St. Martin's, Barnehurst

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Welcome to Saint Martin's - the Parish Church of Barnehurst

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 metal framed, fabric covered chairs, seating up to 250, 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 pantomimes, from our own drama group, St. Martin's Players, are also performed on the stage in the Huxtable Hall usually in January/February, May and September. During the year we have a number of social events in addition to fund-raising 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 over 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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Christmas Bazaar
Save the date - more details to follow
Saturday 2nd December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 3 hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
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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
Family Worship
This is our main Service incorporating Holy Communion and 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 Refreshments 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.
Term time only
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 Refreshments Common Worship


Morning Prayer
Every Monday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Mothers' Union - evening group
Contact: Heather Suggitt 01322 553657
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!
No coffee shop in August, nor between Christmas and New Year
Every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
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 for 2 hours


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 Refreshments Common Worship
Growing Together
Over the course of 6 sessions we shall be looking at, studying and discussing different aspects of the Bible and what it means to us. Each of the sessions can stand alone 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.
until Wednesday 25th October 2017


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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Gift Day
Our Gift Day is simply a day on which everyone is encouraged to make a special, one-off gift to the Church in addition to their normal planned giving. This perhaps is a special thanks offering maybe for the birth of a child or grandchild, to recognise a special birthday or anniversary, or even an unexpected personal windfall.
Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 12:00 AM
All Day Event
Christmas Bazaar
Save the date - more details to follow
Saturday 2nd December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 3 hours
Family Friendly Refreshments



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 Please see link on right hand side "Hiring the Halls or Maxim Room" for more details.
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Gareth James BOWEN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9832
Diocesan ID: B0301
Built: 1936
Architect: Percy Maguire Andrews
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 )
CofE Church Info: (631035 31/35)
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This page was last updated on Saturday 30th September 2017
St. Martin's : Erith Road, Barnehurst, Kent, DA7 6LE - (near Bexleyheath Bus Garage, Ambulance and Fire Stations)


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