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 9th June - Second Sunday after Trinity - and for the week ahead:


“So we do not lose heart…. We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord – for we walk by faith, not sight.” (2 Cor 4.16, 5.6-7)


We have to cope in a world in which God seems so often absent - just as the friends and followers of Jesus had to learn to live without his physical presence.

St Paul had an exceptional experience of ‘seeing the light’ and was exceptionally empowered to be a missionary. But he also experienced much terrible personal persecution from all quarters, (Romans, Greeks, Arabs and Jews) and shipwreck. But he had also witnessed in himself and others how things – and our bodies – are short-lived , unlke the spiritual virtues such as Truth and Love, which live on. We walk on by faith, not sight.

David Harmsworth


“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 2nd - First Sunday after Trinity

8 am Holy Communion

10 am  All Age Communion

5 pm Choral Evensong

Sunday 9th - Second Sunday after Trinity

8 am 1662 BCP Holy Communion

10 am Morning Worship

Sunday 15th - Third Sunday after Trinity

8 am Holy Communion

10 am Sung Eucharist

Saturday 22nd 

4 pm 'Connect Four' Famiy Service at the Mission Church, Sandhurst TN18 5JU

Sunday 23rd - Fourth Sunday after Trinity

8 am Holy Communion 

10 am BENEFICE SUNG EUCHARIST AT ST NICHOLAS, SANDHURST (Vicki Young's last service prior to ordination)

Sunday 30th  -  Fifth Sunday after Trinity

8 am Benefice 1662 BCP Holy Communion at St Nicholas 

10 am Benefice Holy Communion at St George's 


Mid-week Communion: Every Tuesday at the Mission Church, Back Road, Sandhurst TN18 5JU

Morning Prayer takes place at St George's at 8am on Mondays and Fridays and at the Mission Church, Back Road, Sandhurst TN18 5JU at 8am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays



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