St Mary the Virgin, Westerham

Welcome to St Mary's Church, located in the centre of Westerham in Kent.  We're here for the whole community, and absolutely everyone is very welcome to come to one of our services, even if you've never been to church before.

We are not perfect, but we invite you to join with us as we discover more about the love of God and learn 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 church is open for visitors and personal prayer from 9am each day. 

Covid-19 Update, 22nd January 2022

So far as we know, nobody has yet contracted Covid as a result of worshipping at St Mary’s; thank you for being patient with the measures we have maintained or re-introduced. You may have saved lives.

Before the government’s announcement this week, we had started easing our risk assessment. We have removed socially-distanced seating from most of the church, are introducing intinction (so that everyone can receive bread and wine), from the 30th January and will have a revised choir risk assessment for the same date. Since the government’s announcement, we’ve received no new guidance from the Church of England so, for this week, please continue to follow the guidance below, if you can.

Lateral flow tests – Please take one before coming to church.

Mask wearing is still compulsory in church, unless you are exempt, and it is still recommended that congregations keep them on whilst singing because singing increases the risk of passing on infections. Not everybody can do that but, if you can, please do.

Social distancing – Keep a sensible distance between households. The North Aisle is reserved for people who wish to ensure social distancing.

Hand sanitiser - Please sanitise as you enter, and prior to Communion.

Thank you for helping to keep people safe.

Revd David Fox-Branch, Priest in Charge


Safeguarding

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.

Get in touch

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

Morning Prayer

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 9 a.m. for 30m
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St. Mary the Virgin Church
The Green
WESTERHAM
Kent TN16 1AS

Morning Prayer is usually offered in church, from Tuesday to Saturday (except Bank Holidays), and is a good way to start your day. The service is usually in modern language using Common Worship Daily Prayer but sometimes we use other orders of service, including traditional language.

Please note that, on occasion, it might be cancelled but the church will normally be open from 9.00 so please feel free to spend some time with God, even if the service does not go ahead.

Prayers Common Worship Book of Common Prayer Event held in a Church
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