Church History

St. John’s Church building was erected in 1844 when Hildenborough became a Church of England parish in its own right. Prior to that time our locality had been part of the parish of Tonbridge. There have been minor changes to the Church building since it was built but the first worshippers would readily recognise the building we enjoy today.

In the 1950s a hall complex was built on part of the Church site, and we call the complex the Church Centre. The complex provides much appreciated facilities for use by the Church community and the wider village community. It comprises a main hall with spacious entrance foyer, a modern stage, five smallish side rooms, toilets and well equipped kitchen, as well as another comfortable carpeted meeting room seating approximately 70 people.

St. John’s is part of the Church of England, which in turn is part of the world-wide ‘Anglican Communion.’ In England the churches which are part of the Church of England are divided into geographical areas known as dioceses. Hildenborough is in the Diocese of Rochester which is presided over by the Bishop of Rochester. The clergy in any particular Church are appointed by the Diocese.

Our vicar is Tim Saiet, who is assisted by Simon Braid (associate vicar, part-time) who is a volunteer (non-stipendiary). We are self funded. St. John’s is a community of Christian believers who mainly live in and around Hildenborough. We’re a mixture of ordinary people of different ages, backgrounds and personalities, who have discovered that God is interested in, and cares passionately for, each one of us and all people, and has a plan for each one of us. We would like everyone in Hildenborough to experience this for themselves and therefore we see ourselves as ‘a worshipping community, serving the community’. We are certainly not perfect but have found that God makes a tremendous difference to our lives and we seek to support and encourage each other in our faith.

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