cheryl Trice

Tel : 01634 560021
Mobile – 07730 096375

Cheryl has previously worked within Kent Integrated Youth Service and has approximately 23 years experience being involved in youth work. Running alongside this work over the years she has had leadership roles within her home church, primarily as Churchwarden, Youth co-ordinator, part of the leadership team and Chair of Governors at a local primary Church school.  Cheryl Trice normally works four days a week (not Fridays) 9-5pm
Sarah Cabella PA to the Children and Young People Team 
Sarah Cabella

Tel: 01634 560024
Sarah has worked for the Diocese for 25 years and has also worked for the schools department within the Board of Education.  Prior to joining the Board of Education, Sarah worked in the estate agency business as a secretary.  Sarah works every day 9.30 – 2.30pm term time, school holidays Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-5pm


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