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North Kent Group of
United Reformed Churches

A Brief History of the North Kent Group 

 
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St Paul’s began as two Churches – Kings Farm Congregational Church and St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The two Churches joined together in 1963 as St Paul’s Church and moved to a new building in Singlewell Road. Last year (2013) St Paul’s celebrated its 50th anniversary with a year of celebrations. The stained glass window from St Andrew’s Presbyterian is still now in the sanctuary at St Paul’s.

photograph of the stained glass window from St Andrew’s Presbyterian church

In 1972 they (along with Hartley Congregational Church) became part of the United Reformed Church and in 1973 became the North Kent URC Group.
 
In 1984 Milton Mount URC (also a plant from Princes Street) closed and members from that Church joined the North Kent Group along with Southfleet URC, over which Milton Mount URC had oversight. Southfleet closed in 2004 and the congregation has joined the monthly evening Group services.

Northfleet began as an outreach of Princes Street Congregational Church and in 1850 moved to its position in Dover Road. After 167 years of faithful service and witness, Northfleet URC closed on Sunday 2nd April 2017.

Cuxton Community Church (CCC) began as a church plant from the Congregational Church of The Vines (Rochester) in 1894. It became part of the URC in 1972. Cuxton's original worship venue, The Old Tin Chapel, was donated to the Museum of Kent Life in 2002. From 1st January 2003, the congregation was known as Cuxton Community Church and, following three years of gathering for worship in the local school and then four years in the church’s old hall, ‘the grotty hole’, the congregation refurbished these premises and re-launched them for worship and community use in April 2010. Cuxton joined the North Kent URC Group at Pentecost 2014.

If you have any questions about the history of our churches, or if you are tracing your family’s history/genealogy please contact the church secretary of the church concerned who will do their best to help you.   At national level, the URC takes its child and vulnerable adult safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. For more information please click here.

For enquiries about Milton Mount, Southfleet URC, Kings Farm Congregational Church or St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. please contact Olu Onifade the St Paul’s church secretary.

Contact information for the church secretaries can be found here.

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Updated: 13-Jun-2017  
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