St Mary the Virgin, UpchurchSt Mary-the-Virgin, Upchurch

St Mary’s is at the heart of the village of Upchurch and offers both traditional and more contemporary styles of worship.

There is a service every Sunday, usually a communion service supported by the choir. A strong musical tradition has long been a feature of the church's worship and of the village as a whole.

Upchurch is also home to Uplift, a congregation which meets in the Village Hall located behind the church. Uplift meets twice a month on the first and third Sundays. It is particularly suitable for families with children, and for any looking for a more contemporary style of worship.

Our normal monthly service pattern (unless indicated):

1st Sunday        10.00am   Communion (Sung)
                          10.30am   Uplift (in Village Hall)

2nd Sunday       10.00am   Morning Worship

3rd Sunday        10.30am   Uplift (in Village hall)

4th Sunday        10.00am   Communion (Sung)

The church has a quiet chapel space for private prayer, with simple resources to help you pray. Information about where to obtain a key is available on the church noticeboard.

For Christenings, Thanksgivings, Weddings, Marriage Blessings and Funerals please contact Rev. Julian Staniforth

Regular Events

For Uplift future dates, see Coming up for our programme of worship and other activities.

Rainbow Cafe: every 2nd Thursday 2.30 to 5.00pm in the church. Tea, Coffee, Homemade cakes, children's snacks at reasonable prices. Themed activities. Come along and see! 
  Rainbow Sign BoardRainbow Menu

Collections for Medway Food Bank: Can you spare items of food with a valid use by date?  It is donated to those who are desperately needing food to keep themselves and their families going.  We have a large food box in Upchurch church.  Just staple food items will be gratefully received. Medway Food Bank is based in the Medway Towns and is carefully run to ensure that only the genuinely needy receive the donations, especially those with children.

Church Porch Sale: takes place between 9.00-11.00am in church on the second Saturday of every month. Cakes, produce, books, jigsaws and bric-a-brac all offered at reasonable prices.

Bell Ringing: fancy learning how to become a campanologist? Our bell ringers meet Wednesday evenings. Contact Ralph Liddell for details on 01634 375481.

Adopt-a-grave scheme.  Sterling work has already been done on various graves in the burial ground and the churchyard revealing graves which had been "lost".  If you would like to take up your shears to help, please contact Elizabeth Shorthouse on 01634 364676.  It does make a difference.