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Hartley Churches

Church of England All Saints, Church Road

Location Map: All Saints' Church; Location Map: All Saints' Church Centre All Saints' Church, Hartley, Kent in 2013

Hartley parish church is first mentioned in 1115, but almost certainly existing in Anglo-Saxon times. Much of the building is Norman, probably of about 1100 date, with c13th additions. There were substantial alterations in the c19th when the east and west walls were rebuilt. Of particular architectural interest is the Norman door - a fine example of the local blacksmith's art, and the the scratch clock on the south wall. The Churchyard is closed and now maintained by the parish council. A history guide is available from the Friends of All Saints'. The Church is open during the day.

All Saints' Church, Hartley, Norman Door

In 1983 Hartley Parish was united with the neighbouring parish of Fawkham as a united benefice. The right of presentation (that is to appoint a new rector) of the rector alternates between the Bishop of Rochester and the Dean and Chapter of Rochester Cathedral.

In 2012 the church was extended to include a kitchen, toilets and additional seating space.

Sunday Service Times (as of March 2014, check church website for latest information)

9am All Saints, Church - Holy Communion (2nd and 4th Sunday - Morning Prayer)
10.30am All Saints' Church Centre - Holy Communion (3rd Sunday - family service)
11am St Mary's Fawkham (1st and 3rd Sundays only)
5pm St Mary's Fawkam (2nd and 4th Sundays only)
5pm All Saints' Church Centre (5th Sunday only - Cafe Church)

church website

Roman Catholic, St Francis de Sales, Church Road

Location map St Francis de Sales Church, Hartley, Kent

Probably one of the most original RC churches in the country, which has just celebrated its centenary. It was once a barn attached to the neighbouring Middle Farm, which was converted into a church by the owner Miss Beatrice Davies-Cooke in 1913. It is mainly timber and thatch, with a modern extension to the south. A history and guide is available in the Church. The Church is open during the day.

Sunday Service Times (as of March 2014, check church website for latest information)

5.30pm (Sat)
8.30am, 10.30am

St Francis de Sales Church website.

United Reformed Church

Former URC Church building, Hartley, Kent

Hartley United Reformed Church was founded in the 1920s. Their church opened on 15 September 1934. Rev Kenward said at its opening "The Church was being built not only for Congregationalism, but for something that mattered far more than that - the Kingdom of God". The church building closed in 2009 to be replaced by housing, but the church lives on, with their congregation worshipping at All Saints' Church. Usually one service a month is led by the URC minister.

Hartley is part of the URC North Kent Group, which also has churches at Gravesend and Northfleet, together with a former church at Southfleet.

Sunday Service Times See All Saints' above or church website

URC Church website.