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 Credit Union - Stop Press!
Many of you will know that we are launching the Tenterden Credit Union next spring. There will be a meeting to explain it all in St Mildred’s Church on Tuesday 25th November at 7pm. Come along and find out more. There are no strings attached! Click here for further information.
Friends of St. Mildred’s
29th November - Concert in aid of The Friends of St M's
30th November - Advent Carol Service, 6pm St. Mildred’s
Organises events to raise money for the upkeep of the fabric of St. Mildred’s.
Parent &Toddler Groups:
Next Messy Breakfast:
Coming Soon ...
Saturday 22 November – in Zion Baptist Church, 8.30 - 10.00am
Speaker: PHILIP JONES from Haywards Heath
Philip is a solicitor/singer/songwriter and Worship Leader
and will illustrate his talk with music and song
“A Musical Testimony”
Ladies are invited to this meeting.
Tickets £8 from Chris Cheesman Tel : 01580 762573
Millies on Monday
Monday 24th November
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.
TENTERDEN CREDIT UNION
Tuesday 25th November, 7pm, in St Mildred’s Church
Many of you will know that we are launching the Tenterden Credit Union next spring. There will be a meeting to explain it all in St Mildred’s Church on Tuesday 25th November at 7pm.
Come along and find out more. There are no strings attached! Click here for further information.
Tots on Thursdays
Thursday 27th November
St Michael’s Church 1.30 - 3.00pm
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.
Explore St Mark’s Gospel
with Neville Emslie from The Diocese
Saturday 29th November in St Andrew’s Church
Starts with Breakfast at 8.30 am and the session should end
about 12.30pm - just in time for St John’s warming lunch - see next item!
The cost will be £7. Book through Lindsay.
A Warming Lunch
Saturday 29th November from Noon to 2pm
in St Mildred’s Church Hall
St. John’s will be serving piping hot soup.
If still hungry you can then indulge in a ploughman’s¬
All proceeds in aid of St. John’s Church.
Christmas Lights Switch on in Tenterden and St. Michael’s
Saturday 29th November at 4.30pm: There will be a special service to begin the Tenterden Christmas Lights Switch On Ceremony in St Mildred’s Church
Sunday 30th November: The St Michael’s Christmas Lights Switch On Ceremony begins with a special service in St Michael’s Church at 4pm.
Ross Hardman in Concert
in aid of the Friends of St. Mildred's
Saturday 29th November in St. Mildred's Church
Tickets £10.00 from Tenterden Gateway - or at the door
Advent Carol Service
Sunday 30th November
6pm in St. Mildred's Church
Bereavement Support Group at Cedar Court
Friday 5th December
(Always the 1st Friday of each month)
10.00am - 11.30pm (Note Time) 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 5th December
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 Eileen (Contact Us).
St. Mildred’s Open for Late Night Shopping
Friday 5th December 5-8pm: St Mildred’s will be open and offer Winter Pimms and other seasonal refreshments to the late night shoppers.
Carols sung by the Choir
Sunday 7th December
9.30am St. Mildred's Church
Sunday Benefice Lunch
Sunday 7th December
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 £6.50
For more details Click here
Evening Eucharist with Wholeness and Healing
Sunday 7th December
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 9th December
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.
Kent Male Voice Choir Concert
On Saturday 13th December, Kent Police Male Voice Choir are back to start Christmas with a song.
The concert, in aid of Pilgrim Hospices, will be in St. Mildred’s, starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £10 to include a glass of wine & are available from
Teri Witcher 01580 763892 and Vicki Dodds (764061 / firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunday 14th December
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.
"Clean and Fair" handwash, laundry liquid and washing up liquid sourced from a fair trade oil project in Ghana.
Plus all the usual delicious goodies.
Last month you bought goods worth £180.
Wednesday Lunch Club
Special Christmas Lunch!!!!
St Mildred’s Church Hall at 12.15pm
Meets quarter of an hour earlier as a film be shown after the lunch!
The Wednesday Lunch Club meets every 3rd Wednesday in the month.
Contact Mary Monckton on 01580 240767 if you’d like more information.
Messy Breakfast Church
Saturday 20th December
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.
Churches "Together" for "Group" Choral Evensong
Watch this space for next date and venue!
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 September at Wittersham was our fourth.
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.