To know Jesus Christ and make him known
It is with great sadness that our church buildings are now closed and all public worship services and events are on hold for the foreseeable future. With Holy Week and Easter approaching this is particularly difficult but the church has not ceased to exist. Our worship and service of others continues, albeit in a different form.
Each week I am producing an order of service for Sunday that can be prayed through at home. We are also sharing services and prayers online through " Zoom". Regular attendees will get an invitation and a password, but all are welcome. Anyone is welcome to join in our Zoom services but you need the invitation,
and a password for each service.
Please email the vicar -
and I'll send it. Zoom services are 40 minutes max.
Each service has a short sermon and a pew news which can keep us in contact with each other. This is being emailed or posted out, if you would like to receive it please email or phone Revd Jean, 01227 751410,
As regards re-opening the churches:
The government has just issued updated guidance and we are waiting for the detail of that. Churches can reopen for public worship from 4 July, provided physical distancing remains in place. Weddings and funerals in church can also take place, again with physical distancing and much reduced numbers and churches can be open for private prayer.
All of this is permissive not prescriptive, we don’t have to do any of it and shouldn’t feel any pressure to do so. In our benefice we are taking things slowly. It isn’t a simple case of opening our doors and welcoming everyone in, much as we would like to. For the safety of everyone we have to first complete a full risk assessment of each church building, then deep clean the church, they are very dirty after three months without any attention although they are Covid 19 free. Once all that has been done we can then prepare the church for worship with signs about where to sit, reminders about sanitizing hands, one way systems, areas not for access etc. All this takes time so we don’t have a date in mind at the moment but it won’t be quite yet. Our benefice website will keep you updated
In the meantime, if all goes to plan, Hernhill Church will be opened for private prayer every Sunday from 12 July, (except for 19 July) from 11am to 4pm. Before that, the church will need to be deep-cleaned, a risk assessment completed and signs etc to be put in church
There are lots of resources online to enable us to worship and many services across the world are being live streamed. We will be adding the links to these, and adapting this site to include other resources, including the information and links on the Canterbury Diocese website.
For information about baptisms, weddings and funerals please contact Revd Jean
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Where is your church?
In the true sense, church is not a building, but PEOPLE, bound together by faith and fellowship.
So it's everywhere.
The church is deeply rooted in our communities, and we aim to reach out to them in service, in love and in prayer.
Are you anxious about family, friends, or yourself, and do not know where to turn? Are you, or someone you know, in a crisis and unable to pray?
There are people willing to pray for you because prayer does make a positive difference.
and your prayer request will be passed along the Prayerline.
All prayer requests are completely confidential so only the people on the Prayerline will know about your needs and they will never discuss it with anyone.
If you would like prayers for a relative or friend and you want to name them you will need to ask their permission first but we don't need someone's name
to pray for them.
Please use us - we'd love to help you.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting our Church online.
This is a website for the three parishes in our benefice - Boughton with Dunkirk, Hernhill and Graveney with Goodnestone. We work together to highlight the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our churches on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbour.
Services would normally held in all three villages every Sunday and often during the week. There will always be something to suit you, and a warm welcome. There are also lots of things going on - have a look at our Services and Special events pages.
Your buildings, here for you to use and enjoy
These church buildings have been at the centre of village communities for centuries, and are a sign that God is present in life here. They are a natural focus for special times in our lives, available to and welcoming for all.
They are much more than just much loved historic monuments. They are holy places where Christians have worshipped for a thousand years.
Most important of all, they are a living church, and you are welcome. Find out more about them, and where to find them, here.
We are a welcoming community of people who want to explore the Christian faith, worship God together and develop friendships.
We are part of the Church of England and are three parishes working together as one church,
We don't pretend to have all the answers, but we have found that there is a God who loves each one of us, wherever we are on the journey of faith. Church, for us, is about making that journey as a community of all ages, encouraging and supporting one another through the ups and downs of life, and enjoying fun and friendship along the way.
Our Church Family
God has called us to become a Church Family …. not just to become a church for familes …. but a church family available to everyone from every age and background.