Church of England Diocese of Rochester St. Luke, New Brompton

Facilities and features

Click on the tags below to learn more about each.

Accessibility

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.
(During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hall is CLOSED)

Available in the Ladies toilets in the Hall.
(During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hall is CLOSED)

Limited off-street car parking is available outside the Scout HQ in King William Road, ME7 1PD.

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.
(During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hall is CLOSED)

People with autism or Asperger's Syndrome are welcome.

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.
(During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hall is CLOSED, and the entrance from King William Road cannot be used)

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.
(During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hall is CLOSED, and the entrance from King William Road cannot be used)

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.
(Hymnbooks are NOT being used during the Covid-19 pandemic)

Assistance dogs are very welcome - there is plenty of room for them!

We always welcome those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's, and their carers.


Our Building

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 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.
(Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event is currently SUSPENDED)

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.

This is arranged in the home of members of our congregation from time to time, but is presently subject to Covid-19 restrictions! See the News and Notices panel for further information.

Our monthly 'Community Cafe' - is very much a community-focussed event, but, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, is currently SUSPENDED.

Spiritual counselling and direction, sometimes referred to as 'Confession', is available by arrangement.
(NOTE - please contact Father Garry on 01634 580633)

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.

A monthly Saturday afternoon/evening 'Youth Club' meets in the Hall and Church, as listed in 'Services and Events'.
(Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event is currently SUSPENDED)


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.!
(During the Covid-19 pandemic, this event is SUSPENDED)

NOTE - due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Church is open only for services on Sundays (930am, 1030am & 5pm), Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays (10am), Tuesdays (530pm) and Wednesdays (8am)
These are the only times when the church is open.


Other Features

We encourage people to donate items, whilst shopping in local supermarkets, on behalf of Medway Foodbank (a Trussell Trust venture). Our own collection point (The Blue Box) in church is available to receive donations, too.

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, 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.
(NOTE - Hall Bookings cannot be made at present, due to the Covid-19 pandemic)