COVID-19 Pandemic – What is happening and what are we doing?
With low local infection rates and increasing numbers of vaccinations, Smarden and Biddenden PCC groups have agreed to open our churches from Palm Sunday for church services.
You will be able to follow our services online via Zoom. Please see our Services page for details (Click here). Our churches remain open for Funerals and Weddings. Please contact the church wardens for details.
Smarden church is open daily during the day for private prayer.
Biddenden is open for services and the church porch is open during the day for private prayer. Biddenden church is closed during the day for safety reasons after falls of plaster and subsidence of the north wall. Scaffolding has been installed to support the north aisle roof and tilt meters are monitoring movement of the walls for at least a year. No work is currently going on until the experts have a clear picture of the extent of the problem and have agreed on the way forward .
If you know of individuals who need visiting our support in this time; need food, need help with shopping or are just lonely, please get in touch with one of our churchwardens. Members of our churches are involved phoning, visiting, providing shopping, collecting prescriptions, and taking people to be vaccinated. Please contact the church wardens for further details.
Last Updated on April 14, 2021 by admin
Smarden Church and Biddenden Church are now in interregnum. ie in vacency
Our former Rector Rev’d Alex Bienfait, last Sunday was on 31st January 2021.
We held a Visioning days, 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.
We 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.
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