THIS MONTH'S  NEWS

                                                                        stour downs


Free Community BBQ! 

As an end of summer get-together, Sellindge Christians Together are holding a FREE community BBQ at the Durling Village Hall in Sellindge on 1st September from 12pm (this is in place of the usual 11am service).


Harvest Service and Tea

We meet at Monks Horton at 3pm on Sunday 29th September for a Harvest Service followed by a Harvest Tea. Come along to this beautiful spot in the Parish and enjoy some tasty treats together. Monks Horton postcode is TN25 6DT.


Film Night

Mersham film nights return on the Friday 13th September at 7pm in St John the Baptist Church. Movie time snacks and refreshments available. Keep an eye on our facebook page for details of this month's film.


Walk Church

Walk Church sets off from Smeeth Church on Sunday 22nd September at 2pm. Walk church is an experimental congregation, that offers church,  in the “Cathedral of the natural world”.  Walking time is about 2 hours but this includes stops along the way for prayer, reading, and discussion.  
 Please bring suitable  footwear, and clothing for the outdoors.   Well-behaved dogs welcome but must be kept under close control. Parking available. Contact Revd Alex Bienfait on 01580 281454, or see www.sbcofe.org and click the Walk Church tab.


Grave Talk

A café space to talk about death, dying and funerals. 11th September 10:30-11:30 in the Oak Room. It’s not easy to talk about death, dying and funerals. Gravetalk is designed to get the conversation started. This is a space to explore questions together, supported by Earls Funeral Directors, Cruse Bereavement and your local church. Coffee/tea and cake provided free of charge. All welcome.


Ride 'n Stride

The Kent Ride 'n Stride takes place on the 14th September- walk or cycle to as many churches as you can. If you get a sponsor form from church you can raise money for one of our local churches. 


Tasty Treats

Our usual tasty treats and time to chat take place around the Parish: the First Friday Social Hour at Brabourne from 6pm on 6th September; Mersham Coffee Morning on Saturday 7th September from 10am; Knit and Knatter on 13th September in the Oak Room at 2:30pm; and Fridays@3 on the 27th September at 3pm in The Oak Room


Craft

The Mersham craft group meets on 4th and 18th September at 10am. 

On the 4th September we begin a Harvest Craft Project, creating a tapestry from natural materials for our Harvest celebrations this year. Come along to Mersham Church from 10am to take part and learn more. This will continue in the following weeks at Sellindge (11th), then Stowting (18th), Brabourne (25th) and Smeeth and Monks Horton on the first Wednedays of October. 


Gift Days

Smeeth Church hold a Gift Day on 14th September and Mersham Church hold a Gift Day on 21st September from 10am-2pm on the Oaklands Green.


Our new Café Church at The Oak Room Smeeth meets again on the 11th July at 9:30am. Come and try a taste of something new!


Breakfast Church continues with "Hands on Harvest" breakfast and craft at Stowting School Hall from 9:15am on Saturday 28th September.


Please do get in touch if you need a lift to any event- and you're welcome to bring a friend or two. 

See the Sunday Services tab above for details of our services this month.


 Email office@stourdowns.org.uk for further details of any events.


Download a copy of the September diary here