St Mary the Virgin Upchurch

Welcome to St Mary's Upchurch with Uplift!

We are the local church congregations in the village of Upchurch, part of The Six benefice, a group of six rural parishes situated between the urban centres of Rainham and Sittingbourne. The beautiful ancient church building lies in the heart of the village, and we endeavour to keep it open during the week between daylight hours.

We hope that you will find a home here in one of our two congregations, which offer different styles of either traditional choir-led worship or contemporary family-friendly worship. Services in the church building currently take place on the first, second and fourth Sundays; Uplift normally meets on the first and third Sundays in the Upchurch Village Hall.  

We want to see the building used to serve events in the wider community, as it is currently, for example for occasional concerts led by the Upchurch Choral Society. As the people we want to bless our village community, serving where possible in partnership with others in the village community.

Please do leave a message here, in case you wish for any further information.


St Mary-the-Virgin Upchurch 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.

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Rev Julian Staniforth

The Vicarage
Church Lane

Rector & Priest-in-Charge
01795 227329

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Every First, Third Sunday at for 1 hour, 30 mins
St Mary the Virgin Upchurch
Horsham Lane Upchurch, ME9 7AL, United Kingdom

Informal contemporary worship for all ages, but especially suitable for families with children. Meets in the Upchurch Village Hall

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