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, especially this Holy Week and Easter - see below for details.
With every good wish,
Lindsay Hammond (Vicar)
Tel: 01580 761591
Eileen on Thought for the Day and BBC Radio Kent!
Today, Palm Sunday 13th April, our very own Curate Eileen was on Thought for the Day and BBC Radio Kent at 6 am. You can listen to it and hear her on:
Just click on it to hear her! It will be there for 7 days until Saturday 19th April.
Her Thought for the Day is at 01:48. Her interviews "on the sofa" (along with Caroline Pinchbeck) are at approximately 00:49, 00:56, 01:10, 01:25, and 01:37.
Parent & Toddler Groups
Coming Soon ...
Holy Week and Easter!
Wednesday Lunch Club
St Mildred's Church Hall at 12.30pm
The Wednesday Lunch Club meets every 3rd Wednesday in the month.
Contact Mary Monckton on 01580 240767 if you’d like more information.
Chidren's Easter Workshop
Friday 18th April
St. Mildred's Church Hall from 12 noon - 3pm
Come and Enjoy the Fun!
Bring a packed lunch.
Call Shirley Docker on 01233 733 772 to book your place!
Messy Breakfast Church
There will be no Messy Breakfast Church on Saturday 19th April.
Instead come to the Easter Workshop shown above.
Tots on Thursdays
Thursday 24th April
St Michael's Church 1.30 - 3.00pm - resumes again today after the Easter Holidays
This popular Parent and Toddler Group in St. Michael's meets weekly in term time for fun with toys, craft activities, story-time and refreshments in the church. Providing the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones too - all are welcome.
Millies on Monday
Monday 28th April
The Glebe Hall from 9.00 - 11.30am - resumes again today after the Easter Holidays
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.
Bereavement Support Group at Cedar Court
Friday 2nd May
(Always the 1st Friday of each month)
11.00am - 12.30pm in the Lounge at Cedar Court
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.
The Prayer Tent
Friday 2nd May
St Mildred'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 Eileen (Contact Us).
Sunday Benefice Lunch
Sunday 4th May
12.30pm 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 £6.50
For more details Click here
Evening Eucharist with Wholeness and Healing
Sunday 4th May
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.
Mother's Union Meeting
Tuesday 6th May
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.
10th May – in St. Mildred’s Church Hall
Speaker: JOHN GOODWAY from Uckfield
A CVM speaker with experience in farming and agriculture.
Has been a Disc Jockey and speaks of his conversion after his wife died in 1990
Title: “From Gardening to GOD”
Tickets £10 from Chris Cheesman Tel : 01580 762573
Messy Breakfast Church
Saturday 17th May
Tenterden Junior School from 8.30 - 10.00am
Messy Breakfast Church will take place on the third Saturday of every month,
from 8.30am until 10am - All ages welcome.
Sunday 18th May
St Mildred's Church Hall at 9.30am
TRAIDCRAFT GOODS will be on sale in St Mildred’s Church Hall after the 9.30am service.
New feature: beautiful hand-made cards from the Philippines (only £1.75 each!).
Plus all the usual delicious goodies.
Thank you to those who bought the 45 fairly-traded Real Easter Eggs,
complete with the Easter story inside.
Last month you bought goods worth £163.
Churches "Together" for "Group" Choral Evensong
We are part of an informal group of churches, along with Appledore, Ebony, Newenden, Rolvenden, Stone and Wittersham. We are beginning to think about ways in which we can work together. One expression of our common life will be an occasional Choral Evensong and the recent evening in February at Appledore was our second.
Come to the next one on Sunday 25th May!
Church Cleaners are needed at St Mildred's : Julie Hodgkins, who ably cleaned the church for many years, hung up her duster when she, Chris and the family moved to Egerton where Chris is serving as Assistant Curate.We have replaced Julie with 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).
Readers : Have you a burning desire to read the Bible passages at our services? We urgently need new readers at St Mildred’s, so if you would like to join the merry band or find out more about it before you say ‘yes’, then contact Lindsay. Training will be given. Please help.
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, 2 roving reporters and 2 representatives from the other 2 churches plus Lindsay as Chairman. We meet 10 times a year to plan the issue 2 months away, and 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 Elizabeth Emson (763595).
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.