St Mary the Virgin, Westerham
Welcome to St Mary's Church, located in the centre of Westerham in Kent.
With our community continuing to be a Tier 4 area, and with the third lockdown now in progress, the Parochial Church Council has been granted a dispensation to suspend worship in church until the end of March, at which point we will review how we hold services in the following months based on government and church guidance at that point.
We know this will be disappointing news for many in our congregation, and indeed the broader community. The decision was unanimous between the PCC, the Church Wardens and the Area Dean, Rev. Michael, and was taken in the interests of keeping both our congregation and those helping to lead and staff services safe in a time of continuing high Covid-19 infections. Details of our services and how to join them over this period can be found here.
Funerals are permitted attended by a maximum of 30 people, and burials of ashes can continue with up to 6 people in attendance.
But 'church' is more than the building... so please look around this site where there are details of all we are doing to bring the community safely together, as well as links to resources to enable us to worship from home.
We are not perfect, but we invite anyone to join with us as we are discovering more about the love of God and learning how we can reflect that love to each other.
To find out more, please contact our Parish Office on 01959 561330 or [email protected]
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The parish of Westerham: St Mary the Virgin 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, PSO. The Diocese of Rochester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSO. 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.