Church of England Diocese of Canterbury High Downs

St Mary, Eastling

A Warm Welcome Awaits You at St. Mary, Eastling

St. Mary, Eastling, is part of the Parish of High Downs with the churches of St. Mary, Stalisfield with Otterden; St. Michael and All Angels, Throwley. We are also part of the Kingsdown and Creekside Benefice and the wider Christian community of the Ospringe Deanery. We have one PCC that is supported by members of each church in the parish. We meet and share regularly in worship, fellowship and joint parish events throughout the year. You and your family will receive a warm welcome should you wish to join our church; please contact us if you need further information. Please go to the ‘About Us’ page for those to contact.


On behalf of High Downs Parish may we extend our very best wishes to you, your family and friends.  Within this parish we have regular services of worship and they are listed below. There is always a weekly service for you to attend. Please note the changes that are planned from the 19th July, a fuller explanation is given below.

Our regular 10.30am Sunday morning services are as follows: 

1st Sunday Holy Communion at Eastling 

2nd Sunday Morning Worship at Throwley

3rd Sunday Morning Worship at Eastling

4th Sunday Holy Communion at Throwley 

"The parish of High Downs is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Canterbury’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."

Worshipping in our Churches in line with COVID guidance

Message from our Rector, Revd. Steve Lillicrap

John 13: 34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

I have been thinking and praying what it means to follow Jesus' instruction to love one another in these circumstances and it is something that we as wardens with the Ministry Leadership Team discussed very fully when we met, virtually in this past week, thinking about our Sunday worship as we move forwards.

One thing that has been lacking in our worship has been the ability for us all to sing out God's praises. The lifting of restrictions enables us to sing as congregations but as we discussed this we felt that we need to encourage everyone to take care of one another.

So we will be able to sing. We will be using our service books and hymn books, but not the same copies each week. We will have a safe way of them being distributed and collected in. (They can be put out in the pews and left there after the service to be collected in at a later date).

To keep each one of us as safe as possible we ask that we continue to wear face coverings in Church, especially as we start singing. We need to remember that the wearing of a face covering does not protect the wearer but does protect everyone else. This is a way we can show that we care for one another. We are also going to maintain social distancing and the use of hand sanitiser as we come in to Church and leave it. Continuing these measures will allow us to start congregational singing in as safe a way as possible, whilst still caring for one another.

We are intending to continue to post a sermon and hymns on the website for those who still feel unable to attend church at present. The Breakthrough YouTube channel will continue to host a service alongside our physical service.

Private Prayer at St. Mary, Eastling

St. Mary, Eastling is open every day for private prayer 9.00am to 5.00pm. 

Online Worship will continue:

9am daily: Morning Prayer will be live-streamed daily on the Facebook page (@kingsdowncreekside) which can also be found at the bottom of the first page of the website.

Audio Service: will be posted each week with its corresponding Order of Service and can be found here.

Breakthrough: will continue online on its YouTube page here (Breakthrough at Lynsted) with a new service each week. 

Revd. Steve Lillicrap

A message from our Churchwarden Andrew Baxter

May we welcome you to our beautiful church situated on the North Downs of Kent, in the pleasant village of Eastling. Please feel free to visit and spend some time looking around within a building that has over time been our mainstay for worship, prayer and the occasional social function. You will find the church open between 9.00am and 5.00pm each day. The visitors’ comment book and church guide booklets are usually available, but due to COVID restrictions we have needed to remove them temporarily.  There will be hand sanitiser available and appropriate signage regarding social distancing, although we would leave that freedom to you.

We do hope you enjoy your visit and if you need to contact us, there are numbers listed on the about us page of the website.

Best wishes



Should you have any questions please contact our Rector Revd. Steve Lillicrap, whose contact details are given below:

The Rector of this church can be contacted in an emergency by telephoning:

01795 522510

or emailing:

[email protected]

[email protected]

Daily Morning Prayer 9.00am. 

Please join the Live Facebook Broadcast led by Revd. Steve Lillicrap. Please visit and click on the the facebook icon.

Breakthrough each Sunday at 6.00pm via our You Tube Channel and led by the Breakthrough Team

Follow our services at:

Weddings and Baptisms  Please contact Revd Steve Lillicrap for more information.

Funerals will continue.   Please contact Revd Steve Lillicrap for more information.

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please comply with the social distancing guidelines


We know there are many issues that arise from national and government guidance, and that things are changing frequently in the UK. In High Downs Parish, we have three key aims:

Keeping people well

keeping people praying

Keeping people connected


For most of us, as we look out on the current crisis across our world, it’s difficult to know how to respond. We feel utterly powerless and need to say with Jehoshaphat, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12) Our prayers make a difference. They change our hearts and often bring a peace that is so great we cannot understand it (Philippians 4:7) and our prayers do have an impact on events in our world even if we do not perceive it (James 5:16).

So here are a few pointers to guide our prayers over the coming days:

Pray for the containment of the virus

Father, we pray that people would be wise in isolation. We pray against the virus and that its impact would be minimised. We pray for the countries that are most vulnerable and have the least resources to protect people. Would this season of suffering pass. Amen.

Pray for those who are most affected

Father, we pray healing for the sick. We pray that where people are dying you would bring life. We pray for supernatural recoveries that doctors cannot explain. We pray for the lonely and vulnerable that you would connect them with people who might support them through this time. Amen,

Pray for the NHS

Thank you, Lord, for the doctors, nurses, volunteers and other workers across our health services. We are so grateful and we pray for them today. We pray that you would protect them from illness and give them energy, stamina and compassion for those they serve. Bless them today in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pray for the Government

Father, we thank you for our leaders. We pray for wisdom and courage for them at this time. We pray for Christian leaders that you would help them be salt and light. We pray that we might emerge from this as a stronger society. Amen.

Pray for the Church

Father we thank you that in times like this people come to know you. We pray that many may turn to you in this season of turmoil and know the peace, assurance, and firm foundation that is only found in Jesus. We pray for creativity, unity and perseverance for the church, that we would be stronger in our faith and that we would not miss this opportunity to care for those who need help and reach out to those who do not know you.

In this season, for those of us with a bit more time, let’s devote that to prayer. For those of us who are anxious and fearful, may we take those anxieties and fears to God. As a church may we unite in prayer and call out together, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Amen.

Get in touch

Rev Canon Steve Lillicrap

76 Station Road Teynham Sittingbourne


11 Aug 2021, 5 p.m.