The Parish Church of St Mary and St Eanswythe


The Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe, with St Saviour Folkestone, exists to make Jesus Christ known in Folkestone through its worship, its fellowship and its mission. It looks to encourage its members, and the people of the community of which it is a part, to realise their full potential as children of God.

Recipes of Hope and Hospitality

Pam Keeling writes:

Thanks to Covid 19 and lockdown Jenny Coleman and I started to discuss recipes we were using and Jenny told me about a recipe book she had in her possession, written in 1995 supporting two churches in Wanstead, her mother’s parish. 
We decided that if others liked the idea we would go ahead and create our own recipe book and when questioned it seems they do! We are asking for recipes from our friends at church and elsewhere and we are hoping that along with the recipe people could add a few personal words.
One example arrived in my e-mail this morning from a Folkestonian who has recently lost his wife. The recipe is Dawn’s Almond Tart which Dave says she made quite frequently because it is his favourite. Don’t worry that we may end up with too many recipes, if we do we may end up doing a follow up version….
The intention is that the Friends of St Mary and St Eanswythe will fund the printing costs but the Recipe books will be on general sale with all funds going directly to the church. The more visitors we have because of St Eanswythe the more books we hope to sell.
We really don’t mind what kind of recipe you would like to offer us as all welcome, having said that perhaps not the final recipe in the book, don’t forget it was 1995!!
How to Preserve a Husband
Be careful in your selection.
Do not choose too young.
When selected, give your entire thoughts to preparing for domestic use.
Some wives insist on keeping them in a pickle; others constantly getting them in hot water. This may make them sour, hard and sometimes bitter.
Even poor varieties can be made sweet, tender and good by garnishing them with patience well-sweetened with love and seasoned with kisses.
Wrap them in a mantle of charity.
Keep warm with a stead fore of domestic devotion, and serve with peaches and cream.
If you do have a recipe in mind my e-mail is
Much Love
Pam x

P.S. Father John has promised his Terrific Tuna-pasta Bake and Fantastic Fish Pie, both of which were instant hits when he hosted lunch for the parish at the Vicarage following his first Sunday service.

HELP! Fr John writes

Supporting our Church Financially
During this time when our usual supporters are not able to make cash donations or use the planned giving scheme, I would like to ask if donations could be made instead by bank transfer so that we can keep paying our bills! All donations would be gratefully received. Our bank details are:
Account Name:      Vicar and Churchwardens of the Parish Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe
Sort Code:                 52-41-42
Account Number: 08627290
We are investigating joining Justgiving in order to make it easier to donate to us, including providing the facility to Gift Aid donations. In the mean time if you are a UK taxpayer you may download a Gift Aid form here: please complete it and post it to the Parish Office or scan and email it to

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated 28th June.


We have decided to delay opening St Mary & St Eanswythe Folkestone for worship services until Sunday 6 September, as long as we are not experiencing a second wave of Covid-19 at that time.

The main reason is the age and health profile of our congregation, which affects both the heightened risk of infection and also the availability of volunteers to help run services.

Services of daily Morning Prayer and Sunday Eucharist will continue to be published online. We will continue to open St Mary & St Eanswythe most days for individual prayer.

This decision also affects private ceremonies, concerts and meetings.

We are pleased to announce a limited opening for private individual prayer from Saturday 20th June.

The church will be open between 10.30 am and 1.30 pm on Sunday, and between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm on Saturday and Monday to Thursday.

We regret that we can’t do more than this just yet, but hope to expand our opening times as soon as we can.
Access within the building will be restricted to the Nave. Use of Hand Sanitizer and Social Distancing must be observed.

Church Online: please click here for the Church of England’s page of links to online resources.

You can watch our Sunday services on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Morning Prayer will also be available on YouTube. Links to individual Sunday services are on the Sermons and Services page of this site.

 For further details of our response to the epidemic please visit our dedicated page.

If you know of a member of the congregation who is self isolating and you have their telephone number, please give them a call.

Eanswythe Found?

The results of the recent examinations and tests of what had been since their rediscovery believed to be St Eanswythe’s remains were announced on Friday 6th March. Information and resources will be published as they become available on the Eanswythe Found page.

Live worship from Canterbury Cathedral

Regular Service Times

Sundays: weekly Sung Eucharist at 10.30 am. Replaced until further notice by a Holy Eucharist (Common Worship) with sermon and prayers, streamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel from 9,00 am. 

Public services are suspended during the period of public lockdown announced by the Government on March 23rd.

See the Weekly News for details of other services.


Please go to the  Safeguarding page for details of our Safeguarding Policy  plus  people and organisations you can contact regarding safeguarding issues.