For Option C Response go to the next page - in the left-hand pane and click on 'Option C Response' (under Home).
Please read the following important note:
To go to a site to sign the petition against the government's option to place a new crossing of the River Thames through our parish with approach roads through or beside our grounds (this would in effect be some extra lanes of the M25) press here. For more background information press here .
A Word of Welcome from the Vicar:
Thank you for visiting our website. Just on the outskirts of Gravesend in Kent, there has been a church in Chalk for well over a thousand years and it would be lovely to welcome you in person one day. We have associations both literary and biographical with Charles Dickens and we are also popular for weddings, baptisms (also often called christenings) and other important family events. At our best I hope that we offer more than just a lovely and historic wedding venue! We are certainly not perfect but I hope that we are at least trying to make everyone welcome.
We are a part of the Church of England and officially we are called St Mary the Virgin, Chalk but we are often known simply as St Mary's, Chalk or even just Chalk Church and we aim to be known as a church at the heart of our community. In any event, the church here is more than just a building. Through our worship and the life of our members, day by day and as a church family, we aim to be a channel of God's healing love and to witness to a faith in Jesus Christ that is as relevant today as it has always been.
Each Sunday more than a hundred people come to our services and we make a particular point of trying to be welcoming to families and children of all ages. Our services, especially at 10.30am have a varied pattern and include elements of relatively traditional and relatively modern styles of worship. There is usually something for everyone. The services aim to help us sense the nearness and the greatness of God providing us with a balance of comfort and challenge.
A charity in our own right with a concern for the whole parish, we also help other charities, near and far, and not least the Hands of Compassion school in Zambia. Further information, details of service times and various contacts are available by clicking on the relevant links opposite but please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further help.
The Revd Nigel Bourne
The Vicarage, 2a Vicarage Lane, Chalk, GRAVESEND, Kent DA12 4TF
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01474 567906
P.S. Just a reminder that It would be lovely to see you at St Mary's at any of our services. We meet every Sunday at 10.30am.
If you want to visit at other times, please call in advance to arrange access.
In the meantime, wherever you are, God bless you!
For Details of any other Gravesend Church click on the Churches Together link on the Links page
St Mary's is a Registered Charity - Registration Number: 1132081
Donations can be sent (cheques made payable to PCC Chalk) to:
The Vicarage, 2A Vicarage Lane, Chalk, Gravesend, Kent DA12 4TF
For a YouTube Video of the close of one of our "Prom in the Park" concerts with profits shared with the Gravesend Ellenor Lions Hospice click on the link to our Prayers Page in the left hand column opposite.
For videos of Meridian ITV news items about the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, please click on the links below.
Please remember that this is not yet a Government decision - we will need to make a concerted effort in the new (Jan- March 2016) consultation to continue to oppose all forms of Option C. When we know more we will advise you further.
Press Here for an audio/video clip of the Meridian News Item (Overview of Option C) (TV items courtesy of Meridian.)
Press here for an audio/video Meridian News clip of the Information event at Cascades re Option C