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 have had over 40 years of association with the Shrine itself. There are prayer candles available at all the shrines.

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. We have been under the epsicopal care of the Bishop of Fulham since 1st Sept 09.

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The Revd Canon James F. Southward
The Vicarage,
Hermitage Road,
(01634) 717360

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Morning Prayer
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
Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly creche Sunday School Coffee Incense
Evening Prayer & Readings
Sunday at 6:00 PM for 25 minutes


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


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


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


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


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


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



(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
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Church Open Daily from 9am until after Evening Prayer
Other information
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 Cambridge
Archdeaconry: ROCHESTER (312)
Deanery: STROOD (31206)
Benefice: Higham and Merston (31/100 L)
Parish Legal Name: Higham with Merston (310148 31/148)
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 Thursday 2nd October 2014
Higham: St John Evangelist : Hermitage Road, Higham, Kent, ME3 7DB

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