Littlebourne Benefice

    Welcome to the website for the churches of Ickham, Littlebourne, Stodmarsh, Wickhambreaux and Wingham

    Sunday Services

    Sunday services in our churches have continued through August, September and into October; baptisms and weddings (small) are now also happening.  Numbers at funerals are still restricted.

    The patterns of the services are different under the Covid rules; all are shorter, with no singing by the congregation, but including music.  We thank our Church Wardens and others who have worked hard to arrange social-distancing, hand sanitiser etc to keep us all very safe while we enjoy worship together.  Please bring a face covering.  Do join us.  All are welcome.

    If vulnerability to infection makes you reluctant to come; do visit the Virtual Church page where services will be published.

    Details of services are on the Church Calendar page.

    Online Worship

    Daily HopeDAILY HOPE offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

    The line, available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044, has been set up with those unable to join online church services in mind. For more information click here.

    The Virtual Church page has all the details of our online worship programme. An information sheet with further details can be downloaded from here.

    This is untried technical territory for us, so it may take some time to get it right! Instead of a service produced for each weekday, we are producing a week-long document to appear on this website and via email, offering a simple act of worship for every day of the week. This will not be backed up with a video.

    Everything we plan is of course provisional, in a fast-changing situation. Do let us know if what we do sustains and nourishes your faith and discipleship (or otherwise) in these very challenging days.  And I want to record my thanks to those who make all this possible – Nick Henwood, Organist Adrian Bawtree, and our Website Manager Tony Garrett.

    With my prayers and best wishes,

    GilleanRevd Prebendary Gillean Craig

    Interim Priest-in-Charge, Littlebourne Benefice and Wingham


    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

     Geraldine Wyant 

     01227 722202

     07971 477768





     Mike Gallagher

     Karen Mount

     01227 722476

     01227 721908




     Bobbie O'Sullivan

     James Holdstock





     Peter Terrill

     Tina Burton

     01227 728243

     01227 728664




     Stephen Sheath

     01227 720734




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


    Publication of Church and Village has now recommenced with the September issue.

    This is a developing situation and we shall continue to put further advice and ideas on this website to enable us, during this crisis, to follow Christ’s teaching to love one another. 

    A prayer for this troubled time:

    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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