Borstal: St Matthew, Rochester

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St Matthew's Church in Borstal is a friendly church in the heart of the village.  We offer worship every Sunday morning at 10:30 with children's activities running alongside - children are welcomed and are free to pop in and out of the service as they wish.  

We have a choir and sing a blend of modern and traditional hymns, sometimes accompanied by organ, sometimes by keyboard and double bass!  Our worship is best described as 'relaxed Common Worship'.  We have a contemplative and liberal approach to theology, knowing that we don't have all the answers but seeking God's truth together.  We have a heart for social justice and support both local and national charities.  We are signed up to the Inclusive Church network.

We have fully accessible disabled toilets and our communion rail is level access.  

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76 Borstal Street
(01634) 324960

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Holy Communion
Holy Communion service every Sunday at 10:30 am Come together to meet with God in a prayerful environment. Children's activities, refreshments afterwards.
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
Messy Church
Messy Church involves making things, playing games, worship and food - and fun for all the family. All are welcome!
Every third Sunday at 3:30 PM for 1½ hours


Sacred Space
Silent prayer for 40 minutes, introduced with a reading. All welcome. In the side room in winter. Coffee/tea available afterwards. All welcome.
Every Tuesday at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

Church Open Open between 10:30am and 12:30 Tuesday mornings. A time when you can have a look around, book a christening or wedding or just come in for a quiet moment or a chat and a listening ear. Tea and coffee available.
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Anne Yvonne BENNETT
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9919
Diocesan ID: B2301
Built: 1879
Architect: Luck
Style of worship: Liberal Catholic
Our Patron: Vicar of Rochester
Archdeaconry: ROCHESTER (312)
Deanery: ROCHESTER (31205)
Benefice: Borstal (31/024 K)
Parish Legal Name: St. Matthew, Borstal (310128 )
CofE Church Info: (631128 31/128)
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The current editor is: Alison Robinson

This page was last updated on Saturday 30th September 2017
Borstal: St Matthew : Borstal Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3HL

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