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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 in the church most Sundays, 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. Uplift holds many events as well as services. You can find out more here.
Our normal monthly service pattern
1st Sunday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep, Nov)
10.00am JOINT COMMUNION SERVICE at Newington
with children's groups.
1st Sunday (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)
10.00am Sung Communion
10.30am Uplift in the Village Hall
2nd Sunday 10.00am Morning Worship
3rd Sunday 10.30am Uplift in the Village Hall
(Our choir take part in a joint service at Hartlip at 10.30am)
4th Sunday 10.00am Sung Communion
For up-to-date service information across the benefice go to Services this Month
The church is open during the day and has a quiet chapel space for private prayer with simple resources to help you pray.
For Christenings, Thanksgivings, Weddings, Marriage Blessings and Funerals please contact Rev. Julian Staniforth
Collections for Sittingbourne 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. Sittingburne Food Bank is carefully run to ensure that only the genuinely needy receive the donations, especially those with children.
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.