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

As a phased return to worshipping in our church buildings, our next service is at Smeeth Church on 2nd August. There will be measures in place to follow current guidance and capacity is unfortunately limited. The Sunday service at 9:30am will also be 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 instructions on the page called "Virtual Church" on the menu above, where you can also download a service sheet.

We would welcome feedback about the impact of our virtual services online or by phone during "lockdown", either click on the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HN7CMB3 or scan the QR code below with a smartphone. Thank you


Rev Chris live streams Morning and Evening Prayer from The Rectory on our Stour Downs Facebook Page at 9am and 6pm for Evening Prayer. 

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

This video explains how you might be able to support our work during this time.
Please email office@stourdowns.org.uk or scan this QR code if you can help.QR code

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.