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!” 1 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!