The Parish of St. Martin & St. Paul, Canterbury 

Who and what we are - central, inclusive, searching

St. Martin’s - Unbroken Prayer

St. Martin’s congregation feels privileged to worship in the cradle of English Christianity and welcomes visitors and pilgrims from around the world. Since St. Augustine first worshipped here over 1,400 years ago, it has remained a place of unbroken prayer, mission and worship.

St. Paul’s - Without Walls

St. Paul’s without the Walls lives out its name by seeking to break down barriers between God, individuals, and communities. The building both inspires us and helps us meet the needs of others. This, alongside our inclusive welcome, creates a place where everyone, no matter who they are, can journey with God.

Parish Centre and Community - Seven whole days

The Parish Centre is where we engage with people in their daily lives, every day of the week. We meet for fellowship, refreshment and discernment of God’s plan for ourselves and the parish. The Centre is used by playgroups, the Mothers’ Union, and for many other parish activities. Alongside other outreach activities we work with the community primary school to deliver an after school club and weekly assemblies.

What to expect

What sort of churches are St. Martin’s & St. Paul’s?
We are part of the Church of England, and our friendly congregation is drawn from the local and wider community.


Who can come to church here?
Anybody. You don’t have to be baptised or confirmed. For us, “all” means “unconditionally all” – everyone is welcome.


Is there a dress code?

No. Some people dress smartly and others casually. The important thing is to feel relaxed and comfortable. 


What are the first steps?
You come and visit us at our churches. St Paul’s can easily be accessed by wheelchairs and buggies. We don’t yet have step-free access at St. Martin’s. You’ll be greeted by one of our welcoming team. They’ll give you a service booklet and a newsletter, and a hymn book when needed.


Where do I sit?
Sit where you feel comfortable and can see what’s going on.


What next?  

After a welcome the service begins.  You can follow the service in the service booklet.