Events and Workshops

In this Events section you will find details and booking links for the workshops, the Modern Slavery Conference, and  individual church or deanery activities in the mission field.  Many are being delivered by leaders and experts and so early booking is recommended in order to avoid disappointment. 


22nd : LifeSavers Workshop with LifeSavers Project Manager Emma-Jayne Turner and Lewisham Plus Credit Union CEO Ravvi Ravindran, 10am-11am on 22nd Jan 2018 at St George's Primary School, Tylney Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 2RL. This Workshop is for Schools, Church and Children’s Leaders involved in their local schools in the London Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham ONLY. Booking is essential: to book, please click here


8th   Stop Loan Sharks leaflet drop in Chatham with Illegal Money Lending Team, volunteers and local churches. To join in contact

20th: Modern Slavery Training: this is part of our Freedom from Slavery Campaign and will be delivered by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, 9.30am-1pm at the St Benedict’s Centre, 52 Swan Street, West Malling, Kent ME19 6JX

Modern slavery is a growing concern in the UK, where there are at least 13,000 victims, although the National Crime Agency have suggested they believe that figure to be the tip of the iceberg. The Clewer Initiative has been set up by the Church of England to help dioceses to raise awareness of modern slavery and provide care and support to the victims. As part of that work the Diocese of Rochester and The Clewer Initiative will be running training on spotting the signs  of modern slavery, with expert input from Lys Ford, a Partnerships Officer from the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority. You will learn what kinds of modern slavery happen in the UK, how you can spot the signs, and who you should report your concerns to.

The training is free, but booking is essential as places are limited: early booking is recommended.  To book please click here

27th    Bishop James and representatives from the Illegal Money Lending Team, our Credit Unions, CAP Centres and LifeSavers will sign the Zero Tolerance to Loan Sharks Charter at Bishopscourt by invitation only

28th: Anna Chaplaincy and Dementia Workshop with Dementia Specialist Project Officer Julia Burton-Jones, 2pm-5pm at St Augustine’s Church, Slade Green. To book click here


12th: Thy Kingdom Come; a Workshop to inspire the local church to be a part of Thy Kingdom Come, the Archbishop’s global call to prayer There will be  two sessions led by the Rev Canon Jean Kerr, National Diocesan Co-ordinator for Thy Kingdom Come: 2:00pm-4:00pm (please book here) and repeated at 7:00pm-9:00pm (please book here)  at the St John’s Centre, Meopham. 

17th:  Messy Fiesta with Messy Church founder Lucy Moore, 10:00am-4:00pm at Christ Church, Orpington. to book please contact


24th:  24th April:   The Recovery Course Workshop  with founder Justyn Larcombe, 7.30pm – 9pm (Refreshments from 7.15) This is part of our Setting the Captives Free Campaign:  Freedom from Addictions. Click here to book



8th:  The Princess Project Launch event from 10:00am - 12:00pm at Christ Church, Luton
To book please click here


Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse – Causes, Impacts and The Future, with Peter Williams from  Kent Community Domestic Abuse Programme (CDAP) 10.30am-4pm. (refreshments from 10am)  Please bring a packed lunch.

This Workshop will cover the following areas:

  • What is Domestic Abuse, and  society’s approach to the Perpetrator, Survivor and  Children who may be involved.
  • Helping the male perpetrator change his behaviour: CDAP Change Programme.
  • Working with female survivors:   the Freedom Programme and the Recovery Tool Kit.
  • The Domestic Abuse Youth programme and educating young people in what a healthy relationship looks like.
  • Supporting Male Survivors.

 Peter will be joined by a male who has been through CDAP to explain the impact it has had on his life, a female survivor who has experienced the Freedom Programme and the Recovery Tool Kit, and a male who will share his story about how he dealt with the abuse.

Click here to book  This is part of our Setting the Captives Free Campaign: Freedom from Addictions.


16th : Modern Slavery Conference, 10.30am-3.30pm (refreshments from 10.00am) venue within the Diocese of Rochester to be confirmed.  This is part of our Freedom from Slavery Campaign. 

        Our Speakers:

  • Bishop James Langstaff, the Bishop of Rochester.
  • Bishop Alastair Redfern, the Bishop of Derby, who has campaigned in the House of Lords and in his own diocese to raise awareness of modern slavery and improve support for the survivors.
  • Caroline Virgo, Project Officer for The Clewer Initiative,  will give a national perspective on how dioceses across England are responding.
  • Lys Ford, a Partnerships Officer from The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, will share how they are  responding to labour exploitation in the UK.
  • Lara Bundock from the Snowdrop Project will share about her work supporting survivors of modern slavery.
  • Mark Bailey, Strategic Partnerships Director of Hope for Justice, will give an insight into how they are responding.
  • There will also be Workshops with some of our Speakers,  opportunities to network and a Q&A session.

This event will be a key date for those wanting to work in the diocese to respond to modern slavery, and for those who want to understand more.  It is free of charge and there will be a lunch break with refreshments (tea/coffee etc) but note that lunch will not be provided so do please bring a packed lunch.  

Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.  Please register now to make sure you can attend:


20th: CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Church Information Day with with Maureen Eastings and her Team from 10:00am - 4:00pm. This is part of our Freedom From Debt and Freedom From Addictions Campaign. Please book here


11th:  Transforming Lives For Good (TLG)  Workshop with Regional Leader Cathryn Read, 7pm – 9.30pm.  Please book here


3rd: WLTDO? (Who Let The Dad’s Out?)  - Reaching out to Fathers in the Community, a workshop with Area Representative for Kent and E.Sussex Graeme Warwood. Event will start at 10am till 12noon

To book please click here

On Demand

Kent Community Wardens: The Community Wardens will deliver 30-minute ‘Stop Scammers’ talk to raise awareness about scammers, at church events or groups in Kent on demand. For information please contact

Talking The Good News: Caroline Clarke will give this 4 session faith-sharing Course on demand. Minimum number; 15 people.

If you would like to arrange a letterbox drop of the Stop Loan Sharks postcards in your community, or have a  talk from the Illegal Money Lending Team for a deanery synod, Event, etc, please contact  Minimum number 20 people for the talk.

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