St. Martin's, Barnehurst

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Welcome to Saint Martin's - the Parish Church of BarnehurstThis Week at St. Martin's

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, St. Martin's Players, are also performed on the stage in the Huxtable Hall usually in May, September and January. During the year we have a number of social events in addition to fundraising events such as a Christmas Bazaar.

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 new church, just 80 years young, 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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The Reverend 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


Morning Prayer
Every Monday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Mothers' Union - evening group
Contact: Julia Jamieson 01322 335306
The meeting is held on the Monday after the meeting of the afternoon group on the 1st Tuesday of the month and so is usually the 2nd Monday of the month. However, if the month starts on a Tuesday then the meeting will actually be on the first Monday.
Every first and 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!
No coffee shop in August not between Christmas and New Year
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 what it means to be a member of God's church and to live in His kingdom. Each of the six sessions can stand alone and so feel free to join us for one or more meetings. For further details contact Ann Batchelor on 01322 448 347
Every Wednesday at 7:45 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
from Wednesday 24th February 2016 until Wednesday 30th March 2016


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



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
Church Open Saturday mornings 10am - 12noon
Hall for Hire Contact 07903 751 423 eMail
Other information
Incumbent: 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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This page was last updated on Sunday 24th January 2016
St. Martin's : Erith Road, (near Bexleyheath Bus Garage, Ambulance and Fire Stations), Barnehurst, Kent, DA7 6LE


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