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. 

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. 

9:30am  Sunday services are live streamed on 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.

There is a 9:30am Parish Communion alternating between Smeeth and Mersham churches, which is also live-streamed. Also, our 11am (and 10am in Brabourne) services and evening services are now being held again. Please see the Sunday Services tab above for further details.
A service sheet to use at home or print and bring along your own copy to church (there are copies prepared in church) is available on the Virtual Church.

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


Sadly, due to the recent changes in the planned lifting of Coronavirus restrictions we have had to postpone our welcome picnic for our new Curate Susan Manners until later in the summer. We will advise as to when this will be as soon as possible. We look forward to welcoming Susan to share in our 9:30 and 11:00 service on Sunday 4th July and wish her well for her ordination as Deacon on 3rd July. 

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

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 Vicar is Reverend Chris Denyer.

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

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

We look forward to welcoming Susan Manners to serve as Curate in the Stour Downs Parish from July 2021. 


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.