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 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.'We continue to live in uncertain times as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Christmas has reminded us how Jesus was born amongst us in the midst of troubled times, as Emmanuel 'God with us' always. Never has this message felt so important and relevant today. 

We are conscious of the need to ensure a safe environment for all choosing to attend our services. So in accordance with the current Government restrictions the wearing of face-masks in our church buildings is now mandatory for anyone aged 11 and over (except for those with specific exemption. We ask everyone to gel their hands on entry, to provide contact details for Test & Trace (using the QR code if easier) and where possible to keep appropriate social distancing.

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 our benefice. 

Our beautiful church buildings left to right: Hartlip, Iwade, Lower Halstow, Newington, Stockbury, Upchurch. 'Uplift' is a Congregation designed for younger people and families and has a modern style of worship. Click on the images to find out more about each worshipping community. 

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Hartlip Church Iwade Church Lower Halstow Church

Newington Church Stockbury Church Upchurch Church

If you are worried and struggling in some way during this period, do not struggle alone. Please ask for help. There are many who can help in practical ways or by listening. 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 of The Six Benefice

t: 01795 227329 / e:

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