Prayer connects us to God: the air we all breathe, our magnetic north, our daily bread. Through prayer we are rooted in God and discern a direction of travel. As a diocesan family, we are a praying people, together in community, rooted in a shared life of prayer.
At the Open Diocesan Synod on 11 March, Bishop Trevor issued a call to prayer to the diocese. A call to renew our life together in prayer and join together in a Diocesan Day of Prayer on Saturday, 18 November 2017. From Margate to Maidstone, from Sheppey to Sandwich, from Dungeness to Deal: we will be called to share in prayer to renew us for God’s service.
The day is for anyone of any age who wants to come and pray together in our diocesan community for a renewed world. There will be opportunities for everybody to get involved in all kinds of ways, whoever and wherever you are.
The day is 24 hours of prayer from lunchtime on Friday, 17 November to lunchtime on Saturday, 18 November 2017. Satellite events can take place at any point in the 24 hours. Events involving schools will be taking place on Friday afternoon. The central event in Faversham is taking place on Saturday, 18 November from 10 am - 1.30 pm.
We will pray as we can, together, open to God’s Spirit, wherever we are, especially between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm which will be an hour of focused prayer. There will be many different ways of praying to participate in, suitable for all ages and all people. There will also be opportunity and resources to join in with fasting and/or pilgrimage if you want to. The day will finish with the launch of Canterbury 597, a diocesan Missional Prayer Network … watch this space!
The morning at Faversham will follow a pattern of ‘Enter, Encounter, Explore and Exit’:
Enter – a way of gathering together including welcoming exercises and video clips from people around the diocese saying why they are praying for renewal.
Encounter – meeting God in worship and scripture. Music and liturgy as well as ‘Dwelling in the word’ will help us listen to God together.
Explore – an hour of prayer. Prayer stations and other forms of intergenerational prayer
Exit – pausing to discern the gifts of God that have been given and need to be shared. Reflection exercises to help us hear what we need to hear.
To book onto the central event at St Mary of Charity in Faversham please click here or go to https://www.canterburydiocese.org/events/day-of-prayer/
On Friday, 17 November 2017: Archdeacon Stephen will be walking from Maidstone to Faversham via 12 churches. He will be spending 5 minutes praying in each church and would welcome people joining him for some of the sections of his walk and also in sponsoring him for the Kilimatinde Trust providing solar lighting to replace dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps in Tanzania. More details and sponsorship donations can be found at
Archdeacon Stephen plans to arrive at Ospringe Church at 3.31pm then on to St Mary of Charity, Faversham for 4 pm. Please join him for 5 minutes of prayer at one of the churches and maybe walk a little way with him.