St. Martin's, Barnehurst, Bexleyheath

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Welcome to Saint Martin's Church, Barnehurst! We pride ourselves on our church family, being active and inclusive, and the community associated with it.

Saint Martin's is a large red brick building, originally built in 1936 with a new sanctuary (completing the original plan) built in the late 60's/early 70's and further extension, providing extra space for meetings and other facilities in the early 90's. Despite the unprepossessing brick exterior the inside of the church is spacious and light with a woodblock floor and outstanding acoustics. We have individual wooden chairs, seating up to 280, and choir stalls, clergy and readers' desks and seats made from light oak. Saint Martin's has a healthy and thriving Sunday School that is held during the 10.30am Sunday service, which the children join for the last part. We have a developing choir who enable us to enjoy a wide range of music, including our (relatively) new organ.

The Huxtable Hall, built in 1958, stands behind the church next to the 4th Barnehurst (St. Martin's) Scout group HQ, and is home to many societies, clubs and organisations. Barnehurst is proud of its numerous and well supported youth and community groups including Barnehurst Guide Association, running 2 Rainbow Units; 3 Brownie Packs; and a Guide Company, and 4th Barnehurst (St. Martin's) Scout Group, running 2 Beaver Colonies; 3 Cub Scout Packs and 2 Scout Troops. The Mothers' Union organises a varied programme throughout the year, while the weekly Coffee Shop and fortnightly Scrabble Club provide a focus of activity. Productions, including plays and pantomines, from our own drama group, Saint Martin's Players, are also performed on the stage in the Huxtable Hall usually in May, September and January. Saint Martin's main fundraising events are its Summer Fete and Christmas Bazaar, highlighted throughout the year with many social events.

Have a look at our 'Services and Events' pages above,  or our 'Calendar of Events' to find out what's happening here in Barnehurst, and we hope to see you soon!

St Martin's is a relatively young church, we celebrated our 75th anniversary just a few years ago, but it does contain many friendly and welcoming people of all ages. So why not come along and see for yourself?

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Rev'd. Gareth Bowen
The Vicarage
93 Pelham Road
Kent DA7 4LY
(01322) 523344 (Vicar) or 07903 751423 (Hall Lettings)

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BCP Holy Communion
This service uses traditional language from the Book of Common Prayer (no music).
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Holy Communion
This is our main Service using contemporary language and a mix of traditional hymns and more modern Christian music.It lasts approximately 75 minutes and refreshments are served afterwards for those who can stay.
During term time the 2nd Sunday is usually also a parade service when the uniformed organisations participate.
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
Sunday School
Our Sunday School meets during our 10:30 family service. The young people start in the service and then leave for their activities after a few minutes. They return to the main service in time for the distribution.
During the school holidays there is a shorter session aimed primarily at the younger (primary school age) children.
Every first third fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Sunday School
Church Parade
Our Uniformed Organisations parade their colours during the services which also celebrate the main festivals in the year. This is within the context of a Eucharist service using contemporary language.
Term time only.
Every second Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Youth Group
Our youth group - EPIC (Enthusiastic People In Christ) meets in the Maxim Room on Sundays during term time.
Every Sunday at 4:30 PM for 1½ hours
Holy Communion
Every second Sunday at 6:00 PM for ¾ hour
Coffee Common Worship
Evening Prayer iPraise!
Every fourth Sunday at 6:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly


Mothers' Union - evening group
Contact: Julia Jamieson 01322 335306
Every second Monday at 7:30 PM


Morning Prayer
Every Tuesday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Coffee Shop
Pop in for a chat, a good laugh and a cuppa!
Every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
Mothers' Union - afternoon group
Contact: Mary Parlett 01322 332338
Every first Tuesday at 2:00 PM
Scrabble Club
Enjoy a game or two of scrabble with friends! New members are always welcome. Contact Anne Rawlings: 01322 553650
Every second and fourth Tuesday at 2:00 PM


Common Worship Eucharist
This service is held in the Maxim Room, it is a said service lasting approximately 30 minutes. Refreshments are served afterwards for those who can stay. Entrance to the Maxim Room is on the South side of the church (right hand side when looking from the road).
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Growing Together Course
Pilgrim Course. Over the course of 6 weeks we shall be exploring the Bible: what it is, how it was given to us and how we should read it. Each of the six sessions can standalone and so feel free to join us for one or more session. For further details contact Ann Batchelor on 01322 448 347
Every Wednesday at 7:45 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
until Wednesday 21st October 2015


Morning Prayer
Every Thursday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship


Morning Prayer
Every Friday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship


Parish Office
For arranging Banns, Marriages, Baptisms, etc. In the parish office entrance through the North (car park) side of the church.
Every Saturday at 10:00 AM for 1½ hours
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Christmas Bazaar
11am-2pm, Free Admission, all the usual stalls, lunches available.
Saturday 28th November 2015 at 11:00 AM
Christingle Service
A children orientated service in aid of the Children's society during which Christingles will be distributed.
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Midnight Mass
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Pantomime - Aladdin
St. Martin's Players perform their annual pantomime, Performances Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening on the 29-30/1/2016 and 5-6/2/2016 . For tickets and/or more information call the Box Office on 07539 351646.
Friday 29th January 2016 at 7:30 PM
Family Friendly Coffee



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass
Hall for Hire Contact 07903 751 423 eMail
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Clergy: The Revd Gareth James BOWEN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9832
Diocesan ID: B0301
Built: 1936
Our Patron: Bishop of Rochester
Archdeaconry: BROMLEY and BEXLEY (311)
Deanery: ERITH (31103)
Benefice: Barnehurst (31/006 W)
Parish Legal Name: St. Martin, Barnehurst (310035 31/35)
CofE Church Info: (631035 31/35)
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The current editor is: David Baldwin

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 18th August 2015
St. Martin's, Barnehurst : Erith Road, Barnehurst, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 6LE


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