St. Peter & St. Paul's, Yalding
St Peter and St Paul's Yalding is a Grade 1* listed, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. The impression today is of a bright well cared for church, still retaining many interesting and charming original features (decorative Nave ceiling, most of the wooden pews and a few Victorian windows still remaining). There is a fine pipe organ dating from 1905. The six bells are rung each week and were re-hung in 1978. Yalding has an average attendance of 62 adults and 10 children, with an attendance of over 15 children on our 4th Sunday All Age Worship.
New rooms were added in 2003, forming a vestry, a servery, an accessible toilet, a store, and two meeting rooms above which facilitate our regular Junior Church, after- service fellowship and community events hosted by the church, which include concerts and catering where requested.
We do not have a church hall but we have a fine village hall which is heavily used to host the large number of local organisations' events (over 60 at the last count).
The church is floodlit and lies in a large, closed churchyard behind 18th century houses fronting the High Street.
There is a separate extension churchyard for current burials. The closed churchyard is maintained by Maidstone Borough Council and the extension by a village volunteer team.
Yalding Parochial Church Council (PCC) is made up of 9 members, 2 Deanery Synod members and the Vicar is an ex-officio member including all sub committees.
The PCC is divided into 3 Sub Committees and lead by:
Worship Fr Paul Kish, Revd Lisa Cornell
Children & Youth Rachel Curley
Finance Philip Keeler
Yalding Ministry Fr Paul Kish, Revd Lisa Cornell, Justin Elks LLM, Rachel Curley (Churchwarden)
Laddingford Ministry Justin Elks LLM, Jeremy Tenison-Smith (Churchwarden),
Outreach Rachel Curley
Website & Parish Magazine Rachel Curley
Plant & Fabric Andrew Thurston on before of the PCC
Laddingford Fabric Graham Spillman on behalf of the PCC