About

The parish church of St Mary and St Eanswythe 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 just over 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.

The Church is open on the first Saturday of the month from 10.00 am until noon: refreshments are available.  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 for visiting, and private prayer in St Eanswythe’s Chapel, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm, and Fridays from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. On the last Thursday of the month 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 (note that there is no Lent Lunch during the interregnum so the Thursday communion will be at 10.30).

Tours of the church for groups between ten and twenty in number can be arranged by contacting Ian Gordon on 07877 407702 or by emailing him at bayleman@gmail.com.

For more information on the parish church of St Mary and St Eanswythe please read our FAQ section.

This icon depicting the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was recently given to the church. It was blessed on Mothering Sunday 2019 by the Ven Darren Miller, Archdeacon of Ashford.