St Nicholas Church is a friendly, welcoming church in the centre of the delightful village of Linton having spectacular views over the weald of Kent. A haven of peace and beauty if you take time to stop on your journey along the A229. We are a small fellowship worshipping in fairly traditional form and caring for each other as well as reaching out to the village and surrounding neighbourhood. We are part of the United Benefice of Coxheath, East Farleigh, Linton, Hunton and West Farleigh, within the Diocese of Rochester, in the Church of England. The Benefice is currently in Interregnum. We have an Assistant Curate Rev Lorna Faulkner and self-supporting Minister Rev’d David Jones.
We welcome applications for Baptism and Marriages from people living in the village and such services can take place in St Nicholas Church or any of the other four churches in the group, namely: The Parish Church of East Farleigh; St Mary’s, Hunton; Holy Trinity, Coxheath, and All Saint’s West Farleigh. The clergy are available to take funerals at any of our churches or at the crematorium at Vinters Park, Maidstone.
The church has connections with Linton Place and historically with the Cornwallis family and there are some very fine monuments in the church, particularly in the Cornwallis Chapel, some by E H Baily (sculptor of Nelson in Trafalgar Square). We have a NADFAS Church Trail for children up to 12 years. Rather like some of the National Trust site questionnaires for children, though more intense, church trails identify special characteristics in the church for children of up to 12 to follow, search and check against the ultimately revealed answers. We consider that the trail is of interest to all ages, though! Families, school and Church groups as well as individuals are welcome.
The parish of Linton: St Nicholas 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(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Rochester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. 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.