• Ride & Stride

    Shorne Church takes part in the Friends of Kent Churches’ sponsored “Ride & Stride” in September. This annual event encourages people to take an active interest in their ancient churches. Cyclists and walkers visitas many churches as they wish. Why not join in the fun? read on

  • The Shorn(e) Lamb

    The Lamb of God on the 15th century font – looks freshly shorn!
    read on

  • Church Open Day

    The church holds an open day in September but is usually open for visitors on Saturdays. read on

  • Sir Henry de Cobham

    In Randall Chapel – died 1318 read on

Welcome to our website

St Peter's & St Paul's church in Shorne is a Church of England church situated in the Gravesend area of Kent as part of the Diocese of Rochester.

We believe Jesus' message is vital for the world in which we live and we seek to present that message in a way that mixes both time-honoured elements of our tradition with ways that are appropriate to our community of the 21st century.

We meet together to worship God, to hear and respond to His word, to support each other in the Christian life and to reach out to others. We hope you find what answers to your initial queries here on this website, and we look forward to meeting you in person soon.


Return of Services

Regular services will not return until Sunday 6th September. The Parochial Church Council has been keeping the situation under review since it announced they would resume on 2 August.

It has come to the conclusion that the situation with the coronavirus is still too uncertain to hold services safely, particularly bearing in mind that most of the congregation and those organising the services are in the 'vulnerable' category and may feel unsafe returning to services now.

The PCC will continue to keep the situation under review and a further announcement will be made nearer the 6th September and posted on the web site and elsewhere.

We will continue to hold services over Zoom at 10 am on Sundays. These alternate between a service of the word (with hymns) and an Agape style communion service. If you are not on the mailing list to receive invitations please contact Dennis Usher: Go to the Contact Us page and under "Person to contact" select "Lay Reader"

Coronavirus - effect on activities

Church activities are severely restricted by the lockdown. The church building is closed and we are not holding any "face to face" services or activities.

We are holding online services and hope to resume regular services in the coming weeks. For more information click the button below.

Parish Magazine – suspension of delivery

The magazine will not be delivered during the coronavirus epidemic but may be downloaded from the church web site as a pdf (Adobe Acrobat Reader) file.

Copies can be bought at the village stores.


Latest News (more on our Facebook page)

Parish magazine for June

The June edition of the Parish Magazine has been published and is now available online by going to the parish magazine page of the church web site. The follow the instructions at the top of the page. read on

War of the Worlds

Last night the BBC began its new dramatisation of this classis sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells. There is a connection, admittedly distant, between the author and Shorne. This came to light a few years ago when the church was visited by John Wells from japan who is a great grandson of the writer. He was read on

Armistice Day Service 2018

On Sunday the church was packed for the service to commemorate the end of World War I. It had been beautifully decorated – see our earlier post for pictures of the decorations. Shorne Scouts were present with their banners. The bells were rung before and after the service. The service was followed by a parade read on

Church decorated for Armistice Day

Once again our helpers and flower arrangers have provided a wonderful display in the church. Particular thanks go to the many people who have knitted the poppies. You will see the church has a temporary silent congregation of silhouettes – each one bears the name of someone mentioned on the war memorial. We hope you read on

Harvest Service 2018

The harvest festival service was supported by about 30 children from Shorne Primary School and their parents. It was followed by a conker championship. The finalists were Holly and her Dad; after a long struggle, Holly’s Dad was the eventual winner – see the photos below. The Shorne flower arrangers provided a wonderful display and read on

Harvest Supper 2018

Twenty gathered on Saturday evening for a meal of cottage pie, apple crumble/pie and coffee. Entertainment was in the form of three quizzes by our Vicar, Ted, when some of us came across dingbats for the first time. A group had worked hard doing the cooking, preparing the church and serving the food and we read on

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