Introducing the Revd Ruth Peet

February 11, 2019
Introducing the Revd Ruth Peet

I was born in Beverley, East Yorkshire. My late father was Organist & Choirmaster at St. Augustine's Hull, and one of my earliest memories is of the thrill of that building seeming to shake while Dad thundered out Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. So began a life never very far from the Church and its music.

A few years later the family moved to Kent, and wherever Dad went music-wise I followed, singing in various choirs. Eventually we ended up at St. Martin's, Eynsford, with my daughter, Corinne, singing in Grandad's choir. My husband Kevin and I loved the village so much, we made our home there, thinking that we would stay for ever, never imagining that God had a different idea!

It was about that time, the early 2000's, when the sensation that I now recognise as God's call, started. Like so many people, I ignored it for years, learned that was futile, gave in, experienced the peace and joy that comes with acceptance, trained for ordination at Cuddesdon and completed my curacy at St. Mary's Bromley, with help from Keston Parish Church and St. Mary's Shortlands. I will always be grateful for the support and encouragement from all previous congregations.

And then, on a beautiful afternoon last August, standing outside the west end of this church, reading the late Barbara Townsend's plaque ... "She so loved this church"... I recognised again the unmistakeable stirrings of God's call. "Yes - I can love this church too," I thought. No argument this time!

So here I am ... an ex-chorister, ex-churchwarden, ex-biochemist, ex-pharmaceutical industry project manager, ex-retail business partner, a lover of history and the outdoors (especially Cornwall), a scatty dog (x2) owner and a very blessed wife, mother and grandmother.

Today the building may not be shaking but the excitement is just as real. I am overjoyed to be joining you and looking forward to, together, being a church overflowing with love, grace and forgiveness, and so, to making God a known and irresistible presence among us and all around us.


New Vicar

November 18, 2018
The Bishop of Rochester and The Dean and Chapter of Rochester Cathedral are pleased to announce that The Revd Ruth Peet, at present curate at St. Mary's Bromley, will be the next Vicar of Aylesford. Ruth began her career in the pharmaceutical industry and later became a partner in the family retail business. Ruth is married to Kevin, who still runs the family business, and they have one daughter, Corinne who is married to Danny, and a grandson, Michael. Ruth is delighted to be coming to Aylesford. She will be instituted and inducted on Tuesday 12th February at 7.30pm in Aylesford Church. She would very much appreciate your prayers for her family at this time.


Vicar of Aylesford Job Advert

September 10, 2018
Vicar of Aylesford Job Advert

We are making progress! The vacancy for Vicar of Aylesford, along with our parish profile, has been posted on the Church of England website (see the following link). Thanks to everyone who has helped us get to this stage relatively quickly.

Vicar of Aylesford Job Application >>

Our Interregnum begins

July 31, 2018
Our Interregnum begins

Our Vicar, Jonathan Hall, has moved from Aylesford and will be officially licensed to his new parishes on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 18th August.

We are now in what is called an Interregnum, with no vicar. The appointment process for a new vicar will take some time and we don't expect to have a new one in post until 2019.

In the meantime we will continue to have our Sunday services as normal with the help of a number of visiting clergy, to whom we are very grateful.

The service pattern is as follows: -
8am - Said Holy Communion (Common Worship)
10am - First Sunday of each month is a family service often with Baptism
10am - Second, fourth and fifth Sunday is sung Holy Communion (Common Worship)
10am - Third Sunday is a flexible 'Come and Praise' service.
Holy Communion follows the main service on the 1st and 3rd Sunday

On Wednesdays our recently introduced C4 service at 8.45am is discontinued (because of the interregnum) and we will revert to a weekly 10am service every Wednesday. On the first Wednesday of each month this will be a service of Holy Communion. On other Wednesdays it will be a prayer service.

We would be delighted to see you at any of our services; you really would be most welcome. If you need more information, please message us or leave a message by email or phone at the church office (, 01622 719366, Open Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 2pm)


Junior Choir Leader appointed

June 27, 2018
Junior Choir Leader appointed
We are delighted to announce that Dr Paul Richards has been appointed as our Junior Choir Leader commencing 28th June 2018. Paul’s role will be to engage with local schools to encourage singing in a Junior Choir, which will contribute to our 3rd Sunday of the month “Come and Praise” service. In time, we anticipate that Aylesford Junior Choir members will wish to progress to our adult choir.

The Junior Choir Leader position is funded for three years by the Ouseley Trust, and gives us a great opportunity to strengthen our links with the local community, and to enable the younger generation to gain encourage teamwork and confidence in singing, valuable life skills.

Paul has wide experience, delivering musical workshops and leading musical groups. He works with people of all ages in both education and community settings, and has many years of classical training as well as widespread experience of performing in cathedral choirs, orchestral ensembles and rock bands.

Paul, who now lives locally, summed-up his mission as: “To develop an accessible, but respectable singing group for the young people that combines enjoyable singing and vocal tuition so that the junior choir can develop and be reputable in its own right, but also serve as a stepping stone in preparation for the members joining the senior choir”.

We very much look forward to Paul commencing his work, and to many years of successful choir training with the youngsters of our community.


Moving On

June 27, 2018
Moving On

It is with a mixture of feelings that I announce that I have accepted the offer of appointment as Priest in Charge and Team Vicar (Designate) for the parishes of St John’s Sandown and St Blasius, Shanklin within the Bay Team, on the Isle of Wight.

Although it will be a great sadness to leave the parish here, after only two years as Vicar, I am looking forward to returning to parish ministry on the Isle of Wight, and being able to support family more fully there.

My last Sunday will be Sunday 22nd July at 8am and 10am in Aylesford Church.

Please be assured that I will work with the Church Wardens and others to put arrangements in place to enable the life of the church family here to continue as smoothly as possible.

Your thoughts and prayers at this time of change will be greatly appreciated.

Jonathan Hall

Messy Church

June 27, 2018
Messy Church

On the first Friday of every month, Aylesford Church hosts Messy Church for families. Our next Messy Church will be held on Friday 6th July in the Brassey Centre on Station Road in Aylesford.

This is a chance for families to enjoy story time, crafts, singalong and sharing of a simple meal. (Sorry no unaccompanied children). There is a small charge of £1 per child on the day. In May, the children learnt about the Holy spirit and had fun icing cakes, making crowns, doves and a poster was displayed in the church.

This is becoming an increasingly popular event so why not come along and join in the fun and celebration

If you would like any more information please contact the Parish Office on 01622 719366 (Tuesdays and Thursdays) or email 


Something to Sing About

February 26, 2018
Something to Sing About
St. Peter and St. Paul's Church has been awarded a grant by The Ouseley Trust, which supports the development of choral music in parish churches and cathedrals up and down the country.

This is exciting news for the musical life of our church!

The grant has been given for us to employ a Junior Choir Leader for three years. We hope to find an enthusiastic and talented musician who will inspire and enthuse young people to develop a love of singing, through making connections with local schools and leading a weekly practice session in term time. We hope that members of the new choir will join with Sunday Worship once a month and make a general contribution to the musical and choral life of the church.

Anyone interested in finding out more about this exciting development is welcome to contact:

The Church Office
t: 01622 719366

Jonathan our Vicar, was welcomed on 9th August 2016

December 3, 2016
Jonathan our Vicar, was welcomed on 9th August 2016

It was a joy and privilege to join the parish in August as Vicar. Having spent the last 6 years as a Chaplain at Burrswood Christian Hospital, it is good to return to parish ministry and be involved in the full spectrum of community life. Previous parish ministry included over 7 years on the Isle of Wight and 4 years in Weymouth. I was ordained in 1999, after a career in Personnel Management.

I am so grateful for the warm welcome that everyone has given me, both within the Church family and wider community. I have already greatly enjoyed becoming involved with the four schools in the parish, and look forward to developing my role as Branch Padre to the Royal British Legion Village Branch.

The beginning of Advent means that Christmas is fast approaching! I am greatly looking forward to sharing in all the special services and events as part of the Christmas celebrations.

Looking ahead to the new Year I know that there will be many opportunities for us to learn and grow together in our faith and the sharing of God’s love in the life of the community.

Aylesford's New Vicar

May 8, 2016
Aylesford's New Vicar

We are delighted to announce that the Bishop has approved the appointment of Revd Jonathan Hall as the next Vicar of Aylesford. Jonathan is currently the Acting Senior Chaplain at Burrswood Christian Hospital. Jonathan is married to Erica, and they have two grown up sons, Richard and Christopher. Their family Labrador is called Barley.

He will be instituted (on behalf of the Bishop), inducted and installed by the Archdeacon of Tonbridge on 9th August at 7.30pm in the Parish Church. All are welcome to attend.

We are very much look forward to Jonathan's arrival and hope the parish church will be full to welcome him. 

Gordon Hunt