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Benefice of St Mary the Virgin Reculver, St Bartholomew Herne Bay and Holy Cross Church Hoath

Vicar Rev Sue Martin

Benefice office opening hours. Tues and Thurs 9.30 to 12 noon Tel; 01227 369941Email; mbhcbeneficeoffice@gmail.com

Any enquiries outside these hours should be made to the Rev. Sue Martin on 01227 360948.



Holy Cross Services -24th March to 14th May 2017


24th Mar    Fri                     9.15 am          Benefice Prayers

26th Mar    Sun                        11 am         Mothering Sunday Holy Communion


1st   April     Sat          11.30 to 1 pm        Messy Church

2nd   April   Sun                        11 am        Morning Worship


7th April   Fri                       9.15 am        Benefice Prayers

9th April  Sun                  10.45  am        Walking from the Village Hall to Holy Cross

                                                     11 am        Holy Communion with Palm Liturgy


 12th April Wed                  8.30 am        Morning Prayer

13th April Thurs                      7 pm        Maundy Thursday Choral Communion Washing of

                                                                       feet and stripping of the altars at St Mary’s Reculver

  14th April Fri         10 to 12 noon       Benefice Messy Church at St Bart’s Herne Bay

                                       2pm to 3pm       Good Friday    Hour at the Cross

 15th April Sat                     7.30pm       Benefice Easter Vigil    at St Mary’s Reculver

16th April Sun                        11 am       Easter Sunday Communion with Easter Egg Hunt


21st April Fri                       9.15 am        Benefice Prayers 

23rd April Sun                       11 am        Holy Communion


28th April Fri                      9.15 am        Benefice Prayers

30th April Sun                    9.30 am       Benefice Service at St Bart’s Herne Bay

                                                                        No Service at Holy Cross

5th May Fri                          9.15 am       Benefice Prayers 

6th May Sat               11.30 to 1 pm        Messy Church  

7th May Sun                             11 am        Worship


12th May Fri                       9.15 am        Benefice Prayers

14th May Sun                        11 am        Holy Communion

   All are welcome to refreshments at 10.30 am, when the Sunday Service starts at 11am.

      Church Wardens    Mrs Sue Hogwood     860753           Mrs   Clare Hopper    860579

                Our next Coffee Morning with Bring and Buy is on

       Saturday 13thof May between 10am to 12 midday. All welcome,                          

         please join us for a chat, tea or coffee and homemade cakes. 

                         22nd April Sat West End Show themed Dinner 

                      21stMay   Rogation Sunday – Beating of the Bounds 


Friends of Kent Churches

The north aisle at Holy Cross church was added to the original building sometime in the nineteenth century. It is probable that since it was built it had not been renovated in any way – as we soon realised when water dripped through whenever there was a heavy shower of rain.With thanks to a grant of £3000 from the charity Friends of Kent Churches the building is now watertight once again. The north aisle roof has been stripped and all batons and slates replaced.

The Friends of Kent Churches was founded to promote enthusiasm in churches of historic interest or architectural importance in the county and to give financial aid to their preservation.

By cycling, walking or running around Kent churches you can raise money which is divided equally between The Friends of Kent Churches and the church or chapel of your own choice. We have three unique churches in this area: St Mary The Virgin Chislet, Marshside Methodist Chapel and Holy Cross Hoath, which would benefit from sponsor money as well as the opportunity to apply for grants from the charity.

It is fun! There are over 800 churches and chapels which participate. All of them are open and most provide refreshments as you “clock” in. In a group or a family plan a route – how many churches is it possible to visit within a limited time? And then enjoy the ride.

This event takes place every 2nd Saturday in September and if you would like to know more information can be found on the table in Holy Cross Church usually from August onwards.

Jenny Hadlow

Church history

The church we know as Holy Cross in Hoath was probably built in the reign of Henry 111 (1216-1272) to save the inhabitants the trouble of traveling to Reculver.  However it was not allowed to bury its dead in the churchyard until 1303. One can imagine the hardship involved in transporting the deceased the four miles to Reculver, particularly during the winter with the ford at Ford in full flow! A century later in 1310 Hoath at last had its own resident priest. The tower contains three bells, one dated 1500 and the other two 1696 and the Parish Register dates back to 1554.

Around 1570 Robert Hunt was born in Hoath, in 1594 he became Vicar of Reculver and Hoath. He later exchanged parishes with one in Heathfield in Sussex. Subsequently he applied to join an expedition to America for the Virginia Company of London, and on his arrival in the James River in 1607 celebrated the first Anglican Communion in that land. From this beginning rose the Episcopalian church in the United States.

Hoath Church interior 1930Church interior

Church interior pre 1900 and now

Holy Cross is now part of the Benefice of St Mary’s Reculver and St Bartholomew Herne Bay.

There is an all age act of worship every Sunday at 11 am. Two services each month are Holy Communion. At each service there is a children’s session followed by activities to support their theme, which they complete together whilst the service continues. There are a variety of services to celebrate the major festivals of Christmas, Easter, Whitsun and Remembrance Sunday. Every service is followed with refreshments and a social time.

The church is frequently used for weddings and baptisms and some funerals. The churchyard is closed for burials but is open for the internment of ashes in the Garden of Remembrance. The southwest window of the church is designated as a memorial window and is available for flowers, plants and messages of loved ones and by it stands the Book of Remembrance.

The church takes its responsibility to the community and our world seriously and welcomes the opportunity to donate 10% of its annual income to charity. The Hospice in Canterbury, Demelza House (the children’s hospice in Sittingbourne), and Poverty and Hope (a Church of England charity), receive regular donations. In addition financial support is given to Maxine Raabe, a friend of the church to further her missionary work in Asia. In the last few years an appeal for the Mustard Seed Mission Charity ‘Love in a Box’, which is Christmas gifts for orphaned and disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe, has been well supported by the people of the village. In the past  we have helped to support the Kent Peoples Project Health Centre in the Gambia and more recently The Canterbury Food Bank and Porchlight.

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Hoath Church

The Youth Club is church based and supported financially by Holy Cross Church, meeting in the Village Hall on the 2nd and 4th Mondays during term time, between 6.15 to 7.45pm. For young people Year 4 to Year 6.  Further details to follow.

Holy Cross is open daily and is available for the community. Each week prayers for the sick and people in need are included in the service and a prayer book inside the church is available for anyone to add their names. As a church we are committed to serving the community and will always try and respond to any need of which we are aware.

For further information or assistance please contact the Reverend Jenny Hadlow on 711516 or the Reverend Sue Martin on 360948,

email the United Benefice of St Mary the Virgin Reculver, St Bartholomew Herne Bay and Holy Cross Hoath

Hoath Parish Charity

Hoath Parish Charity seeks to support local residents who are experiencing financial difficulties. If you would welcome assistance, please write in confidence to:

The Trustees,
Hoath Parish Charity
C/O Holly House,