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  • Welcome to the website for the Diocese of Rochester

    We are the Church of England in the areas of Medway, north west Kent and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley. A diverse and vibrant community of faith, we are Called Together to Grow disciples, Enrich our communities and Resource each other in our mission and ministry.


    Latest News

    As a Diocese we take our safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we are committed to ensuring that our churches and buildings are safe places for all.

    Our Safeguarding Advisers continue to be available to you during this time. Whether you are a parish or an individual - please do continue to refer any safeguarding concerns to them and seek their advice and support. Find their contact details here

    Understanding that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse, anyone who wants to talk to someone independently regarding a concern they have about something they have experienced in a church, now or in the past, can contact the Safe Spaces helpline

    Safe Spaces is an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse funded by the Church of England together with the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Church in Wales.

    Call free on 0300 303 1056, or email: safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk or visit www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/


      Tuesday 13 October 2020

    Bishop James has announced his retirement as the Bishop of Rochester. Read more here


      Tuesday 6 October 2020

    Time to "learn, to repent and to act" says Bishop of Rochester as report into Church child sexual abuse published  Read more


      Tuesday 29 September 2020

    A former children's nurse, ukelele player and barrister were among the 21 men and women ordained in services across the Diocese on the 26 and 27 September.  Read more

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  • What's On

    Tuesday 20th October

    00:00 Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    14:00 PROVISIONAL - DBE

    Wednesday 21st October

    00:00 Bishop's Leadership Team Residential

    Tuesday 27th October

    14:30 DAC

    Thursday 29th October

    14:00 Bishop's Safeguarding Advisory Panel

    Sunday 1st November

    Adoption Sunday

    Thursday 5th November

    09:30 Bishop's Leadership Team Meeting

    Friday 6th November

    10:00 Finance Committee

    19:45 Challenges for your young

    Saturday 7th November

    Lay Ministry Conference

    Sunday 8th November

    Remembrance Sunday

    Monday 9th November

    15:30 Serving our community schools

    Tuesday 10th November

    14:00 Schools' Effectiveness Committee

    Tuesday 17th November

    New Posts Conference

    17:30 Bishop's Council

    Wednesday 18th November

    New Posts Conference

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  • Prayer

    Diocese of Rochester Cycle of Prayer
    The daily cycles of prayer for the Rochester Diocese

    *Parish...
    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources.) *Parish cycle*: Northfleet, St Botolph, and Rosherville, St Mark Priest-in-Charge: The Rev Cyril Showers *Community Cycle:* St. Botolph's CE Primary School, Northfleet Headteacher: Mrs Amy Chitty Rosherville CE Primary School, Rosherville Headteacher: Mrs Justine Roddan

    *Parish cycle*:

    Milton,...

    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources.) *Parish cycle*: Milton, St Peter and St Paul Rector: The Rev Graham Herbert *Community Cycle:* Holy Trinity CE Primary School, Gravesend Headteacher: Mrs Denise Gibbs-Naguar Today the Church of England remembers Henry Martyn, translator, missionary, 1812

    **Trinity...
    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources.) **Trinity 19**   **Isaiah 35.3-6 or Acts 16.6-12a** **Psalm 147.1-7** **2 Timothy 4.5-17** **Luke 10.1-9** Today the Church of England remembers Luke the Evangelist. **Health and Wellbeing** Paul describes Luke as 'the belovèd physician' so this day is often set aside for ministry and prayers that focus on health and well-being. For all healthcare chaplains and our Diocesan Co-ordinating Chaplain for healthcare, Rev Canon Tim Mercer

    *Parish cycle*:

    Milton,...

    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources.) *Parish cycle*: Milton, Christ Church Vicar: vacancy *Community Cycle:* South East Coast Ambulance Trust Chaplains: The Rev David Jones and Ellen Couzens Today the Church of England remembers Ignatius, bishop, martyr, c.107

    *Parish...
    God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources.) *Parish cycle:* Greenhithe, St Mary Priest-in-Charge: vacancy *Community Cycle:* For our training curates Co-ordinator for IME2: The Rev Anthony Hammill Today the Church of England remembers Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer, bishops, martyrs, 1555

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    Bishop James announces his retirement as the Bishop of Rochester.

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