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.
We are now back in our usual service pattern, please check the Services and Events tab.COVID STRATEGY FOR SERVICES FROM 19 JULY FOR ST MARY & ST EANSWYTHE
* Presiding priests will not invite people to move to share the Peace physically with those not sitting near them.
* Priests will not shake hands with people as they leave, because the risk of passing infections from person to person is too great.
* We will invite those attending to continue to check in using the NHS app or our contact slips.
* We ask the congregation to continue to practice social distancing in in family and friendship groups, and to use face coverings and hand gel.
* We will leave the seat cushions where they are to encourage social distancing.
* We will not re-introduce refreshments until we can make arrangements to do so hygienically.
* A crucifer will lead the procession and recession and Altar Servers may assist those Presiding priests who are happy for them to do so, but they must wear masks and gloves at all times.
* We will communicate our expectations clearly through signage, notice sheets and announcements.
* We will not re-introduce a collection using offering bags or plates, or an offertory procession at this stage. <div>
* We will re-introduce congregational singing on the condition that those who sing practise social distancing and wear face coverings. Singing will not be permitted in the pews at the back of the church, which will be reserved for those who feel unsafe singing.
From Monday 26th July we also re-opened for Visiting and private prayer. The church is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
If you visit for prayer or services you MUST
· Observe social distancing
· Wear a face mask
· Use the hand gel provided
see the Services and Events tab for the link to our youtube and facebook video services and reflections
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