The Parishes of Boxley and Detling
The congregations of both Detling and Boxley Churches gathered on 4th August to remember those brave men and women who fought in the Great War. Images from Boxley
There are three churches in this large shared parish. These are St Mary & All Saints church in Boxley, St Martin’s church in Detling and St John’s church in Grove Green. St Mary’s and St Martin’s churches have a long history stretching back hundreds of years while St John’s church is around 30 years old.
We value and enjoy the history of our old church buildings which tell us such rich stories of times past; of the people who helped to build them, and the many people who’ve worshipped here through the centuries, whose children have been christened here, the loving couples who’ve come to be married here, and those who’ve made their last journey here too.
St John’s church is young, set within Grove Green with worship taking place in the local Church primary school.
But our churches are really about people: people growing together in the love of God, sharing hopes and dreams, responding to God’s call to share his love wherever we are, adding our stories to those of others who’ve worshipped in these places before us.
Once you’ve journeyed through our website, we hope very much that you’ll want to come and meet us, to worship God in these churches, and enjoy our company.
We are presently entering an interregnum as our Priest Susan recently moved to take up a similar position at the Church of St. Edmunds in Cambridge. An interregnum effectively means that we have a vacant position for a priest and a new appointment will be made in due course. In the meantime life in our parish will continue with vigour and with an extremely positive outlook for the future.
You can communicate with us using the contacts form and locate us by visiting the find us page.
Please visit the services page you will be assured of a warm welcome at any of our services. At certain times of the year the services may vary details of which will be published on this site.
To make direct contact please communicate with Zana Dixon, Churchwarden and Parishes Administrator email@example.com or Telephone: 01634 842508
Susan's parting message may be read here
A farewell message for Susan may be read here
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Our annual Garden Party, held in the delightful grounds of Parsonage Farm, was an extraordinary success. Friends of Boxley Church organized this event, on a sizzling Saturday in August, to enable fun, togetherness – a bit of excitement on the ‘guessing’ stalls and some energy expended on line dancing and hoola-hooping - but mostly to raise money in an extremely enjoyable way. Those who preferred to remain cool, while watching the exuberance of others, were able to do so from the shade of the tea tent. There they could choose from a variety of tempting home-made cakes to go with their cuppa or the more adventurous could decorate their own cup-cake at a nearby stall. Here are three happy party visitors.
Just a week later Friends of Boxley Church were enthusiastically involved in our Flower Festival that spanned the last weekend in August to 1st September. A dedicated team of ladies (with some help from a few gents) devoted a tremendous amount of time, effort and much inspiration to make our Church glorious in floral splendour. The theme for the displays was ‘A walk through Boxley Church’ and, rather intriguingly, pairs of shoes, each sporting a flower arrangement, guided our steps from lychgate to porch. Once inside, the sight and perfume of these masterpieces of floral art, was stunning.
It was from these dazzling surroundings that the Home Grown Entertainment sprung. To some ‘home grown’ might intimate second rate, but this was far from the case on the Saturday evening, mid flower festival. We were treated to solo performances on violin, guitar, flute, bassoon and a ukulele skit, interspersed between a scene from Phantom of the Opera that starred an angel with huge wings held in place by a flashing belt buckle and an excerpt from River Dance that brought a comely Irish colleen, with a mass of flaxen tresses and moustache, into the limelight. Excellent solo singers, the joint choirs of Detling and Boxley as well as hand-bell ringers received much applause. The finale was an audience participation sing-along of well-loved songs.