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12 Market Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AE


St James Sheldwich

This page aims to provide a window through which you may be able to see something of this community of people and our historic church of St James. We welcome you as warmly as we would hope to welcome you if you are able to visit us in person. The church is normally opened daily from Easter until autumn.

A church dedicated to St James was established around 1070. Over the last millennium it has evolved to meet the needs of the surrounding community of Sheldwich where people have lived since Roman times. Sheldwich (literally 'dwelling on a low hill') is about two miles south of Faversham in rural Kent.

The church is part of a cluster which includes the villages (and churches) of Selling, Leaveland, and Badlesmere. St James contributes in varied ways to Sheldwich's community of about 200 dwellings and the rural setting is illustrated by the fact that we have no shop, pub, garage or Post Office: no street lights or mains drainage and a very infrequent bus service which bears the route number 666!

Our excellent village primary school and the church are, therefore, especially important in enhancing the life of the village community.

Our Mission Statement

Sheldwich Church

We proclaim the message of Jesus Christ by word, life and sacrament - such as special services to mark rites of passage. We offer unconditional care to people through prayer and visiting amongst other things. We keep the church open to visitors for prayer, reflection and learning. We aim to make and grow disciples.

Services at St James Church

Stained glass window by Thomas Willement

Our pattern of services has evolved to meet people's needs and preference.

In Sheldwich (and the other cluster villages) there is no other worship centre and we try to make St James welcoming to all. Our current pattern to some extent brings different people on different weeks to take part in what they find helpful and gives the congregation as a whole more opportunity to be involved in delivering ministry.

Each month our usual routine is:

  • Week 1: 10am. Breakfast Church - we share breakfast together, have a short session of discussion or teaching and finish with Agape.
  • Week 2: 10.30am. We share a Holy Communion service with Selling Church at St Mary's.
  • Week 3: 10am. Morning Prayer at Sheldwich Church.
  • Week 4: 10am. St. James joint service with Selling Church.
  • Week 5: If available please telephone to check when and where the service is happening.


Church Priest:

Revd Peter Newell


The Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, Selling, ME13 9RD

Tel: 01227 938374


Assistant priest:

Revd. Mike Johnson

Tel: 01795 536 583



Terry Shrimpton

Tel: 01795 591 141

Susan Morgan-Kirby

Tel: 01795 535 994

Authorised Lay Minister

Mrs Stephanie Wolfe - 55 Ashford Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XN

Tel: 01795 228414


Lesley Brookes

Tel: 01795 532 366

The Village of Sheldwich

Brasses at St James

Our parish church has been at the centre of the community for a thousand years. We inherit the achievements and failures of those who have gone before us and pray that, with God's help we will bring about a better future in which the Christians in this ancient place meet the challenges of our broken world with practical faith.

If you would like to know more about the village, please visit our Sheldwich Village page.You can learn more about the history of the village from Faversham Paper No. 94 Dwelling on a Low Hill written by Michael Johnson. Subtitled 'The story of Sheldwich in the wider context of its neighbours' this A4 book of almost 100 pages in total is available from The Faversham Society by mail order.

The book contains almost 200 thumbnail photographs, most almost 100 years old. These are separately available as good quality JPEGS on a CD from the same source.