The Lantern Tower of St George’s church Ramsgate is clearly visible from sites all over the town, including out to sea. In fact, one of the reasons for building the tower was so that travellers at sea would know where they were.
As Ramsgate’s Civic church it hosts the annual Remembrance Day service, occasional concerts, weddings and funerals and acts as an assembly hall for Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School. But it is much more than that. The church was originally established in 1827 to meet the needs of local people, and particularly for the poor, for whom there was no room at the other church in Ramsgate.
It was built as a place for people to gather together to praise God, pray and to learn the good news about Jesus and how to live for him. Over the years this has brought many people comfort, joy and guidance in their lives and that continues today. In face, everyone is welcome to join us at 9:30am each Sunday or at one of our daily prayer meetings during the week.
Church is more than buildings and as a Christian community in the heart of Ramsgate, we long that our life together is as much a beacon to the town, as the tower is a guide to those at sea. As it says on the war memorial outside is a verse from the Bible:
Jesus said,“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32)
The tradition of helping the poor is also maintained now. St George’s supports a Community Meal on a Tuesday evening for homeless people and others who are in need of a home-cooked meal. The church hall is also the site for Our Kitchen in Ramsgate, which provides fresh food at a very reduced price for anyone who registers with the Food Club.
In recent years, St. George’s has formed a new partnership with St. Luke’s church. The two churches are increasingly seeking ways to work together and support each other as they share clergy and other important resources.
As we look forward to the 200th celebration of the establishment of St. George’s in 2027, we want to take all that is good from our past and ensure that this can continue for many years to come. So, we are establishing a five year regeneration project, called: Project 200, to ensure our buildings are fit for the future serving the community of Ramsgate as a beacon of God’s love.
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