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 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.

From August 1st 2020, the wearing of face coverings in now mandatory when attending a public service of worship or private prayer. Thank you for your support with this in helping to keep each other safe.

Please visit the 'Services and Events' page to see the services of public worship scheduled for October

St. Mary, Eastling Church - A Re-opening for Private Prayer

A message from our Churchwarden Andrew Baxter

We will be moving in small steps towards a full re-opening of the church at some point in the future, however we can make a start on this by opening for private prayer on three days a week, that is Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 1100 to 1400. This will begin on Friday 3rd July and will be reviewed as we move forward.

Those wishing to come for a period of prayer will find that only the back part of the church will be accessible. Soft furnishings such as kneelers and pew runners will be removed and the toilet will remain locked. The visitors’ comment book will be removed. There will be hand sanitiser available and appropriate signage regarding social distancing and l will be using rope to close off those areas which cannot be accessed. The government instructions mean that each pew can only have one person in it (or more if from the same family) Pews which can be used will be clearly identified.



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

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Weddings and Baptisms are currently being conducted. Please enquire for more information.

Funerals will continue.   Please enquire for more information.

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

St. Michael and All Saints, Throwley Church - A Re-opening for Private Prayer

A message from the Churchwarden Gaynore Moss 

You may have seen in the news that places of worship are allowed to reopen and I'm delighted to tell you that our beautiful church will be opening again from this Sunday for private worship and prayer. It will be open each Wednesday and Sunday from 10am -6pm.

This week volunteers from our village have been cleaning and preparing our church for you and have put a rota together for the extra cleaning needed to help prevent spread of the virus. We would also ask you to help keep everyone safe with a few simple steps:

Please use the hand sanitising facilities in the porch (or standpipe outside if these have run out) as you enter

Please would you observe social distancing when you are in the church. We have cordoned off some pews to help.

One way system - we have put some arrows on the floor to help social distancing

Please only use the front of the church and avoid touching surfaces if possible

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Gaynore Moss

Church of England - COVID-19  LATEST GUIDANCE

Last updated Thursday 24 September at 15:50

Please visit our page:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance Updates

This page comes from the Diocese and is full of local and regional guidelines.

Key principles

The Government has introduced new regulations making it illegal for groups of more than six people to meet, unless covered by exemptions.

The intention is to limit the spread of the virus by minimising close physical contact as much as possible. When deciding whether to proceed with an activity, depending on local circumstances, please bear this principle in mind.

Areas covered by exemptions to the ‘rule of six’ include work, children’s activities and charitable services.

There is also an exemption that covers places of worship making it possible for more than six people to gather for acts of communal worship. However, it is not a blanket exemption for any activity in a place of worship.

The advice below is provided to assist local churches in their planning and decision making.

It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with the law. This guidance is designed to help those who have responsibility for organising gatherings, to ensure they comply with the law and protect parishioners and the public, especially those most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.

We acknowledge and share the sadness many are feeling at not being able to meet together as we used to do. We prayerfully and confidently look forward to the day when we can all meet together again.



The Rule of Six

Public worship can continue. There is an exemption that covers places of worship making it possible for more than six people to gather for acts of communal worship. However, it is not a blanket exemption. People must not be part of a group of more than six unless they are from the same household or support bubble. 


There is an exemption that covers places of worship making it possible for more than six people to gather there. The exemption covers church services and as well as some other activities that take place in church buildings.

However, it is not a blanket exemption. People must not be part of a group of more than six unless they are from the same household or support bubble. 

For further information, please visit:


Whilst some Government guidance has been revised, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place in order to protect the NHS and save lives.


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

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