Stour Downs

Smeeth Mersham Brabourne Monks Horton Stowting Sellindge

  • c/o Cirrus, Canterbury Road
  • Brabourne Lees

We are a group of six rural churches situated on either side of the A20 between Ashford and Hythe   

There is also a Morning Prayer in Mersham on Monday mornings at 8.30am

Services this Month



First Sunday of the Month

09:30:00 Family  Communion           Smeeth

09:30:00 Morning Praise Mersham

10:00:00 Family Service          Brabourne

11:00:00 Celebration Praise Sellindge


Second  Sunday of the Month

09:30:00 Family Communion Mersham B.Appleton

09:30:00 SSS Smeeth

11:00:00 Holy Communion  Brabourne B.Appleton

18.00:00 Holy Communion  Monks Horton C.Pinchbeck


Third   Sunday of the Month

09.30.00 Family Communion      Smeeth

09.30.00 Morning Praise Mersham

10.00.00 Family Service  Stowting

11.00.00 Holy Communion             Sellindge C.Pinchbeck

18.00.00 Evensong  Brabourne


Fourth  Sunday of the Month

08:00:00 Holy  Communion           Stowting P Miller

09:30:00 Morning Praise Smeeth

09:30:00 Family Communion Mersham  C.Pinchbeck

11:00:00 Party Praise Sellindge

11:00:00 Holy Communion             Brabourne C.Pinchbeck

18:00:00 Evensong  Monks Horton

We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Christopher  Denyer, presently Assistant Curate of Bethersden, Woodchurch and High Halden in the Canterbury  Diocese has been appointed Priest -in-Charge of the Stour Downs parish also in the Canterbury Diocese,  subject to the appropriate checks.


The licensing service will take place on 20th September 2018 at 7 pm at Mersham.

A note from Chris!


Let me briefly introduce myself as I look ahead to join you as Priest in Charge of Stour Downs in September. 

My family moved to Kent from Bedfordshire a few weeks before the Great Storm of ’87, and despite this rather dramatic welcome to the Garden of England, it has become my adopted home county. I have lived in the Ashford area since 2002. I have served as Curate at Bethersden, High Halden and Woodchurch for the past three years. Before training for ordained ministry, I was a primary school teacher at Kingsnorth, and latterly a supply teacher whilst studying. I initially studied history and politics at the University of Kent, and completed a Masters degree in primary literacy and language education. I love stories- reading, writing and hearing them- and have been known to tread the boards in pantomime. I have two sons at Norton Knatchbull Grammar school and a younger son and daughter at Kingsnorth Primary School. You will also no doubt at some point get to meet our Labrador, Lola, and spot me in my rather aged but beloved red sports car! I am also a huge fan of Formula One, The Beatles and Bowie. 

I look forward to meeting you soon,

Rev Chris Denyer