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  • Welcome to Canterbury Diocese

    Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England, stretching from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context. 

    At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve: Changed Lives, Changing Lives. 

    The Most Revd Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd & Rt Hon
    Justin Welby 

    Archbishop of Canterbury
    Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover The Rt Revd Dr Rose
    Hudson-Wilkin 

    Bishop of Dover

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    Praying with the Ashford Deanery, its Clergy and people
    Area Deans: Caroline Mansley
    Lay Chair: Phil Sibbald
    Secretary: Emma Bishop
    Treasurer: Shirley Leslie

    Give thanks that online services both on Sundays, and throughout the week, are bringing people together across Calehill with Westwell and Stour Downs benefices. Please pray for Ashford Town Parish and Calehill with Westwell who are both in Interregnum; for leaders who are called and envisioned for these contexts. Pray for those who are shielding, and those who will be planning for when churches can open - for wisdom and foresight.

    Anglican Communion:
    Northern Indiana (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Douglas Sparks
    Bangor (Wales) The Rt Revd Andrew John

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