Church of England Diocese of Rochester Westerham

St Mary the Virgin, Westerham

Welcome to St Mary's Church, located in the centre of Westerham in Kent.   

With the UK continuing to ease social distancing restrictions and with Covid-19 infection rates continuing to fall in our area we are delighted to announce that we have opened the church again for in person worship. The social distancing and other measures that we took to limit the risks will be in place again, and everyone must please wear a mask while in church. 

Currently, funerals and burials of ashes continue to be permitted, and while no longer limited to a maximum of 30 people, we do need to assess how many people St Mary's can safely accommodate for each funeral with social distancing.

Weddings are also now permitted with a maximum of 30 people in attendance. 

'Church' continues to be 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.

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Parish Office St Mary The Virgin The Green Westerham Kent TN16 1AS

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Every Wednesday at noon for 1hr
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St. Mary the Virgin Church
The Green
Kent TN16 1AS

The church building is open for individual private prayer in the Catherine Chapel on Wednesdays from midday to 1.00pm; come and go as you wish during this time.

As you will understand this opportunity needs to be offered in a controlled manner. To enable 'social distancing' the chairs are set out 2m apart, please do not move them. There are no stewards on duty, but please use the hand sanitizer as you enter and leave and support social distancing. Please bring your own Bible or any other aids to prayer that you find helpful.

Government advice is that you should not be leaving your home if you have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature or loss of or change to sense of smell or taste. This is to minimise risk of spread of COVID-19 to friends, the wider community, and particularly the vulnerable. Individuals who are shielding should continue to follow the government’s advice on shielding.

Please note that face coverings must be worn.

Please note that this is for private prayer only; we are unable to grant access for other visitors; access is restricted to the Catherine Chapel to make cleaning easier. We are unable to offer access to refreshments or toilet facilities.

Prayers Event held in a Church

Today's sermon, particularly for those who, for whatever reason, are unable to join our services in church or online.

13 Jun 2021, 10:30 a.m.