Facilities and features
Click on the tags below to learn more about each.
Ladies and Gents toilets are available in the Hall. A single WC is located off the Vestry at the east end of the church, via a few steps (sorry about that...).
Available in the Ladies toilets in the Hall.
Limited off-street car parking is available outside the Scout HQ in King William Road, ME7 1PD. These spaces are protected by lockable posts, but the posts are subject to random acts of vandalism, and so may therefore be inoperable.
On-street parking is free on Sundays, but on Mondays to Saturdays 8am - 10pm a permit is required. Visitors' day permits are available if required during the week.
The Ladies toilet in the Hall is wheelchair-accessible, as are the Gents urinals, but the Gents cubicle is not (it's the size of a broom cupboard!). Sorry, but the Vestry WC is also not easily accessible to wheelchair users.
People with autism or Asperger's Syndrome are welcome - there are several in our congregation, including the editor of this website.....
Limited off-street parking (see above) is available outside the Scout HQ in King William Road, ME7 1PD, with reasonably level access to the Hall via a couple of short ramps. Access to the level entrance to the Church means a short walk along the street, if no spaces are available outside the main door.
There is an easily-negotiated metal portable ramp between the Hall lobby and the main Hall itself. There is a very low threshold at the Virginia Road entrance to the Church.
Some improvements are shortly to be made to the sound/speaker system within the church, which will obviate the need for a loop.
Large print hymnbooks are available on request. We have no large-print service books at the moment, pending revision, but we do ensure that the free Advent/Lent devotional booklets are available in large print.
Assistance dogs are very welcome - there is plenty of room for them! Alas, for some reason, we're not allowed to count them as full members of the congregation....
We always welcome those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's, and their carers.
Not listed, thankfully, but of some interest as a typical late 19th/early 20th century backstreet parish church. It was never completed as originally planned (a common fate of Cutts' brothers churches!), and the west end, with its varying levels, is difficult to use as it stands.
The various statues, pictures, and other furnishings, along with the liberal use of whitewash on the walls, add to the calm atmosphere of a church where 'prayer has been valid' (T. S. Eliot).
Music and Worship
Informal concerts are held two or three times a year - see Events for details.
We have a fine Johannus electronic organ, and this is augmented for some hymns/songs by a grand piano.
1662 BCP Matins is held on most Sundays at 930am. It is a said service, with an Office Hymn, but no sermon. It is not widely advertised, though, as it is not possible to guarantee it being held every week.
Groups, Courses and Activities
A monthly Saturday evening 'Youth Club & Youth Service' mainly for 7-12s - details in the Events section. All staff DBS checked. The event usually includes a short, seasonal act of worship in the Church.
Baptism/Confirmation preparation courses are held as required, and special Study Courses are held during Lent and Advent.
We have in the past supported asylum-seekers, and are happy to do so again if the need arises.
Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays 5pm - 615pm in the Scout HQ, King William Road, ME7 1PD.
(Also SQUIRRELS for 4-6 years on Wednesdays 5pm-6pm)
Not a formal coffee morning, but the Church is open every Saturday from 9am - 12 noon, and the kettle is on!
Our monthly service at Prospect Place - see 'Services and Events' - is very much a community-focussed event, as is our monthly 'Community Cafe'.
Spiritual counselling and direction, sometimes thought of as 'Confession', is available informally on request to the priest-in-charge, or in Church from 10am on most Saturdays (check beforehand!).
Tuesdays/Wednesdays 630pm - 8pm in the Scout HQ.
The King William Nursery meets on Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 9am - 3pm, and on Thursdays/Fridays from 9am - 12 noon. Contact the Managers for full details on 07557 418 266 or 07557 417 215.
For 10-14 years:
Mondays 630pm - 830pm/Thursdays 7pm - 9pm in the Scout HQ
For 14-18 years (Explorers):
Fridays 7pm - 930pm in the Scout HQ
Enquiries re Squirrels/Beavers/Cubs/Scouts to Dean Harding on 07971 150219
Our monthly Saturday afternoon/evening 'Youth Club' meets in the Hall and Church, as listed in 'Services and Events'. Call Janice (01634 570408) for more details.
Help for Visitors
'Community Cafe' monthly (approximately) as announced, on a Saturday 11am - 1pm. See 'Services and Events' for dates, and further details. Nice bacon rolls, nourishing soup etc. etc.!
Apart from the advertised daily service times, the Church is open on Mondays (when the Art Club is meeting) from 1030am - 12 noon, also on Mondays from 6pm - 7pm ('Office Hour' for Baptism/Wedding enquiries), and on Saturdays from 10am - 12 noon. If, at other times, the cleaners or gardeners are at work, the door will be open, and visitors welcome!
We collect on behalf of Medway Foodbank (a Trussell Trust venture), and deliver to the distribution point at St. Mark's Church every 2-3 weeks.
One of the poorest parishes in the country - 1222 out of 12599, where 1 is the most deprived, according to the Church Urban Fund Poverty Index. The population is about 6000 (end of 2017), set to rise over the next few years, with 950 new homes planned for the Chatham Waters Development. Most of these new homes, however, are the responsibility of the new 'Reach @ Gillingham Pier' Mission Initiative.
We look on every Sunday as 'Come to Church Sunday', and encourage our 'regulars' to invite family, friends, neighbours or colleagues whenever they have the opportunity.
Reasonable rates - call 01634 570408 for details of facilities and availability.