“Our Vision is to build a dynamic, vibrant church sharing Christ’s love with people of all ages in our 21st Century rural community.”
Hartfield is increasingly family focused, but also has many people that welcome more traditional forms of worship. We are building a lively, outward looking Christian community reflecting all age groups and are prepared to face the challenges of Christian mission in the 21st century. In particular, we aim to be at the heart of the village community of Hartfield.
We are building from the bottom through outreach to young families having recognized the need to create a much more balanced Christian family, if there is to be a vibrant Christian community at the heart of village life in Hartfield.
We are therefore evolving our worship to be family centred and easily accessible to those new to Christ. We also reach out to the wider village community through activities such as the annual Live Nativity through the village.
Our service pattern is designed so that there is a Communion service every Sunday at either 8.00 am or 9.30 am. It is also designed to be complementary to the service pattern of our sister church of Holy Trinity, Coleman’s Hatch.
Of particular importance to us, is actively support the village primary school, which is situated next to the church.
Please note that we have a variety of services each week. Please also take a look at our services at Holy Trinity, Coleman’s Hatch. We look forward to welcoming you at any of our services.
A school service takes place most weeks during term, usually on a Wednesday at 2.45 pm. It is attended by all pupils and staff. Parents, grandparents, friends and members of the congregation are also welcome to join in. Children are collected from the church rather than from school when there is a service.
In addition, there are special school services such as harvest, end of term.
Brief History of the Church Buildings
There has been a church at the heart of the community of Hartfield for many centuries. The oldest part of the current church building, the nave, is thirteenth century. In the fourteenth century, a south aisle was added. The tower is also fourteenth century, but its shingled spire is fifteenth century. In the nineteenth century, extensive repairs were made to the roof and many of the present furnishings in the church were added. In the twenty first century, the church has again been re-ordered to meet the current needs of the community in Hartfield and we still have more to do.
There has been a church at the heart of the community of Hartfield for many centuries. The oldest part of the current church building, the nave, is thirteenth century. In the fourteenth century, a south aisle was added with a Chantry Chapel and the Chancel was rebuilt and lengthened. The tower is also fourteenth century, but its shingled spire is fifteenth century. In the sixteenth or seventeenth century, due perhaps to a fire or to the general need to reconstruct the church to accommodate the new Anglican Services (or both) the rood screen and Chancel arch were removed, the Chantry Chapel opened up by the building of a large Nave arch, and the Chancel was reduced in size.
In the nineteenth century, extensive repairs were made to the roof and most of the present furnishings in the church were added, notably most of the stained glass windows and the west screen. Most of the memorials are also nineteenth century, although the earliest is dated 1640 to the Rev. Richard Randes.
In the twenty first century, the church has again been re-ordered to meet the current needs of the community in Hartfield, with flexible space created in the nave, a new ring chamber created and plans being developed to provide a toilet and kitchen facilities.
Four church related buildings, the current Rectory, the original Rectory, the School and the Lych Gate Cottage surround the churchyard. The current Rectory dates from 1986, the original Rectory probably dates from the 16th century, the School is Victorian and the Lych Gate Cottage is largely Tudor.