St Margaret, Halstead

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St Margaret's Church, Halstead is part of a United Benefice with St Katharine's Church, Knockholt. We are two Church of England (Anglican) parishes in the Sevenoaks Deanery of the Diocese of Rochester, within the Canterbury Province. St Katharine's and St Margaret's came together in 1983 as a United Benefice under one parish priest. Our pattern of services reflects the fact that we are two parishes working closely together.

  • 1st Sunday: 10.30am Family Service
  • 2nd Sunday: 9.00am Choral Matins
  • 3rd Sunday: 10.30am Family Communion
  • 4th Sunday: 8.00am Holy Communion; 6pm (4pm in Winter) Holy Communion at BMMH

Please email or phone the Rector, the Rev'd John Benson for further details of these services. Our Curate, the Rev'd Hugh Thomas helps to lead and develop our parishes in worship. Churchwardens assist our Rector and Curate in this.

We have two thriving choirs, a Youth Choir and an Adult Choir, led by professional music teacher Clare Pollard, accompanied by our talented organist, Brian Shilling, following the RSCM's Voice for Life Scheme. For more information on our choirs and music, visit our website.

We also have strong children and youth outreach within our parishes, with a Sunday Club, Tots Praise, CYC, Crèche, Youth Choirs and annual holiday clubs for all children from surrounding schools. Again, more details are available from our website.

We hold many events such as Harvest luncheons, Bible Studies, summer picnics, BBQs, Lent courses, and many more enjoyable social gatherings. Our many groups and fellowships include a Mens' Fellowship, Mothers' Union, St Margaret's Flower Team and a Churchyard Working Party. A full history of St Margaret's along with sermons and articles is available on our website. We look forward to welcoming you to our parish.

If you wish to make an enquiry regarding baptisms, weddings or funerals, please use the form on our website rather than sending a general email to the Rector.

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Rev'd John Benson
The Rectory
Church Road
Kent TN14 7HQ
01959 532133 (Rector) or 01959 532664 (Curate)

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Holy Communion
A traditional said service of Holy Communion in a quieter and more reflective atmosphere.
Every first Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Choral Matins
A traditional service of Morning Prayer with hymns, psalms, canticles and prayers structured around two Bible readings. The worship is led by the Choir.
Every second Sunday at 9:00 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Family Service
A short, informal service tailored for all ages, from toddlers to older people. A screen is used for the words of lively traditional and modern hymns and illustrated talks. This is the service most suitable for children, lasting about 45 minutes. We encourage baptisms to take place at this service. A crèche is provided.
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly creche Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
Family Communion
A modern language service of Communion with crèche facilities for pre-schoolers and activities for school aged children.
Every third Sunday at 10:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly creche Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
Sunday School Youth Group Bell Ringing Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Regular Book of Common Prayer Services Grade 2 Listed Building Conservation Area Supports Fairtrade goods Wall paintings / art Stained glass Guidebooks / notes Organ Audio Visual Facilities Brass Rubbing Hall for hire Church Open Nurture Courses Back to Church Sunday Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Accessible Car parking Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Toilets Visitor Parking Available Foodbank

Visit our website for more information on our church property portfolio.

Visit our Church

Open to the public from about 9am to 6pm every day, including Sundays when we are open for the same times around our services.

Nurture Courses

From time to time we run Alpha Courses which have proven to be a excellent way in which people can explore just what the Christian faith is all about. It is relaxed and non-threatening, low-key, friendly and fun. We have run courses in the daytime and in the evening and over 50 people from our two parishes have now completed Alpha. There is often a meal together, or some sort of sharing of food, and we meet in homes where we can feel comfortable and get to know each other.

Other information
Clergy: The Revd John Patrick BENSON
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9972
Built: c1115
Archdeaconry: TONBRIDGE (313)
Deanery: SEVENOAKS (31302)
Benefice: Knockholt w Halstead (31/114AR)
Parish Legal Name: Halstead (310189 31/189)
CofE Church Info: (631189 31/189)
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The current editor is: Jack Bennett

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St Margaret : Church Road, St Margaret's has its own car park and is easy to spot when heading down Church Road from either direction, Halstead, Kent, TN14 7HQ

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