Littlebourne Benefice

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

    Sunday Services in August

    In recent years we have had in our group of four and now five churches a pattern of holding ONE Sunday service in each village and inviting people to travel the enormous distances involved to worship together.   This year we are having to make our plans under the shadow of severe covid19 restrictions – but the worship will be warm, welcoming and (because so far we’re still forbidden to sing hymns) short!   All ages are welcome;  long-established faithful, curious returners, sceptical newcomers:  we’ll be delighted to see you all.

    We’ve arranged the pews, aisles etc so that social distancing observances are in place;  bring a face covering in case the numbers require us to reduce from the 2 metre distance to 1 metre+ (of course wear one anyway if you prefer).   If particular vulnerability to infection makes you reluctant to come then stay at home but still join in the service which will be published on the Benefice website.   All the services will be at 10.00am apart from August 9 at Wingham which is at 11.00am (they operate their own time zone, I think).

    Do join us at:

    Sunday 2nd August: 10.00am Ickham

    Sunday 9th August: 11.00am Wingham

    Sunday 16th August 10.00am Littlebourne

    Sunday 23rd August 10.00am Wickhambreaux

    Sunday 30th August 10.00am Stodmarsh

    The Revd Prebendary Gillean Craig

    Interim Priest, Littlebourne Benefice and Wingham

    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 – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. For more information 

    click here.

    The lockdown pattern of online worship, via text and YouTube, has been modified. We will film one of the Sunday services and them make it available for you to watch, share and virtually join in via this website: go to the Virtual Church page for more details. 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.


     Geraldine Wyant 

     Hendrik Viljoen

     07971 477768

     01227 722202





     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.


    After careful consideration, it has been decided to suspend further publication of Church and Village during the current crisis. Please watch this and other on-line sources for news of its return, which will be as soon as conditions allow.

    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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