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Diocese of Rochester
April 2019

Monday 1st April 2019 19:30Hope Unleashed at St Peter & St Paul TonbridgeGaby Doherty brings her first hand experience of the Grenfell Tower fire and its aftermath, to speak on community renewal and a vision for justice, faith and hope. All welcome - refreshments from 7.30pm for 8pm start
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 10:30A Workshop Exploring Anna Chaplaincy with Older PeopleExplore a vocation to ministry alongside older people - With Julia Burton-Jones and Rev Colin Terry An opportunity to explore how having a commissioned minister leading work with older people is enabling churches in Kent, Medway, Bromley and Bexley to respond to spiritual and pastoral needs in later life and dementia. at St Benedict's, 52 Swan Street, West Malling ME19 6JX Drinks provided. Bring your own lunch. There is no charge for this event. To reserve a place, please emai l Julia, Burton-Jones, Anna Chaplaincy Lead for Kent, Bromley, Bexley and Medway Julia.Burton-Jones@rochester.anglican.org
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 18:30Tonbridge Archdeaconry Mission & Pastoral Working Group
Thursday 4th April 2019 14:30DAC
Friday 5th April 2019 09:30Social Media TrainingJoin the National Church’s Digital Team for another of their popular social media training sessions. Members of the Diocesan Communications will also be on hand to help you during the day. Covering Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, they’ll explore what a Facebook page profile should look like, what to post, tracking success, and paid advertising. They’ll also cover A Church Near You, safeguarding and dealing with negativity online. The day is really practical, suitable for a range of abilities, and a great place for anyone who wants to improve their knowledge of how their church can effectively use social media. More details and booking here: https://bit.ly/2TxNlYP
Saturday 6th April 2019 09:00The Case for the ResurrectionDr Peter Harris is holding a seminar at St Aidan's Church on the historical case for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Peter will be taking us through a range of arguments which question the Resurrection and will make the case which insists that the Resurrection was a historical event as well as a religious truth. This is a seminar not a lecture, and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion. The seminar will take place in the Lounge. Refreshments available.
Sunday 7th April 2019 14:30Hope Service for those with dementiaThe next service is on Sunday 2nd December at 2.30pm. Burrswood Health and Wellbeing and Rochester Anna Chaplains Welcome people with dementia or other long-term conditions to a time of creative Worship and Spiritual Refreshment Healing Opportunity for worship and fellowship Presence of God Everyone Welcome! Then the first Sunday of each month - when we will sing well- known hymns, say simple prayers and introduce creative fun activities designed to engage all the senses and appeal to an intergenerational gathering Bring the family! For more information please contact: Mrs Julia Burton-Jones julia.burtonjones@rochester.anglican.org
17:00Journeying Deeper - Talks on the Christian LifeAt All Saints' Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington. Journeying Deeper is a combination of regular prayer and teaching events held at All Saints' and designed to help deepen faith. Talks on the Christian Life will take place every 1st Sunday of the month and will cover a wide range of teaching on Christian belief. It is open to all, those relatively new to faith and those who are old hands.
19:00Staged MessiahA dramatic performance of Handel's Messiah by the Merry Opera Company in Holy Trinity Church Crockham Hill Tickets £15 www.merryopera.co.uk
19:30TIM BONIFACE QUARTET: ‘THE EIGHT WORDS’This Passiontide Rochester Cathedral will hosting acclaimed jazz musician (and priest in the diocese) Rev’d Dr Tim Boniface and his rhythm section for a performance of Tim’s remarkable jazz suite ‘The Eight Words’, based on the eight sayings of Jesus in John’s passion narrative. With the CD (released in 2016) garnering critical acclaim from church and jazz circles alike, the Eight Words offers a unique way to encounter the words of Jesus in John’s narrative from Gethsemane to Golgotha. In the words of Paul Northup from Greenbelt, the Eight Words is “beautifully conceived… the work of a fine composer-musician—who also happens to be ordained. And this is the uniqueness here. The work is ambitious, thoughtful and accessible, yes. But it is also deeply devotional, too, which makes the music all the more disarming and powerful” Together with London jazz regulars Phil Merriman, Ed Babar and Jon Ormston, Tim will perform The Eight Words in the first half of a concert that will continue after an interval with other jazz music for Passiontide, including arrangements of well-known spirituals. Many of you might remember Tim’s quartet from their stunning dinner performance at the 2018 clergy conference; Rochester Cathedral offers a striking setting for this music, and an exciting opportunity to gather around the scriptures in a new way. Please do publicise this event and encourage people to come along to what will no doubt be a superb evening.
19:30The Eight Words - Tim BonifaceAcclaimed Jazz musican and priest Rev’d Dr Tim Boniface will be performing his jazz suite The Eight Words at Rochester Cathedral on Sunday 7th April. He will be joined by Phil Merriman, Ed Barbar and Jon Ormston. The Eight Words reflects on the eight sayings of Jesus in the passion according St John. It was written for for the ArtsFest 2016 at St Paul’s Church in Cambridge and released on CD in Autumn 2016. The concert starts at 7.30pm with doors opening at 7pm Adult £15 Concession £10 Tickets available from the Rochester Cathedral website and the Rochester Cathedral shop
Wednesday 10th April 2019 09:00Place of WelcomeLaunch of our Place of Welcome - tea / coffee a biscuit (or two) and a chat
Monday 29th April 2019 00:00Diocesan Bishops' Meeting
Tuesday 30th April 2019 00:00Diocesan Bishops' Meeting