A Word of Welcome from the Vicar at Chalk Church

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. 

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 at St Mary’s, Chalk take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously.

We are committed to take all steps within our power to keep children and vulnerable adults safe from all forms of harm while on our premises.

If you have any concerns or worries concerning safeguarding issues, please speak to our parish safeguarding officer, Mrs Barbara Millatt. (email : barbaramillatt@hotmail.com), or the vicar The Revd Nigel Bourne (email: vicarofchalk@hotmail.com) 01474 567906, or The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser at 01634 560000.

Alternatively contact one of the National Helplines: Child:  030000 411 111.  Adult: 030000 416 161.

About the Church

Part of the Church of England and within the Diocese of Rochester, officially we are 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, 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 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.