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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...


For the last 5 years, Syria has been devastated by an increasingly violent civil war, Starting with the protests of the Arab Spring, it has spiralled out of control as different factions (as many as ten) seek to seize control of different parts of the country.

So called Islamic State, the al-Nsura front, the free Syrian army, radical Kurds, and other splinter groups vie with each other and the government forces for supremacy each backed by different outside powers, including western governments.

Caught in the middle of this carnage, and often targeted by them, are our Christian brothers and sisters and other minority groups.

For many years regarded as a safe place for Christians to live, being some 30% of Syria’s population a hundred years ago, this has now dropped rapidly to less than 10%. Many Christians are attacked, abducted, held to ransom or just killed, forcing those who can to leave, seeking a safe haven, either in refugee camps or trying to find a new life in Europe or elsewhere. This leaves the old, the poor, and the infirm as the main bulk of Christians in the country, living in desperate conditions and not knowing if they will survive another day.

Humanitarian aid is patchy and spasmodic due to the complicated factionality of the different groups, who often use the refugees as bargaining tools.

In spite of this, there are many converts coming to Christ, especially from a Muslim background, drawn by the loving and supportive environment of the Christian church.


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 those who stay in Syria, despite the risks, to serve the Christian population.
• Pray for the safe release of those held hostage.
• Pray for those living in war zones for the Lord to protect and provide for them, shielding and guiding them each day.
• Pray for all those displaced in refugee camps, and those travelling in Europe, that they may find a new home and a safe haven.
• Pray for strength of faith for those who come to Christ at great personal risk.
• Pray for all who have lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods, or who have been injured and traumatised for healing and comfort in their distress.
• Pray for an end to the suffering and violence against so many innocent civilians.


Stratton Deanery Year of Prayer ~ Retreat 2017
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A Year of Prayer - 2016
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