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Stratton Deanery Prayer
O generous God,

you invite your people
to discover the Kingdom

and grow the church;
give us, then, the courage,
the strength and the vision
to share in the mission
and ministry of your Son

that with the Lord of the Church
we may be, truly,
the Church of the Lord.

written by
Revd. Canon Rob Dickenson
Praying hands
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Persecuted Christians
around the world:

Following a seminar in Truro about Persecuted Christians around the world, it was thought it would be good to share the information, and ask you to join us in praying for them.


A new country each month:
This month’s focus is on the persecutions
of Christians in...


The land-locked nation of Nepal, High on the edges of the Himalayas was, until 2006, the worlds only official Hindu nation. 86% of the population being Hindu and only 0.6% Christian. Today 75% are Hindu and 2.8% Christian.

In 1990 civil unrest led to a lowering of government controls, including freedom to profess and practice any religion, but it was illegal to evangelise especially to Hindus.

Any who converted to other than Hindu faced social rejection and possible violence.

In 2008 the country was declared a secular republic in spite of pressure from the growing Hindu fundamentalist factions. This has led to new legislation being brought forward which will not allow Nepalese citizens to change or share their religion, stifling religious freedom, and carrying hefty penalties if found guilty.

In spite of this, the Christian community in Nepal is growing rapidly, and as a result it is coming under much greater persecution, particularly from Hindu extremists, often leading to increasingly violent attacks on individuals and church property including bombings and murder. As one leading pastor put it, “The only reason I can think of for the growth of the Nepali church is the work of the Holy Spirit,” He added that church planting and evangelism are the strengths of the church in Nepal.

“If you come to Nepal, you will see many similarities between the church in Nepal and the first century church as described in the Book of Acts — in the religious life of the people, how the church is being persecuted, the excitement of the believers, how the power of God is being demonstrated through healing and exorcisms.”

On top of this, in April 2015 over 8,000 people died in two major earthquakes, and hundreds of thousands were displaced. Christians, many of whom are from the poorest sections of society, are often overlooked in aid distribution because of their faith.


vertical line Revd Tony Windross

Welcome to Stratton Deanery:

North Cornwall is a truly glorious place, and it’s a privilege to live and work here – on the edge of everything. Where rugged cliffs encounter dramatic Atlantic breakers. Where Cornwall meets England. And where the Gospel is tested in people’s everyday lives.

Our 23 churches (across 18 parishes) are mainly small, rural, struggling for cash – and in good heart. Financial pressures mean that clergy are thin on the ground – but the dedication of their congregations mean that the churches are hives of activity.

Stratton Deanery covers a wide geographical area – but we work well together, and there is a real sense of common purpose. Clergy and lay officers meet weekly in Deanery College, for prayer, bible study and discussion. We’re keen to get away from narrow parochialism, and share scarce resources across the deanery.

We’re not afraid to be controversial – and stand up and speak out for social justice, however unpopular it sometimes makes us.

As you explore the website, you’ll see details of the many ancient and beautiful church buildings we’re privileged to use – but this is only part of our story, as each has its own living, working and worshipping congregation, trying to reach out to its community, and share something of the love and the joy and the peace and the hope that they have found in their faith. It certainly doesn’t give us all the answers – but it helps us wrestle with the questions.

If you’re planning a visit to North Cornwall, it would be good if you were able to visit some of our churches – and even better if you were able to join us for worship (but please look on the individual church’s website to check arrangements for the Sunday you intend to come – as not every church has a service every week).

Whenever you come, and wherever you go – I guarantee you’ll receive a very warm welcome!

Revd Tony Windross

Week St. Mary Circle of Parishes
The Boscastle & Tintagel Group of Churches
Rural Dean of Stratton


• Give thanks for the rapid growth of the church in Nepal.

• Pray for wisdom for the authorities at every level as they implement the new constitution.

• Pray that the legislation criminalising evangelising will be amended, giving freedom of choice of religion to Nepalese citizens.

• Pray for protection for Church leaders and other Christians from Hindu extremists.

• Ask the Lord to provide the material needs of all who have lost homes in the earthquakes.

• Pray that God will comfort many who have lost loved ones.


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