St Mary the Virgin is an Anglican (Church of England) Church that is firmly rooted in the Catholic (Anglo-Catholic or Catholic Anglican) tradition. At St Mary’s we use incense, wear vestments, have a place of reservation for the Blessed Sacrament, say a daily Mass, make our confession and celebrate all seven Sacraments of the Church. We are a registered Forward in Faith parish. We are under the Episcopal care of the Bishop of Richborough – The Right Reverend Norman Banks SSC. We are a friendly, growing community, witnessing to the Christian faith as received by the Catholic Church. All are welcome at our services. Our Church is open to ALL, irrespective of religion, denomination, gender, political beliefs or sexual orientation.
We seek to follow in the ways of Jesus Christ in our local community. We do this by offering hospitality, and details of forthcoming events can be found on our website. We pray for our local community at our daily Mass, and the Parish Priest is often found visiting local buildings and establishments where he will chat and pray with the local community.
St Mary’s also has its own Church School, and the Parish Priest visits school on a regular basis delivering assemblies, leading classes and saying Mass. The Parish Priest also serves as ex-officio governor.
We also have a second church – St John the Evangelist – that serves the people of the Grange Estate. Attached to St John’s is a large hall that is available for hire.
Enquires about weddings and baptisms are welcome:
CLERGY CONTACT DETAILS : FATHER JAMES MOWBRAY SSC TELEPHONE : 01536233489 – EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE : www.stmk.org.uk