St George's Church, Benenden


St George's Benenden is joined with St Nicholas' Sandhurst

as a Benefice led by the Rector, Revd David Commander


We aim to be a welcoming, open church community. This website is intended to provide a good guide to our church life. Please see the contact details if you need help or any further information. 


Rector: Revd David Commander is the Rector of the Benefice of Benenden and Sandhurst. He originally trained and worked as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer for 28 years. He served his curacy at St James's, Tunbridge Wells, before moving to Benenden in October 2013.  He and his wife, Helen, have two daughters, two grandsons, a grandaughter, and an extremely friendly dog, Barney.

T: 01580 240658    M: 07710 416978   

The Rectory, The Green, Benenden, Kent TN17 4DL


Assistant Priest: Though she was born in London, Rev. Rosemary Kobus van Wengen has spent most of her adult life abroad, teaching in schools and universities in Uganda and The Netherlands. She was ordained in 2001 in Canterbury Cathedral, and since then has served as a non-stipendiary priest (now ‘retired’, with Permission to Officiate) in Benenden and Sandhurst. Besides a passion for parish ministry her interests include art and literature, handwork and gardening.



Assistant Priest: Rev. Ylva Blid-Mackenzie was born and raised in Sweden, moving  to Kent in 1996. She finished her theological studies at St Augustine's College in May 2020 and then served her Title  Post in Benenden and Sandhurst with the Revd. David.  She trained as a Landscape Architect and runs Madrona Nursery with her husband Liam. They have three sons, two border collies and some chickens.

T: 01233 820100    M: 07766 711957












Scripture & Reflection:  Sunday 18th February and for the week ahead:


9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. (Mark 1.9-13)


Jesus is in the wilderness where he encounters Satan, wild animals and angels, and he emerges stronger, focused and holy. It is heartening to know that the wilderness contains angels - angels who waited on Jesus. In our own wilderness it is also heartening to know that ‘angels’ are looking out for us - the positives and gifts that occur amid the desolation, the people who are there for us, who have our back - who we mostly do not recognise until after the event!

God may also use us as angels - a loving word or action can make a significant difference to someone in the wilderness, enabling them to catch hold of hope and be strengthened.

Though we may not be able to avoid wilderness experiences in our lives, we can prepare for them, we can survive them and we can emerge stronger by having faith in Jesus and being open to the possibility that we may well be entertaining angels unawares.

Lyn Hayes ALM


“Services” and Prayer:

Please make use of the beautiful quiet space in St. George's Church any day for individual private prayer; prayer resources are available. 



Sunday 4th - SecondSunday before Lent 

8 am Holy Communion

10 am  All Age Communion

Sunday 11th - Sunday next before Lent

8 am 1662 BCP Holy Communion

10 am Morning Worship

Wednesday 14th - Ash Wednesday

7.30 pm Ashing Service 

Sunday 18th - The First Sunday of Lent 

8 am Holy Communion

10 am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 25th - Second Sunday of Lent 

8 am Holy Communion

10 am Morning Worship


Mid-week Communion: 10am, Tuesday, at the Mission Church, Sandhurst.

Morning Prayer takes place at St George's at 8am on Mondays and Fridays and at the Mission Church, Back Road, Sandhurst at 8am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays



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