Welcome to the Stour Downs Parish.
The Stour Downs parish was created in 2018, to serve the six rural communities of Brabourne, Mersham, Monks Horton, Sellindge, Smeeth and Stowting.
Prayers and help for UKRAINE
We are continuing to pray for the people of Ukraine and peace in our daily prayers and Sunday intercessions. Please find a space to pray or for quiet reflection in our parish churches. There is a prayer space with candles set up in Smeeth Church which is open every day.
Donations of clothing, tinned and dry food, formula baby milk, sanitary products and toiletries, medical supplies including bandages and plasters, can all be dropped to Cirrus, Canterbury Road, Brabourne Lees, or contact the parish office (01303 470791).
A Prayer for The Stour Downs Parish
Loving God, we commit into your hands all who live, work, learn or worship - both online and in church buildings- within the Stour Downs Parish. Bless our communities of Brabourne, Mersham, Monks Horton, Sellindge, Smeeth and Stowting. May these be places of safety, peace and belonging for all to enjoy. Bless those who pass through, let a warm welcome be extended to both stranger and neighbour, and may the love of Christ dwell in our hearts.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Live stream of services - We are now live-streaming the first and second Sunday services
at 9:30am and Morning Prayer at 9:15am on Tuesday- Friday (Wednesday at 8:30am).
There is a 9:30am Parish Communion alternating between our churches. We also have other services at 9:30am (10am in Brabourne) and 4pm-please see the Sunday Services tab above for further details. There is a new mid-week Communion service at 9:30am in Brabourne on Wednesdays, followed by coffee.
Please see the updated Covid arrangements from 27th January 2022 available here or on the page in the menu above (current Covid arrangements), where you can also find our Parish risk assessment for Covid and church services.
The churches in Brabourne, Mersham, Monks Horton, Stowting and Smeeth are open in the daytime as a quiet space to reflect and pray.
Rev Chris and Rev Susan live stream Morning and Evening Prayer on our Stour Downs Facebook Page at 9:15am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Morning Prayer uses Common Worship and Evening Prayer follows the Northumbrian Community Evening Prayer liturgy and readings (see virtual church page for links).
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 email@example.com
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.
Find us on Twitter @DownsStour or Facebook- Stour Downs Parish.
Our Vicar is Reverend Chris Denyer.
Chris can be contacted on 01303 470791 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Curate, Reverend Susan Manners. Email email@example.com
Our Safeguarding Officer is Judy Hawkins - contact 01233 502746 or the Parish Office 01303 470791 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a safeguarding tab in the main menu. To download our Safeguarding Statement click here or view in the PDF viewer below.