St Mary’s people are involved in lots of local social groups and activities, and you are warmly invited to join them.
These groups aren’t official church groups, but they’re a relaxed way of getting to know people from the church and further afield.
Men on Wednesday - Discussion Group
Men on Wednesday is an informal group of guys who meet for discussion each Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon.
We normally meet in Speldhurst chapel but over recent months we have been meeting over Zoom.
Men of all ages are welcome but because we meet during normal working hours we tend to attract those who are retired.
The content of our meetings is varied and ranges from open forum, to presentations by guest experts on subjects such as internet scams. We’ve recently explored the Reith lectures by Mark Carney and the Government’s policy paper, ‘The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’.
If you might like to give us a try, email John Perkins:
When Covid restrictions allow, a number of our church members are part of friendly groups that meet for monthly walks and chats in our beautiful local countryside.
S.Walkers normally meet on the second or third Thursday morning of the month and walk for a couple of hours.
Amblers are a newly formed group who prefer a more leisurely one hour local walk, and are planning to meet on the second Friday morning in the month.
If you’re interested, please contact Judi Gornall for more details. You’d be very welcome:
We also enjoy legendary men’s walking weekends in the Lake District twice a year. Men are often pretty rubbish at getting together, and this sets us right every time.
And a mixed group from St Mary’s has recently been to the Isle of Wight in spring for a wonderful four days of walking. We are off again this May and hope to do many more.
SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
When Covid restrictions allow, most Tuesday mornings, a few golfers from the church make their way to Poult Wood. We meet for a coffee in the clubhouse and see how many we are before venturing out, usually onto the nine-hole short course.
We are very much a mixed ability group. After golf, we retire to the clubhouse to recuperate and reminisce on the highs and lows of the morning with refreshments. Anyone is most welcome to join us, regularly or just occasionally.
If you’d like to know more, contact
There’s no finer way to round off your Sunday evening than playing badders with friends.
In non-Covid times, when people are available, we take a couple of courts at St John’s and enjoy mixed doubles.
Glyn Williams can tell you more:
Paul Eames says: If you are a new runner, or indeed a regular one, you would be very welcome to join us on our group runs when Covid restrictions allow.
We meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 8:45 outside my house, 27 Northfields.
We usually run between 4-5 miles at a reasonably gentle pace. We are a very friendly and supportive group, and nobody is ever left to struggle on their own at the back.
Contact Paul on on 07975 577630 or 863231
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We have a beautiful old church building but we believe church goes way beyond our walls. Relationships are the most important thing in our lives: our relationships with God, with one another and with the wider world. We’d love to welcome you, wherever you are in your journey through life.