Benefice of Bethersden with High Halden and Woodchurch

Know God, Show His Love, Spread His Word

  • The Rectory, Bull Lane
  • Bethersden
  • Ashford
  • Kent
  • TN26 3HA

01233 820266
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Who are we?

Each of the churches in the benefice consists of a wide range of different people, from all ages and different backgrounds. Whoever you are, you are assured a very warm welcome.

When to arrive:

We meet to worship God and learn about the good news of Jesus each Sunday morning.  Times of services vary at the three churches in the benefice but just follow the Services & Prayer link above for starting times.   If it is your first visit, you may find it helpful to arrive 5 or 10 minutes early to get your bearings. 
If you are driving then you'll be pleased to hear that there is plenty of free parking near each of the three churches. 
You'll be greeted on the door by welcoming stewards who will give you the order of service and notices of forthcoming events.  The service usually lasts for an hour and many people then stay on for a chat and a coffee. 

What happens in a typical service?

We aim to convey the good news that God loves us.  The message is usually delivered in the form of a sermon.  We enjoy a variety of music from the old hymns to the more modern songs.  Most Sundays we celebrate Holy Communion as part of the service, in which you are invited to eat a little bread and drink a little wine in memory of what Jesus said and did at the Last Supper.  If you have not been confirmed, then you are very welcome to come to the communion rail for a blessing.

More often than not it is our own minister who leads the services but we are fortunate to have a number of lay preachers who will lead worship in their own particular style.  So in one sense there is no such thing as a 'typical service'.  Every one will have its own unique character.

Church is a foreign country to me. 
Are there any particular codes of behaviour or dress I need to be aware of?

As far as clothes are concerned, come wearing whatever you feel comfortable in.   Feel free to sit anywhere.  We normally stand for hymns and sit for the rest of  the service - just keep an eye on the rest of the congregation and you'll be fine.  We don't burden you with arms full of books to get lost in.  If we do need you to refer to a book the page number will be clearly announced.   We take up an offering each week for church expenses, but there is no obligation to contribute unless you want to.  Basically, you can just be yourself and relax.  And if you have any questions the door stewards are there to help you feel at home.

What happens at the church other than the Sunday service?
Just look around the website to see what's happening - there's lots going on.  Go to Site Map and follow the links to activities for each church.  And do come and join us - you will be very welcome.