Enrich

Enrich

Our vision encourages us to explore and support ways that mean we enrich every community through the activities of the local church.

Here is what has been achieved so far:

Community Initiatives

This year a variety of courses have been delivered to fit with Hope 2018, including a CAP Money Course in Bromley Archdeaconry, Talking the Good News in Tonbridge Archdeaconry, Modern Slavery training across the Diocese, The Recovery Course, and highlighting Domestic Abuse. We have signed the Zero Tolerance To Loan Sharks Charter and made a series of HOPE Stories That Need To Be Told films.

We continue to be concerned about homelessness. Many churches around the diocese support and host Winter Night Shelters. We take part in the Kent Winter Night Shelter group meeting, and supported Medway Winter Night Shelter to become a charity.

The Community Engagement Advisor offers support and guidance to churches seeking to enrich their communities.

New and Re-missioned Places

Bishops Council is regularly updated on the progress of the Chatham, Ebbsfleet and Kings Hill projects as part of their oversight and governance.

Chatham

With the ending of the Local Ecumenical Partnership, mission in Chatham Town Centre has had a reset. Starting from developing a totally new team with a plant from Pip ‘n Jim’s, the St John’s-on-Tap worshipping community gathering at the “Tap and Tin” nightclub have attendance of 20 or more.  Read more about Chatham here

Ebbsfleet

A Bishops Mission Order has been developed and submitted for review prior to consultation. A Youth and Community Engagement Officer was appointed in June. She has engaged with a broad range of stakeholders to understand the issues impacting community well-being and integration and is actively engaged in a number of community projects. This officer is based at St Mary’s in Greenhithe.. Read more about Ebbsfleet here

Kings Hill

Project Board members have engaged with key stakeholders and begun the work necessary to acquire the site for a new church building in Kings Hill. The growing church of St Gabriel’s Church currently worship in a local school, and members continue to find new ways to reach and serve the community. Their impact and relationship building has begun to make real inroads with the community of Kings Hill. Read more about Kings Hill here

Supporting Chaplaincy

Canon Tim Mercer (Bishop’s Adviser for Healthcare Chaplaincy) & Hospital Chaplain, has been appointed ‘Dean of Chaplains’, supported by Rev Gary Colville (Kent Workplace Mission) & Canon Rachael Knapp (Schools) to bring a Chaplaincy perspective and experience in to conversations with Area Deans.

The working group are drafting a research brief to help us understand the full Chaplaincy picture and where support is required.




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