Stour Downs

Smeeth Mersham Brabourne Monks Horton Stowting Sellindge


6th March marks the beginning of Lent, a journey of discovery, an opportunity to journey to the foot of the cross, to be challenged by the sacrifice and reassured by the resurrection.

In this time of reflection in Lent, there are Lent Lunches at Smeeth Oak Room on Fridays at 12-2pm from 15th March to 5th April, in which there will be a chance to explore the ministry of Vincent Van Gogh and the film Loving Vincent. This year in the Stour Downs there is the opportunity to celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a Pancake Party at 3pm on 3rd March at Mersham, and to reflect and prepare for the start of Lent at an Ash Wednesday service on 6th March at 10am in Brabourne and 7pm in Sellindge. There is also our Lent Challenge to “virtually” walk from Durham Cathedral to Smeeth (via cathedrals on the way) on a treadmill at the Oak Room!

Don't forget that we celebrate the 1st birthday of the new parish on the 9th March with a detective trail and coffee & cake/ lunches/ afternoon teas around the six churches, culminating with Pimms & Hymns at Smeeth at 5pm. You can download a detective trail booklet here (to print double-sided) or pick one up in any of our churches

Launching this MARCH...! Breakfast Church on a Saturday morning from 9:15-10:45am. Family fun- craft, story, interactive prayer- and breakfast! Launches at Sellindge on 30th March. Catch it on tour around the six communities in the parish during 2019.

As usual, there’s coffee mornings, Knit and Knatter, Fridays@3, First Fridays, Craft mornings and even a quiz night… have a look at the diary. Please do get in touch if you need a lift- and you're welcome to bring a friend or two. We do have a variety of services across our Parish led by a talented team of lay leaders, in addition to the Communion services. Again, have a look at the diary, and if you need a lift , please get in touch.

The APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting)-  where you can find out what has been happening and where we are going in the Stour Downs Parish, as well as the finances and election of wardens and PCC members-  will take place on Thursday 25th April at 7pm in Sellindge School Hall.

If you would like to have a vote at this meeting, you need to be on the electoral roll of the Stour Downs Parish- a new roll begins on the 10th April 2019 (and replaces ALL previous rolls) Download an application form here and return it to the Office at The Rectory, Church Road, Smeeth TN25 6SA (ASAP).


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