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.
From 1 June 2021, St.Martin’s became part of the Benefice of Chelsfield, Green Street Green and Pratts Bottom. The proposal for a Joint Benefice had been approved in November 2019. The Revd Susan Atkinson- Jones becomes Rector of the Joint Benefice.
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 started seeing more of Susan and she has been leading our Sunday 10am Family Communion services as well as taking our Wednesday 9.30am BCP Communion services plus monthly services at Well Hill.
On Sunday 16 May, Revd Susan announced the appointment of the Revd Michael Gentry as Associate Rector to the Joint Beneface. He will live in the Chelsfield Rectory in Skibbs Lane with his family and hopefully join us in mid Summer.
St.Martins’ is listed on the Small Pilgrims Places Networkwebsite.