The election for the Police and Crime Commissioner for
Kent is due in a couple of days time. As we pray for the right person to
be elected, view statements by each candidate here.
There's still time to organize hustings for the EU
referendum on 23rd June. Ecumenical resources to help you are available here.
It was great to be at the first gathering of Winter
Shelters from across Kent last week. Representing more than a thousand
volunteers giving their time, energy and passion to help those who are
vulnerable. Churches talking to Local Authorities and the community to
embody values of the Kingdom of God. Winter shelters were represented from
Folkestone, Dover, Medway, Tunbridge Wells, Bromley, Thanet, Canterbury,
Maidstone, Ashford, Gravesend, Dartford. How good it is when brothers
& sisters dwell together in unity. There God provides the blessing!
Psalm 133. Mark Brennan from Housing Justice gave an inspiring
opening message and this network is likely to continue
Aid Week 15 to 22 May. In Bangladesh,
Morsheda lives in fear of the river. No matter how hard she works,
every year the floods damage her home, leaving her and her children
struggling to cope. Morsheda told us; ‘I feel very
scared of the river. When I look at it I keep thinking “it is
Please join us and together, we can lift our global neighbours like
Morsheda to safety this Christian Aid Week. See more about Morsheda’s
story. Your gift could help raise Morsheda’s home on to
an earth plinth and protect her and her family from floods. Give online today.
Focus on Refugees.
This ia a web-based one-stop source of information covering news,
policy, practical action and resources for those in the faith
community interested in refugee and asylum issues. Read more Our prayers are also
with the Canterbury Diocese as they appoint a member of staff to
engage with issues around unaccompanied minors in Kent.
Father Paul Mason, Episcopal
Vicar for Kent, for the Catholic Church, has just been appointed as
bishop. Having covered for Bishop John Hine, in a temporary capacity,
we are delighted that Paul's appointment has been confirmed by Rome.
His installation is at the Catholic Cathedral in Southwark on 31 May.
It's all change at the Salvation Army. Do pray for our
brothers and sisters as they undergo a major restructuring at
regional and national level at the end of June. Pray also for Mark
Herbert, the new Divisional Commander, who takes up post at the same
time. Our thanks and prayers go to Ray and Angela Irving who stepped
into the breach a couple of years ago. We wish a very blessed
retirment to them both.
A New Framework for Local Unity in
This is an exciting, significant, practical, ecumenical document. It
seeks to map what is happening as churches and Christians work ever
more closely together at a local level. Vital for Local Churches
Together Groups, Single Congregation LEPs, and other creative
missional ecumenism. Read it here.
The Church of
England has released a prayer for the EU referendum campaign.
The prayer is for use by churches and individuals ahead of the vote on
God of truth,
give us grace to debate the issues in this referendum
with honesty and openness.
Give generosity to those who seek to form opinion
and discernment to those who vote,
that our nation may prosper
and that with all the peoples of Europe
we may work for peace and the common good;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
County Ecumenical Officer.