Dio­cese of Can­ter­bury

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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.”

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