Two Churches – One Parish


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.

St Paul’s without the Walls – A place to belong

Visitors to St. Paul’s without the Walls often tell us how friendly they find the community is and that in our worship they find a blend of joyful tradition and modernity that defines our community.
Our flexible, warm and large worshipping space means we now have 5 main worshipping communities who meet at different times throughout the week or month, but we are all one family and one congregation.

Our aim is that here, as an Inclusive Church all can find a ‘place to belong’ here and that our different types of worship help facilitate a meaningful encounter with God, influencing the way we live our lives.

St Paul’s without the Walls is open daily as a beautiful place of prayer and reflection in the midst of busy lives in a busy city.