Spreading Joy



and Messages


Spotted by Rev'd Jane

around the village!

in the bus stop..

in the bus stop..

in the bus stop..


and on a bench!

in the bus stop..

in the bus stop..


 The present Parish Church of Elham, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, built of ragstone and flint, dates from 1170 to 1200, when it replaced a Saxon Church on the same sloping site in the valley of the Nailbourne. The view from across the Square reveals an impressive building with a massive tower of fine proportions completed during the 15th century. The real beauty of the place, however, is in the quality of its furnishings and owes much to the careful restoration of the interior carried out in the early part of the 20th century.

Christian people have worshipped God on this site for over 1000 years. Today, the people of Elham gather here every Sunday to worship in many ways, from the traditional Holy Communion, to the family-orientated Café Church. All ages are welcome to our services and we have a children's corner where they can play. 

Members of the community join together in the church for events other than worship, such as concerts and markets. 

We maintain our church as the living centre of our own Christian life and worship, and we also seek to hand on to succeeding generations not only the building, but also the living faith symbolised by it.  

Contact Us

Church Wardens: 

Peter Swain:


01303 840408

Graham Ernest-Jones: 


01303 840645

St Mary the Virgin Church, Elham

CT4 6TT, Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom

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