St Martin’s Church: The buildingSt. Martin’s Church is England’s oldest parish church still in regular use for worship. Predating both Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey, St Martin’s dates back at least to the late 6th century, when King Ethelbert gave the building to his Christian wife, Bertha as her private chapel. Bede relates that St. Augustine worshipped here at the very start of his mission to convert the English. Such is the historical significance of this church that, along with the ruins of the Abbey of St. Augustine and Canterbury Cathedral, St Martin’s is one third of the Canterbury World Heritage Site.
The intimate nature of the church
particularly lends itself to quiet, contemplative, forms of worship.
St Martin’s Church: The People
St. Martin’s has always had a strong community of prayer and welcome. Complementing that community, the Friends of St. Martin’s was founded in 1966, to enhance the unity of all Christians and enable visitors to maintain contact with St. Martin’s. We hold regular services, weddings and baptisms, and gather to celebrate St. Augustine’s Day and Martinmas.
St Paul’s: The BuildingSt. Paul’s is a 12th century church which was extended and greatly changed during the Victorian era. In 2013 it was reordered with new lighting, a sound and AV system, and fully flexible seating. This transformed space has enabled us to offer new and inspiring worship in the form of special services. It has also been used for concerts, conferences, barn dances, a tea party, and even a pantomime!
St Paul’s: The PeopleAs a parish we hope we are known for our warm welcome and inclusive nature. St. Paul’s services usually include music enhanced by a robed choir and the enthusiastic participation of the congregation. The liturgical team includes a band of servers. We offer a younger and older Sunday School (known as Sunday Zone) every week, though once a month the older group remain in church to take a more active role in worship.