Church of England Diocese of Canterbury St. Mary and St. Eanswythe with St Saviour Folkestone

St Mary & St Eanswythe

The church was consecrated on 12th September 1138.

It houses the relics of Folkestone's Patron Saint, St Eanswythe, an Anglo-Saxon Kentish princess who established a nunnery on a site near the current church in around 650 AD, the one of the first religious communities for women in England.  She died c 660 AD.  

Her reliquary was moved to what is now the chancel of the present church on 12 September 1138. 


The Church is open for visiting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

The use of Face Masks, Hand Sanitizer and Social Distancing must be observed.

The Church is open on Sundays - Thursdays at 8 a.m. for Morning Prayer.

There will be a Book of Common Prayer said Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays 

There will be a Common Worship Eucharist at 10:30 a..m. on Sundays with our choir but at the moment congregational singing is not allowed.

Having examined the Prime Minister's announcement on 22 September about further Covid-19 restrictions, we are pleased to announce that our present arrangements for worship and administrative meetings are unaffected.

Government guidance includes a request for the names and phone numbers of all attendees to be recorded and kept for 21 days to assist ‘track and trace’ if required. There will be someone stationed at the church door to take names and contact details.</span>

Our HARVEST FESTIVAL will be celebrated on Sunday 11th October. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will not be able to receive goods this year. Instead, donations are invited for our chosen charity, the Folkestone Rainbow Centre. Please place cash or cheques made payable to 'Folkestone Rainbow Centre' in an envelope marked ‘Rainbow Centre’ and put in our donation box inside the church door, or post to The Vicarage, Priory Gardens, Folkestone CT20 1SW.</span>

More information about the Rainbow Centre can be found at  

Updated 25/9/2020

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St Mary and St Eanswythe's Church, Church Street Folkestone Kent

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