St Swithun's Church
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St Swithun's Church, Kennington
Outreach to Kennington


One of the many hand sewn kneelers in the churchKennington has a voluntarily controlled day school for children aged 3-11, called St Swithun's Church of England (Controlled) Primary School. Some of the school's governors are chosen by the diocese. In the past (as we are currently between resident vicars) members of the clergy have gone into the school. Termly services are held in the church for the school including a special services for the year 7 leavers and a Christingle service which is held jointly with the school.

Sample Kennington Chronicle front cover

A newsletter from the church is published each month in the Kennington village magazine The Kennington Chronicle (except August when there is no issue). The Kennington Chronicle was founded over twenty year's ago by the 3 churches in Kennington as an informative magasine for Kennington about local events and businesses and matters of interest for the local community. The magazine is delivered free to every house in the village by local volunteers. A copy can be downloaded from The Kennington Chronicle website.


St Swithun's collects items for the Abingdon Foodbank, which helps to meet the needs of people who are going through a period of crisis and are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Please bring items to the church on the first Sunday of the month; there is a list of what is needed on the Foodbank's Website .

A regular collection is also held for the local homeless shelter to collect essential items for them such as toothbrushes, food and socks. For offers to help with this or more details please contact Ann Coulter or e-mail, who will pass on your message.


Fairtrade LogoSt Swithun's is a fair trade church. Fair trade products offer an opportunity for producers to get a fair price for their products and also a premium which benefits for the community. Being a fair trade church means we use Fair Trade tea, coffee and other items where possible. We have a sale of fair trade goods usually twice a year including one during Fair Trade Fortnight.

Members of the congregation visit Kennington's village Toddler group on a regular basis.

Remembrance Day at the War Memorial
Members of the guiding and scouting movements are invited to attend church services and parade their pennons as part of the Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Day culminating in a service in St Swithun's Church.

St Swithun's Church strives to involve other village organisations. As an example as part of the celebrations of 50 years since the new Church's consecration in February 2008, village organisations were invited to produce new kneeler designs, a selection of which can be seen below. The kneelers in the picture represent Kennington Festival Handicap Group, St Swithun's Church of England School, KADS (Kennington Amateur Dramatic Society), KHS (Kennington Horticultural Society), KOA (Kennington Overseas Aid) and the Parish Council.

Kneelers designed to commerate the church's 50th anniversary



piano cover: Our God Reigns

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