Prayer Focus - Kent
Updated: Mar 27, 2019
Dubbed “The Garden of England” for many years, the county of Kent has long been a place known for agriculture and beauty. Located in South East England and one of the “home counties” (a county which surrounds London), Kent is a large county with direct connections to mainland Europe.
Kent had a population of 1,727,665 residents as of the 2011 census. It is made up of 13 different districts and its largest towns are Maidstone (113,000), Gillingham (104,000), Gravesend (102,000), Chatham (70,500), Dartford (86,000), Sittingbourne (62,500), Margate (61,000), Tunbridge Wells (60,000), Ashford (59,000), Folkestone (47,000), Canterbury (43,000).
The two oldest cathedrals in England are both in Kent. Canterbury Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England, was founded 597 and completely rebuilt between 1070 and 1077. Rochester Cathedral is also in Kent and was founded in 604.
Other notable things about Kent are that it contains the namesake of the famous Canterbury Tales, a collection of 24 stories by Geoffrey Chaucer, about pilgrims making the journey from London to Canterbury. Some feel that these stories helped to popularise the English vernacular in mainstream literature. Kent is also the site of much of the Battle of Britain, a military campaign in which the Royal Air Force defended the United Kingdom against large-scale Nazi air attacks. Kent also has more motorways by distance than any other county in the UK (i.e. M2, M20, M25, M26). It also has four universities: Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent, University of Greenwich, and University for the Creative Arts (UCA).
The spiritual need in Kent is certainly one to pray for. No doubt there are some good churches in the county, but these are few and far between. As a pastor in southeast London, we have had people drive to our church from many parts of Kent because they struggled to find a solid Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church to attend.
Please pray with me for those Christians and good churches in the county, for God to raise up labourers who will carry the gospel to Kent, and for new churches to be planted in the county of Kent.