Annual Report and Accounts 2020

Our Annual Report and Accounts for 2020 are now available.

It is hard to believe that at the beginning of last year, we had little inkling of the upheaval, uncertainty, and sorrow that we were about to experience. 

And while much remains uncertain, what is clear, is that as a community of faith here in the Diocese of Rochester, we have been and are seeing, this time through, together.

That's the story at the heart of the Diocese's 2020 Annual Report and Accounts, which are now available for you to read, download and share.

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"Both churches and our diocesan support teams have adapted and met the needs of the times, together." 

Bishop James Langstaff - the full message here

Covid-19 restrictions brought the closure of church buildings for a time. As a result, churches learned fast how digital communications and social media could enhance their mission and ministry, as well as how to maintain their connections.  Read more

Churches and individuals stepped up during lockdown,    proving that, while church buildings may have closed, the Church most definitely did not. Diocesan Teams have been there to support, encourage and advise churches on how to do this in the most Covid-safe ways possible. Read more
This time of lockdown and restriction, has seen a flourishing in people’s desire to deepen their walk with Christ. Initiatives supported centrally have given people opportunities to explore their spiritual lives, as well as help them recognise the plan God may have for them. Read more
Diocesan teams adapted fast to the new challenges the pandemic presented, both operational and financial. Ensuring the stability of the Diocese, maintaining the day-to-day support churches needed, and caring for people’s safety and well-being were top priorities. Read more


"As the year has progressed, and we have moved into 2021, it has taken real courage and determination from parishes and staff to continue."

Matthew Girt, Diocesan Secretary - read full message here



After two full years of activity, a review and ‘direction sense check’ of the Called Together framework was earmarked for 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic provided an additional reason to reflect on progress and consider carefully where our focus should be going forward. A good strategy is supple and adaptive, so this was a good moment to reassess ours.


Initial findings were that the three core themes of Called Together – Growing Disciples, Enriching Communities, and Resourcing Mission and Ministry, are well known and understood, but the 12 workstreams are not. There was a desire to simplify the framework. Read more here



"Rightly, the Diocese has initiated a strategic review, with one of its key objectives being to work out how to invest for the future to arrive at a sustainable financial position."  

Nigel Pope, Chair of the Board of Finance - the full message here

Access the financial part of the report here


  • It has been a much stronger year financially for the Diocese than we had feared midway through 2020 as Covid 19 took hold.
  • Our operating deficit for 2020 ended up at £0.9m.
  • We ended 2020 with £9m of cash and short-term deposits.
  • However, overall, Parish Offers, plus DBF fees, ended the year only 3% lower than 2019, which in the circumstances is amazing. Thank you to parishes for their commitment to their Parish Offers.
  • A £320k grant from Archbishop’s Council and cost savings enabled us to end up so close to budget.
  • A total of 48 grants of £5,000 were made to parishes from the diocesan Covid-19 Emergency Fund. 
  • Many parishes stretched themselves financially to maintain their Parish Offers, or to pay as much as they could, often utilising reserves to be able to do this. Thank you for this generosity which is very much appreciated. 


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