Friday 24 November

As we mark the first Sunday of Advent this weekend, we also begin a period of fundraising for the Bishop’s Advent Justice Appeal. Half of all funds raised this year will go to help specific projects working with refugees internationally, as well as here in Kent – with the other half going to support the work of Winter Shelters across the Diocese.

You can give online at or for other ways to donate please follow the link.  Look out for daily posts throughout Advent as we seek to raise awareness of the issues facing refugees and the homeless. #adventjusticeappeal16

Loving God,
In your house there is room for everyone.
Help us as we strive for a world where everyone has a home
that truly meets their needs.
Give us the grace to welcome strangers and refugees.
Give us the insight to see where inequality hurts.
Fill us with courage to do our part.
Save us from being overwhelmed by the scale of the housing crisis,
and show us, O Lord, where to begin.

(Prayer from Homeless Sunday)