The Parish Church of St Mary and St Eanswythe

From a painting by Roger Joyce

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.


The church is open for visiting and private prayer in addition to our regular services. Please check with the Parish Office if you need to know whether the church is due to be open on a specific day: opening is subject to availability of volunteer welcomers.

Revised Covid-19 Guidelines from 11th December 2021

1) For ALL events held in St Mary & St Eanswythe Church, face coverings must be worn except
  • for the choir when they sing
  • when someone speaks from the front to a congregation or audience
  • for medical exemptions
  • children under the age of 11
2) For public services of worship held in St Mary & St Eanswythe Church 
  • the serving of refreshments is postponed.
  • we will return to social distancing in our seating arrangements

Morning Prayer and Eucharist services will be live streamed on our Facebook Page.

New Director of Music

We are delighted to welcome Malcolm Munro who will join us as our new Director of Music with his first service on March 13th 2022. He has written an introduction which you can find on the Choir and Organ page.

Supporting our Church Financially
If you are not able to visit the church to make cash donations or use the planned giving scheme, please donate so that we can keep paying our bills! All donations will be very gratefully received and we can claim Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer and provide your details when you make your donation. You can donate any amount from £1 upwards through our online donation service provided by givealittle.
You can donate here:  Donate 

The Companions of Eanswythe

Would you be interested in becoming a Companion of Eanswythe? Please click here to find out more.

We were visited by the Kent Medieval Graffiti Survey ( in late September and an interesting piece of possibly medieval musical notation was found scratched into the pillar between the Lady Chapel and the Chancel. There’s a photo on our History page, please visit the church between 11.00 and 13.00 Monday-Saturday to have a look.
St Eanswythe’s Colouring Book – an ideal present
The result of a brainwave during church watching: we have worked with local artist, Dandi Palmer, to create a beautiful colouring book with 40 varied pictures and something for all ages. We hope that it will give a true feeling of what you may be able to see in and around the church. Available from the Church, price £5.

Finding Eanswythe

An illustrated book summarising the Finding Eanswythe research is now available from the Church, price £5. The project’s web site can be visited via our Eanswythe Found page.