St Mary the Virgin, Newington
St Mary's has been the home to a worshipping community from the village and the surrounding area for nearly 1000 years.
The church seeks to offer a warm welcome to anyone and everyone. There is a variety of services offering a mix of contemporary and more traditional styles of worship.
The church is also the home to the Cornerstone cafe once a month.
There is a regular team of bell ringers rehearsing each week.
Concerts are held periodically.
For up-to-date details of services, please go to the Church website.
For Christenings, Thanksgivings, Weddings, Marriage Blessings and Funerals please contact
Rev Julian Staniforth on tel: 01795 227329
Church Opening times are as follows:
Saturday: May to July - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sunday: April to October - 11.00 am to 5.00 pm
The church can be opened at other times by arrangement through the Churchwardens.
Contact: David Lane 01795 842478, David Stevens 01795 842605.
There a Friends of St Mary's group, which contributes to the costs of maintaining this ancient and beautiful building.
The Six Benefice
We are a group of six Church of England village parishes in North Kent, in the countryside between Sittingbourne and Rainham with seven diverse congregations. We offer different flavours of traditional and contemporary worship across the different congregations in our benefice in Hartlip, Iwade, Lower Halstow, Newington, Stockbury, Upchurch as well as at 'Uplift' meeting in Upchurch Village Hall. Do click on the images below to find out more about each worshipping community.
We seek to be 'the people who BLESS,' seeking to embody Jesus in our daily lives sharing by our presence, service and words the Lord's transforming love and grace. We see church as a community we belong to, not just a place we go to.
Yet we recognise that each village's ancient building speaks of the Lord's steadfast, faithful presence through the challenging times of life. They speak of the Lord's promise to us: 'I am with you always'.
Everyone is welcome to come and join us. So do get in touch!
Rev. Julian Staniforth
Rector of The Six Benefice