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Church notices for the
Sundays of 4th & 11th May

Upcoming dates:
Eco Church biodiversity survey                                           Wednesday 7th & Friday 9th June
Family Quiz Night                                                                  Saturday 10th June
BBC Songs of Praise recording in the Cathedral              Monday 12th June
Archdeacon’s visitation in the Cathedral                           Wednesday 14th June
Ladies Group                                                                         Monday 19th June

Family Quiz Night
Come and join us for Quiz Night on 10th June at St Mary’s Church, starting at 6.45pm. Bring your own food, drink, crockery, cutlery & glasses. Tickets £2.00 or £10.00 a table. Raffle tickets on the door.
Contact Jane Arnott ( if you would like to book a table.

Eco Church biodiversity survey in St. Mary’s Churchyard Come and help us count!
Wednesday 7th June 3.30-4.30 p.m. & Friday 9th June 3.30 -4.30 p.m.
We will be recording the plant and animal species in our churchyard. This is supported by environmental charities A Rocha UK and Caring for God’s Acre, as well as the Church of England.
Refreshments will be provided. Phone apps for this will help. All ages welcome.
For more information contact Cathy Arnold: or 01227 731960.

St Martin’s In the Fields Pilgrimage
A huge thank you to everyone who supported the St Martin’s In the Fields Pilgrimage tea on Bank holiday Monday. Thank you to those of you who provided cakes and to those who served cake and tea or washed up. Apparently, Chartham is famous for its cakes. We believe we served 114 pilgrims between 2.30-4pm.

St Mary’s Ladies Group Monday 19th June at 2pm
The next meeting will be in Ruth Harling’s garden when Meriel Pickett will speak on
'A comparison of farming & the natural world in Hungary and the UK’.
All welcome and for further information phone Maggie on 738738 or speak to a member of Ladies Group.

Visitation Service in the Cathedral - 14th June 7:30pm
Jane will be admitted as Churchwarden for the coming year. This is a service of dedication for everyone involved in church life. Please come along to support Jane and our shared commitment to St Mary’s.

Change of name: We are now part of the Stour Valley Deanery!
The agreement to change the name of our Deanery from West Bridge Deanery to Stour Valley Deanery has now been approved.
Our Area Dean is Rev Cathy Sigrist, and the Lay Chair is Caroline Knight.

Songs of Praise is coming to Canterbury Cathedral
A message from the Songs of Praise team: “We would love you to join us for the recording of hymns and songs of praise on Monday 12th June 2023 from 18:30 – 21:30.
All tickets are free of charge. To book your place email with your name, contact phone number and the number of tickets you’d like. Please be sure to include ‘Songs of Praise Canterbury’ in your subject header.
Alternatively, you can call 07734 030 888 to book your tickets.”

Collects and readings for upcoming Sundays
4th June
Family Praise
Trinity Sunday
Holy God,
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds
with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply into
the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Reading: Matthew 28:16-end

11th June First Sunday after Trinity
Holy Communion
Music Sunday
O God,
the strength of all those
who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers
and, because through the weakness
of our mortal nature we can do
no good thing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that, in the keeping of your commandments,
we may please you both in will and deed;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Readings: Romans 4:13-end, Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26


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.
Email Address:
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