The church is once more to be left open for private devotion following the easing of restrictions imposed during the Coronavirus Pandemic. We are pleased to again welcome pilgrims from far and wide. However you are advised to exercise caution during your visit. It is not practical to undertake regular sanitising of the building. You are encouraged to use the hand sanitiser provided on entrance and exit, avoid touching surfaces unnecessarily and wear a face covering as appropriate and continue social distancing.
Since Easter 2021 we have started holding services again on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month at 9.00am. The services are Holy Communion using Common Worship.
We are part of the Saxon Shoreline Benefice. Our Rector of the Benefice the Reverend Graham Halsall has recently resigned for personal and family reasons so we currently have a vacancy, known as Interregnum.
We are fortunate in having the services of several retired priests who help with the services.
The Parochial Church Council has adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England. In particular we are committed to:
The safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring service amongst other tools, to check their suitability.
Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed.
Cooperating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation.
Ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who as experienced abuse.
Extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected from them.
Our Benefice Safeguarding Officer is Pauline Williams Tel: 07907 676829
There is an email address specifically for safeguarding concerns: [email protected] Please do not use it for general enquiries.
Our Churchwarden is Dr Norman Corfield Tel: 01233 720241
Any child wishing to talk about a problem can contact ChildLine Tel: 0800 1111.
Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can contact Family Lives Tel: 0808 800 2222.
For Local Authority Children's Social Services Tel: 03000 411111 and for Adult Social Services Tel: 03000 416161
If necessary it is possible to contact Diocesan Safeguarding Team Tel: 01227 459401
The Diocese of Canterbury's safeguarding pages can be found at https://www.canterburydiocese.org/safeguarding