St Peter & St Paul, Dymchurch
Situated in New Hall Close at the north end of Dymchurch village and between the historic Cinque Port towns of Hythe and New Romney, St Peter & St Paul Dymchurch is a small 12th century Norman church, dating from about 1150. It is built from the same Caen stone as Canterbury Cathedral filled in with Kentish ragstone.
All services commence at 10.30 am. Our main service is the Eucharist but on every fourth Sunday we have an all‐age service which is a shorter and less formal service.
Each Thursday morning there is a Holy Communion Service followed by a regular Bible Study Group and if there is a fifth Sunday in a month, the eight churches of the Cluster will come together to worship at a Benefice service.
We welcome young families and children and have a craft club every Eucharistic Sunday at the back of the church. We also have a small and enthusiastic choir that takes an active part in each Eucharistic service.
On every third Sunday of the month we host a less formal cafe style praise and prayer evening, which begins at 6.30 pm. This is laity led and is often well attended by people from the benefice and by visitors.
Lent groups are regularly held and are regarded as having a strong potential for growth. During the Christmas period as well as Midnight Mass and a service on Christmas Day, we also invite people to join us one evening to sing carols outside the church with the local Rotary Club and Santa Claus, followed by a short Christingle service in the church with hot food and drinks served.
THE DAY OF SYN
Dymchurch is the home of the fictional smuggler known also as Dr. Syn, rector of the parish church. The author Russell Thorndike is buried in the churchyard. Every two years Dymchurch holds a pageant during the August bank holiday weekend called the Day of Syn, The village widely supports this and many dress up in period costumes. The event ends in an exciting battle on the beach between the smugglers and the revenue men. Traditionally, the Parish Priest attends dressed as Dr. Syn and also leads a traditional 18th century service in the church.