Advent appeal from the Bishop of Dover.

All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne is within the Diocese of Canterbury and the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott is the resident Bishop in the Diocese under the Archbishop of Canterbury. Please Read More for further details.

 The Bishop in Canterbury
The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover
The Bishop’s Office, Old Palace, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EE
Telephone: +44 (0) 1227 459382. Fax: 784985

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As we start to approach the season of Advent I am pleased to let you know that we will once again be running our Advent Justice Appeal. As in previous years, the focus will be on supporting our work around asylum seekers and refugees.

Why are we doing this?
Even though it would appear that the plight of displaced people has fallen off the news agenda, as the continued presence of migrants in Calais, the ongoing conflict in Syria, and the desperation of the people in Myanmar and Yemen would indicate, the reality is very different.

Our own endeavours on this issue have grown and developed over the last two years, but they have now reached an important stage as we seek to secure its future.

How the funds be used
Funds raised this year will particularly go to support the following areas:

• Continuing the work of our Refugee Officer, Domenica Pecoraro, as she focusses on assisting churches keen to support refugee families through the various Government schemes now available.
• Helping establish the much prayed for Calais post. This will support those engaging with the many migrants still present in Northern France.
• Some of the funds will once again be distributed to the Kent Churches Winter Night Shelter Network.

How to give
This year I would like to encourage you to consider donating a collection from one of your Advent services to the Appeal. Your support in the past has made such a difference, and we will be sharing some of these stories with you throughout Advent via our regular e-bulletin The Briefing and on social media.

It is possible to give online at or by cheque, made payable to Canterbury DBF, with “2017 Justice Appeal” on the back and sent to Advent Justice Appeal, Diocesan House, Lady Wootton’s Green, Canterbury, CT1 1NQ. If you’re able, please Gift Aid your donations, allowing us to claim an extra 25p for every pound donated. For more information please visit

Thank you

The Christmas story offers a vivid reminder of why our concern for refugees and those seeking asylum should not waiver, revealing as it does the God given grace and dignity found in each and every one of us. Just as Jesus himself fled from persecution as a baby, so then does our Christian story – our faith – connect us from its very beginnings with the vulnerable and the marginalised.

Therefore allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for all the support you will give this campaign, as well as for your continuing faithful service to your communities, the Diocese and the wider Church.

With prayers and blessings,


Pictured below is the Bishop of Dover.

The Bishop of Dover pictured on a visit to All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne.