St Dunstan's Church, St Mildred's Church and St Peter's Church in Canterbury are Anglican or Church of England churches. You are welcome to join in any of the worship services across the Benefice. Check the Calendar for the time of the church services. We hope you will feel at home.
Gluten-free wafers are available for Communion services in the Benefice. Please let a 'Welcomer' know before the service begins.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
Common Worship (Order 1) is used for all Communion (or Eucharist) services.
- 08.00 hrs at St Dunstan’s: Said Eucharist every Sunday. This is a quiet, reflective service, normally about 40 minutes without hymns
- 09.30 hrs at St Peter’s Church: Sung Eucharist every Sunday. Although there is no choir, we enjoy singing hymns and use incense for the Church Festivals. St Peter's hosts Romanian Orthodox Church services
- 10.00 hrs at St Dunstan’s Church: Sung Eucharist every Sunday except the fourth. There is a robed choir and new members are always welcome to join
- 10.00 hrs at St Dunstan’s Church Hall: Café Church on the fourth Sunday of the month. This is held behind St Dunstan's Church in the hall. It is an informal service without communion, normally lasting about 40 minutes. Refreshments are served before and after the service
- 11.00 hrs at St Mildred’s Church: Sung Eucharist every week. As a high Anglo-Catholic Church, there is always incense and much is made of Feast Days and Festivals, with an emphasis on colour, symbolism and ritual.
SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP
- 15.00 hrs at St Dunstan's Church Hall: Messy Church on the first Sunday of the month. This is a popular event specially for families. Each session is based on a Christian theme, with creative activities and refreshments for all the family. Parents or carers with children are welcome
- 18.30 hrs at The Eastbridge Hospital: Evensong and Compline on the third Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome to enjoy Evensong and Compline in the ancient Eastbridge Hospital (location). Compline is an opportunity for the Benefice to come together and share light refreshments together with a glass of wine
- 15.30 hrs (Winter time) or 18.30 hrs (Summer time) at St Dunstan's Church: Service of Healing and Wholeness with the Laying on of Hands. This is held quarterly (Mar, June, Sept, Dec). This is a quiet, reflective service that offers the opportunity for the Laying on of Hands and Prayer Ministry
- 18.30 hrs in the Maynard & Cotton Almshouses: Evensong on the first Sunday of the month. This is a short service in this small chapel, which has only recently been discovered in these Almshouses (location).
MIDWEEK SERVICES IN THE BENEFICE
Morning Prayer is a short service from Common Worship held every weekday at 09.00 hrs.
- Morning prayer at St Peter's Church is on Mondays and Thursdays
- Morning prayer at St Dunstan's Church is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- Morning prayer at St Mildred's Church is on Fridays.
Midweek Eucharist services are held every weekday in the Benefice (Communion services). These are quiet, reflective, 'said' services.
- Monday Eucharist at the Eastbridge Hospital in Canterbury at 17.00 hrs
- Tuesday Eucharist at St Dunstan’s Church at 09.30 hrs (Book of Common Prayer service)
- Wednesday Eucharist at St Mildred's Church at 10.00 hrs, followed by coffee at a local café.
- Thursday Eucharist at St Peter's Church at 12.00 hrs
- Friday Eucharist at 11.00 hrs.
Contact Rev Jo Richards for special 'life event' services, such as christenings, thanksgivings, weddings and funerals.
WORSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY
The sacrament of Holy Communion is taken to a number of people living in local, residential homes, as well as a number of housebound people living at home. A short Holy Communion service is also held at the local Age UK, three times a month.
We have a strong team of pastoral visitors across the Benefice. They visit members of the congregation who are either housebound or unwell.
St Dunstan's, St Mildred's and St Peter's parishioners are a prayerful community. There is Morning Prayer every day. Personal prayer is encouraged by using the Weekly Bulletin, the Daily Prayer sheet, and the weekly Lectionary. If you would like to be prayed for, or you have a specific prayer request, contact Rev Jo Richards.
Every month a group gathers to pray specifically for members of the congregation who have requested prayer. There is a prayer board available in St Dunstan’s and St Mildred's Churches for any prayer requests. The Benefice has close ties with the local Pilgrim’s Hospice and prays for people who have requested prayer there.
Every Monday morning, the Rector walks the streets of the Benefice. She covers the whole area once a month. Rev Jo Richards spends time specifically praying for those along each street, asking for God’s blessing upon the community.