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Friends of St. Mary's Church, Chartham

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The aim of the Friends of St. Mary's Church, Chartham is to help maintain the beautiful building that has stood in Chartham for nearly 1000 years. Visit the About page to see our constitution and other information on us as Friends of St. Mary's Church, Chartham. 

Throughout the year we plan to hold a number of events of all shapes and sizes. Please remember to keep visiting our site for the details. If you are a Friend already you will receive our regular newsletter with all the details. We look forward to seeing you!

If you wish to become a Friend we would love to welcome you. There are many benefits of becoming a Friend of St. Mary's Church in Chartham and if you visit the Become a Friend page you can learn how.



St Mary's Ladies Group

St Mary's Ladies Group was formed in 2013 to give a space for women of all ages both in our church or living in the village and in sympathy with our Christian faith to meet together. We aim to provide support for each other, deepen our faith and enjoy each others company while experiencing visits and talks. More...

Light Lunch Group

Several times each year we meet together for lunch in the church. We open the doors at 12noon where sherry or fruit juice is served while people catch up with friends or make new ones. We then serve a three course lunch, soup, main and dessert followed by tea or coffee.

We follow lunch with a short prayer service, which people find uplifting and helpful. We sing a hymn together, read the Bible and pray for our friends and family. You would be most welcome to join us. Please book a place so we know how many to cater for. Lifts are available. Check Church Calendar for details

St. Mary's Choir

Our choir has had a busy year, leading the musical side of St. Mary’s worship. We have been asked to sing at  weddings and have been honored to be part of many very special funerals, including important members of our church family. We have been working on recruitment and have been pleased to welcome some new singers, including some younger members.

Choirs Practice is on most Tuesday evenings in the Church @ 7pm.  Check Church Calendar for details

Contact Emily 07733 332526

Flower Arrangers

We continue with our faithful group of 6 who derive pleasure from creative use of flowers to add to the beauty of this church. We’ve also arranged flowers for weddings if asked and were planning the Flower Festival in August 2020 with a theme, “Pilgrims–Travelling Light”, initiated by this year being the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower - This is now postponed until August 2021. If anyone would like to be involved in, or even take up, flower arranging, please let me know. The creation of something beautiful brings each person joy and relaxation and so is worth considering.

Contact Dee Hickman.

An important part of our life at St. Mary's is meeting regularly to study the Bible  and pray together. We have several groups that meet in people's homes around the parish, some meet in the evenings fortnightly, one weekly and one during the day. If you would like to know more, please contact us. 

Shalmsford Street Home Group

A dozen of the St Mary’s congregates have met fortnightly over the year for fellowship and to study the bible, with a core of half a dozen and others joining when not travelling. 

Our ethos is to support each other with studies led by each member over tea/coffee and biscuits, in a warm environment, confident that what is said remains within the group, and understanding that a home group, being dynamic, will change and expand to develop more Home Groups.

We completed the teaching series “Just 10”by J. John that considered,each evening,one of the 10 commandments, God’s timeless values for life today. We then began the series “Getting the most out of the Sermon on the Mount” by John Stott, which considers over 12 sessions what it means to seek first the kingdom of God –in our relationships, values, ambitions, finances, and our commitments to God himself.We begin our evening with prayer and conclude with our prayer diary covering matters of importance to each of us, our church and world events that are impacting our families, our homes, and wider communities. We invite anyone interested to join us, without commitment, to sample our home group.

Contact  Simon Hickman

Thursday morning home group

We meet from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. currently via video conferencing on zoom.  When we return to face to face gatherings we will meet in one of our group member's homes.  Our home group is an opportunity to develop friendships, deepen our fellowship and to support and enourage  each other.  We pray together and share our news.  We take time to discover more about the Bible, about Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit.  Finally we look to see what this means for us in our daily lives in today's world.   If you would like to join us please contact myself and I will be happy to welcome you for a taster so that you can see if our group is what you are looking for.  

Contact: Cathy Arnold      

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.. 

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Treasure Seekers (Sunday school) takes place during each of the 10am services except the Family Service on the first Sunday

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go out to Treasure Seekers.  You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. 

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.


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