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 the mid 7th Century when St Eanswythe founded her nunnery – the first religious house for women in England.

Please note that as of March 17th public worship is suspended in line with Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice from the Church of England. The church will be open for private prayer and for visiting as far as is possible within the advertised times. Please see the home page for the current opening and said service times which supersede the times stated below.


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.

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 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.

The Church is open for visiting, and private prayer in St Eanswythe’s Chapel, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11am to 3pm, and Saturdays from 12 noon to 3pm. 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 and is followed by a Lent Lunch at 12 noon.

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.