St Martin’s Church:
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.
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. The intimate nature of the church particularly lends itself to quiet,
contemplative, forms of worship.
St Paul’s: The
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. It has also been used for concerts, conferences, barn
dances, a tea party, and even a pantomime!
St Paul’s: The
As 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.