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 March 11th 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 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 17th to lunchtime on Saturday 18th 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 18th November from 10am-1.30pm.
Wherever we can, either centrally at St Mary of Charity in Faversham or locally (in groups or individually) with resources provided. There will be resources provided to join in with what’s happening in Faversham even if you can’t be there. If you’re praying on your own elsewhere or with your family then you’re a ‘Prayer Partner’ and you can register as a Prayer Partner using the links below. If you’re setting up an event locally you can register your event using the links below and this will enable us to offer you support and resources.
We will pray as we can, together, open to God’s Spirit, wherever we are, especially between 11.30am and 12.30pm 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.
The content used in Faversham will be available for Satellite events and Prayer Partners to use, too. Just let us know what you’re planning on doing using the links below.
To book onto the central event at St Mary of Charity in Faversham please click here.
Is Faversham too far to travel for you and your church community? Would a local meeting work better for your context? Why not set up a ‘Satellite Event’ to happen on 18 November to run alongside the central event in Faversham? We can provide you with resources for the event so you can participate in the same prayers and activities as the group in Faversham and we can also offer support with planning, advertising and publicity. You could hold your event just for the focused ‘hour of prayer’ from 11.30am-12.30pm or for longer during the day, we can help with resources whatever you choose. By arranging a local event your community will be joining with the wider diocesan community of prayer across Kent and the Channel Islands.
Things to think about if you’re hosting a satellite event:
- WHO? Will it be for your parish, benefice or deanery?
- INTERGENERATIONAL? – there is an expectation that Satellite Events will be an opportunity for people of all ages to pray in a variety of ways.
- WHEN? Will it be for the whole 24 hours, or just a part of it? Or will it just be for the shared hour of prayer from 11.30-12.30 on the Saturday? Is it an activity you normally do or something special?
- FASTING? We are encouraging those that wish, and are able, to fast (could be from food, social media, work, etc.) from 12.30pm on Friday 17 November to 12.30pm on Saturday 18 November. Resources and guidance can be provided for this if you’d like to encourage this, too.
- PILGRIMAGE? We can also provide resources and guidance for pilgrimage if this is something you think you’d like to include.
- PRAYER STATIONS? We can provide ‘how to’ sheets for themed, intergenerational, accessible prayer stations that we will set up in Faversham, too.
- PUBLICITY? Make sure everyone knows the date and details by at least mid-September. We can help with publicity if you get in touch with us.
By registering your event below we can help you with resources, support and advertising.
- To book onto a ‘Satellite Event’ use the map below to find out where they are happening and how to book.
- To register a ‘Satellite Event’ you are planning elsewhere on the day, please fill in the form below.
Can’t come to the central event in Faversham? Don’t worry: by registering to be a Prayer Partner you are committing to praying from wherever you are on the day, either on your own, or as a family for at least the ‘hour of prayer’ from 11.30-12.30 or more if you can. Please register below in order to receive resources and support for your prayers on the day suitable for all kinds of people no matter who you are or how old or young you are.
Please note: we will not plot your private address on the map. We will plot the address of your town/village.
We have produced these guides to assist your planning – be creative in the ways you use and adapt them.
- Fasting: more than you think!
- Day of Prayer: 24 Hour Guide (available from 25th September)
- Templates for advertising locally (available from 25th September)
- Traveling as a pilgrim: prayer guide (for whatever transport you take) (available from 2nd October)
- Liturgies for use during the day of prayer (available from 9th October)
- Scripture for the day of prayer (available from 9th October)
- A guide to setting up 12 focussed Day of Prayer prayer-stations (available from 23rd October)
- Videos to watch on the day (available from 30th October)
Take a look at the Satellite Events that have been registered and areas where Prayer Partners have committed to pray using the map below: