Welcome to the
Withyham Church Community – which
has almost certainly existed for a millennium, and probably longer.
We do know that Christianity has been in this area since the
late 700s, but not when it first came to what is now Withyham.
We also know that for a while in the
14th century we were privileged to be a cell of a Benedictine abbey in Normandy;
and later on, a cell of the Abbey of St Martin of
In 1000 years there have of course
been many changes – to the building, to
content and style of worship,
to almost everything.
We live nowadays in a time that has seen radical cultural change.
Many people are
feeling a loss of eternal values and spiritual certainties.
However, our Church still stands as a sign of the beauty and
generosity of God, in whose Name we are made welcome.
We are an Anglican Church, and proud to welcome people of all
ages, church traditions, degrees of faith, and levels of
We can manage this because of our policy of a “mixed
economy” – a style of church services that ranges from . . .
a traditional Matins and Evensong from the Book of Common
Prayer, with a robed choir, to . . .
a contemporary-style Family Eucharist, which sets out to
accommodate everyone, but also to be nourished by the deep
spiritual roots of our Tradition.
We hold three services
most Sundays, as well as at main Festivals, and there
are also weekday services throughout the year.
Currently between 40 and 100 people attend each week. For
our programme of services, click
Our Church has
also been a centre for community and village life. We play
a leading part in the annual village Christmas Pantomime. There
is an annual Church Fete, a Harvest Supper and other shared
In all this, our
priorities are :
a warm, friendly
and open atmosphere
good and singable
space for stillness
a gentle spiritual
nurturing from the Christian Tradition
the opportunity for
people of all ages to participate in the running of the
We hope you will enjoy browsing this site, as it
gradually gets revised and developed, and perhaps also visiting St Michael's – whether as
a visitor or a worshipper.