St Mary's Island Church

Creating spaces for our community to encounter Jesus

  • Island Way West
  • St Mary's Island
  • Chatham
  • Kent
  • ME4 3ST

01634 570489
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We are a thriving, friendly church committed to our mission statement:

"Creating spaces for our community to encounter Jesus." 

St Mary's Island Church holds its services in the school hall 

at 11:00 am each Sunday.

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Her Majesty The Queen

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Bishop Jonathan of Rochester  has shared a message following the death of Her Late Majesty The Queen.

At the heart of Her Majesty's life was her faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. That faith which, she spoke about so openly in recent years, that faith which sustained her in all the ups and downs of the life of our nation, and in need in her own life.

We remember her dignity and courage at the time of the loss of her dear husband Prince Philip. We remember also the way in which she has led our nation in times of celebration and in times of sorrow.

May we all be inspired by Her Majesty's Christian example. 

May we hold to the faith that was so central to her life and may we bring the message of faith, hope and love which inspired her, and through her inspired so many, to those whom we seek to serve in this Diocese of Rochester.


We invite you to join us in prayer

Blessed Jesus, Lord of Lords and King of Kings,

we give you thanks for our late sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II.

for the grace and mercy she received from you,

for all that she reflected of your gracious sovereignty,

and for the great love she held for you and for her people.

Enfold her in your everlasting arm grant her rest

and raise her up at the last in the company of the saints in light. Amen


We are the church on the island and St Mary's Island School is our home. You will always be greeted with a warm welcome. As with many churches, we are a mixed congregation that reflects the population of the Island, with some of our valued members living ‘outside port limits’. 

Whether you're just having a look at our website or searching for a new place to worship, we are delighted to have you here.

Members of our congregation are involved in numerous projects and we have strong links with the island community. 

The following activities take place in the Island Community Centre:

  • Little Fishes
  • Youth Club
  • Scouts

Other activities include:

  • Children's events
  • Ladies' Evenings
  • Homegroups
  • Prayer Groups
  • Trios
  • Atlas Place meetings
  • Painting and distributing stones for children to find     
  • Leading worship at St Mary's Island School
  • School Governors

Introducing St Mary's Island

St Mary’s Island is made up of some 1,500 properties, mainly houses, mixed with flats, where a pleasant residential area has been created on the site of what was formerly part of Chatham Dockyard. 

The island is completely surrounded by water with a single road providing access.

Large 3 flags Driving across the bridge onto the Island,  visitors will immediately see its maritime connections from the yacht basin to the left, the water sports activity basin and commercial dock to the right, and international code flags used to spell out the initial letters of St Mary's Island, SMI in various places. 

The C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School was designed to house both school and church, with the school hall doubling as church hall, and included spaces for a church office and storage cupboard.  The Hall was licensed for Anglican Worship in 1999 when the school first opened.