Higham: St John Evangelist, Higham

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S.John's Church (29/Jan/1862) replaced S.Mary's (Saxon foundation) as the Parish Church in 1987.

S.John's is open daily (under CCTV).

The Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Mass is offered daily; twice on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. The Offices are prayed daily by the clergy.

There is a prayer request board by the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham - we now have over 50 years of association and pilgrimage with the Anglican Shrine. 

There are prayer candles available at all the shrines in Church.

There is some lovely post-war stained glass (mostly Moira Forsyth).

The organ is a 2 manual Father Willis.

The former parish Church of S.Mary's is open daily. Founded @ 8th century it lies at the centre of the original village on Higham marshes - two miles to the north of S.John's. It is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Our parish is called 'Higham with Merston' . Merston is a village which had 'disappeared' by the fifteenth century. It lay to the west of present day upper Higham. Merston's Church of S.Giles lies under the fields today but some of modern Higham is within its boundaries.

The PCC passed resolutions A&B in 1994 which limits the priestly ministry of women among us; however women do minister at every other level in worship and service. Resolution 'C' was passed in June 2009. From 1st Sept 2009 we were under the epsicopal care of the Bishop of Fulham then from Easter 2015 the Bishop of Richborough. Following the episcopal ordination of women as bishops the APCM and PCC both both voted unanimously this year to continue this situation under the House of Bishops Declaration. 
 

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The Revd Canon James F. Southward
The Vicarage,
Hermitage Road,
Higham,
Kent,
ME3 7NE
(01634) 717360

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Carol Service
Traditional Carols and Bible Readings
Friday 22nd December 2017 at 7:00 PM for ¾ hour
Christmas Carols
 
CRIB SERVICE
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 5:00 PM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly
 
CHRISTMASS - MIDNIGHT
Solemn Mass of Midnight with the Blessing of the Crib
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:59 PM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Incense
 
S.JOHN's DAY
Solemn Mass for the Patronal Feast of the Parish Church. Festive refreshment to follow!
Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
 
Dedication Feast of S.John's Church
156th Anniversary of the Church's Dedication: (29th January 1862). Solemn Mass will take place in the Parish Church of S.John at 10am. Visiting preacher: TBC
Sunday 28th January 2018 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Creche Refreshments Incense
 
CANDLEMASS
The Blessing of Light, Procession and Solemn Mass. Starting in the Hall we then process into the Church.
Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
 
ASH WEDNESDAY
Solemn Mass with Ashing at 7.30pm
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Incense
 
The Assumption of Our Lady
7.30pm Solemn Mass for the principal festival of Our Lady, patroness of Higham.
Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
 
S.Giles' Day
Mass for the Festival of the Patron of Merston; Co-patron of the whole parish (transferred from 1st Sept)
Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments
 
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Sunday

Morning Prayer
Every Sunday at 8:45 AM for ¼ hour
Parish Mass
Parish Mass is in the 'solemn form' meaning sung parts of the service as well as hymns/songs. Modern western style ceremonies, lectionary and liturgy. Incense is used each week. Children and infants may gather in the hall for Junior Church during the Liturgy of the Word. NB: There is no evening mass in August
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments Incense
Evening Prayer & Readings
Every Sunday at 6:00 PM for 25 minutes

Monday

Morning Prayer & Readings
(Bank Holidays at 9.30am - 'Readings' at 6pm)
Every Monday at 9:00 AM for 25 minutes
Evening Prayer
(Bank Holidays with Readings = 25mins)
Every Monday at 6:00 PM for ¼ hour
Mass with homily
(Bank Holidays 10am)
Every Monday at 6:30 PM for ½ hour

Tuesday

Morning Prayer & Readings
Every Tuesday at 9:00 AM for 25 minutes
Evening Prayer
Every Tuesday at 7:00 PM for ¼ hour
Mass with homily
Every Tuesday at 7:30 PM for ½ hour

Wednesday

Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour
Mass with homily
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments
Evening Prayer & Readings
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM for 25 minutes

Thursday

Morning Prayer & Readings
Every Thursday at 9:00 AM for 25 minutes
Evening Prayer
Every Thursday at 7:00 PM for ¼ hour
Mass with homily
Every Thursday at 7:30 PM for ½ hour

Friday

Morning Prayer
Every Friday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour
Mass with homily
Every Friday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments
Evening Prayer & Readings
Every Friday at 6:00 PM for 25 minutes
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
or any other time by appointment
By appointment with the Clergy or
Every Friday at 6:30 PM for ¼ hour

Saturday

Morning Prayer & Readings
Every Saturday at 9:00 AM for 25 minutes
Mass with homily
Every Saturday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Evening Prayer
Every Saturday at 6:00 PM for ¼ hour
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The Solemnity of All Saints Day
Said Mass of the Solemnity.
Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments Incense
The Solemnity of All Saints Day
Parish Mass of the Solemnity. Preacher: The Revd Canon Susanne Carlsson ; Diocesan Adviser for Spirituality.
Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
All Souls Day
First Requiem mass of the Day
Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments Incense
All Souls Day
Principal Mass of the Day
Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
Advent Preachers
Following our established tradition of visiting preachers in Advent our first preacher is The Revd Canon Neil Thompson (former Precentor at the Cathedral)
Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 9:30 AM
Advent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our second visiting preacher for Advent The Revd Canon Chris Dench, Diocesan Director of Formation and Ministry
Sunday 10th December 2017 at 9:30 AM
Advent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our third visiting preacher for Advent
Sunday 17th December 2017 at 9:30 AM
Carol Service
Traditional Carols and Bible Readings
Friday 22nd December 2017 at 7:00 PM for ¾ hour
Christmas Carols
Advent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our fourth visiting preacher for Adv
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 9:30 AM
CRIB SERVICE
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 5:00 PM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly
CHRISTMASS - MIDNIGHT
Solemn Mass of Midnight with the Blessing of the Crib
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:59 PM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Incense
CHRISTMASS - DAY MASS
Parish Mass of Christmas Day
Monday 25th December 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Incense
S.JOHN's DAY
Solemn Mass for the Patronal Feast of the Parish Church. Festive refreshment to follow!
Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
The Solemnity of the Lord's Epiphany
Parish Mass of the Solemnity.
Sunday 7th January 2018 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
Dedication Feast of S.John's Church
156th Anniversary of the Church's Dedication: (29th January 1862). Solemn Mass will take place in the Parish Church of S.John at 10am. Visiting preacher: TBC
Sunday 28th January 2018 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Creche Refreshments Incense
CANDLEMASS
The Blessing of Light, Procession and Solemn Mass. Starting in the Hall we then process into the Church.
Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
ASH WEDNESDAY
Mass with Ashing at the 9.30am
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
ASH WEDNESDAY
Solemn Mass with Ashing at 7.30pm
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Incense
Mass of the Lord's Supper (Maundy Thursday)
8pm Solemn Mass of the day (including the Washing of Feet), Procession and Solemn Watch before the Sacrament until Midnight
Thursday 29th March 2018 at 8:00 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion (Good Friday)
The Liturgy of the Word (Passion of the Lord), Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion from the Sacrament of Maundy Thursday
Friday 30th March 2018 at 3:00 PM for 1 hour
The Solemn Vigil and First Mass of Easter (Holy Sat/Easter Eve)
The Blessing of Light, Solemn Vigil of Readings and First Mass of the Resurrection of The Lord (with Renewal of Baptismal Vows)
Saturday 31st March 2018 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Easter Day Parish Mass
Solemn Mass of the Resurrection of The Lord (with Renewal of Baptismal Vows)
Sunday 1st April 2018 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 5 minutes.
The Assumption of Our Lady
7.30pm Solemn Mass for the principal festival of Our Lady, patroness of Higham.
Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
S.Giles' Day
Mass for the Festival of the Patron of Merston; Co-patron of the whole parish (transferred from 1st Sept)
Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments

Features

Toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Stained Glass Floodlight
Organ
     
Guidebooks
Church Open Daily from 9am until after Evening Prayer

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Canon James Fisher SOUTHWARD
Incumbent: The Revd Canon James Fisher SOUTHWARD
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9936
Diocesan ID: H0501
Built: 1862
Style of worship: Traditional Catholic, Modern Liturgy
Our Patron: St John's College Cambridge
Archdeaconry: ROCHESTER (312)
Deanery: STROOD (31206)
Benefice: Higham and Merston (31/100 L)
Parish Legal Name: Higham with Merston (310148 )
CofE Church Info: (631148 31/148)
Short URL: acny.uk/9936/
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The current editor is: Father James Southward

This page was last updated on Wednesday 13th September 2017
 
 
 
Higham: St John Evangelist : Hermitage Road, Higham, Kent, ME3 7DB - Centre of the main part of the Village

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