Welcome to St.Alphege Church
Reverend Rachel Webbley and her leadership team would like give you a very warm welcome to our
website where you can find out more about St Alphege, the church at the heart of Whitstable.
We are an Anglican church, one of five in the Whitstable Team Ministry. Our church family is made up of all
ages and we are always happy to see new faces. We come together to enjoy worship and fellowship and want
to share God's love with all. St Alphege church is the focal point of the High Street, you can step inside on
any weekday morning for a quiet time of prayer and reflection or for a coffee and a chat.
A brief history of St.Alphege Church
Constructed in the 1840s to replace the small medieval church at Seasalter, St.Alphege church is somewhat deceptive from the outside. The west front of the church is made of squared ragstone blocks, typical of the period but as you peer round the corner, you will see the church is made of stock brick.
It was built to hold hundreds of parishioners and in the 1860s a west gallery was erected to increase the seating accommodation and to take a bold organ (now in the north transept). The beautiful church chancel still has its original Decalogue and Lord’s Prayer on display, whilst above it three late nineteenth century paintings include a vision of St Alphege whose body passed through here on its way to reburial in Canterbury Cathedral. Unusually, although this church never charged pew rent, the bench ends are numbered so that each parishioner had an allotted seat.
The base of the font from Seasalter is now to be found in the south transept. St.Alphege has a seating capacity of approx 450 people and is truly at the
heart of Whitstable town, an integral part of a vibrant Christian community.
Our Church - Here you can find out more about
everything from Baptisms to Funerals, Weddings
Bellringing, Church Services and Prayer Groups.
Community Pages - Here you can see the local
groups, charities and national organisations who
we support as a church community.