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WITH REV JACKIE CRAY AT ST FAITH CHURCH IN MAIDSTONE
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SUNDAY LUNCH WITH BISHOP GRAHAM AND REV JACKIE CRAY
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HOG ROAST PARTY IN ASHFORD SCHOOL
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The Diocese of Canterbury welcomes the Bishops from the PROVINCE OF THE INDIAN OCEAN ,Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles for the PRE-LAMBETH CONFERENCE 2008 hospitality initiative program.
 
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July 13, 2008

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] The Diocese of Canterbury welcomes the Bishops of the Province of the Indian Ocean from Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles for the PRE-LAMBETH CONFERENCE 2008 hospitality initiative program. All the Bishops of the Anglican Church in the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean have arrived in Canterbury Diocese for the Lambeth conference. They were all greeted warmly on the day of arrival in Heathrow or Gatwick airport by stewards for the Lambeth Conference and met by their hosts in the Chaplaincy office. Bishop Roger Jaomalaza and his wife Mrs Alice Chung Po Chuen were hosted by Bishop Graham and Rev Jackie Cray in the Bishop's House in Charing.
On saturday 12th July a visit to the museum of Kent life in Maidstone was organised for all the Bishops and their spouses and the hosts. A Kentish Lady boat ride on the peaceful Medway river led to the entrance of the Museum which is set in 28 acres of distinctive Kent farmland. The Museum of Kent Life offers a stunning historical record of rural life in the garden of England. Most of the Bishops were amazed by the Oast House where Hops were dried and were then used to flavour beer...etc.
On Sunday evening the Bishops were invited to a Hog Roast at Ashford School and met a great number of representatives from all over the Diocese of Canterbury.
Bishops Stephen Venner of Dover and Graham Cray of Maidstone were present at that event in the warm evening of Kent life.
The preparation for the Lambeth Conference was airborne as all the Bishops and spouses felt the warm relationships renewed during these events leading to the Lambeth Conference.
Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

On Monday 14th July , Bishop Roger visited the Charing Primary school with Rev Jackie Cray who used to be a teacher there previously. The headmistress of the school Mrs Rosemary Olly gave a warm welcome to Bishop Roger who then spoke at the school assembly and also played the Amazing Grace melody on the flute for the children.

ON A RATHER SAD NOTE,
the dissonant presence in UK of the openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson is stirring spiritual confusion in the life of the Anglican Communion on the eve of the start of the Lambeth Conference. He has not been invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury to attend the Lambeth Conference. Yet he was even invited by Rev Dr Giles Fraser to preach at the evening Eucharist at St Mary's Church Putney in London on Sunday 13th July. Furthermore Gene Robinson is associating with an Atheist Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen to debate on religion and homosexuality on Monday 14th. and thus adding to straining the Anglican Communion tearing apart coupled with GAFCON pressure group.
SO PLEASE PRAY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT MAY AGAIN INSPIRE US AND LEAD US IN THE WAY OF TRUTH AS WE DESIRE TO BE FAITHFUL TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND TO FULFIL OUR CALL THROUGH GOD'S LOVE , TO ENGAGE IN MISSION AND EVANGELISATION AND ENCOUNTER FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH IN THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION.
JOHN 13:16-17.....I will tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.