Higham: St John Evangelist, Higham

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S.John's Church (29/Jan/1862) replaced S.Mary's (Saxon foundation) as the Parish Church in 1987.

S.John's is open daily (under CCTV).

The Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Mass is offered daily; twice on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. The Offices are prayed daily by the clergy.

There is a prayer request board by the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham - we have had over 40 years of association with the Shrine itself. There are prayer candles available at all the shrines.

There is some lovely post-war stained glass (mostly Moira Forsyth).

The organ is a 2 manual Father Willis.

The former parish Church of S.Mary's is open daily. Founded @ 8th century it lies at the centre of the original village on Higham marshes - two miles to the north of S.John's. It is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Our parish is called 'Higham with Merston' . Merston is a village which had 'disappeared' by the fifteenth century. It lay to the west of present day upper Higham. Merston's Church of S.Giles lies under the fields today but some of modern Higham is within its boundaries.

The PCC passed resolutions A&B in 1994 which limits the priestly ministry of women among us; however women do minister at every other level in worship and service. Resolution 'C' was passed in June 2009. From 1st Sept 2009 we were under the epsicopal care of the Bishop of Fulham then from Easter 2015 the Bishop of Richborough. Following the episcopal ordination of women as bishops the APCM and PCC both both voted unanimously this year to continue this situation under the House of Bishops Declaration. 
 

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The Revd Canon James F. Southward
The Vicarage,
Hermitage Road,
Higham,
Kent,
ME3 7NE
(01634) 717360

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Carol Service
Traditional Carols and Bible Readings
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 7:00 PM for ¾ hour
Christmas Carols
 
CRIB SERVICE
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 5:00 PM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly
 
CHRISTMASS - MIDNIGHT
Solemn Mass of Midnight with the Blessing of the Crib
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:59 PM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Incense
 
S.JOHN's DAY
Solemn Mass for the Patronal Feast of the Parish Church. Preacher - The Revd Prebendary Andrew Davis. Festive refreshment to follow!
Tuesday 27th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
 
Dedication Feast of S.John's Church
155th Anniversary of the Church's Dedication: (29th January 1862). Solemn Mass will take place in the Parish Church of S.John at 10am. Visiting preacher: TBC
Sunday 29th January 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Creche Refreshments Incense
 
CANDLEMASS
The Blessing of Light, Procession and Solemn Mass. Starting in the Hall we then process into the Church. Preacher: The Revd Ann Richardson, Area Dean of Gillingham
Thursday 2nd February 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
 
ASH WEDNESDAY
Solemn Mass with Ashing at 7.30pm
Wednesday 1st March 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Incense
 
Harvest Thanksgiving
Parish Mass for Harvest Thanksgiving. Please bring gifts of tinned / packet foods and toiletries for the House of Mercy in Gravesend (Hostel for young homeless people).
Sunday 17th September 2017 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Incense
 
Dedication Feast of S.Mary's Church
Solemn Mass will take place in the Church of S.Mary, Church Street, Higham at 10am (replacing the normal 9.30am in S.John's). Mass will be offered at 6.30pm in S.John's also.
Sunday 1st October 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Incense
 
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Advent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our third visiting preacher for Advent The Revd Sharon Copestake, Vicar of St Francis, Strood.
Sunday 11th December 2016 at 9:30 AM for 10 minutes
Advent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our fourth visiting preacher for Advent Mr Iain Ambler, Parish Reader of St Francis, Strood.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 9:30 AM for 10 minutes
Carol Service
Traditional Carols and Bible Readings
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 7:00 PM for ¾ hour
Christmas Carols
CRIB SERVICE
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 5:00 PM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly
CHRISTMASS - MIDNIGHT
Solemn Mass of Midnight with the Blessing of the Crib
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:59 PM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Incense
CHRISTMASS - DAY MASS
Parish Mass of Christmas Day
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Incense
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Sunday

Morning Prayer
Every Sunday at 8:45 AM for ¼ hour
Parish Mass
Parish Mass is in the 'solemn form' meaning sung parts of the service as well as hymns/songs. Modern western style ceremonies, lectionary and liturgy. Incense is used each week. Children and infants may gather in the hall for Junior Church during the Liturgy of the Word. NB: There is no evening mass in August
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments Incense
Evening Prayer & Readings
Every Sunday at 6:00 PM for 25 minutes

Monday

Morning Prayer & Readings
(Bank Holidays at 9.30am - 'Readings' at 6pm)
Every Monday at 9:00 AM for 25 minutes
Evening Prayer
(Bank Holidays with Readings = 25mins)
Every Monday at 6:00 PM for ¼ hour
Mass with homily
(Bank Holidays 10am)
Every Monday at 6:30 PM for ½ hour

Tuesday

Morning Prayer & Readings
Every Tuesday at 9:00 AM for 25 minutes
Evening Prayer
Every Tuesday at 7:00 PM for ¼ hour
Mass with homily
Every Tuesday at 7:30 PM for ½ hour

Wednesday

Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour
Mass with homily
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments
Evening Prayer & Readings
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM for 25 minutes

Thursday

Morning Prayer & Readings
Every Thursday at 9:00 AM for 25 minutes
Evening Prayer
Every Thursday at 7:00 PM for ¼ hour
Mass with homily
Every Thursday at 7:30 PM for ½ hour

Friday

Morning Prayer
Every Friday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour
Mass with homily
Every Friday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments
Evening Prayer & Readings
Every Friday at 6:00 PM for 25 minutes
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
or any other time by appointment
By appointment with the Clergy or
Every Friday at 6:30 PM for ¼ hour

Saturday

Morning Prayer & Readings
Every Saturday at 9:00 AM for 25 minutes
Mass with homily
Every Saturday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Evening Prayer
Every Saturday at 6:00 PM for ¼ hour
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Advent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our third visiting preacher for Advent The Revd Sharon Copestake, Vicar of St Francis, Strood.
Sunday 11th December 2016 at 9:30 AM for 10 minutes
Advent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our fourth visiting preacher for Advent Mr Iain Ambler, Parish Reader of St Francis, Strood.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 9:30 AM for 10 minutes
Carol Service
Traditional Carols and Bible Readings
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 7:00 PM for ¾ hour
Christmas Carols
CRIB SERVICE
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 5:00 PM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly
CHRISTMASS - MIDNIGHT
Solemn Mass of Midnight with the Blessing of the Crib
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:59 PM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Incense
CHRISTMASS - DAY MASS
Parish Mass of Christmas Day
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Incense
S.JOHN's DAY
Solemn Mass for the Patronal Feast of the Parish Church. Preacher - The Revd Prebendary Andrew Davis. Festive refreshment to follow!
Tuesday 27th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
The Solemnity of the Lord's Epiphany
Parish Mass of the Solemnity.
Sunday 8th January 2017 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
Dedication Feast of S.John's Church
155th Anniversary of the Church's Dedication: (29th January 1862). Solemn Mass will take place in the Parish Church of S.John at 10am. Visiting preacher: TBC
Sunday 29th January 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Creche Refreshments Incense
CANDLEMASS
The Blessing of Light, Procession and Solemn Mass. Starting in the Hall we then process into the Church. Preacher: The Revd Ann Richardson, Area Dean of Gillingham
Thursday 2nd February 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
ASH WEDNESDAY
Mass with Ashing at the 9.30am
Wednesday 1st March 2017 at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
ASH WEDNESDAY
Solemn Mass with Ashing at 7.30pm
Wednesday 1st March 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Incense
Lent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our first visiting preacher for Lent
Sunday 5th March 2017 at 9:30 AM for 10 minutes
Lent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our second visiting preacher for Lent
Sunday 12th March 2017 at 9:30 AM for 10 minutes
Lent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our third visiting preacher for Lent
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 9:30 AM for 10 minutes
Lent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our fourth visiting preacher for Lent
Sunday 26th March 2017 at 9:30 AM for 10 minutes
Lent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our fifth visiting preacher for Lent
Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 9:30 AM for 10 minutes
Lent Preachers
Following our established tradition we have as our final visiting preacher for Lent (Palm Sunday) Sr Gill MArtin C.A., Associate Minister of S.Francis , Strood
Sunday 9th April 2017 at 9:30 AM for 10 minutes
Mass of the Lord's Supper (Maundy Thursday)
8pm Solemn Mass of the day (including the Washing of Feet), Procession and Solemn Watch before the Sacrament until Midnight
Thursday 13th April 2017 at 8:00 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion (Good Friday)
The Liturgy of the Word (Passion of the Lord), Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion from the Sacrament of Maundy Thursday
Friday 14th April 2017 at 3:00 PM for 1 hour
The Solemn Vigil and First Mass of Easter (Holy Sat/Easter Eve)
The Blessing of Light, Solemn Vigil of Readings and First Mass of the Resurrection of The Lord (with Renewal of Baptismal Vows)
Saturday 15th April 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Easter Day Parish Mass
Solemn Mass of the Resurrection of The Lord (with Renewal of Baptismal Vows)
Sunday 16th April 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 5 minutes.
The Assumption of Our Lady
9.30am Said Mass for the principal festival of Our Lady, patroness of Higham.
Tuesday 15th August 2017 at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments Incense
The Assumption of Our Lady
7.30pm Solemn Mass for the principal festival of Our Lady, patroness of Higham.
Tuesday 15th August 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense
S.Giles' Day
Mass for the Festival of the Patron of Merston; Co-patron of the whole parish
Friday 1st September 2017 at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments
Harvest Thanksgiving
Parish Mass for Harvest Thanksgiving. Please bring gifts of tinned / packet foods and toiletries for the House of Mercy in Gravesend (Hostel for young homeless people).
Sunday 17th September 2017 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Incense
Dedication Feast of S.Mary's Church
Solemn Mass will take place in the Church of S.Mary, Church Street, Higham at 10am (replacing the normal 9.30am in S.John's). Mass will be offered at 6.30pm in S.John's also.
Sunday 1st October 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Incense

Features

Toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Stained Glass Floodlight
Organ

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Church Open Daily from 9am until after Evening Prayer

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Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Canon James Fisher SOUTHWARD
Incumbent: The Revd Canon James Fisher SOUTHWARD
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9936
Diocesan ID: H0501
Built: 1862
Style of worship: Traditional Catholic, Modern Liturgy
Our Patron: St John's College Cambridge
Archdeaconry: ROCHESTER (312)
Deanery: STROOD (31206)
Benefice: Higham and Merston (31/100 L)
Parish Legal Name: Higham with Merston (310148 )
CofE Church Info: (631148 31/148)
Short URL: acny.uk/9936/
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The current editor is: Father James Southward

This page was last updated on Monday 28th November 2016
 
 
 
Higham: St John Evangelist : Hermitage Road, Higham, Kent, ME3 7DB - Centre of the main part of the Village

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