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.

Currently, there is a 9:30am Parish Communion alternating between Smeeth and Mersham churches, which is also live-streamed. From May 2021 our 11am (and 10am in Brabourne) services will restart. 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 page for the Sunday before Pentecost, Pentecost Sunday and Trinity Sunday (which we celebrate at our Festival Church in Sellindge)

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



The Stour Downs Parish warmly invites you to their Teddy Bears Picnic - a fun event for all ages.
£8 per person
This includes a delicious homemade Picnic Box filled with sandwiches, a scone with clotted cream and jam and a selection of cakes.
You can devour your picnic from the comfort of your own home whilst enjoying some Teddy Bear themed entertainment via Zoom. There'll be Teddy Bear stories, quizzes and competitions.
There will be prizes for:
- The Oldest Bear
- The Best Dressed Bear
- The Best Bear Bonnet.
Picnic boxes can be collected between 12pm and 1pm on 19th June from any of the churches in the Stour Downs.
All money raised will go towards looking after the six wonderful churches in the Stour Downs Parish.
To book, please send us a message via the Stour Downs Facebook page.
Simply let us know how many picnic boxes you would like to order and which church you would like to collect them from.
In order to reduce the handling of cash and to keep Covid safe, we would request that, if possible, you pay using our online donation site.
http://tinyurl.com/StourDowns

Please book by Wednesday 16th June so we can ensure we have baked enough cakes and scones for everyone! 



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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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





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.