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 7th July - Sixth Sunday after Trinity - and for the week ahead:


7He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.  12So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. (Mark 6:7-9 & 12-13)


Jesus sends out the disciples, giving them authority to do things. But he sends them off empty-handed! “Take nothing for the journey.”! Now that seems pretty counter-cultural! By today’s standards Jesus’ instruction appears cavalier at best, and down-right reckless at worst! Why did Jesus say this?!

We need to combine Jesus’ teaching and some words from the Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians, Chp 12) where he says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. I am content with weaknesses….; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”

When we feel strong in our own abilities; when we feel strong in our own resources: then we are tempted to do God’s work on our own…without needing to involve God! That leads to failure.

When we are weak; when we allow God to fill us with His power (his Holy Spirit), then we are stronger than we could ever be on our own!

Revd David 


SUMMER TEAS AT ST GEORGE'S - EVERY SUNDAY IN JULY & AUGUST - from 2 to 4pm in church - All welcome!

“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 7th - Sixth Sunday after Trinity

8 am Holy Communion

10 am  All Age Communion & Baptism

5 pm Choral Evensong

Sunday 14th - Seventh Sunday after Trinity

8 am 1662 BCP Holy Communion

10 am Morning Worship & Baptism

Sunday 21st - Eighth Sunday after Trinity

8 am Holy Communion

10 am Sung Eucharist

Saturday 27th 

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

Sunday 28th - Ninth Sunday after Trinity

8 am Holy Communion 

10 am Morning Worship



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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