Minster Abbey, or its full name The Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Sexburgha, occupies the highest hilltop on the Isle of Sheppey and has been a place of worship for over 1,400 years. Formerly a nunnery by Queen Sexburgha in 664AD, endowed by her son the King of Kent. During the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, the Abbey was spared. Of note are its examples of early Saxon stone and Roman tiles (from an earlier Roman outpost of the garrison at Reculver which earlier occupied this hilltop), that can be found in the walls of the St Sexburgha chapel and also its stained glass windows from the 19th and 20th Centuries.
The parish endeavours to keep the Abbey open all year, though this cannot be guaranteed.