News from Christians together in Canterbury

CTC Easter Blessings Prayer Walk
Easter 2021 finds us still unable to hold our Good Friday Walk of Witness and outdoor service, but the unusual circumstances give us the opportunity to do something different.

CTC Moderator, Simon Redman, writes:
“As Canterbury emerges from lockdown, let’s unite (in purpose if not in person) to pray blessing over the city, speaking words of hope and asking God to restore and renew.”

Would you make time, sometime over the Easter weekend, to get together with others and do a prayer walk around the city walls? Of course, your group must comply with government guidelines as they will be after 29th March (two households or the Rule of Six where more than two households are together).

We invite you to use this simple guide to help you pray for Canterbury. It’s a walk around the city walls, stopping to pray at seven of the ancient gates. At each stop, we pray for different aspects of life in Canterbury. You can read more here: https://canterburychristianstogether.org.uk/easter2021
The postcard with map and prayer is also available at the above link for download. If you’d like hard copies, you can get them from Lyndall Bywater, our secretary, by prior arrangement: contact@canterburychristianstogether.org.uk.  We are so grateful to the Canterbury Boiler room community for the production of this resource.  If you’d like to do some more prayer-walking, follow the link above and you’ll find a further link to 8 more prayer walks around Canterbury, complete with maps and prayer pointers.

‘Seek the peace and prosperity of the city. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.’Jeremiah 29:7
Connecting Canterbury
Meeting at All Saints Church, Military Road; Friday, 26th March 11am

In common with most charities, churches and support agencies, Connecting Canterbury are being overwhelmed by people seeking help, and this is putting a huge strain on our small team of committed volunteers. We wish to reflect prayerfully how we can respond to these needs, and propose a meeting whereby we can share the issues and problems affecting so many churches. It will be a chance for us to see whether we can work together in addressing these problems, and what other options might be open to us all.

You will be very welcome to attend this socially distant meeting at All Saints(next door to the GPO), or if you wish to attend by zoom please let me know, so I can ask the Revd Phil Greig to email you details.

Easter Finance Appeal
As a small Christian charity helping people of faith and no faith in the City of Canterbury, Connecting Canterbury continues to encourage people to save and borrow responsibly, through our links to Kent Savers Credit Union. However, there has been an unprecedented increase in need, by people and families struggling to pay rent, in debt, to feed, power their homes, and for clothing, furniture, white goods and basic transport costs . Thanks to the kindness of our supporters we try and respond by the payment of small, discreet grants, or for white goods we seek help from Acts 435. In 2 months we have paid over £1000 in emergency grants, and secured £1423 from Acts 435 for white goods etc. We must also record our thanks to our partner food agencies and churches for all their help too.

In addition to your prayers would you be able to further support the ministry of Connecting Canterbury, to allow us to continue helping people in need in our city? Cheques, made payable to our parent charity, Together Kent, can be sent to me, and let me know if you can gift aid. Or, by bank transfer to our CAF Bank account no 00029014 and sort code 40 52 40, and please let me know of your donation so I might thank you.

Thank you,
David Hartwell, Chairman, Connecting Canterbury.
7 Lichfield Avenue, CT1 3YA
dc.hartwell@btinternet.com

News on Winter Shelter 2020/2021: Catching Lives(CL), and other news.

  1. The Winter Shelter ran from the 7th December to the 28th February at the YHA in New Dover Road, for a total of 29 different clients, with support from Canterbury City Council(CCC), and majority of the staffing from CL. The accommodation was welcomed by clients, since they had their own rooms and facilities.  CL are appreciative of the food  treats provided by members of St Martins and St Pauls parish.
  2. Less homeless people in Canterbury than usual, since many were moved by CCC to less expensive accommodation away from Canterbury.  Expected that people will start drifting back to Canterbury, where there are more facilities and services.  A possibility that CL will provide a weekly outreach via a mobile van, to visit clients throughout the Canterbury district.
  3. The computer facilities at the Centre are being upgraded, and other general improvements, prior to a ‘potential’ re-opening of the Centre on the 21st June.
  4. A vaccination programme is being offered to clients.
  5. The bookshop in the Crooked House in Palace Street, continues to sell online via ebay, and please support.
  6. The Archbishop has agreed to become the Patron of Catching Lives.