Bishop launches new vision for Church across west Kent and south-east London

  • Hundreds gather at Rochester Cathedral to celebrate new vision
  • Vision shaped by conversations from across the parishes
  • £500K fund announced to support youth and children’s work


The Diocese of Rochester, has launched its new five-year vision. Entitled Called Together, hundreds gathered for an afternoon of worship and celebration in Rochester Cathedral on Saturday 4 November.

The result of a year-long process of conversation, listening and prayer, the plan will guide and shape the activity of each and every person that makes up the Church across the region for the next five years. The Diocese of Rochester represents the Church of England in Medway, west Kent and parts of south east London.

Speaking about the new vision, the Rt Rev James Langstaff, the Bishop of Rochester said: “This is a significant moment for us as a Christian community. It has implications not just for how we move forward and connect as a Church family, but how we engage and support people across our communities.”

He continued: “It has real weight and relevance because Called Together has not been the work of one person, but has come from the dynamic engagement of everyone across the Diocese. We have prayed, talked and shared our thoughts about what we need to be doing more of and where we are being guided to serve as a Church.”

Out of the shared conversations that took place in parishes, chaplaincies, schools, and a variety of local settings, three key priorities have been developed to help focus the work of the local Church. These are: Growing disciples, Enriching our communities, Resourcing mission and ministry.

The vision includes commitments to working in the many areas of change and new housing which stretch across the region, as well as a new £500K fund to support work with Children and Young People.

As part of the launch, films highlighting some of the work already taking place around the three key areas have been created. These projects include:

A church-hosted community café in Greenhithe which has recently developed an Autism friendly session A short film can be seen here

New non-clergy roles being created to help local churches help bring new and existing communities together in places like Ebbsfleet and Gillingham Pier. A short film can be seen here

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