Thursday, August 02, 2018

August news from Rochester Diocese

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Thursday 2  August, 2018

Welcome to the August edition of Rochester Diocese's monthly e-newsletter.  
Events and Training
New Archdeacon of Rochester 
Andrew Wooding Jones has been appointed the new Archdeacon of Rochester. Bishop James introduced him in a letter to the Diocese.

News in brief
Stories from around the parishes

New Youth & Community Engagement Officer Craft-loving Sarah is all set to build community relations. Read more.
Iftar meal brings faiths together 
People from across the faiths gathered to mark the end of Ramadan. Read more.
Mum's charity given a boost
Ightham church offers donation to charity supporting young mums. Read more
New statue of The Queen unveiled
Bishop James helps reveal statue celebrating our longest reigning monarch. Read more.

Diocesan Update
All you need to know this month from the Diocese and National Church

A consultation on the introduction of Indicative Offers will commence week beginning 3 September 2018. Details here
Explore new ways to pray and learn how to help others pray at the Diocesan Spirituality Network's Prayer Festival. Have you booked your workshop yet? Details and booking here
The annual fundraising event is almost upon us. Taking place on Saturday 8 September it is a great chance to raise funds for historic churches, chapels and meeting houses for future generations. Will your church be open or will you be taking part? Drop us an email  
An updated set of Bishop's Guidelines is now available. It collates together information on all the matters that are regularly raised with the Bishop's Office. Find them here
IICSA: The IICSA hearing into Peter Ball has been taking place. Full transcripts for each day can be found here.

NEW DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION: We're delighted to announce that John Constanti has been appointed as the new Director of Education. Please hold John in your prayers as he takes on full responsibility of the Rochester Board of Education.

SOCIAL ACTION SURVEY: Think-tank Demos is working with the Good Faith Partnership on a research project about church social action. They are inviting churches to help them with a survey exploring the partnership projects that churches are already doing and how they can be better supported in their work. Find the survey here
The safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults in our churches is of utmost importance and the Diocese takes its responsibilities in this area very seriously. We have a range of policies, forms and advice notes as well as a regular programme of training to assist parishes with their safeguarding needs.
C2: Leadership safeguarding training 

  • Tuesday 07/08/18 at Christ Church, 40 Lubbock Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5JJ Book here
  • Thursday 23/08/18 at Christ Church, 40 Lubbock Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5JJ Book here
  • Wednesday 05/09/18 at St John’s Church Centre, Foxbush, Hildenborough TN11 9HT Book here
  • Saturday 29/09/18 at Diocesan Offices, Boley Hill, Rochester ME5 1SL Book here
C3 Clergy and Lay Ministers Safeguarding Training
  • Saturday 10/11/2018 St John’s Centre, St John the Baptist, Wrotham Road, Meopham DA13 0AA Book here

Online modules: The C0 and C1modules are available online and are recommended for anyone who needs a basic level of awareness of safeguarding

If you have any questions about Safeguarding, or need to report an issue, please contact the Safeguarding team here or call them on 01634 560 000.


Top resources to support you in your work, life and faith - or just to share with others.
Learning Lab - supporting your digital needs
If you run your church's online and social presence then the national digital team'sDigital Learning Lab is for you. Full of resources and advice on design, photography and how to use social media. Read their blog, like this one, all about how to create great posters for your church event.
Back to school!
We know it is still the summer holidays, but if you're looking ahead, September brings a great opportunity to show the church's support at a time of new beginnings and transition. In theseChurch Support Hub resources, you'll find ideas to connect families and other s affected by the start of the new academic year. Find them here.

The Creationtide season runs from 1 September to 4 October every year. ChurchCare have assembled lots ofresources to help those who wish to celebrate and cherish God's gift to humanity. Also make sure you see details of an Environment Conference taking place in October in the events section below. 

Events and Training

A range of courses can be found in the Diocesan Online Course Directory hereYou may also be interested in exploring the courses available at the St. Benedict's Centre here and St. Augustine's College of Theology here.

  • Modern Slavery Event - 8 September, St Mark’s Church, Gillingham, 2pm to 4pm Join others who want to learn what’s happening in our Diocese and the UK to irradicate modern slavery.  Hear from guest speakers including the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and the Clewer Initiative.  There will also be a time of Worship and Prayer. To book click here
  • Faith and the Environment - 6 October,  Holy Trinity Church, Sittingbourne, 9.30am to 4pm. Find out more about how we as Christians can live a more environmentally friendly life both day to day and through our churches. A day conference organised by the Diocese of Canterbury, with national  and international speakers. Book  by end of August for early-bird ticket of £20. More here
  • Social media training - SAVE THE DATE! On Tuesday 13 November we will be hosting more social media training from the national digital team. The venue is yet to be confirmed, but if you would like to receive details when we have them, please email

Vision and Aims

Enrich: Working with Schools This part of our vision seeks to see us increase Christian influence in schools across the Diocese.
  • WATCH: This film explains how work taking place in schools and church projects is helping our young people grow spiritually.
  • WATCH: School's Celebrations: Year 6 leavers from across our schools enjoyed a day of fun and celebration at Rochester Cathedral and Bromley Parish Church before the end of term. See pictures here.
  • The Rochester Diocese Board of Education promotes Christian distinctiveness through excellent education in the Diocese of Rochester. Find out more about their work here.
Vacancies and appointments
Archdeaconry of Bromley & Bexley
Archdeaconry of Rochester
Lay and volunteer posts
Archdeaconry of Tonbridge
Volunteer & other posts
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