Why Choose Us

Although we are distinctly within the catholic tradition of the Church of England (commonly referred to as ‘High’ Church) nevertheless we seek to include all ages and make all welcome. Our regular congregation includes those whose spiritual roots are drawn from other traditions in the Christian family: including Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and from a range of Reformed/Free Churches.

St John’s is a welcoming and inviting Christian community that looks to serve the needs of the people of the parish, of all traditions within the Church of England and other Christian traditions. However, the church is of a robust Anglo-Catholic tradition and is a member of The Society. As such it attracts worshippers from outside the parish boundaries who are of the same tradition.


The PCC has passed the Resolution in accordance with the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests, and we are under the pastoral and sacramental care of the Bishop of Richborough. Although the Parish is in the care of the Bishop of Richborough, it has close ties with the Bishop and Diocese of Rochester and the Deanery.