Celebrating faith and life in East Kent
LIFE IN ALL ITS FULLNESS? Our wellbeing examined
ISSUE 42 SPRING 2020 Novena: Meet the artist / Young people and mental health
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LISTENING ON THE WAY
A word from Bishop Rose
Christians frequently say that Jesus came to bring ‘life in all its fullness’, but we’re often less specific about what that actually means. We know that life can be hard, sometimes very hard indeed sometimes it even feels impossible. So how does that Gospel promise - not simply ‘the good life’ but ‘the full life’ – become a reality for us and those we know and love in 21st Century Kent?
My heartfelt thanks to you all for making me feel so welcome in the diocese. Your warmth and affirmation mean so much to me on this very exciting and new part of my journey. These are exciting times for the Church in our nation, and especially for us as a diocesan family. I truly sense that the God who is faithful to us is calling us afresh to follow him as we seek to transform our lives and communities.
Well, we definitely don’t have all the answers, but in this edition we explore some of the ways in which our communities are seeking to live life in all its fullness - and to offer that life to others. Through faith and partnership, the Weald Family Hub are rising to what can feel like an impossible challenge – mental health issues among young people (p8). Chris Penfold and the Holy Trinity Sittingbourne crew are also taking action on mental health, by walking and talking with men – and sharing the odd sausage roll (p12) – and Ruth Valerio is urging us all to say ‘Yes’ to life by connecting more closely and compassionately with Creation (p14). Lorraine AppsHuggins reminds us that in the midst of all this, we have to be honest about our own brokenness, even as we seek healing for others (p18) and SJ Martin calls us to attend to the vulnerability we find in our churches (p17).
Prayer at our heart It will be no surprise to you that I believe that prayer has got to be the heart of our life together as a diocese. Prayer is our heartbeat, prayer is our oxygen; it has got to be the foundation on which we build our lives together. God’s presence in our midst changes the kind of relationship we have with him - and with each other. Our diocese is already rooted in prayer, and I am delighted to be joining you in journeying further and deeper as we tune in to what God is doing - and wants to do - among and through us.
Save the date: 30 May Our Thy Kingdom Come Novena theme for this year is ‘Listening on the Way’ (see p16) - and I would like to invite you to join me in making Thy Kingdom Come 2020 (21-31 May) a time of listening to God in prayer. In particular, we’ll be holding a Diocesan Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage on 30 May, concluding in worship at Canterbury Cathedral - this will be our Thy Kingdom Come Beacon event. Please mark this date in your diaries and start thinking about how you and your benefice or deanery can participate. There will be many ways to get involved and our diocesan team will be outlining these in the coming weeks. Perhaps you could invite other Christian communities to pray and listen with you? Perhaps you could arrange a pilgrimage around your benefice churches – or from your archdeaconry to Canterbury? Perhaps you will simply make time and space to pray with the Novena booklet and liturgy? During the week, I will be praying with you in each archdeaconry - as
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well as hoping to see many of you at our beacon event. Together we’re going to spend that time reflecting and praying and looking at how we can sustain the kind of prayer life that is going to help us to experience the change that God has in store for us. This invitation is not issued lightly or prescriptively – we are already a people of prayer. And, as we continue to write this new chapter of our shared life, let us commit to renewing our walk with Jesus. Let us listen to God - and to each other. We choose to listen because we believe God wants to speak to us; listening as we walk, listening as we serve, listening as we take time to hear one another’s stories.
And at the heart of it all lies prayer - the connection to God that keeps us honest, that keeps us faithful, and that keeps us listening. Make sure you read Bishop Rose’s call to prayer (p2) and mark 30 May in your diaries now – and check out Lyndall’s wise words about the postures we adopt as week seek to listen (p20). You can also get an insight into this year’s Novena resource as we meet our artist Mark Cazalet (p16). As we enter the season of Spring – and see new life emerging around us, may you be blessed with renewal and hope in your own life.
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Contents Spring 2020
Community News 4 Headlines: News from across our Diocese
Features & Voices 2 Bishop Rose:
A call to prayer
8 The Weald Family Hub: Young people and mental health 12
Men at Work:
Reaching out in Sittingbourne 17 Safeguarding at the heart: A vision for a safer church 18 The call to be fully human :
The Revd Lorraine Apps- Huggins, Chaplain at The Living Well
Resources 14 Saying Yes to Life:
Journeying through Lent with Ruth Valerio
Novena 2020: Meet the artist
20 Finding a new posture:
Prayer for Lent
What’s On 22 Top ten things to do in Kent: Spring
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Headlines News from across East Kent
Caring for net zero by GOD’S CREATION 2030 At Diocesan Synod in November a new resolution was passed unanimously. It read: “This Synod recognises the Environment and Climate Emergency”, and commited the Diocese to a number of actions including: • Learning the facts about today’s environmental degradation and human-induced climate change; • Speaking the truth about the Emergency and the changes that are needed to safeguard the environment and mitigate climate impact; • Taking the necessary action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2030, and to model ways in which our faith and congregations can enable all of God’s creation to flourish;
In February General Synod also passed a motion recognising the climate emergency, calling on all parts of the Church to reduce their emissions year-on-year, aiming for a target of net zero by 2030 at the latest, and requiring progress to be regularly reviewed. Members voted in favour of this revised date, encouraging all parts of the Church of England to take action and ramp-up efforts to reduce emissions. A vital step in reaching “net zero” is measuring our current carbon footprint. The new church Energy Footprint Tool will help us do this, by measuring the impact of the energy you use to heat and light your church. Currently being piloted in four diocese, it will roll out nationally this month.
• Fighting social injustices caused by the environmental crisis; • Implementing the Diocesan Environment Policy 2019 and Action Plan; • Including our Care for the Environment within our diocesan Changed Lives ➤ Changing Lives strategy.
CHERITON FESTIVAL OF LIGHT Arts Company - Strange Cargo staged the fifth Cheriton of Light Festival, with All Souls Church playing a prominent role. It hosted five pieces of work and involved a procession that went through Cheriton to
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Lanterns were made by youth and school groups and were displayed in the church grounds which gave light to a ‘Tree of Doves’ displayed in a conifer.
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Prevention in PASTORS ON Thanet DeanerY PATROL Thanet Deanery hosted an awareness event organised by the Children’s Society.
Maidstone Street Pastors have been supporting the county town for more than ten years.
It focused on preventing and lowering incidents of child sexual abuse and exploitation, criminal exploitation and modern day slavery.
Coordinator Nigel Downes has been presented with a special award to mark a decade’s work as a vital part of night time economy.
Area Dean Revd Clifford Stocking said: “At our youth group we were made aware of County Lines activity here in our local community and we believe that a couple of our group might be targets. For this (though we pray not) we monitor and look for signs.
They have been on patrol every Saturday since their launch and also cover other major dates like New Year’s Eve.
“I do feel the need to offer something to parents as well that gives them help in knowing what to look out for, which is why I thought we’d take up The Children’s Societies workshop.”
Easter Day on the BBC
A service at St Mary’s in Walmer will be broadcast live on BBC 1, for the channel’s Easter Day Worship. Bishop Rose will preach and preside over the service which begins at 10am and all are welcome to attend. There will also be a sunrise service led by Revd Seth Cooper at the Lifeboat station on Walmer seafront at dawn.
A BISHOP’S INSPIRING EVERYDAY FAITH BREAKFAST Diocesan Synod in Open Session will be held on Saturday 7 March. The theme of the meeting is Inspiring Everyday Faith to encourage and equip us to be more confident in our churches and communities to bear witness to Jesus Christ. For more information please go to www.canterburydiocese.org
They are a charity who are in need of more volunteers to join them, and rely on donations and grants. If you would like any more information please contact them on: maidstone@streetpastors. org.uk
Estate Evangelism Day
This event will be hosted by Bishop Rose and is an opportunity to hear the national situation, listen to the local experience and explore the way forward for estate and urban ministry in the Canterbury Diocese. It will be held at All Saints Church, Canterbury on Wednesday 6 May. Please go to www.canterburydiocese.org to book your place.
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The team at St Michael’s, Sittingbourne, welcomed Bishop Rose for a cup of tea and a chat. She met members of the congregation, volunteers and visitors to the Ignite Friday Breakfast Club, which meets every week. The team always cook up a storm and were able to show first hand the work they do with welcome, love, friendship and a good meal.
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THE WEALD FAMILY HUB
Hub co-ordinator, Louise Vickerman and Reverend Hugh Nelson met with Greg Clark MP to share how their work is tackling young people’s mental illness in the Wealden Community
Jesus said that he came to ‘bring life in all its fullness’ and our faith in Jesus compels us to work for a world in which everyone has the opportunity to live full and ﬂourishing lives. As followers of Jesus, we are therefore committed to working for health and hope, and against mental illness, anxiety and hopelessness. In the Spring of 2018, Reverend Hugh Nelson, vicar at St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst, recognised the need to galvanise the community in response to rising concerns about mental illness in children and young people in the area. Inspired by his faith in Jesus, Hugh’s bold vision was to provide support for the mental wellbeing of his own village community and, more broadly, for all of the villages of the Weald Deanery. Six months later the
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Weald Family Hub was launched at a public meeting in Goudhurst to an audience of over 300 people. Fast forward two years and the churches and villages of the Weald have turned that vision into a reality, employing both a Hub co-ordinator and volunteer coordinator part-time and establishing the Hub as a well-trusted local resource. By the end of this year the Hub will have supported more than 75 children and 10 families to flourish in a challenging world. Here is their story…
Like all of us, the churches in the villages of the Weald have been impacted by the epidemic of mental illness that is sweeping the nation, especially among young people. In the Spring of 2018, the church in Goudhurst made a clear commitment to doing something about it. The vision was to provide support for the mental wellbeing of young people and families in the villages across the Weald Deanery. According to recent reports it is estimated that 1 in 8 children aged 5 to 19 experienced a mental health disorder last year, a worrying trend which is worsening. To compound this, NHS support for young people’s mental health is currently heavily over-subscribed and it can take up to 18 months to access support. At the Weald Family Hub, we believe that young people shouldn’t have to reach crisis point before they get help. It is vital that young people can get help when they first need it. The Hub’s aim is to ensure that mental health support is accessible, affordable and available in the heart of the village communities in the Weald of Kent. We know that mental wellbeing requires whole communities to act together; children and young people need safe places where they can belong and be affirmed, they need adults with an understanding of the challenges they face and they need permission to be open and honest about how they are feeling.
How is the Weald Family Hub making a difference? Our first project has seen us work in partnership with Kent-based counselling charity Fegans, a highly respected charity that works holistically, providing professional counselling to children, as well as one-to-one parent support. Fegans counsellors, supported and funded by the Weald Family Hub, are now operating in 13 local primary schools and are providing highly subsidised professional support to children in need, the vast majority of whom would not otherwise have received help. To date, 55 children have received over 750 counselling sessions, and by the end of 2020 that will have risen to 95 children. Alongside them, 8 local people
have volunteered and been trained in Fegans’ Parents Supporting Parents scheme, and now work alongside families who are struggling with parenting, or with their children’s needs. Our second project has recruited a team of 12 local people to train as mentors, who are able to meet regularly with pupils in a local secondary school, offering listening and practical support in their day-to-day concerns and future aspirations. Our third project, run in partnership with Wellbeing in the Weald, another local community initiative, has been to run mindfulness training in a local primary school, something that will now be rolled out to other local schools. In the future, the Hub will build on these initiatives, working to support local communities to become centres of hope and resilience, where schools, church and community can work together alongside those with relevant professional expertise to promote wellbeing and health.
Why is the work so important? Good mental health provides the foundation for children to achieve their aspirations and it is now widely recognised that mental health is just as important as physical health. Good mental health allows children to develop the resilience they need to cope with whatever life throws at them and to grow into well-rounded, healthy
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adults. Most children grow up developing this kind of resilience. Some though, for a variety of reasons, need extra help to overcome the demands of life. For them, counselling, especially at an early stage, can enable them to discover the resources they need to flourish in a complex world. Lindsay Roberts, the Headteacher of Goudhurst & Kilndown and Benenden Primary Schools, whose schools benefit from the Hub’s support, said: “Having professional counselling available in school for our children who need that support has been life changing for some.”
Professional counselling provided by the Hub helps children in 13 Wealden schools She went on to tell us about one child who had behavioural challenges they were struggling to find solutions for within the normal school routine who received counselling support subsidised by the Hub. “We have seen a noticeable difference in this pupil’s behaviour and general wellbeing since they began the counselling. They are more resilient and have more strategies to support themselves. They are also less emotional and better able to think through the situation rationally, to reason and accept responsibility. It’s a very positive outcome to see such a change in this pupil and something that may well be a turning point for them for the future.
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It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of The Hub and we are absolutely committed to continuing to work in partnership with the Weald Family Hub in the future.”
Having professional counselling available in school for our children who need that support has been life changing for some.
The Hub’s mission is to offer practical support at a grassroots level within its communities. Last year Hub Coordinator Louise Vickerman was given the opportunity to talk to Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, about the work they are doing at The Hub. After the meeting he said: “It is great to hear the progress that you have made at the Weald Family Hub, that you have such an innovative and dependable model that is making a real impact in so many schools, and that the work you are doing already has such an extensive reach.” He went on to say: “I am encouraged that initiatives like the Weald Family Hub are addressing mental health needs and are operating in the heart of the community. You are playing a critical role in bridging the gap in the existing mental health provision to ensure children receive the mental health support they deserve. I look forward to hearing how the work of the Weald Family Hub grows in the future.” The Hub has a unique way of working, bringing together the needs of local families, the resources of the local community and the expertise and skills of those who can provide practical solutions. We know that statutory services, especially in child and teenage mental health are under very significant pressure. We also know that the mental health needs of children, young people and families are growing. The rural communities we support also have their own challenges related to the accessibility of appointments and the transport links not being sufficient to enable attendance. The advantage the Hub offers is that much of the support is offered either at school or in the home environment so logistical challenges can be overcome.
The Hub mentoring team being trained to support local children and young people The issues facing children, families and communities cannot be addressed by any single organisation alone and require a motivated coalition of statutory services, voluntary organisations and the local community to give the support needed. The Weald Family Hub brings them together in a unique way for the benefit of those that are suffering.
If you would like to know more about the work we do please contact us at wealdfamilyhub@ gmail.com. – The Revd Hugh Nelson –
Since September 2018 the Weald Family Hub has worked hard to provide practical, local solutions to serious local mental health challenges, directly in the community. We are trusted by our communities and have a unique voice in calling people to contribute to building communities that are resilient, caring and skilled in supporting those who ﬁnd life difﬁcult, especially young people and their families. We have also shown that we are in a unique position to be able to motivate and mobilise local people with relevant skills to offer their time, money and expertise and to partner with specialised organisations for the benefit of the local community. Now we want to grow our own work locally, and to support other communities Louise Vickerman and Reverend Hugh who run to transplant the same model in village the Weald Family Hub communities across the South East. Spring 2020 Outlook Magazine|11
MEN AT WORK
Once a week Revd Chris Penfold, Martin Whithead and Phil Cross take fresh coffee and donuts, warm sausage rolls and conversation to men working on a construction site in Sittingbourne. Construction workers’ risk of death by suicide is 3.7 times higher than the national average. The main
Chris Penfold and Tim Scott from Holy Trinity Sittingbourne believe that pilgrimage can help men’s physical, spiritual and mental health and wellbeing. And in April a new journey begins… Men from across the diocese are being invited to join a pilgrimage walk from Rochester Cathedral to Canterbury Cathedral in a series of five walks averaging eight miles each over several weeks. The duo from Holy Trinity Sittinghourne are encouraging men from all walks of life, both within and outside the church across the Canterbury and Rochester dioceses to join them. Tim said: “The idea for a men’s pilgrimage arose from being saddened to hear that the number one cause of death for men under 45 in the UK is now suicide. “I believe that creating a safe space for men to make friends and be honest with others about their struggles is essential for the holistic health of men in contemporary western society.
They started their weekly visits in April 2019. Chris said: “It’s been a great way of showing kindness to men and engaging men’s mental health. If you have a building site nearby, I commend you to try.”
Francigena from Canterbury to Rome recently. In Britain there are many new shorter pilgrim routes now open too. Why is the ancient practice of pilgrimage growing in popularity again?. Tim explains: “Pilgrimage can offer space to reflect, pray and think away from the many distractions of modern life. It also offers challenge and adventure, the chance to make new friends, to listen and share life together, to be authentic with others and discover who we really are.” Chris and Tim plan to follow a new pilgrimage route called the Camino Augustine launched in 2018. Five day-long walks along the route will be held every 2 weeks during spring, culminating in a walk into Canterbury to coincide with the Diocesan Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage on 3oth May.
“We are all pilgrims on the journey of life.”
All men and boys (aged 14+) are welcome and can register for the first walk taking place on Saturday 4 April by going online at: menspilgrimage1.eventbrite.co.uk.
There has been a resurgence of interest in recent years in the practice of pilgrimage among those both within and outside the church. The number of pilgrims walking the famous Camino de Santiago, running through France to northern Spain, has increased from 114,000 in 2007 to 301,000 in 2017. The BBC also featured a group of celebrities walking the Via
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The walks cross a variety of different terrain from fields to forests, and are suitable for both beginners and experienced walkers, although walking boots are recommended! For any further information, please contact Revd Chris Penfold at: email@example.com
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risk factors include depression and mental illness which can often be brought on by a stressful working environment and money worries.
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Saying Yes to Life
complexity and intricacy we see in nature. For example, did you know that trees are social beings, sharing food with their own species using vast underground networks of roots? They also communicate above ground using chemical signals to warn other trees of predators who are after their leaves! Consider the vastness not just of the world, but the universe too - the earth is just one of at least 100 billion planets, and our sun is one of between 200 billion and 400 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. And the Milky Way is just one of possibly two trillion galaxies! We can experience the wonder and beauty of God’s creation closer to home too, in the array of amazing animals that we share this planet with - the Star-Shaped Mole of North America with its 22 tentacles; the tiny elusive primate the Tarsia from southeast Asia, with huge eyes and extra-long legs to jump up to five metres from tree to tree; the duckbilled platypus with its duck-like beak and beaver-like tail; to name but a few! Taking time to reflect on the world and beyond can only leave us in wonder at just how incredible our God is.
#LiveLent with Ruth Valerio
❖ Our wounded world
A few of weeks ago, I had the privilege of launching the Church of England’s #LiveLent campaign with Archbishop Justin Welby. With weekly themes shaped around the biblical account of creation, it explores the urgent need for us to value and protect the abundant life God has made. Saying Yes to Life, the Archbishop’s 2020 Lent book, considers a broad range of topics and ideas, with each chapter containing biblical thinking, personal stories and discussions of their roles within the world today. But through it all run four overarching motifs:
❖ The creator God Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. (John 1:3-4) Our God is the creator of all things! Unlike other ancient Near Eastern creation narratives - such as Enuma Elish, the Babylonion creation story - the Genesis account of the formation of the world does not present it as a by-product of the violence of warring gods. Instead, we see an act of love by a God who creates in order to be with and enjoy his creation, and share its wonder with them. In so doing, he chooses to
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limit himself - where once only God existed in loving communion within the Trinity, he created the world, opening up space within himself to allow it (and us) room to exist alongside him. We can sometimes forget this miraculous truth, with the focus so often on God as saviour at the expense of God as creator, when actually the two cannot be separated. Jesus came to earth to restore the whole world to its former pre-Fall glory, and as such our salvation happens not only in a time in history but also in a place. The act of self-limitation that we see in the incarnation was foreshadowed long before, as the world was created.
❖ Our wonderful world Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children. (Psalm 148:7-12) We only have to look around us to know that we live in an amazing, wonderful world. The Bible is full of songs and declarations of praise to God for the work of his hands in creation. Saying Yes to Life discusses many aspects of the created world, marvelling at the
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:22-23) Alongside the wonder we see in creation, we also know that it is unmistakably wounded. The earth was damaged by the sin that entered the world through human beings, and it continues to be plagued by its legacy today. We don’t have to look very far to see the evidence of this around us. Our climate crisis is wreaking havoc in our world, causing extreme weather events, sea level rise and melting glaciers. In my work with Tearfund I see all too clearly the impact of climate breakdown on people in poverty, affecting health, food provision and security. And the impacts of climate
Ruth with Archbishop Justin
chaos are being felt by the other inhabitants we share the earth with: we are experiencing biodiversity loss at an unprecedented rate, with many hundreds of species at risk of extinction. Not only that, but we are polluting and destroying the earth itself with the terrible quantities of plastic we are producing and throwing away, much of which ultimately ends up in our seas and oceans, leading to turtles caught in plastic fishing nets and seabirds feeding their chicks bits of plastic. Accumulating plastic rubbish is also having hugely detrimental effects on the health of poor communities with no waste management, causing disease and death for millions. There is a serious and urgent need to address the way we are using and abusing our planet if we are to prevent further wounds being inflicted on the world God created and loves, and that we rely on.
❖ A caring Church Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:1-2) So if we know that God created a beautiful world that he wants to save from the effects of sin, we as the Church must consider our role. His mission is to restore the earth to its former glory and bring his kingdom here, and we are called to live prophetically and sacrificially, making decisions that will protect this most precious gift from further harm. We must be distinctive from the world around us and take the lead in making changes in our lives that acknowledge the wonder and the wounded nature of the place we call home. And the good news is that many churches are the sleeping giant, as I like to think of it, is waking up! All around the world churches are taking action, from Huay Mai Duei Church in Thailand getting involved in waste collection in their area where rubbish is a big problem, to Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Michigan, USA promoting creation care in its preaching and adopting a nearby stretch of creek to look after, to the Church of God in Mendoza, Argentina starting a litter picking scheme in the central park, for which it has won an award! And each of us in our churches can do the same and take responsibility for caring for God’s creation, standing in the GAP that has been left between how things should be and the world we see; by Giving our money, Acting to look after the earth and calling on governments to do the same, and Praying to see the whole world restored. Search #LiveLent to find out more or go to www.canterburydiocese.org.
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NOVENA: MEET THE ARTIST A ‘novena’ is an ancient Christian tradition – it’s a nine-day period of prayer that traditionally falls between Ascension (when Jesus physically departed earth for heaven) and Pentecost (when the first disciples were gifted with the presence of the Holy Spirit). It marks a time when Jesus’ disciples are said to have prayed constantly – stuck in an ‘inbetween place’, waiting to see what God would do next. Every year, the Diocese of Canterbury marks this time by creating a booklet of scripture, prayers and artwork for each day of the Novena. Over the years, this booklet has become a key resource for the worldwide Church as we use this time to pray for our friends and family to come to know Jesus – a global wave of prayer known as Thy Kingdom Come (which this year falls 21 – 31 May). Each time we work with a different artist, with each bringing a unique style, perspective and technique to the year’s chosen scripture readings. Our 2020 Novena artist is Mark Cazalet, and he’s been working tirelessly alongside the Novena team to help us explore this year’s theme ‘Listening on the Way’. Mark is a contemporary artist based in London and Suffolk. He initially trained at Chelsea School of Art and Falmouth School of Art and then went on to study at L’cole-des-Beaux-Arts Paris. He has held a number of residencies and was artist in residence twice at The Anni and Josef Albers Foundation in Connecticut, America. Mark is a Senior Member of Faculty at The Royal drawing School and teaches at West Dean College, The Edward James Foundation, Sussex. Speaking about his work and inspiration, Mark says: “My work is underpinned by sacramental theology. As David Jones put it, we are ‘sign makers’ - from the laying of a table to elaborate ceremonies, we imbue the simplest routines with meaning, made for others to see. I make art in order to communicate visible signs for inward invisible transformations. Increasingly, these signs are best described as musical settings -
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dealing with rhythms, harmonies, discords, counterpoint and melody. I am not sure I can account for their exact meaning, they are statements of experience, seen through the eternal lens of imagination, made out of gratitude and connection.” The scriptures chosen by the Novena team reflect encounters that have shaped Jesus and his followers through the centuries. These encounters - and the opportunities they offer – have been selected because they reveal our spiritual needfulness and underline the call to journey onwards, guided by the Spirit in challenging times. So, wherever you are during the days between Ascension and Pentecost, we invite you to accompany us on a sacred journey. As Jesus invited his disciples to wait and pray for the Holy Spirit, so we’re invited to wait on God for the empowerment we need to live more fully and to invite others to share the journey with us. Each day’s reflection invites us to pause and purposefully invite the Holy Spirit to engage with us through art, scripture and prayer. Prints of each Novena image will be available for sale from www.canterburydiocese.org/novena - in a signed limited edition of twenty prints (including an additional print not featured in this booklet). Each print will cost £175, unframed, inclusive of a donation of 20% to the Bishop of Dover’s Justice Appeal, supporting the vital work of Refugee Officers in Kent and Northern France. www.canterburydiocese.org/novena www.markcazalet.co.uk
SAFEGUARDING AT OUR HEART
Safeguarding is at the heart of our Christian faith. We are all made unique and in the image of God. Jesus came that we might have life and have it in abundance
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
My role gives me the privilege of meeting and training many of you and hearing stories of your dedication to caring for others. Along with the accounts of best practice, commitment and teamwork, I also witness the sadness and frustrations that go with that as we discuss the scale of abuse and recognise the tough reality that our churches will never be 100% safe. I often wish that I could stand there and promise that we could completely eradicate abuse and harm, that we could guarantee the safety of our spaces. Or that a training session could provide all the answers. Better yet, that the faces of past victims and perpetrators that appear on the screen weren’t there to show. Jesus’ commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you,” is amongst our most well-known Bible verses - and that message of love is at the core of our Christian faith. A church should be a place of comfort, solace and safety where all can gather freely. We are called to love and to welcome everybody, to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ. And with that, we are called to welcome the weak and the vulnerable - as well as those who may pose a risk to others. This presents us with some real challenges. Figures and learning from past cases on a national scale show that we as a society still have a long way to go to ensure that we get safeguarding right. Among the figures presented in our latest safeguarding training is the fact that in 2016 and 2017 the NSPCC recorded 63,000 cases of child sexual abuse. And yet statistics from 2017 show that just 2,800 children were identified as being in need of protection from sexual abuse. The disparity between these figures is staggering
and tells us quite clearly that we need to be more proactive, preventative and forward-thinking if we’re really going to get safeguarding right. It shouldn’t just be about responding well when things go wrong - we also need to work hard to ensure that we minimise the risks of things going wrong to begin with. Sadly, to say that Church will ever be a completely safe place would be both naive and unrealistic. But working together to build safer church communities and to raise awareness of safeguarding issues will help to minimise the risk of harm and abuse. As the Apostle Peter says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). It can be difficult and often uncomfortable to acknowledge the evil in our world, particularly when it’s close to home or involves people within our own community. But in order to prevent and stop abuse, we have to be vigilant - which means that we need to move away from a culture of optimism that says, “That kind of thing doesn’t happen here.” Instead, we need to acknowledge that it can and it does - no matter how hard that might be to accept. Part of showing love for one another is about having the courage to call into question behaviours and practices that don’t seem right. If safeguarding is at the foundation of all that we do, then from that firm foundation we can create safer church communities where all can flourish. If safeguarding is our foundation, then we can enable people to grow in love, to grow in relationship with one another to deepen their relationship with God and truly thrive. So let’s show our love for one another and ensure that safeguarding is at the heart of all that we do. SJ Martin is Safeguarding Trainer for the Diocese of Canterbury. You can access safeguarding resources online at www.canterburydiocese.org/safeguarding or contact the Safeguarding team via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01227 459 401.
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THE CALL TO BE FULLY HUMAN Interview: Lorraine Apps-Huggins The Revd Lorraine Apps-Huggins is Chaplain at The Living Well, a place you can go whoever you are for whatever kind of healing or rest you need. The Living Well is a discreet ministry and it’s open to anyone. The fact that we are a Christian Centre might put some people off - but everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they have any kind of faith. I have known brokenness in my life - and I know Christ’s healing in those areas. I also know there is always more healing that could happen – both for me and for others. I became a Christian when I was in my early thirties. I had been ‘spiritually seeking’ through most of my adult life, but was surprised to find out that is was Christianity I was after. It had been in my childhood but I hadn’t, for whatever reason, grabbed hold of it then. Almost immediately after becoming a Christian, within 18 months probably, I felt like I wanted to work for the Church but I really didn’t even know what that meant. I didn’t know the language of the Church words like ‘ordination’ didn’t mean much to me - but I just knew “This is it, this is what I want to do.” For all of us, there are inevitably parts of ourselves that remain
broken and vulnerable. But it’s crucial to our understanding of ‘healing ministry,’ that perhaps actually we’re not ever going to be fully whole, fully well, fully kitted out for this life – or at least, not in the way we might dream of until we meet Christ at the end of our lives. And in a way that’s a good thing, because if we were all ‘sorted’ and each of us was absolutely brilliant, had it all figured out, wouldn’t that actually be awful? We’d have no reason to put an arm around each other, no reason to help one another - so there is something about still being not fully whole that is actually quite good for us. One of the things it is important for someone who ministers here at The Living Well to have is a solid ‘theology of suffering’ - an understanding of God and the suffering that we see around that enables us to walk through this life, with all its trials and tribulations, still trusting in God, even when we’re suffering or people around us are suffering. One idea that helps us with this is the sense that God’s Kingdom is only partially realised here on earth – the best is yet to come! So, when we witness good things and we see God at work, we
celebrate and say ”The Kingdom of God is here! Look at that, it’s amazing!“ And, when things don’t quite turn out like we hoped or prayed they would, we can hold that, all that disappointment and pain and possibility before God in recognition that his Kingdom is not yet fully realised. And, sometimes, a different kind of healing is found in that place of honesty.
WHAT IS THE LIVING WELL? Lorraine Apps-Huggins and Hilary Hills explain The centre has regular healing services as well as offering prayers for healing to individuals who are wounded emotionally, spiritually and physically. We believe that the only name in
heaven and earth for healing and wholeness is Jesus Christ offering prayer ministry in Jesus’ name with a focus on bringing Christ’s healing love to those in need.
Wherever you are, for whatever kind of healing and rest you need. To discover more about The Living Well, please visit www. the-living-well.org.uk.
I have absolutely known Christ’s healing in my life - and in a way that is what’s made me so keen to offer that possibility to others. I have also experienced times when the healing that is longed for has not appeared – and that’s something each of us has to wrestle with. One of the most important things is our call to remain ‘fully human’. There is nothing worse than a unapproachable religious ‘saint,’ somebody that I can’t ever possibly connect with or be like. Each of us needs to steer clear of the pretence that “Everything is wonderful,” and “God hears me all the time,” and “I hear God all the time.” Because, if we’re all really honest, it’s not like that. And, when we’re honest, God honours that.
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some thoughts on Thy Kingdom Come Novena 2020 Lyndall Bywater, Changing Lives Prayer Network Coordinator I spent quite a lot of my time at primary school walking around with a book on my head. Despite what you might think, this wasn’t because the staff were abusive or the regime cruel, it was because my posture was somewhat in danger. As a child with almost no sight at all, I used to walk around looking down at the ground. I could just about see the outline of the grass and paths so it felt safer to me to keep my gaze locked on the square metre around my feet, but the staff knew that, if I never learned to look up, my body would grow wrongly and I would live with the painful consequences for the rest of my life.
Posture literally shapes us. As I hear Bishop Rose’s Call to Prayer (p2), I find myself wondering whether prayer might be something to do with posture. Are there postures - attitudes of heart and mind - which inhibit our growth as disciples of Jesus? As the Body of Christ, are there postures we’ve held for years which have somehow crippled us and stopped us reaching out to a world in need of love and hope? And might prayer be something that helps us find and hold healthier postures? The theme for this year’s Thy Kingdom Come Novena is ‘Listening on the Way’, and that’s an idea which immediately calls two postures to mind for me. Firstly there’s the listening posture: that attitude of openness where I’m willing and available to hear God’s voice. All too often I’m tempted to do the praying equivalent of putting my hands over my ears and shouting very loudly. I rattle through a list of my own wants and needs, scarcely stopping for a moment to let God get a word in edgeways. Perhaps I do it because I’m too busy,
because I’m afraid of what I might hear, or because I find it hard to believe I’m allowed to stop doing and just be. This year’s nine days of prayer during Thy Kingdom Come is a challenge to stop a while, lay aside the blockages of fear and busyness and welcome the renewing work of the Spirit in our lives as we listen to God’s voice.
What are the prayer practices which help you to stop and listen? The second posture which ‘Listening on the Way’ calls to mind is walking: that forward momentum which tips our weight from one leg to the other and propels us to step on to new ground. Walking is destabilising. Just try stopping halfway through taking a step, if you don’t believe me. It is entirely human to not want to be destabilised - to stay where we are and stick to what we know. The Thy Kingdom Come Novena is an invitation to walk, both physically and spiritually; to step outside and make a mini pilgrimage around your local area or into Canterbury, but also to step forward on your spiritual journey: to embrace new challenges and pray ‘risky’ prayers. Prayer is sometimes about stopping and listening, and sometimes about seeking the courage to step out on the adventure of the new, sometimes even becoming the answer to our own prayers.
What are the prayer practices which equip and inspire you to step into the new things God is calling you to? As you start thinking about how you might listen and walk during Thy Kingdom Come, the team would love to hear about your plans, so do drop me a line: email@example.com
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Top 10 things to do in Kent… ....Spring
Bishop’s Day for Ministers
Our first Bishop’s Day for Ministers (lay and ordained) with Bishop Rose, who will speak on “Why change our lives?” and “Our role in changing others.” Save the date and book your free place online at www.canterbury diocese/events Friday 13 March, 10am – 1pm, Clagett Auditorium, Canterbury CT1 2EH
World Class Choral Music with The King’s Men
This is the 32nd consecutive year that this worldrenowned group has visited Bethersden. Admission by ticket only - £15. Wine and Champagne bar available. Email email@example.com or call 01233 820713 to book. Friday 20 March, 7:30pm, St Margaret’s Church, Bethersden, TN26 3BT
Discover the potential of puppetry
A practical day of opportunities to develop your skills, find resources and be inspired with new ideas. Covering basic and advanced puppetry, how to get started, choreography and much more. Suitable for adults and children, tickets £20 in advance or £25 if booking within 10 days – www.onewayuk.com/ event. Saturday 14 March, 10 am – 4:30pm, St Mary’s Primary School, Faversham ME13 8AP
A Christian service of healing for survivors or any kind of abuse. An opportunity to give thanks to God for surviving and ask for more of His healing through creativity, worship and prayer. All are welcome. Saturday 28 March, 2pm, Holy Trinity Church, Margate, CT9 3TN
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MUSIC IN THE MORNING
A quiet morning exploring the theme of resonance through sound, music and prayer. Led by Janet McDonald. £20 per person, including refreshments and lunch – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01304842847 to book. Wednesday 6 May, 9:30am – 2pm, The Living Well, Nonington, CT15 4LH
VE Day Flower Festival
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day with street party refreshments over the early May Bank Holiday. With a special concert on Saturday 9 May (7:30pm) and a civic service on Sunday 10 May. To book or find out more contact Revd Chris Penfold (email@example.com / 07897123113).
Thy Kingdom Come
Join a global wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. Use the Novena booklet (see p16) or any of the Thy Kingdom Come resources to help you and your community to pray – www.thykingdomecome.global Thursday 21 to Sunday 31 May, wherever you are.
Diocesan Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage
A day to connect us all in prayer for one another and our communities across Kent, concluding in worship at Canterbury Cathedral - this will be our Thy Kingdom Come Beacon event (see p2). There will be lots of ways to get involved – find out more at www.canterburydiocese.org/prayer. Saturday 31 May, across the Diocese, concluding with worship at 5.30pm at Canterbury Cathedral. Check out more events and submit your own online at canterburydiocese.org/events.
Friday 8 – Sunday 10 May, 10am – 5pm (Fri/Sat) 12:30-5pm (Sun), St Mary of Charity, Faversham ME13 8GZ
The History of the Book, told from the Cathedral’s Collections
A perfect afternoon for book-lovers! Enjoy a special visit to Canterbury Cathedral’s Archives and Library to see some highlights of the book collections, from medieval to modern, followed by an illustrated talk by book historian Dr David Shaw. Afterwards, enjoy a full Afternoon Tea in the Refectory Restaurant, all for £24.95 per person. www. canterburycathedrallodge.org/special-events Monday 11 May, 2:15pm – 5:30pm, Canterbury Cathedral
A conference celebrating the unity of all Christ’s followers, featuring special activity streams for children aged 5 - 11 and 12 - 17. Speakers include Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin and Dr Andrew Ollerton as well as local ecumenical church ministers. Friday 25 April (7pm – 9:30pm) and Saturday 25 April (9am to 4pm), Sittingbourne Baptist Church, ME10 4AQ
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Jesus our companion through the wilderness,we fix our eyes on you in the complexity of endings, and the fragile hope of new beginnings. Give us courage to nurture the green shoots of change in our midst, trusting that, through us, desert places might bloom. Amen
More prayer resources: canterburydiocese.org/prayer Image: Journey to the cross, Primrose Northrop, 2020
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The Diocese of Canterbury's quarterly magazine. In this edition we explore some of the ways in which our communities are seeking to live lif...
Published on May 4, 2020
The Diocese of Canterbury's quarterly magazine. In this edition we explore some of the ways in which our communities are seeking to live lif...