Churches in Kent to Reflect on the Family in the Spirit of Unity

The Kent regional body of the ecumenical organisation, Churches Together in England, will meet for its annual Forum on Saturday 23rd February 2013.

Christians of all denominations and traditions are welcome to attend, with the focus of the day being the Family: God’s family and our family.

There will be two key speakers, including a Bible study with the Rt Rev John Hine, the Roman Catholic Bishop for Kent and Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Southwark, and a keynote talk by Emma Kevan, Christian Aid Regional coordinator for Kent, entitled, ‘The family that eats together stays together: we are all God’s children’.

Emma will reflect upon the reasons why, in a world with enough food for everyone, one in eight people go hungry every day and discuss the innovative solutions and campaigns that Christian Aid, and other like-minded agencies are launching in 2013 to address the issue of global hunger.

The meeting will take place at Kent College, Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells,11am to 3pm, with closing ecumenical worship in Pembury Old Church, adjacent to the school.

The Rev Canon Harvey Richardson, County Ecumenical Officer for Kent said:

“As Christians, across the denominations, we do not often have the chance to come together; to worship, to reflect, and discuss.

This forum provides a significant and valuable opportunity for us to express, in a practical and meaningful way, our commitment to the unity we profess, and I would encourage as many people as possible to come and share in this exciting event”


 Further information contact: Jennifer Ross, Communities and Partnerships Network, Diocese of Canterbury: 01227 459401 /

Notes for editors

  • Churches Together in Kent member Churches are: RC Archdiocese of Southwark; Anglican Diocese of Rochester; Anglican Diocese of Canterbury; SE Region of the Baptist Union; Southern Synod of the URC; the SE District of the Methodist Church; the SE Division of the Salvation Army and the East Kent Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Individual attendees are always welcome.
  • The Churches Together in Kent Forum aims to:

– Provide an opportunity to experience the Gospel in its widest sense in Worship together.

– Encourage those who attend to seek new ways of working with other churches and denominations.

– Broaden the horizons of church life.

– Share good ecumenical practice.

– Explore experiences of shared mission in the county.

– Think theologically about ecumenical vision.

  • Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.  It provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. Inspired by the Gospel message of hope, it unites people from all denominations in prayer and service.
  • The event is supported by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Network. The Network aims to empower parishes and deaneries to serve their communities by working in partnerships with others. It has particular responsibility for rural and heritage issues, special interest groups, forging links with local authorities, other faith groups and with charities.