Our Common Life: the annual forum of
Churches Together in Kent is only seven weeks away, important research
around sharing Jesus, report on the impact of church-based Winter
We are so looking forward to the Churches Together in Kent
annual forum. Please get your tickets here. On Saturday 5th March 2016 please
do make sure your Local Churches Together Group or LEP church is
represented. We share good news of unity movements across the county:
church planting, winter shelters, how churches are responses to the
We will hear about our involvement in Christian media in Kent,
chaplaincies to the police and many other great expressions of our work
Opening worship is led by the Roman Catholic Episcopal Vicar for Kent,
Father Paul Mason. Our keynote address is by Rev John Hellyer, Chair of
the Methodist South East district, with seminars to discuss our Common
Life in mission & worship. This
event is primarily for those involved in Local Churches Together Groups.
Please make sure your group is represented. Book now!
A special New Year message from the Presidents of
Churches Together in England:
‘At Christmas, Christians celebrate God’s great gift of
love in Jesus Christ. It is a gift that the Christian
church wants to share with everyone. At the beginning of a New
Year, we ask you to pray that the love of Jesus will transform the
communities in which we live and witness, and that our churches will
faithfully fulfil their commission to ‘make disciples of all
nations’. (Mt 25:19)
The CTE Presidents also all support this fascinating,
challenging and important research into how people are sharing their
faith in Jesus in the UK. Click above to watch a short video or look at the research here. A great
challenge to talk about Jesus in 2016.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is this coming
week, 17th - 24th January. We celebrate the truth that Jesus Christ
only has one church, although its expressions are diverse and many.
We pray for greater unity of Jesus' chosen people, his royal
priesthood, his holy nation - that together we may give glory to God.
WPCU resources here.
Archbishop Justin Welby asks for our prayers for the
meeting of the Primates of the Anglican communion, happening now in
Churches around the country are putting 231,000
volunteer hours into night shelters, according to a new report from
Housing Justice. You can read the report here. This includes Kent based
shelters in Maidstone & Medway, Bromley & Ashford, Tunbridge
Wells & Folkestone. There may be more - do let me know if there's one in your
There is a great opportunity for men to learn how to
share our faith. Sponsored by Christian Vision for Men, there are two
opportunities in Dover on the evening of 22nd January (including a
curry) and the morning of 23rd January (including breakfast). Contact
Neil McEachen on 07876 156717 for more information.
Christian Aid have reached more than 400,000 Nepalese
folk hit by the earthquake, What is the situation like now, six
months on? Click here.
Lent starts in only a few weeks, on 10th February,
because Easter is so early this year. Many Local Churches Together
groups do studies together over Lent. Do let me
know if you are doing something unusual for Lent or
Easter. It's good to share...