Welcome to the Church of St Michael & All Angels, Maidstone!  You’ll find us on the Tonbridge Road (A26) just over half a mile from the town centre.  We are the parish church for a population of over 6,000.  We have a growing congregation, some of whom have been attending the church for most of their lives, whilst others are newcomers.  The age range is from 0 to retired.

Our aim is that we should all have an encounter with Jesus Christ in our services.  To that end, our main services are Eucharistic: we gather around Jesus, who is sacramentally present in the consecrated bread and wine.  With the very first Christians, we believe “Jesus is the only one who can save people.  His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save anyone. We must be saved through Him!” 1Acts 4:12 ERV  The quotation from the Bible emphasises our faith in its divine inspiration from cover to cover.

Following all our services there is tea and filter coffee to wash down freshly-baked snacks.  We are finding that people are staying to chat and enjoy being together for longer.

You’ll hear our wing of the Church of England sometimes described as Anglo-Catholic (or simply catholic).  But what does “catholic” mean?  It’s not what you may think: it simply means that it’s for everyone, which therefore includes you.  Yes, there is incense at Sunday Mass, there is holy water at all the entrances; there are candles; the choir, ministers and servers wear robes and the priest wears colourful vestments:  all of these emphasise the greater significance of what we are doing: our goal is to meet Jesus in our worship and to give Him the highest honour and glory.

Do come and experience Christian worship in this lovely church, meet us and, more importantly, meet our Lord!

Special Services for Easter

Palm Sunday

Starting in the Parish Hall at 10:15am with a procession of the palms into Church.

Holy Tuesday

Chrism Mass at noon in Canterbury Cathedral with Bishop Norman presiding.

Maundy Thursday

Mass of the Last Supper at 7:30pm.

Good Friday Liturgy

3pm in the Church.

Easter Eve

Vigil in the Vestry Hall at 7:30pm followed by the Easter Ceremonies.

The Walk of Witness starts outside St Francis Church

Sermons / News

Palm Sunday

10:15 am in the Parish Hall and Procession of the palms into church.Mass: Nashdom. Hymnbook CHIntroit: 17. All Glory Laud and Honour.623. Ride on, ride on in Majesty.Offertory Hymn: 503. My song is Love unknown.Motet: Hosanna to the Son of David – Telemann.Communion Hymn: 329. Jesu, my God, my all.Recessional Hymn: 187 The Servant King.Angelus …

Sermon for third Sunday of Lent

The opening of this morning’s Gospel is grim.  Pontius Pilate’s soldiers have carried out a senseless massacre of Galilean pilgrims coming to worship in Jerusalem.  And there has been an apparently equally senseless collapse of a building, with 18 fatalities. That sounds like the sort of world we know, doesn’t it? And of course, as we know, …