St 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.
The services are 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. The Third Sunday we hold a joint service of Sung Communion with Hartlip.
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.
For information on our monthly services pattern, please see the Church Services page.
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 on tel: 01795 227239.
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. Sittingbourne 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.