Welcome to The Six Benefice

We are a group of six Church of England village parishes in North Kent, in the countryside between Sittingbourne and Rainham with seven diverse congregations. We offer different flavours of traditional and contemporary worship across the different congregations in our benefice in Hartlip, Iwade, Lower Halstow, Newington, Stockbury, Upchurch as well as at 'Uplift' meeting in Upchurch Village Hall. Do click on the images below to find out more about each worshipping community. 

We seek to be 'the people who BLESS,' seeking to embody Jesus in our daily lives sharing by our presence, service and words the Lord's transforming love and grace. We see church as a community we belong to, not just a place we go to. 

Yet we recognise that each village's ancient building speaks of the Lord's steadfast, faithful presence through the challenging times of life. They speak of the Lord's promise to us: 'I am with you always'.

Everyone is welcome to come and join us. So do get in touch! 


Rev. Julian Staniforth

Rector of The Six Benefice

Hartlip Church Iwade Church Lower Halstow Church

St Michael's Hartlip                            All Saints Iwade                                 St Margaret's Lower Halstow

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Newington Church Stockbury Church Upchurch Church

St Mary's Newington                           St Mary Magdalene Stockbury            St Mary' Upchurch

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