The parish church of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian is located in idyllic isolation on the North Downs, one mile from the modern village of Challock. It is a Norman church, primarily built of flint and ironstone, started about 1100 AD close to site of a former wooden Saxon church.

 

The village of Challock was originally located in the immediate vicinity of the church. It moved to its current location when the villagers were given notice to quit in the late 16th Century by the owner of Eastwell Park who enclosed his lands and closed the road from Faversham to Ashford, which went through the old village. However, the church remained as the place of worship for the relocated villagers and is used every Sunday for services, being part of the Kings Wood Benefice in the Deanery of West Bridge, Canterbury Diocese. The Kings Wood Benefice includes: Chilham, Challock, Molash, Godmersham & Crundate, and is led by The Reverend Dr Paul Ratcliff. 01227 738720 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Services are held every Sunday as follows:

 

1st Sunday - Holy Communion 9.30 am

2nd Sunday - Family Service 10.30 am

3rd Sunday - Family Commumion Service, including Sunday Club 10.30 am

4th Sunday - Morning Prayer 10.30 am

5th Sunday - When there is a fifth Sunday in the month, the service will be held on

 a rota basis at one of the five churches in the Benefice. See the Parish

Magazine for details, or ring Churchwarden Fred Beadle 01233 740565.

 

Church officials

Rector: Rev'd Paul Ratcliff

Associate Priest: Rev'd Sue Starkings

Churchwarden: Mr Fred Beadle - 01233 740565

Secretary: Mrs Claire Hook

Treasurer: Mr Peter Franklin-Bourne

The church is also used extensively for concerts and functions. Every year there are three major festivals for Art, Music and Flowers run by the Friends and the Parochial Church Council (PCC).

 

Suggested Links:

 

Challock Churches Famous Modern Murals (you must come to one of our events and fully appreciate them) click here

John E. Vigar’s Churches website click here

Who were St Cosmas & St Damian click here (Wikipedia)

What's on at Challock Church click here

The Benefice of Kings Wood www.kingswoodbenefice.co.uk

The Church of England click here

The Diocese of Canterbury click here

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