Welcome to the Stour Downs Parish.

Stour Downs

Our Vision

Rooted in our six communities, the churches of the Stour Downs Parish connect with people of all ages and stages of life and faith, and together we grow in fellowship and share the love of God, showing this to the world around through prayer and action. 



The Stour Downs parish was created in 2018, to serve the six rural communities of Brabourne, Mersham, Monks Horton, Sellindge, Smeeth and Stowting. 

You can get a flavour of our parish life in the images here.

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 mid-week Communion service at 9:30am in Brabourne each  Wednesday. 


Congratulations to Jackie, George and Joy who were confirmed by Bishop Rose at Canterbury Cathedral.
confirmation group confirmation group

Take a look at our "Round the Stour Downs" news sheet tab above for what is going on and also the "what's on" tab, plus some tasters of events coming up can be viewed below.








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. 

Join our live stream on the Stour Downs Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Stour-Downs-Parish-275026813134319

Live stream of services - We live-stream the first and second Sunday services at 9:30am 


Please see the updated Covid arrangements 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 the Stour Downs are open in the daytime as a quiet space to reflect and pray



If you or someone you know would find a parcel of essential food and toiletries useful, please get in touch by phone 07526 688826 or vicar@stourdowns.org.uk 

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

Parish Office: Unit 15, Park Barn, Evegate, Station Road, Smeeth


Rev Chris


Our Vicar is Reverend Chris Carnaby- Denyer.

Chris can be contacted on 07526 688826/ 01303 761972 or email vicar@stourdowns.org.uk

Revd Susan Manners

Our Curate is Reverend Susan Manners. Susan can be contacted on 01233 500414 or email  revsusanmanners@gmail.com

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Sian Hall - email safeguarding@stourdowns.org.uk or phone 07725 859206


There is a safeguarding tab in the main menu.