About us

Welcome from the Vicar

On behalf of everyone at St Aidan's, let me welcome you to our church! 

If you have recently moved to the area or are visiting, we are the parish church for Westcourt and Riverview Park, but, as a Church of England parish church, we minister to everyone and all are welcome.

We are a busy and friendly church, but you will also find time and space to be still, to pray and to reflect here, for we are a community of prayer, peace and hope, and we extend these to you.

We are a varied mix of ages and backgrounds and you will find people at all stages of life here, including families with children. Worship

Our main service of worship is a parish Eucharist which takes place on Sunday mornings at 10.00 but we also have a simple service service of Holy Communion on Wednesday mornings at 9.30. Each Sunday there is a Sunday School with the exception of the first Sunday of the month which is our all age service during which children remain in church and can take part in the worship in a range of ways.

Baptisms (Christening) take place during our Sunday worship and we welcome enquiries about baptism in addition to weddings and funerals.

Please have a look around at our website and feel free to contact me or the churchwardens with any enquiries you may have. I encourage you to read on to the Safeguarding information below- it is always our aim to ensure that St Aidan's is a safe place for everyone.

With every blessing,

 The Rev'd Michael Payne, Vicar

01474 352500

vicar.staidans@gmail.com

Safeguarding

We take the safety and well-being of all people seriously at St Aidan's, and especially that of children and vulnerable adults. We have a Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) who, along with the Vicar, can be contacted and consulted regarding any safeguarding matters. Our PSO is Mrs Janet Trevor who may be contacted on 01474 352230 or janet.trevor@blueyonder.co.uk. Please view the Links section for policies and information from the Diocese of Rochester.

If you are concerned about something you have experienced in a church, now or in the past, or you are worried about another person - perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child – there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously. You can contact the Diocese of Rochester’s Safeguarding team on 01634 560 000 or visit their webpage at: www.rochester.anglican.org/safeguarding/ Recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated telephone helpline, operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, is available. Calls can be made free on 0800 80 20 20

Other safeguarding contacts:

Childline 0800 1111

NSPCC  (general helpline) 0808 800 5000

Stop It Now 0808 1000 900

Samaritans 116 123

 


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