St. John's Church
Living stones, loving God, serving others


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Hello and welcome to the website of St, John's Church*, Higham, Kent

Anyone and everyone is welcome at S.John’s. Our services are offered

daily to the glory of God and in intercession for the wider community and

its needs. 

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.

For over twelve hundred years there has been an organised 

Christian presence and community in Higham. We regard ourselves as the 

spiritual heirs of those who built and worshipped for a thousand years on 

the site where the former parish church stands on the northern edge of 

the village. In continuity with them and with the message of the

unchanging Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, we seek to encourage 

each other in the Christian pilgrimage (journey) of faith; adhering to, 

and living out, the Christian faith as it has been received and 

understood through the ages. So we unashamedly proclaim Jesus Christ

as our Saviour, Lord and God under whom we judge ourselves today, and

to whom we must give account in the end.

On this website you will find information about what goes on in S.John’s. 

Links to other groups in the parish and outside. There is some history

and teaching about what we get up to - and contact details on the Who's Who page. For those areas where you are especially looking for something and it’s not clear or obvious, sorry about that – just email and we’ll do our very best to help.

Fr. James Southward

Vicar of Higham with Merston                         Tel:  01634 717360


This site relates to the Parish Church of Higham. We are usually 

just referred to as S.John’s Church to distinguish us from the now 

redundant former parish Church of S.Mary in the northern part of the 

parish. Technically we are the ecclesiastical (Church) parish of Higham 

with Merston, in the diocese of Rochester. The boundaries are not quite 

the same as those of the civil parish which only affects a small number 

of residents in matters  relating to marriage. Merston and its Church

'disappeared' 500 years ago. After belonging to other parishes it was added

to Higham in 1932.

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  God, who through the blessed Apostle John 

  unlocked for us the secrets of your Word, 

  grant we pray, that we may grasp with proper understanding 

  what he has so marvellously brought to our ears.  

  Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.


Saint John's Church, Hermitage Road, Higham, Kent ME3 7DB                         Registered Charity No:1169926

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Parish Policies 

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Off site parking, by kind permission of the President, is available at the

Higham Village Club which is located on Hermitage Road (ME3 7DD) a short drive (150 metres) along from the church building. 

If parking on the road; please be considerate to the local community and only park on one side and do not block drop-curbs. 


Sunday Mass 9.30am  - Weekday masses: see bulletin link below

FOODBANK GIFTS next weekend 27-30 April NEXT COFFEE & CONVERSATION - 5TH MAY 10.30-12noon 


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