Faith in Action

The work of the Communities and Partnerships Team focuses on:

  • living faith
  • building community
  • transforming lives

We can have a significant impact because: 

  • we have an unrivalled presence in every community across East Kent
  • we have a network of diverse, knowledgable and passionate people
  • as the Church, we have a voice at local, district and national level
  • we are skilled at bringing different people, interest groups and organisations together, to work in partnership for the benefit of the community

Meet the team here

Our projects

Working with refugees

The situation facing refugees and migrants continues to be a matter of huge global concern. While the issues are many and complex, the Diocese of Canterbury is committed to showing compassion to those forced to flee their countries as well as the communities they join. Find out more here.

Community audits

Organisations are increasingly being asked to give an account of their work in terms of outcomes and outputs. Churches are no different. The presence and actions of a church have outcomes and outputs on those around them, but these can very often go unnoticed and can easily be undervalued. Community Needs Assessments, or Community Audits are a useful way in which churches can find out about their communities so that they can better serve them, as well as evaluate the impact they already have on their locality.  Find out more here

European Green Pilgrimage Network

The Communities and Partnerships Framework of the Diocese of Canterbury is a member of the European Green Pilgrimage Network – Interreg and the Green Pilgrimage Network (GPN), a global network of pilgrim cities and other sites which are sacred to many different religious traditions. They are all united in sharing a vision “of pilgrims in all continents, and the pilgrim cities that receive them, becoming models of care for the environment and leaving a positive footprint on the earth.” Find out more here

Rural Business Chaplaincy

The Diocese has a chaplain dedicated to supporting those working in the rural business sectors of Kent and Sussex. The Revd Chris Hodgkins was the first person to hold this position in this Diocese, a joint venture between the Dioceses of Canterbury and Chichester and the Farming Community Network (FCN), a Christian charity which provides pastoral and practical support to farming families dealing with issues that cause them stress and anxiety. Find out more here

County Harvest

The County Harvest Thanksgiving Service is an annual service that brings together the various rural sectors to give thanks for the Harvest. It offers an important opportunity to celebrate all that Kent provides. It takes place in partnership with the Farming Community Network (FCN) and R.A.B.I. Find out more here

Kent County Show

The County Show in July provides a wonderful opportunity to meet the people of Kent and to share the work that the Church is doing across the region. During the three days, the Church Tent receives many visitors, and a team of chaplains goes out and about across the showground throughout the weekend to offer spiritual support if required, or just a friendly chat. 

Bishop's Breakfasts

Our Bishop's Breakfasts bring together the diverse groups, projects and organisations we work with for an informal gathering, in order to talk, network and hopefully establish new and exciting connections.