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About Us 


St Mary's Church, Chartham

Benefice of Chartham & Upper Hardres with Stelling

St. Mary's Chartham is part of the Benefice of Chartham & Upper Hardres with Stelling St Peter & Paul Upper Hardres is a rural church set in the heart of the beautiful Kent Downs and St. Mary Stelling is a small but active and historically important rural church.

St Mary’s Chartham, has been serving the people of Chartham and beyond since the early 14th century. Each generation has brought to the church its own particular style and understanding of worship, seen in the architecture and decoration of the building, and we hope to carry on in that that tradition, proclaiming and living the good news of God’s love for us shown in his son Jesus Christ.

Wherever you may be on your particular journey, we welcome you to join us for services and the many other activities here. We are open and inviting to all, whoever you may be, to share our different stories and celebrate the story of God’s love for his creation.

Above all we seek to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead, so that all people may know the forgiveness of their sins and new and eternal life in the Spirit. We hope to equip Christians to go out into the world and live out that Gospel in their various situations. The church stands on its ancient foundations as a sacred space for us all as we engage in community, out there, where the Lord commanded us to go.

A website can only go so far in giving a flavour of our church and community and so we hope you will be able to visit us at some point and get a real taste of the people and the place, to take time out to pray, and draw close to God.

May the light of Christ shine upon you, scatter the darkness from your path, and guide you onwards.
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at St.Mary's (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits afterward. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome..
Visit our This Sunday page for more information


Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes