St Nicholas Church, New Romney
New Romney was once a thriving port, with the harbour adjacent to St Nicholas' Church, in front of which a mooring ring can still be seen. In 1287 a storm changed the coastline dramatically and the port was destroyed, the town now being more than a mile from the sea. Four feet of silt were deposited inside the Church and around, which accounts for it being lower than the surrounding area. Large numbers of visitors come annually, attracted by the unique history and architecture; the church is one of the finest in the Diocese of Canterbury.
The Friends of St Nicholas was formed some ten years ago and holds a wide range of activities for fund raising, encouraged and supported by congregation members. A newly fitted kitchen with excellent catering facilities, a modern toilet facility and a disabled ramp have all been funded by the Friends.
Each month we hold three Holy Communion Services and one Morning Worship at 10.30 am. When there is a fifth Sunday, we have a Benefice Communion Service which moves around the eight churches. A said Holy Communion (BCP) is held on the second Sunday of the month at 8 am. Evensong is held once a month at 6.30 pm and said Holy Communion every Tuesday at 9.30 am. Our 12‐14 strong choir and resident choir mistress/ organist enhance our Sunday worship. The local uniformed young people's organisations periodically attend services .
A Lent House Group is currently meeting and studying one of the York Courses and there is also an annual retreat for prayer and meditation. A monthly Men's Curry Club, is joined by non‐churchgoers, in addition to a Men's Group. We are presently working on re‐ordering the layout of the south aisle of the church in order to allow greater flexibility. Numerous activities are shared with the community ‐ concerts, book sales with coffee shop and music, flower festivals, a Christmas tree festival, Harvest Lunch celebrations, art exhibitions, soup kitchens and others.
In recent years our building has been extensively renovated, to display the various interesting features of its long history dating back to the eleventh century. This history was long bound up with local government and the wider Romney Marsh community. We have plans to go further with re‐ordering the interior, to allow for greater flexibility of use, to maintain and develop this synergy. Beyond all this, however, we want to become a spiritual centre for this community which we serve. We want the message of the Gospel to become meaningful to local families, that the spiritual dimension of life may become real and valued, that we might show something of the Light of Christ and so attract others to His Way.