The Anglican Parish Church of Chelsfield, Kent, is dedicated to St.Martin-of-Tours. The earliest parts of the current church building were constructed in the 12th century. A tower and chapel were added in the 13th century, a porch in the 15th century, the current clergy vestry in the 19th century and the Brass Crosby Rooms in 2007.
The Parish includes the Mission Church of Well Hill, built in 1890 as one of the string of Mission Churches for Hop Pickers in the Darenth Valley.
John was commissioned as Area Dean for Orpington in October 2014, a post he held until September 2018.
John became Priest in charge of Chelsfield on 30 November 2018 upon the suspension of the post of Rector.
John has announced his retirement. His final Sunday Service was held on 25 April 2021. St.Martin’s have advertised for a new Associate Priest in Charge.
A proposal for a Joint Benefice of Chelsfield, Green Street Green and Pratts Bottom was approved in November 2019.
Rev. Susan Atkinson-Jones was recruited in late 2019 to lead the new Benefice but was only able to visit Chelsfield a handful of times before Covid struck. From May 2021, we shall start seeing more of Susan and she will be leading our Sunday 10am Family Communion services as well as taking a number of our Wednesday 9.30am BCP Communion services.
On 1 June 2021 our Pastoral Scheme will come into force and, from being Priest in charge of St Mary’s and All Souls, Susan will be renamed Rector of the new Benefice of St.Martin’s, St.Mary’s and All Soul’s..
An Associate Rector is to be recruited to assist her and will live in our current Rectory in Skibbs Lane.
St.Martins’ is listed on the Small Pilgrims Places Networkwebsite.