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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...


Vietnam in South East Asia, has a population of about 92 million of whom around 10% are Christian. The main religion and a large majority of the people in the country is Buddhist.

But the government is hard line Communist, exercising a very strong administration and control over its people. Christianity is largely split between the Catholic Church in the north and the Protestant Church in the south, especially among the numer-ous ethnic tribes. In particular the Montagnard and the Hmong people.

Christians have had a mixed history over the last 200 years. Firstly during the French colonial take over in the 1860s,then during the war of independence in the 1950s, and subsequently during the American war in the late 60s and early 70s. Christians have since been seen as agents of one of the western powers, and thereby as enemies of the state.

Today the government has labelled Christianity as a problem, and has made the registration of churches, a requirement of the law, almost impossible. Consequently many meet in unregistered house churches, making them liable to constant surveillance and arbitrary arrest, imprisonment, persecution and torture. Many Christians languish in prison for years.

In spite of this persecution, the church in Vietnam is growing, which is probably why the government is so concerned.


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 to God for the growth in the church in Vietnam, and pray for his protection and guidance for new believers.

• Give thanks for pastors and leaders of the churches who are often targeted by the authorities, give them wisdom and strength of faith to stand firm in their belief.

• Pray for the government that it will change its attitude toward Christian communities.

• Pray for those in Prison that they will know God’s presence and joy with them in the midst of their suffering.

• Pray for proper discipleship of the many ethnic minorities coming to faith in rural areas.

• Pray that the revision of the religious laws due next year will serve God’s purposes and aid the spread of his Good News.


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