and welcome to the website of the Canterbury Deanery of the Diocese of Canterbury
This webpage is just a start; we hope soon to provide much more information about the Deanery of Canterbury. What is a
Deanery? It is a small collection of Church of England parishes which work
together in worship and mission.
Details of the Deanery Mission Plan 2010 are available by clicking on the link.
This is a small diagram showing the borders of the various churches that form the Canterbury Deanery.
You can find more information about churches in the
Canterbury Deanery here, including contact details. Soon, we hope to have much more information here on this site. However, the Deanery of Canterbury
embraces the City of Canterbury and some of the rural and suburban areas around it. The Cathedral is within our Deanery.
These centres of worship and mission may be parishes or groups served by chaplaincies. They each have their identity and
offer ministry and worship to their communities. The Deanery brings us together to listen to each other, to learn from each
other and to share experience in mutual love and trust. The Deanery can help us to discern opportunities to work together
to address needs that cross boundaries or require more resources than one parish or group can offer.
There are times when we share what we do separately; there are times when we work together.
Parishes and Chaplaincies in the Deanery
- Parish of St Cosmus & St Damian, Blean, Canterbury
- Parish of All Saints, Canterbury
- Canterbury Cathedral
- City Centre Parish Canterbury
- Parish of St Dunstan with Holy Cross, Canterbury
- Parish of St Martin & St Paul, Canterbury
- Parish of St Mary Bredin, Canterbury
- Parish of St Stephen, Canterbury
- Chaplaincy of Canterbury Christ Church University
- Chaplaincy of Kent & Canterbury Hospital
- Chaplaincy of HMP Canterbury
- Chaplaincy of the University of Kent
- Parish of St Michael and All Angels, Harbledown, Canterbury
- Parish of St Nicholas', Sturry, with All Saints', Westbere, Fordwich, & Hersden, Canterbury
- Parish of St Nicholas with St Faith, Thanington, Canterbury
How the Deanery hopes to grow
- Be committed to Synod and Chapter
- Worship together
- Talk to each other
- Learn from the ecumenical scene
- Engage with Diocesan forward thinking
- Share good practice and valuable experience
- Develop and use efficient communication
- Encourage partnership
- Study together
- Encourage Churchwardens to meet
- Consider strategies for new residential developments
- Support Citywide and local mission initiatives
- Share our resources
- Advise on the deployment of clergy and ministers where they are most needed
- Be economical with time and paperwork
What the Deanery hopes to achieve in the following months
- Financial support for the Churches Together revised leaflet for Parishes giving information about the Churches of
- Awareness, & prayerful and practical support of mission projects taking place where you are throughout the Deanery.
- Encouraging collaboration and teamwork
Some local projects that need your prayers during 2010
- St. Mary Bredin: the redevelopment of the church building, the ongoing work of helping with orphanages in
Vietnam and water projects in Uganda, and the ministry of the new Rector.
- St. Martin & St. Paul Canterbury: working
to develop a Youth Ministry in the Parish to engage creatively with those on the margins of faith.
- St. Nicholas Thanington: promoting a Credit Union sub-branch for Thanington and the facilitation of a "Wholeness
& Healing" ministry.
- City Centre parish: working to make the churches accessible as community assets, centres of
worship and sanctuaries of silence.
- St. Michael's & All Angels Harbledown: a new Hall for Parish outreach.
- Canterbury Cathedral: a ministry of welcome and hospitality to all who visit.
- St. Dunstan's: a new youth group and, in order to keep the church open and to protect visitors
throughout the day, a CCTV installation funded by grants.
- Sturry & Westbere: a week of guided prayer in July.
- St. Stephen's Canterbury: providing a variety of worship for all and
encouraging family involvement in Parish life and worship.
- All Saints' Canterbury: to take the Church out into the Parish.
- Blean: developing with CMS as a local/global parish & developing the Church Room for young people's
work and community use.
- HMP Canterbury Chaplaincy Team: being a prison for foreign nationals, our chaplaincy focus is to
continue to encourage good relations in this international community.
There are fifteen other deaneries in the Diocese of Canterbury, covering the whole of East Kent from the Isle
of Thanet to Maidstone and from the North Kent coast to Romney Marsh. More information is
Updated 03 Jan 11
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