St Martin, Canterbury

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Welcome to the Parish of St. Martin & St. Paul, Canterbury

Our Parish consists of two thriving churches within the City of Canterbury, Kent.

St. Paul's Church dates from Norman times and is very close to the city centre. St Paul's shares its loaction with the Parish Centre, built in 2005. The interior of the church underwent a major refurbishment which was compleleted in April 2013.

 St. Martin's Church  is England's oldest Parish church and part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site. St. Augustine visited our church in 597 to begin the mission authorised by Pope Gregory the Great. 

Together we continue our mission to live out the Gospel in thought, word and deed.

Our churches stand in the centre of the Liberal Anglican tradition; we have an enthusiastic choir (new members welcome) and a lively Sunday Zone for children which meets at St. Paul's at 10.30 am in term time. 
The church also runs an informal Messy Church in the Querns community centre, a very popular monthly Taize service on a Sunday evening.
Please see this or our website for more details, contacts and service times!

Mission Statement

We are called to worship God in Jesus Christ and to make Christ known in our community.
We do not have all the answers. We are on a spiritual journey. We look to scripture, reason and tradition to help us on our way.
Whoever you are, we offer a space for you to draw nearer to God and walk with us.


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Parish Centre
Parish Centre
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01227 768072 (Parish Administrator)

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Sung Holy Communion
On the first Sunday of the month, we have a Eucharist sung by our quarter of singers using traditional language. Hymns are taken from Common Praise (A & M). All Welcome!
Every first Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer
Said Holy Communion
We have a said Communion service using modern language. Coffee is served after the service on the last Sunday of each month. All are Welcome!
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship


Informal prayers
Informal prayers held in the oldest church of the English speaking world. Prayers for Christian Unity and peace said each week.
Every Thursday at 12:00 PM for ¼ hour
Family Friendly


(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Stained Glass


Guided Tours Guidebooks
Church Open Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday Mornings
Audio-Visual Hall for Hire See our sister church St Pauls for details about the parish centre.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 11921
Built: 6th Century
Style of worship: Liberal, Central, Choral, Inclusive
Our Patron: Archbishop of Canterbury
Archdeaconry: CANTERBURY (561)
Deanery: Canterbury (56103)
Benefice: Cant St Martin and St Paul (06/045 H)
Parish Legal Name: St. Martin and St. Paul Canterbury (560051 )
CofE Church Info: (606051 6/51)
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The current editor is: Jo Richards

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 29th August 2017
St Martin : St Martin's Hill, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QJ - North Holmes RoadNear Canterbury Christ Church University

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