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. 

Current Coronavirus Restrictions and Worship
As part of the Government's latest measures to control the spread of Coronavirus, gathering for worship in church buildings will not be permitted from the 5th November until the 2nd December. 
However, we will have a Sunday service at 9:30am 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.

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

Rev Chris live streams Morning and Evening Prayer on our Stour Downs Facebook Page at 9:15am and 6:15pm Monday to Friday https://www.facebook.com/Stour-Downs-Parish-275026813134319

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 01303 813398

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. 

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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Support Sellindge Churchyard Project when you shop at the Co-Op

The Co-Op Local Community Fund is supporting our project to create a wildlife area for all the community and improve the appearance and accessibility of the churchyard at St Mary’s, Sellindge.

When the wildlife area and improved churchyard projects are completed, the community, particularly families and older people, will be able to enjoy walks, wildlife spotting and learning about the natural environment. In creating this space, the community can come together to help work on preparing the wildlife area and improving the churchyard, promoting positive well-being and community spirit.

Please select St Mary’s Sellindge as a cause to support when you shop at the Co-Op by following this link: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/47395

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

Comfort and Joy - Christmas 2020

We are pleased to be part of the Church of England's Christmas campaign - Comfort and Joy. Advent and Christmas Services have been added - please see the Advent and Christmas page and monthly services for further details.
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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.