St. 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 and is in a good state of repair. See more...
St. 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, including the monthly St. Paul’s@TeaTime service
for children and their families. It has also been used for
concerts, large meetings, barn dances, a tea party, and even
a pantomime! See more...