Chatham Town Centre

The Diocese is working with local people to redefine our vision for Chatham; Bishop’s Council has agreed the aim of re-missioning and committing to Chatham to grow the church numerical and spiritually.

Initial mission outreach activities will include a conversation café and debt and other crisis advice services. The diocese is working with the Church Army to establish a Medway Centre of Mission which will initially serve Chatham but will extend its reach to serve other areas of Medway.

The project leaders are also investigating whether ongoing work at the All Saints Centre in a suburb of the town can be incorporated.

Medway Council’s major regeneration activity is focussed on Chatham Town Centre, where they are seeking to improve both the physical and community benefits of the area between the train station and the bus station.

The first phase of the regeneration plans includes improving the highways and street scene. Between these two stations lies St John’s Church, a Waterloo era building of historic and community significance. For more information click here

The Diocese is working with local partners including Medway Council, to bring the disused church building back into use. The Diocese and local people feel it is key to local identity and a crucial element in the plans for the regeneration of the community.

The strategic project at Chatham includes re-establishing a worshipping community for St John’s Church, bringing the building back into use (potentially with an interim solution) and establishing mission activities in the local community. The area around St John’s is one of the most deprived in the Diocese in terms of employment rates, income, education and quality of life.

The Church Commissioners have awarded the diocese a grant of £665k towards the £1.3m project. The funding seeks to support strategic growth and change in churches and communities, and was awarded following a competitive process.


Project Manager
Alan Matthews

Consultant (Chatham and Ebbsfleet)
Rev Bonnie Appleton MA

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