To know Jesus Christ and make him known
As we gradually open our churches again, there are services in the churches, and we are taking particular care to safeguard visitors from harm, including a request that we all wear masks when moving around or singing.
Other measures include:
Track and trace system, asking people to give a your name and phone number (if happy to do so).
Hand sanitisers will be used in church, on entry and during communion.
Social distancing is no longer in place but please be aware of people who would prefer to sit alone.
Ventilation - all doors will be open all through the service for good ventilation
Singing is now allowed but please wear a mask; we will have a few short hymns.
Hymn books, Bibles and service sheets We will be using these but please return your books
to the book shelf/case at the end of the service.
The Peace Please don’t leave your place and don’t touch anyone not in your bubble .
Offertory No collection taken during the service, donations left on the plate either on arrival or departure.
Holy Communion No wine at the moment, the bread will be distributed at the communion rail, please stand.
Refreshments Refreshments may now be served after the service but some churches not starting until September.
Ringing is allowed but the length of time will be limited and ringing chamber well ventilated.
Everything will be reviewed regularly and amended as necessary.
Contact details for the church are changing.
For general enquiries, you can leave messages either on our dedicated phone -
or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Discussions are taking place with the Diocese regarding a replacement for Jean as vicar - she is going to be a hard act to follow!
For enquiries about weddings and funerals, please contact our Reader Pat Saunders at email@example.com or on 01227 751122.
We are booking weddings for next year.
If your loved one has died and you weren’t able to have the funeral you wanted perhaps you are now thinking of a memorial service. Please contact us before you spend a lot of money with a big company. One well known national company is offering a memorial service for £700 plus venue hire, catering etc. A church memorial service is a fraction of that cost, please be careful.
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Our Benefice Prayer -
Loving God, we thank you for our benefice.
Help us to reflect your unity and love
in the way we worship and work together
in the communities we serve,
for we are strangers no longer but pilgrims together,
and partners with you in the building of your kingdom
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.
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.
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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, and come in for a visit as soon as we are able to open more freely. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbour.
Services have now re-started in all three villages every Sunday and often during the week. There will be at least one Holy Communion service each month in each village. At the moment, there are special arrangements, as we re-open.
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, normally available to and welcoming for all. They are currently closed but we look forward to the day when we can share in their glory.
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 families …. but to be a church family, available to everyone, from every age and background.