Littlebourne Benefice

    Priest in Charge, Little Stour Benefice

    A newly formed single benefice, we are seeking a priest to lead us, encourage us, equip us and pray with us. We’re mobilising our ministry teams in discerning God’s work in our growing community. We offer you experienced lay partnership in shaping our worship, evangelism and pastoral care. Join us and help us grow in understanding and acceptance of the challenges facing the rural church and us locally. This is a 0.6 of full-time post, deeply satisfying and challenging, with a vicarage set in the village of Littlebourne, five miles from the centre of Canterbury.

    You can read a message from the Bishop of Dover and Archdeacon of Canterbury here and the Parish Profile is available here.

    Our five churches are:
    St Vincent, Littlebourne
    St John the Evangelist, Ickham
    St Mary, Stodmarsh
    St Andrew, Wickhambreaux
    St Mary the Virgin, Wingham

    The closing date for applications was 17th September 2021 and interviews were on 6th October 2021

    This post is subject to a DBS check

    Applications and questions to: Jo Manser, PA to the Archdeacon of Canterbury. Email: Tel: 01227 86523

    Church and villageChurch and Village

    As you may know, our monthly “Church and Village” ceased publication during the Lockdown. Very sadly we also lost its retiring editor, Tony Harris, who had done such a wonderful job for so long on behalf of us all in both church and village. 

    You can download the November issue here.


    The Pew Sheet for this week's services is here.

    Sunday 7th November (3rd Sunday before Advent)

    9.30am    Ickham, Holy Communion.

    11.00am  Littlebourne, Parish Communion.

    6.00pm    StodmarshHarvest Festival.

    Thursday 11th November (Armistice Day)

    10.50am  Ickham, Act of Remembrance

    Sunday 14th November (Remembrance Sunday)

    10.45am WickhambreauxRemembrance Service with
                   British Legion.

    10.50am  Littlebourne, Act of Remembrance and 
                    Parish Communion.

    10.50am  Wingham, Procession of Uniformed Organisations,
                    Wreath Laying and Remembrance Service

    6.00pm    Stodmarsh,  Evening Prayer with Act of

    Sunday 21st November  (Sunday before Advent/Christ
                   the King)

    9.30am   IckhamSung Matins.

    11.00am  LittlebourneParish Communion.

    11.00am  WinghamMorning Worship.

    (No 6pm service at Stodmarsh).

    Sunday 28th November (Advent Sunday)

    9.30am   Wickhambreaux, Holy Communion.

    11.00am  LittlebourneParish Communion.

    11.00am  Wingham, Morning Worship.

    November Message from Prebendary Gillean Craig


    November to me means bonfires – especially of course our annual thanksgiving that the last attempt to blow Parliament to smithereens was foiled (although I must acknowledge a growing impression among the general populace of regret that the institution wasn’t decisively terminated).   But also the autumnal burning of garden prunings as we clean up for winter, and - far more importantly - the flame-red Flanders Poppies we wear with sorrow and pride for Remembrance.   

    My wife will attest to my ineradicable pyromania, my throwing of all caution to the winds as I light the bonfire, lean over fireworks to see why they haven’t lit properly, burn off my eyebrows yet again, her desperate hopes that the hordes of children present would have more sense that to follow Preb. Gillean’s lethal example, at the annual parish Guy Fawkes celebrations we used to host in our successive Vicarage gardens.   

    But now we know better.   We have learned that our bonfires are not quite as innocent as we thought, that burning garden rubbish whenever we feel like it adds to global warming, that indirectly in aggregate they lead to those new terrible burnings that we see on the tv news as wildfires consume whole swathes of country:  homes, communities, entire species of wildlife destroyed in flames, choked by fumes.    

    Our millennia of innocence are over – now we know that everything we do affects everything else, that even our family bonfires have a baleful effect.   But perhaps we can change the focus of our attention:  perhaps the key seasonal conflagration should be our own – perhaps this is the best time possible to consider what is it in our own lives, in our community, in our society that need to be consumed by fire so that new green shoots may in time spring (note the key term) forth?   We’re battening down, simplifying, focussing on what really matters.   What have we learned during the year’s new growth?   What must we retain at all costs?   What for our own wellbeing and that of the world, could best be consigned to the flames?

    Prebendary Gillean Craig

    Canterbury Cathedral


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    If you need to make contact please telephone one of the churchwardens – they will be only too pleased to help. That includes putting you in touch with a priest, if that is your need.


     Hendrik Viljoen

     01227 722202



     Mike Gallagher

     Karen Mount

     01227 722476

     01227 721908




     Bobbie O'Sullivan

     James Holdstock




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     Tina Burton

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    If you are not sure who to contact, ring Nick Henwood (01227 721791) who will help.

    A prayer for the evening for all those affected by the virus

    Keep us, good Lord,under the shadow of your mercy.

    Sustain and support the anxious,

    be with those who care for the sick,

    and lift up all who are brought low;

    that we may find comfort

    knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

    in Christ Jesus our Lord.



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