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Privacy Policy

At St Martin's Church, Maidstone we collect different types of information about our users for the following main reasons:

  1. To provide a useful resource in the form of an online directory of users.
  2. To provide an interactive website where email is used to communicate with the users.
  3. To provide a security mechanism whereby we can restrict content to certain groups of users.
  4. To help us to improve the service we offer.

Our principles

We are absolutely committed to protecting your privacy. Our policy can be summarised in one sentence: we will not share your information with others without your consent.

We have established the following two principles:

  1. We will respect your email privacy. You will only receive email from St Martin's Church, Maidstone in relation to areas you have expressly signed up for.
  2. We will not share any individual user details (including your email address) to any third party without your consent.

What information do we collect?

We collect information on our users through registration.

The minimum information we need to register a user is your first and last name and a password. We also ask for some further, voluntary information so we can provide a richer, more useful address book.

Who will have access to your information?

You have control over who is able to access specific items of information. By default your personal information will be visible to other authenticated users of the site. You can change these settings from your personal profile page. Your information will be used to build the online address book and show your birthday in the St Martin's Church, Maidstone calendar.

What else you should know about privacy

Remember to close your browser when you have finished your user session. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or internet cafe. You as an individual are responsible for the security of, and access to, your own computer.

Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information over the internet that this information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information in publicly accessible online forums, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your usernames and passwords and any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are using the internet.

Our pages may contain links to other websites, and you should be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices on other websites.

Any Questions?

Contact us via email at Office@stmartinsmaidstone.org.uk

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our friendly Welcome Team.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the service. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main building.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our singing group. We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday except for the second Sunday of the month when we have a Service of the Word. The gospel is read by the reader by processing to the middle of our congregation, everyone turns to face the reader and hear the Word of God. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. This is followed by prayers which are read by volunteers and a response by the congregation. After this the Creed is said and the church team organises the Communion, once ready the Communion is shared. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church and our community. We finish with a final worship song. This might seem strange the first time you experience it but it’s all part of our connecting with God!

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What about my children?

We really value worshipping God all together as a family. Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome and opening prayer. Then on the second, third and fourth Sundays, the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy for the first time.

On the first and fifth Sundays, the young people co-lead worship. The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is always a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games, and free play. The children come back and join the main service during Communion and remain for the end of the service with their families in the main congregation.

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Small Groups
  • Bible Study
  • Book Club
  • Midweek Garden and Chat Club
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Fabric Group
Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Foodbank - Grab & Go (Run during holidays)
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
Name:
Telephone:
Email Address:
Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

Joyce Addison   Andrew Edwards
Rev Joyce Addison, Priest-in-Charge           Rev Andrew Edwards, Curate        
Hi, my name is Joyce and I have been serving at St. Martin's since 2011, first as Curate, and then from 2015, as Priest-in-Charge.  It's a privilege to be here and I have come to know many wonderful people in the course of my work.  I have a passion for caring for God's world and it is through the church's environmental work, that we make Jesus known to others. In my spare time I love to swim, jog and go for long walks.     I arrived at St Martin’s in 2018 to help launch Ignite, the wonderful mixture of food, fun and serious bits that meets at the church on a Monday evening. During this time I was also training at College to become a ‘Rev’ and I am very happy to have recently returned to St Martin’s for my practical training as Curate. I like music, especially singing, and it is through music that I find that I can most easily express what is on my heart to God.
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Best Wishes,

Rev Joyce Addison & Rev Andrew Edwards