Welcome to the Stour Downs Parish.

Stour Downs

The Stour Downs parish was created in 2018, to serve the six rural communities of Brabourne, Mersham, Monks Horton, Sellindge, Smeeth and Stowting. 

The Bishop of Dover has given permission for St Mary's, Sellindge, to be designated the FIRST "Festival Church" in the Canterbury Diocese.
Read what this means as part of our vision for the future of St Mary's and the community of Sellindge here

Currently, the churches in Brabourne, Monks Horton, Stowting and Smeeth are open in the daytime as  a quiet space to reflect and pray

The next part of our phased return to worshipping in our churches is shown on the Monthly Services Page for this month. There will be measures in place to follow current guidance and capacity is unfortunately limited. Please wear a face covering.
The Sunday service at 9:30am is live streamed to the Stour Downs Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Stour-Downs-Parish-275026813134319, or you can phone into a conference call to hear the service by telephone- please see the Virtual Church page on the menu above for details. You will also be able to download a service booklet from this page for your use.

Rev Chris live streams Morning and Evening Prayer on our Stour Downs Facebook Page at 9:15am and 6:15pm Monday to Friday. 
On Monday mornings there is gathering in the Knatchbull Chapel in Mersham Church for Morning Prayer at 9:15am to which all are invited. This is live-streamed as Morning Prayer on our Facebook page, but the faces of those present are not shown (other than the leader). Please wear a face covering if attending.
There is a printable copy of the Monday Morning Prayer to use at home or in the Knatchbull Chapel, which can be downloaded here

If you need someone to talk to in these difficult times, please get in touch.

If you or someone you know would find a parcel of essential food and toiletries useful, please get in touch with the office on 01303 470791 or parishpriest@stourdowns.org.uk or Di on 013030 813398

Please visit the page "Can you help us?" on the menu to consider supporting us in these difficult financial times,  or scan this QR code and follow the instructions.
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Rev ChrisOur Priest-in-Charge is Rev Chris Denyer.

Chris can be contacted on 01303 470791 or parishpriest@stourdowns.org.uk

Find us on Twitter  @DownsStour or Facebook- Stour Downs Parish.

Our Safeguarding Officer is Judy Hawkins - contact 01233 502746 or the Parish Office 01303 470791 or safeguarding@stourdowns.org.uk

There is a safeguarding tab in the main menu. To download our Safeguarding Statement click here or view in the PDF viewer below.