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 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 join us in worship in any of our church buildings (as below) and in our weekly online service, which can be found on our YouTube Channel either via the menu tab or by clicking here. 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.
If you are worried and struggling in some way, do ask for help. There are many who can help in practical ways or by listening. Do contact me in the first instance, so we can put you in touch with others who can and are willing to help.Blessings
Rev. Julian Staniforth
Rector of The Six Benefice