Diocese of Canterbury
Archbishop Justin Welby is spending a week assisting the Sittingbourne Deanery in its outreach, mission and evangelism from 20 – 26 March.
This mission week has been organised by local churches across the Isle of Sheppey and Sittingbourne area.
Archbishop Justin is spending Holy Week visiting community projects, groups, schools and Christians in Sittingbourne.
During his time in the deanery, Archbishop Justin will visit schools, youth and community groups as well as sharing in worship with different congregations.
Also in Canterbury, a recently launched network of community hubs called Connecting Canterbury is already making a difference. according to one volunteer.
The Rev Phil Greig, Mission Priest at All Saint’s Church in Canterbury, said: “We’ve only been up and running eight weeks, however I’ve already experienced a number of conversations with people which I know have been the start of better things for them.”
Based in a variety of churches and community centres across the city, Connecting Canterbury offers visitors a warm welcome, financial information and a listening ear. In addition, is also provides access to the banking services of the Kent Savers Credit Union.
David Hartwell, chair of trustees of Connecting Canterbury, explained that getting the word out about the network was vital: “We’re keen for as many people as possible to know that we are here, so that we can get support to those who need it.
“You do not have to be a churchgoer or a Christian to use the hubs and there is also no cost to using our service. Rather our key principle is that each person who visits us is valued and will be given as much time as necessary to resolve their problems or simply have a chat and a cup of tea.”