Prayers for all
With the continuation of the lockdown, prayers for all are so important. Spiritual reflection, prayers for those in our local community and the wider one, the deanery, the diocese and the world around us.
If you missed the Lockdown Online Guided Retreat it will continue until 24th May 2020
The online guided retreat has been so popular it is will be extended to the 24th May. For those of you who missed the earlier opportunity and feel drawn to spending more time in prayer, you are simply encouraged to put aside time each day for your own prayer. You will be paired with a spiritual accompanier, who via phone or via computer, will contact at the same time each day for 20–30 minutes, to listen to God through your own prayer with scripture and through talking and reflecting with your accompanier. The dates and length of the retreat will be flexible (recommended 4-5 days) at mutually arranged To find out more or to book a place please contact Susanne Carlsson on email@example.com or 07795 167603.
Please hold in your prayers the Bishop of Rochester James Langstaff who has been unwell with Covid symptoms. We hold him in our prayers and wish him a speedy recovery.
If there is anyone that you know who doesn’t have access to the internet, then why not tell them about Daily Hope:
This weekend, Archbishop Justin launched Daily Hope; a new national, free phoneline from the Church of England.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – offers music, prayers and reflections, as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone.
Reflections from Bishop Simon for Pentecost:
Checkout the link below for the latest Beacon of Hope
Below are those asking for prayer or offer guidance in prayer that may be helpful to you.
Online Guided Retreat
27 April – 8th May 2020
The Spirituality Network in Rochester Diocese is organising an online guided retreat in this time of self-isolation, for those of you who feel drawn to spending more time in prayer.
You are simply encouraged to put aside some time each day for prayer. You will be paired with a spiritual accompanier, who will either phone you, or make contact via computer, at the same time each day for 20–30 minutes. The intention is for you to listen to God through praying with scripture and in talking and reflecting with your accompanier, who will listen and may suggest various scripture passages for you to use.
The dates and length of the retreat will be flexible between the 27th of April – 8th of May (we recommend 4-5 days) and it will be up to you to arrange with the spiritual accompanier the dates and times you meet.
If you are interested, whether or not you have done anything like this before, please do feel free to be in touch to find out more.
If you would like to find out more, or to book a place, please contact Susanne Carlsson firstname.lastname@example.org 07795167603
Poverty and Hope Appeal – 2020
The Diocese have had to postpone the launch of our annual Poverty and Hope Appeal due to the restrictions imposed by the response to COVID-19. The launch of the Appeal will hopefully be in time for Harvest. They are planning to support the same projects included in the 2019 Appeal.
You can still donate to the Appeal by making out a cheque to ‘Rochester-DBF Poverty and Hope Appeal’ and sending it to Debbie Cooper, Appeal Coordinator, Poverty and Hope, 6 Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2SH. Alternative ways to make a donation on 01892-527611 or email email@example.com. https://www.rochester.anglican.org/diocese/poverty-amp-hope/
All donations will be greatly appreciated to help the vital work being carried out by our partners to help the most disadvantaged people, whose circumstances are now even more difficult.