Day One

Monday 29 October

In Penge, the Archbishop will learn about the support being given to communities for those who are facing financial hardship as he visits the church of St John’s Penge. There he will spend time with the parent and toddler outreach, ‘Little Fish’ (Open to media).

He will also meet with those running the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre, as well as meet clients. (Closed to media)

On a walk with mission leaders through the area, he will learn about some of the issues facing those who live there, and the way forward. (Open to media)

At Holy Trinity, Penge he will join in with an Art Therapy session, and hear form the choir of the Blend Café, both of which are part of the Living Well Project offering whole person care for those who are marginalized or vulnerable. (Closed to media)

Moving to Anerley he’ll lunch with an evangelism and reconciliation group which works with ex-offenders, to learn about the transformative effect of discovering Jesus through this group’s work. (closed to media)

In Chatham, the Archbishop will take part in a prayer walk through the High Street. With opportunities to stop and pray outside shops along the way, he’ll learn how our Chatham churches are part of an exciting plan for mission in the region. (open to media)

The walk will also be streamed on Facebook Live so that everyone can see this walk of witness.

He’ll also have opportunity during his visit to learn about a chaplaincy to a local nightclub in the area.

Prayer is one of the Archbishop’s key priorities, and at the Diocesan Attic Retreat Centre in Chatham, alongside the Bishop of Tonbridge, the Archbishop will lead an Ignatian prayer session; this will be live-streamed on Facebook, so that people within the Diocese and beyond can spend time in prayer with the Archbishop and engage with him on this matter of personal importance. (Closed to media)

Working in partnership with other faith communities can also bring powerful change to communities.

To help encourage this in the Diocese, the Archbishop will visit the Medway Towns Gurdwara Sabha just outside Rochester, where he will be greeted by senior members of the temple and its wider community. Those involved in interfaith work in the Diocese will also be present. (Open to media)

Moving to Gillingham, he’ll visit the Medway Winter Night Shelter Drop-in, at the Salem Church of The Nazarene. There, the Archbishop will help serve food and meet with guests and the volunteers over board games and a meal. (Closed to media)

Any media interested in attending any open sections of the visit should contact Jennifer Ross, Communications Officer on / 01634 560 000 / 07526 171 583

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