St Mary's Church Kemsing, Kemsing

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St Mary's Kemsing is the parish church in the village of Kemsing in Kent. We have a wide range of services, because we are aware that we serve the whole of our village and beyond. Children are very welcome at all services (although some are more tailored to them than others).

We love to welcome visitors, so if you're in the area do drop in. Equally, if you've just moved to the village of Kemsing, we'd love to hear from you - we like to meet new people, and we have a welcome pack of literature about the area we'd be pleased to give you.

There are refreshments served after many of our services, as these are a good way to get to know one another.

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James Oakley
Sunnybank Cottage
West End
TN15 6PX
01732 762556 (Vicar) or 01732 761351 (Parish Office)

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Traditional Language Communion
Either using the 1662 Prayer Book, or Common Worship in Traditional Language, this is a simple said service to start the day
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
BCP Mattins
On fifth Sundays of the month, we have BCP Morning Prayer (Mattins) instead of Communion at 8 O'Clock. It's a simple service without hymns, where we say (rather than sing) the canticles and Psalm together as we get to them.
Every third and fifth Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Sung Communion
A Common Worship service of Holy Communion, with hymns and parts of the liturgy sung as well. Followed by tea and coffee. Children welcome, but all ages stay in the service throughout
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 9:15 AM for 50 minutes
Refreshments Common Worship
Combined Communion
4 times a year, on fifth Sundays of the month, both our main morning congregations meet with Woodlands too for a combined service of Holy Communion. With everyone all in together, the building is usually full, and this is an uplifting united service, the one event in our calendar that none of our regulars want to miss. There is a crche and Sunday Special for children of all ages. Followed by tea and coffee
Every fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
Morning Service
A more informal service, with a mixture of hymns and songs, Bible readings, prayers and a talk. Lots of young families join us each week. On the first week of the month, this is an all-age service. On other weeks, we have a creche for pre-school children, and 3 age-groups of Sunday Special for children who are at school. Tea and coffee served beforehand.
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments
BCP Evensong (The Dynes)
On the first week of the month, we usually (not always - check our church website or Twitter feed for details) take our Evensong service into The Dynes, a residential home on Nightingale Road. All are still welcome, but you need to arrive a few minutes early to sign yourself in.
Every first Sunday at 6:15 PM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
BCP Evensong
A simple service of Evensong using the Book of Common Prayer (1662) - with sung Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, and Psalm, and usually 4 hymns (sometimes an anthem from our robed choir). A dignified and simple way to end Sunday.
Every second third and fifth Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Informal Evening Service
Once a month, instead of BCP Evensong, we have an informal service in Church to end the day. The exact type of service varies - it may be Taize, a chance to talk about and sing your favourite hymns (Songs of Praise), a simple service of Evening Praise, or we may have a guest speaker (which we then call a Speaker Service). See our website or Twitter feed for details
Every fourth Sunday at 6:30 PM for 50 minutes


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
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Church Open The church is almost always unlocked from 9am until 5.30pm every day. Because its occasionally necessary to vary this, please check before making a special journey from far away.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 16922
Style of worship: Conservative Evangelical
Archdeaconry: TONBRIDGE (313)
Deanery: SHOREHAM (31303)
Benefice: Kemsing w Woodlands (31/110BX)
Parish Legal Name: Kemsing (310209 )
CofE Church Info: (631209 31/209)
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The current editor is: James Oakley

This page was last updated on Friday 4th November 2016
St Mary's Church Kemsing : Church Lane, Kemsing, Kent, TN15 6NA

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