Christians across Kent have become involved in issues surrounding the
camp of ayslum seekers, refugees and economic migrants in
Calais.There was a very good BBC Songs of Praise from Calais. Watch it
here until 14th September. The Baptist Union, Methodists
& United Reformed Churches have published a joint statement on
the issue, asking that public debate is grounded in values of
compassion and that decisions are made on the basis of facts, calling
churches to a prayerful response. Read it
here. Canterbury Cathedral is receiving donations for
those at the camp. More info
here. From chaplains at the Port of Dover, to a proposed
centre for unaccompanied minors in Whitstable, to those seeking to
offer practical aid to those in need in the camp from Folkestone and
other places, many Christians in Kent are engaging with this issue.
It would be good to hear from any who are actively involved. Please
ring Chris Ruddle, the County Ecumenical Officer, on 07808 728670 or email me.
are running a free training day for those who operate the Sound
System at their local church. It is completely without cost, taking
place in Dover on Saturday 12th September. To book your place or
for more information go here.
Ride and Stride. Saturday 12th September.
Raise money for your church or chapel in partnership with 'Friends
of Kent Churches'. Get sponsored and visit as many churches as
possible on the day by bike (or walking). All denominations
million has laready been raised over the last ten
years. Churches are open all over Kent. There are sure to be
some in your area which you will be very welcome to visit. Click
here for more information,
then plan your own route to start and finish any time between 10am
Aid resources for Harvest, focussed on the Dogon Plateau in Mali,
are available to download here.
East Ambulance Service are in great need of chaplains, especially
in the Petts Wood, Ashford and Thanet areas. If you are authorised
for ministry by your denomination and could help with this please
call or e-mail Gary Colville, the Lead Chaplain for the emergency
services on 01634 685098, firstname.lastname@example.org
we will hear from Church leaders from the Pacific nations of
Kiribati and Tuvalu. There will also be contributions from
the UK church, the world of politics and the oil industry.
Christian organisations working in the field will be there to
resource your thinking and action further. It will be a day
to change your life and … perhaps … change the world. Saturday 26th September,
St John's Church, Waterloo.Details
Aid are encouraging us to ACT now for climate justice. Watch
the youtube clip here, Sign
the petition to be presented to world leaders in Paris
in December. Or hear more as Christian Aid's theology advisor, Rev
Dr Susan Durber talks on the link between Climate Change and
Poverty at Trinity URC church in Bromley on Tuesday 29th September.
Rowan for more info.
back in November. The excellent conference, which
attracts 100s of workers, is for all youth and children's workers.
It is organized by KEYCOG (the Kent Ecumenical Youth and Children's
Officers group). There are many great seminars including... the
spirituality of boys, forming a vision & strategy for your
work, engaging children in their faith in a digital world ... and
dozens more! More
pray for the National Triennial conference of Churches Together in
England at the end of the month, 28-30 September. It is a gathering
of all 43 member churches, 49 county & intermediate bodies.
Together we represent the 2600 local churches together groups and
900 ecumenical partnerships. Please pray for wisdom as we meet
together. There are a few spaces which have just opened up today,
so anyone would like to go you can sign up
here. Do let me know if you're going.
Please put the Forum of Churches Together in Kent in your diaries: Saturday 5th March 2016.
This forum is for all Local Churches Together Groups, Single
Congregation LEPs & the various 'arms' of county level
ecumenical work to meet together with the denominational
leaders. Details to follow...
Please feel free to contact me if I
can be of any help at any time. I continue to be encouraged by the
good work going on across Kent as Christians spread the good news of
new life in Jesus Christ, across denominational boundaries. If you've
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Your servant in Christ,
County Ecumenical Officer