Welcome to the website of the Church of England in Tenterden!
We are three churches:
St. Mildred - St. Michael and All Angels - St. John the Baptist;
and we are at the heart of the communities of
Tenterden + St. Michael’s + Smallhythe.
We exist to proclaim the glory of God in Jesus Christ and to show that God loves all people. We are friendly churches where people can worship God, make friends, feel refreshed and uplifted. There’s a place for you and we’d love you to join us.
With every good wish,
Lindsay Hammond (Vicar)
Tel: 01580 761591
Tenterden Food Bank
Tenterden Family Food Bank boxes are in our three churches. Please pop something in the next time you’re passing....
Now open! - every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday morning, 9am to 12 noon.
Volunteers still needed!
Morning Prayer is said every weekday morning at St Mildred’s at 8.30am,
but at 9 am on Friday.
Why not come along?
Next Traidcraft Stall
Activities for Youth
Sunday 13th September,
Together Green loo paper, kitchen rolls and tissues!
Youth at St. Michael's
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays every month, 7 - 8.30pm
Parent & Toddler Group
on Holiday until 7 September
in Tenterden Junior School
Coming Soon ...
Sunday 23rd August - 9.30am and 4pm
Eileen and Brian's farewell Sunday
Eileen will celebrate and preach at her last principal service at St Mildred’s today at 9.30am.
Eileen and Brian’s farewell will be a Songs of Praise service at St Michael’s today at 4pm. This service is open to all.
Please note that there won’t be a service at St Michael’s at 10am on Sunday 23rd August.
Eileen and Brian will continue to live at St Michael’s Vicarage until Eileen moves to her new post. Eileen and Brian thank everyone who has shown care, and supported them during their time here, and pray for God’s blessing upon our communities.
Bereavement Support Group NOW at the Day Centre
Thursday 3rd September
Please note change of Venue, Date and Time
(NOW Always the 1st Thursday of each month)
10.30am - noon in the Day Centre
An informal coffee morning for those people who have lost loved ones and would like to chat. Ministry team members including Lindsay, Margaret, Eileen and Ann will be there and offer a warm welcome to anyone who would like to pop in.
There is the option to stay for lunch (as long as you book a place). You can access lots of other services through the Day Centre and connect with a social network, if you so wish.
The Prayer Tent
Friday 4th September
St. Michael’s Church 7.00 - 8.00pm
Join us in the 'Prayer Tent' for our benefice time of guided prayer,
combining contemplative prayer and guided missional prayer.
The Prayer Tent will be held every first Friday of the month.
The venue will rotate around the three churches of our benefice, between St Mildred's and St Michael's until May, and then hopefully St John's.
For more information click here... and if you need help to get to the Prayer Tent,
do contact one of the clergy.
Sunday Benefice Lunch
Sunday 6th September
12.30 in St. Mildred’s Church Hall
So if you live on your own and would like to enjoy a sumptuous meal with others, then sign the list in St Mildred’s, or contact Chris Teesdale (01797 270366) if you’d like to reserve your place.
Cost per head will be £5.00
For more details Click here
Evening Eucharist with Wholeness and Healing
Sunday 6th September
6.00pm at St Mildred’s
This evening there will be a celebration of the Eucharist with Prayers for Wholeness and Healing in St Mildred’s at 6pm. All are welcome.
Millies on Monday - Resumes today after the Holidays!
Monday 7th September
The Glebe Hall from 9.00 - 11.30am
This popular Parent and Toddler Group in Tenterden meets weekly in term time.
An opportunity for parents with children under 5 years, to meet for coffee and refreshments, whilst their toddlers can enjoy the toys and socialising with others. All are welcome.
Mother's Union Meeting
Tuesday 8th September
St. Mildred’s Church Hall at 10 for 10.30am
You don’t have to be a member of the Mothers’ Union to come along.
We will have refreshments and a guest speaker
There will be a Bring and Buy.
Sunday 13th September
St Mildred’s Church Hall after the 9.30am Service
TRAIDCRAFT GOODS will be on sale in St Mildred’s Church Hall after the 9.30am service.
You will discover excellent gardening gloves, household paper products, wooden toys, cards, coffee, chocolate and all the usual goodies.
Last time's proceeds were £150, so well done!
Wednesday Lunch Club
Wednesday 16th September at 12.30 pm
The Wednesday Lunch Club meets every 3rd Wednesday in the month in St Mildred’s Church Hall at 12.30pm.
There’s no need to book a place. Contact Mary Monckton on 01580 240767 if you’d like more information.
Messy Breakfast Church
Saturday 19th September
Tenterden Junior School from 9.00 - 10.30am
Messy Breakfast Church will take place on the third Saturday of every month,
from 9am until 10.30am - All ages welcome.
Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary
Sunday 20th September
Commemorative Evensong in St Mildred's at 6pm
We commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this Sunday with a special service of Evensong at St Mildred’s at 6pm. At the service there will be prayers and music suitable to the occasion.
Saturday 26th September 2015 – in Zion Baptist Church, 8.30 - 10.00am
Speaker: JOLYON VICKERS
Former Practice Manager at Ivy Court, now a Deacon at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church
“Answering the Call”
Tickets £8 from Chris Cheesman Tel : 01580 762573
Harvest Thanksgiving services this year will be held:
- at St John’s on Sunday 20th September at 11.15;
- at St Mildred’s on Sunday 4th October at 9.30;
- at St Michael’s on Sunday 11th October at 10am.
Sunday 18th October at 6pm at at St. John's Smallhythe
Our informal group of nine churches comes together for Evensong at Stone Church.
The nine are: Appledore, Ebony, Newenden, Rolvenden, Smallhythe, St Michael’s, Stone, Tenterden, and Wittersham.
Healing and Wholeness Service at St. Michael's
Sunday 25th October
at 4.30pm, beginning with afternoon tea at 4pm.
The service will end just after 5pm.
We urgently need to strengthen our baptism welcome team. Would you be willing to be present at baptism services now and again to greet families and make them feel at home?
Or if you have a little time to spare on Thursday afternoons, would you consider volunteering to help assemble the weekly service sheets and Pew News for our churches? Tara is looking for a small team to help out each Thursday for about half an hour or so anytime between 1pm and 5pm in the sacristy at St Mildred’s.
And finally, we have a small band of people who faithfully send out cards each month to those marking the anniversary of a baptism, a marriage or a death. We need another couple of people who would be willing to join the team.
We really do need help with the above, so if you can assist, please contact Tara
(click here for contact details).
Church Cleaners are needed at St Mildred's : We have a team of volunteer cleaners. We have divided the church into areas and have asked one or more people to adopt an area and keep it clean and tidy, going in each week at a convenient time. We could do with more volunteers. Can you help? If so, please contact Chris Teesdale (01797 270366).
Magazine Editors : We are looking for another person to join the magazine team to become an editor. We normally have 5 editors so each only has to produce 2 issues a year. We have a lively group consisting of the editors, roving reporters and representatives from the other 2 churches plus Lindsay as Chairman. We meet 10 times a year to plan the issue 2 months away, and to review what has been received for the issue 1 month away. We provide the software as well as training and help. Could this be you? If interested in finding out more please contact Neil de Villiers (01580 765 868) or talk to any of the magazine team.
Youth Work : We urgently need to find some willing people to help with the all-important work with our young people. So can you spare a little time to join the Friday night Emanate youth group rota or help swell the number of Sunday Club leaders? If you can, please get in touch with Shirley Docker (762492).
Coffee Rota : Or if you would like to join the Sunday morning coffee rota at St. Mildred’s, then please contact Jean Easto (01233 850960).
Aids Support : For many years we have supported a charity working with AIDS orphans in an African township. While our practical support is enormously appreciated, the orphans, their families, and the charity also need lots of prayer support, particularly concerning issues over which the charity has no control. A monthly prayer letter goes out to anyone who commits to regular prayer for this. Would you be willing to pray? If so, please contact Lindsay.