Life of the church
St Mary’s is a small church and has a small but growing congregation.
Over the last eight years, the church has reached out to become a hub for the Romney Marsh community, particularly as a venue for the Arts.
The Haywardians choir meets every Friday evening in the church for choir practice. The choir, which boasts members from all over South East Kent, joins us in our worship on special occasions and also gives one or two concerts each year in the church.
The Haywardians organise occasional music concerts in the summer ranging from jazz to classical, choral, small chamber groups and solo recitals. These concerts attract audiences from all over Kent and East Sussex.
The St Mary in the Marsh Project Fund, a local charity raising funds for a new community hall, regularly uses the church for fundraising events such as coffee mornings, art and craft sales and exhibitions and for its annual meeting.
St Mary’s is proud to be host to a variety of arts projects each July for the JAM on the Marsh (John Armitage Memorial) Arts Festival, having played host to Sabotage Theatre touring players, poetry readings, recitals and concerts. Find out more.
Each year in September and October, St Mary’s hosts art installations for the Art in Romney Marsh (AiRM) annual exhibition. AiRM is committed to the aim of bringing high quality, exciting and site specific creative practices to some of the wonderful medieval churches of Romney Marsh and St Mary’s is proud to be one of them. Find out more.
The Church works closely with other village organisations.