St Michael the Archangel Church Smarden and
All Saints Church Biddenden

COVID-19 Pandemic – What we are doing?

We welcome the Government public announcement made today (23rd June 2020)  that, as of the 4th July, that some church services may resume. We are awaiting to see the detailed guidance notes both from the Government, and the Diocese to implement this. When this has been issued we will study carefully and review what will be allowed to offer.   At this stage all our Church services remain online. Also note that that Bellringing, Choir, Coffee Call-In and Home Study Groups are all on hold.

We have been given permission to open our churches for private prayer.  Smarden  church is open daily during day.  Biddenden church is open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  It remains closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Click here for further details.

Details of the most up to date Church of England Coronavirus guidelines, click here.

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We look forward to welcoming you online.


Rector of Smarden Church and Biddenden Church:Alex Bienfait, Rector of St Michael Smarden and All Saints Biddenden in Kent, UK
The Rev’d Alex Bienfait

At one of our Visioning days, held a few years ago, someone expressed the ambition for our churches, that we could be a “church without walls.”  in other words that we are accessible, visible and active in the community.

Another powerful image that emerged, is of a church gathered around a camp fire with a rich mouth watering stew on offer.  So in other words that we are church that feeds and sustains us.   But the image of a church community gathered around a camp fire is also helpful in expressing the ambition that as we come together for worship, and to be encouraged in faith around the “fire”, that we minister and support each other.

I hope you find us a warm accessible community, and that you will be fed and sustained your faith, and in this community realise your gifts to use for God’s Kingdom.

Alex Bienfait.
Birth of St. John the Baptist 24th June 2020

For more inflammation about Alex please see our Who’s Who page.

Rev’d Alexander Bienfait, Priest-in-Charge of Smarden and
01580 291454

Tom Hay, Smarden Churchwarden
01233 770286 or 07768 616809

Edward Demery, Smarden Churchwarden
01233 770579 or 07515 770102

Ann Courtness, Biddenden Churchwarden
01622 891190 or 07753 673787