Anglican Catholic Church

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March 2018

March 2018

Church of St Augustine of Canterbury

Eastling Road, Painters Forstal, Nr Faversham, Kent ME13 0DU


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Bishop Damien Mead

Bishop Damien Mead


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Father Raymond Thompson

Father Raymond Thompson

Honorary Assistant Priest

Rector: Bishop Damien Mead Tel: 01797 321704

Honorary Assistant Priest: Father Raymond Thompson Tel: 07443 438465

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The Anglican Catholic Church of St Augustine was formed in May 2005. Originally meeting at Canterbury City Cemetery Chapel. On Low Sunday, 15th April 2007, Bishop Rommie Starks, Episcopal Visitor to the Diocese of the United Kingdom, formally blessed and dedicated a Chapel in the City Centre (within sight of Canterbury Cathedral) - just off the High Street. A former non conformist place of worship reclaimed from secular use and dedicated to our patron, St Augustine - the first Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 2008 our Priest in Charge was elected and on 20th September 2008 duly consecrated as the Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the United Kingdom.

Also in 2008 Bishop Mead commissioned an Icon of a local Saint, Blessed Elizabeth Barton, known as the 'Maid of Kent' or "Nun of Kent" who was a benedictine nun at St. Sepulchre's Convent in Canterbury (the area is now known as Nunnery Fields) Blessed Elizabeth had visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and was martyred on the orders of Henry VIII on 21st of April, 1534. The Icon and its story has been featured in Local Newspapers and on BBC Radio Kent. We believe it to be the only such depiction of Blessed Elizabeth Barton in the world. Bishop Starks (mentioned above) blessed the Icon on Easter Day 2008.

In 2010 our Parish was instrumental in opening the "Canterbury Church Shop" a Christian Gift Shop, Bookshop and Church Supply Company. This was situated, first in Orange Street and then moved into nearby Palace Street in the historic 'Conquest House'. However in December 2014 the shop relocated to Lydd, on the Romney Marsh in Kent. The shop is now Independently run and trades only via Ebay online.

A New Home

In October 2017, following a lengthy process, the congregation completed the purchase of our very own building, the former Whitehill Methodist Church & Champion Hall, in the village of Painters Forstal, Nr Faversham. The New building is 15 minutes drive from Canterbury.

The purchase was made possible by a generous legacy and the support of a Christian Bank called Kingdom Bank.
Services in Best Lane, Canterbury, ceased on the last Sunday in November with services switching to the Chapel of St Nicholas, Lydd, Kent temporarily.

The Right Revd Damien Mead, the founder of our parish, remains Rector of our Church as well as fulfilling his Diocesan duties as Bishop Ordinary. The Church is also the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese because it houses Bishop Mead's 'Cathedra' or 'Throne'.

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Service Times


11am Low Mass

In accordance with Government Guidelines during the ongoing COVID-19 Situation there will be no congregational singing at Mass, Social distancing is required and Facemasks must be worn outside the Sanctuary area of the Church by those attending Mass. Holy Communion will be distributed in one kind only - the Body of Christ - directly into the hand. Please follow directions for receiving Holy Communion available in Church.


NB: During the Covid-19 Situation our weekday services (except for Holy days of Obligation) have been cancelled.
12 noon Low Mass

Major Holy Days

12 noon Low Mass

Holy Days of Obligation

12 noon Mass (Please check latest Sunday Newsheet for information)

Music at St Augustine's


Mrs Tatyana Angelova

Our organist on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the Month.

Mrs Tatyana Angelova is our part time Organist. However, a second Organist is Required - For our services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays (and possible mid week services from time to time)

We are also looking for a Cantor to sing the Propers at Mass (English Gradual).

Sunday Sung Mass: 11am (lasts approx 1.5 hours) usually 4 hymns, music before, during communion and after.

We are a tiny congregation with a big heart. Warm and friendly. We use the Anglican / English Missal and Book of Common Prayer. Merbecke is the preferred setting for Mass with hymns from the New English Hymnal.

Further details (including Fee payable) available from Bishop Damien


- There is a WC in the Fyfe-Graham Room next to the Church.

- Car Parking for 3 cars in front of the Church otherwise free on road car parking (Please be respectful of neighbours drives and property access).

- Rail Stations - Faversham (5 - 10 minute Taxi ride)

- Bus Stop - Outside Church

Outreach & Mission

The Parish takes seriously the need to support other worthy causes and to help those in need. We support the Missionary Society of St Paul, ACC's outreach and Mission arm which supports projects around the world wide Church. Locally we support various charities including the homeless Charity 'Porchlight' in Canterbury.
We also belong to and through that organisation support individuals in the developing third world with interest free loans to help them help themselves. You can find out more or perhaps even join us in this endeavour by clicking on the link below:

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Links to YouTube videos from the Parish

A virtual (360 degree) view of our Church.

The XXVIII Diocesan Synod Mass 2019