Barham Downs Churches

  • The Rectory
  • The Street, Barham
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
  • CT4 6PA

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About Us

Barhams brass lecturnIn the Bible, Paul writes to the church in Corinth and suggests that a church family is like a body. Many different parts, some more obvious than others, but each part having an important part to play. He also speaks about the variety of different gifts that people have, all of which can be used in serving the Kingdom of God.

In the Barham churches we seek to encourage both young and old to discover and use their gifts. We also believe that God’s Holy Spirit continues to give abilities that we never knew that we had. All that is necessary is to be prepared to try out different tasks, with prayer and humility - and who knows what gifts we might discover!

Our understanding is that God has given us this wonderful world to enjoy, and to live in it in such a way as to look after the world, and to care for the whole of humankind.

Our hope is that we may be a loving and worshipful community, where people find acceptance and the love of God.

Like a big family, all of us are involved in different ways. And in working together, we find the Christian life to be more rewarding.

Our Barham Downs church family is spread across four mediaeval church buildings:

St. John the Baptist, Barham, with its prominent green spire, overlooks the village and is the largest in the group. We are a family-friendly church, and offer a mix of traditional and contemporary worship, and a range of meetings for children and young people. Details of services and events for this, and each of the other churches, will be found on the 'What's On' page.

St. Mary the Virgin, Bishopsbourne, is the most historical of our four mediaeval buildings, having had Richard Hooker as its priest - Hooker was a significant contributor to the formation of the Church of England in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Worship here is mostly traditional in format, with two services each month.

St. Giles, Kingston, is almost hidden in the centre of its village. It is the smallest of our buildings, which makes for a friendly welcome to any visitors. It is popular as a wedding venue where large numbers are not anticipated. There is currently one Family Communion service each month.

St Margaret of Antioch, Wymynswold, is also quite hidden away, and serves the three hamlets of Womenswold, Woolage Green and Woolage Village. Heavily restored by the Victorians, it has also recently undergone some refurbishment work to make it more suitable for the present day. There are normally two services here each month.

Decorated cross for EasterYou may use the 'What's On' page to find out what is happening in each church.



The decorated cross created by families as part of our 'Messy Friday' celebration before Easter.


If you would like to make a donation towards the work of the Barham Downs Churches, you may do so by going to our Just Giving page, or text BARM66 £5 to 70070.