In this time of uncertainty the Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings following guidance from the Archbishops and government are currently closed and public worship suspended for the duration. We are, however, finding new ways to worship together and serve but our faith, vision and values remain the same.
We are two thriving churches serving a large and diverse parish close to the centre of Canterbury, seeking to work alongside the whole community and supporting all who live, worship, visit and work here. We are a parish with a long tradition - a place where you can belong wherever you are on the journey of faith or whatever questions you have.
We are a diverse group of people committed to being an open, inclusive and welcoming community, journeying together and growing in faith. We hope everyone feels at home here and you can play a full part in the life of the parish, regardless of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, or sexuality.
In the light of the advice given by the government, it is even more important than ever to keep in touch and to keep praying as we stay at home over these next few months. Please explore our website to find ways of joining us virtually for worship and resources for worship and learning at home. If you need anything at all please feel free to contact us, we are here to help and to talk, offering support in difficult times.
Mark Griffin, Rector - and all the team at St Martin’s and St Paul’s
OUR DAILY RHYTHM OF WORSHIP:
JOIN US ONLINE LIVE at www.facebook.com/martinpaulchurches:
Mon – Fri: Morning Prayer at 9.15am, Evening Prayer at 4.00pm
Mon, Wed, Fri: Night Prayer at 8.00pm
Sundays: Service of the Word at 10.30am, Evening Prayer at 4pm
Orders of service etc. can be found here
(if you can’t watch live all videos will be available on our website here)
JOIN US AT HOME:
Daily: Holiday club – with videos, crafts and prayers (for all ages) can be found here
Mon- Sat – thought for the day can be found here
Thursday: Midday Prayer at home
Sunday at 7.00pm light a candle at home as a sign of hope and Gods presence in these dark times.)
Worried or confused about online safety? Look at our advice here)
Orders of service for each act of worship can be found here
Sunday's sermon can be found here
DAILY BIBLE REFLECTIONS: if you would like to join a newsgroup reflecting on the daily Eucharist gospel reading, please contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org - then we will send out the reading each day and people can share their thoughts. We will also put it on Facebook.
THE NOTICESHEET is also available as a paper copy - Please contact Mark if you know someone who would like to keep in touch in this way.
REMEMBER to keep checking this website - the Homepage as well as our This Week page - for updates about what is happening and how you can be involved.
All services and events in our buildings have been cancelled.
Following Government and Church guidance, Fisher Folk, Cheeky Monkeys and all other church events are suspended until further notice.
St Martins is closed to visitors until further notice
For what is happening this week, please see our weekly diary
REGULAR SERVICES when our buildings are open
8am Prayer Book Communion at St Pauls (2nd and 4th Sundays)
9am Eucharist and Address at St Martins
10.30 Sung Parish Eucharist at St Pauls (with children's activities)
2nd Sunday- 5pm Evensong and Supper
3rd Sunday - 3.30pm-5pm St Paul's @ Tea Time (Informal Worship and Tea)
9.15 Morning Prayer at St Pauls (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
12pm Midday Prayer at St Martins (Thursday)