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Chaplaincy at Canterbury Christ Church

Sacred Space from a different place

As I compose this little booklet (see above), I am sitting at our dining room table working alongside my family, as we all strive to work from home. My eldest is listening to documentaries online, my youngest is reading his tasks out-loud and I am banging my head against this keyboard. Out of this madness…
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International Nurses’ Day

May 12th each year isInternational Nurses Day“I’ve had a number of colleagues and family members whose lives are indebted to the care, action, support and kindness afforded by nurses at Medway Maritime these last weeks. To you all, thank you from the bottom of my heart. My own mum and dad are nurses by profession…
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Vocations mean more than jobs!

Sunday the 3rd May 2020 was vocations Sunday. The point in the church’s year where we all stop to think about our vocations in the light of our Christian beliefs. For our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters’ vocations Sunday is a more significant event. Minsters and monasteries traditionally open their doors to the faithful that…
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Touch me not – John 20:17

‘Touch Me Not’ John 20:17 In western church history it is probably fair to say that this Easter has been one of the most unusual with people unable to gather for worship or fellowship. Gone was the sun rise service and a community breaking fast together, gone was the paschal candle being lit by the…
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So you don’t feel like singing

Alanna-Jayne here. Welcome to some of my thoughts I’ve been mulling over for a while. Easter has come and gone, and what a difference a year makes. For the last 2 years I’ve spent the few days before Easter in Wales at a Christian conference called Word Alive. This year it was cancelled and some…
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UNPRECEDENTED: EASTER

In our new blog series ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ – we’re going to be hearing from a range of people who have different experiences of this global pandemic, and lockdown. Our aim is to give you an opportunity to read, think, and find some encouragement, inspiration or just community in knowing you’re not alone. So, what does Easter on Lockdown…
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Thoughts from the Isolation Sofa V

The sermons of Hope…. For approximately the last three years, my academic work has evolved around examining sermons from the 18th and 19th century. These sermons provide a unique insight into the time they were written. From the series of Lenten sermons given in Lombard Street by the Christian Socialists in the 19th century, to…
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Thoughts from the isolation sofa IV

The Church has left the building, but God has not left the Church. I will confess that this week has been particularly difficult. It has brought the ravages of Covid-19 in its complete unadulterated nastiness too close to my desk for me to feel comfortable or untouched.  Although we are all healthy, sadly that cannot…
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Thoughts from the isolation sofa III

I don’t want to forget.………. How are you this week? I hope that you have all taken time to get use to the ‘new normal’. We are aware as a Chaplaincy team that new normal has meant increased workload; financial pressures; worries over food and heightened concerns for family and friends for many people. Please…
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Thoughts from the isolation sofa…………II

Chaplaincy, still here and still supporting………. How are you this week? Struggling to find your feet? Struggling to complete simple tasks? Struggling not to be snappy? Struggling to find meaning in studies or work? Can I assure you that you are not alone and it is completely natural to feel like this. You have to…
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