Events at the church

New benefice of Penshurst, Fordcombe & the Chiddingstone Churches starts 1 April

Thu 1st April 2021

No, it's not an April Fool! The Church Commissioners officially approved the new benefice of Penshur

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Penshurst Festival 4-6 October

Fri 4th October 2019

Join us for the very first Penshurst Festival. We are planning a wonderful weekend of events, talks,

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4-11 November Armistice Centenary Week in the church

Sun 11th November 2018

4-11 November : Armistice Centenary Week in the church featuring the re-installation of the origi

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Book Penshurst Church

If you would like to arrange a religious ceremony, please contact:

Mrs Margaret Atkins, Administrator, whilst the church is in an interegnum period without a rector (see below)

Also if you would like to use the church for an exhibition or other event please contact:

Mrs Margaret Atkins:

Weddings & Events

Penhurst Church

St John the Baptist Church at Penshurst plays host to many important community celebrations and events including weddings, baptisms, memorials and exhibitions.

Weddings at Penshurst Church

Exhibitions at Penshurst Church


Wedding booking form template 2021

We are pleased to celebrate many weddings at St. John the Baptist church, which is situated next door to Penshurst Place.  If you think that you might like to be married in this beautiful and historic church, the first step, during our Interregnum between rectors,  is to contact our weddings co-ordinator, Alix Calvocoressi, at or ring her on 07775 647787.


It is possible to have a service of prayer and dedication at St John the Baptist Penshurst after a civil ceremony. There are no legal requirements for this service.



Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.


Memorial services

A Christian Funeral is a time when we pause before the mystery of death and life. Funerals are an expression of faith in our salvation, resurrection and eternal life. As such, we come to worship God and rejoice in the new life he has given us beyond death. We also gather to thank God for the gift given to us in the person of the deceased.

Events & Exhibitions

Besides the traditional church ceremonies St John the Baptist also has many historic features interest that attract passing visitors. We have an area with exhibition easels that can be used for pastoral purposes, such as artistic and musical events, gatherings, choirs and other community functions.

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