The parish church of St Mary and St Eanswythe’s is situated in the heart of Folkestone. Christian worship has been offered in or near the church since 630 AD when St Eanswythe founded her nunnery – the first religious house for women in England.
The Church is always open on a Sunday morning. Our main service starts at 10.30 am and lasts about an hour. The service is usually a sung Eucharist and we very much hope you will stay and have coffee with us afterwards. Children are welcome, and for moments when the goings-on seem too much, there is a children’s corner with books, puzzles and pages to colour which is well used and you are likely to find other children there on most occasions. On the 3rd Sunday in the month, we offer prayers for wholeness and healing in St. Eanswythe’s chapel immediately after the service.
Between Easter and November or until it gets icy underfoot, the Church is open on Saturday mornings from 10.00 am – noon. The Parish office on 01303 252947 (open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.00 am – 12.30 pm) can confirm whether or not the Church is open on a particular Saturday morning.
During the week the Church is open on Mondays and Fridays from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and sometimes on a Wednesday as well (the Parish office can advise). On Thursdays there is a said service of Holy Communion which lasts about 30 minutes at 10.30 am. During Lent this moves to 11.30 am to allow a Lent Lunch to follow on at 12 noon.
For more information on the parish church of St Mary and St Eanswythe’s please read our FAQ section.