About us

Our mission statement:

St Mary the Virgin, Ashford. A sacred space and a shared space,
proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus in the heart of the town.

St Mary’s is one of a several Church of England parishes grouped together in May 2016, and known as the Ashford Town Parish.

Christians have worshipped in this holy place for over one thousand years. With it’s distinctive and fully working bell tower, St Mary’s can be clearly seen and occasionally heard as visitors approach the town. Like all ancient places of worship, the building has been subject to dramatic changes and developments over the centuries and our church bears the marks of significant renewal, even to recent times when in 2010, the nave and west end of the building was re-ordered to create a flexible and shared space for a local arts charity, Revelation Ashford.

Thanks to the generosity of members of the church community, St Mary’s is normally open during the week. On our home page you will find details about reopening for prayer as the Coronavirus lockdown is eased, and we continue to prepare for public worship to be restored, because we want to continue to offer this truly awe-inspiring space to those who seek solace and peace, to light a candle and to offer prayer to God. Our prayer for you is that you will encounter the living, loving God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Reverend Richard Bellamy
Priest to Ashford Town Centre
and Chaplain to Ashford School

A Church Near You – Safeguarding Page


Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Anita Sorrell and can be contacted on 07849 903378 or on safeguarding@ashfordchurches.co.uk