Seeing lives transformed through encounter with Jesus
We are a Church of England Benefice of six village parishes in the countryside between Sittingbourne and Rainham in North Kent, with seven diverse congregations. 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 steadfast, faithful presence of God through the varying times of life down the centuries. They speak of the Lord's promise to us: "I am with you always".
Everyone is welcome to join us at any of our services, which provide different flavours of traditional and contemporary worship. We endeavour also to reflect this in our weekly online service, which you can find on our YouTube channel by clicking here. This is not only available during the latest lockdown, but is now provided each week.
So do join with us, you are very welcome!
Our church buildings (clockwise): Hartlip, Iwade, Lower Halstow, Upchurch, Stockbury, Newington
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.
Although our buildings are again closed for public communal worship during this latest lockdown until early December, they are available for individual private prayer. We encourage you to see our buildings as Places of Hope where you can come to find Breathing Space, which is how we see these times as being. If you are looking for, or needing some space just to 'breathe out' the anxieties and pressures you may be experiencing and to 'breathe in' some peace and hope in their place that comes by just being in the presence of God's love and grace, then we encourage you to go to these times of Breathing Space. Come and be still, come and rest for a while, come and pray as you can. The current times which the different churches are now open for Breathing Space are as follows (they may be subject to change):
St Michael's Hartlip: Saturdays and Wednesdays 10am - 3pm
St Mary's Newington: Wednesdays 10am-12 pm ; Saturdays 2pm - 5pm
St Mary's Upchurch: Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm ; Sundays TBC
St Mary Magdalene Stockbury: Sundays times 10am - 5pm
All Saints Iwade: Saturdays 10am - 4pm
St Margaret's Lower Halstow: Wednesdays TBC
We are committed to ensuring the safety of everyone who enter our buildings, so we have put appropropriate measure in place to provide a Covid-19 secure space. We kindly ask that everyone abides by these, including wearing a Face mask, sanitising hands and providing Test & Trace contact details.
Your local church community is still here to serve and support you, to be available to you and especially for the most vulnerable in our village communities. We are praying daily for our village communities and the nation at 12 noon & 6pm. Join us wherever you are.
'Shine a Light': each Sunday from 8.00pmWe invite you to place a candle or a lamp in your window each Sunday evening as a sign of hope given the challenges that the nations face. Please be conscious of fire safety.
We aware that some may be worried and struggling in some way during this period.
Do not struggle alone.
There are many who can help and listen. Do ask.
If you wish for help from our churches, do contact me in the first instance. I can then put you in touch with others in the communities who can and are willing to help.
Rev. Julian Staniforth
Rector & Priest-in-Charge of The Six benefice
"The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not (cannot) overcome this light".
These words from John’s Gospel remind us of God’s promise that no matter what life brings, the Lord says
“I am with you”.
In the midst of the storms the Lord Jesus met his panicked disciples and said
"It is I, do not be afraid. Where is your faith?"
In the midst of this particular storm engulfing our individual lives, our nation and our world at this time may we hear the Lord’s promise “I am with you”. If you would like to speak to someone, please do get in touch with the Clergy team in the first instance.
Safeguarding is an essential part of our churches being safe for everyone. Follow the link here.