Benefice Diary

Here’s the monthly Diary for the A20 Benefice of six churches – Brabourne, Smeeth, Monks Horton, Stowting, Mersham and Sellindge. The Diary lists all the services and social events in the Benefice

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Kathy’s monthly newsletter:


Dear All,

We’re already into the season of Harvest Thanksgiving and may I remind you that we have a Combined Parish Harvest Thanksgiving service at St. Mary’s Stowting this coming Sunday, 30th September at 10am. This will be our first opportunity to join in worship with our new priest in charge, Rev Chris Denyer and it would be great if we could all be there to support him.

Services for October reflect one major difference, almost all Holy Communion services will be led by Chris, and as usual, most other services will be lay-led.  In addition to having our corporate Harvest Thanksgiving at Stowting, Harvest is a theme well developed throughout the Parish with additional services in most of our churches: Brabourne School’s Harvest Thanksgiving is on Friday 5th; there are Harvest services at Mersham and Sellindge on 7th, and indeed, Sellindge is making a veritable weekend of Harvest on 6th and 7th, so please do call in at the church at some time over the weekend. Harvest Evensong at Monks Horton on 28th completes our Harvest Thanksgiving.  But there are many more services in October……

Family Services, all very relaxed and accessible, take place at Brabourne on the first Sunday, 7th, at Smeeth on the second Sunday, 14th, and at Stowting on the third Sunday, 21st.  Leaders this month are Kathy Smith, Di Dawson and Philip Richter respectively. There is Morning Praise at Mersham on 21st, led by Georgia Reed, and also Evensong at Brabourne, led by John Selden. This will be Brabourne’s last Evensong this year.  On 28th there is Morning Praise at Smeeth led by Di Dawson, and at Sellindge, Party Praise led by Sarah-Marie Collins.  Finally, please don’t forget that there is Morning Prayer every Monday at Mersham at 8.30am, a peaceful and reflective time.  A service out of the norm at Brabourne on 20th celebrates the Annual District Meeting of Kent Bellringers.  All are welcome at all of these services.

In addition to services, social activities in the Parish are numerous in October. On 3rd and 17th are Mersham’s two Craft Mornings where items are made for sale at Coffee Mornings or at Christmas, all proceeds going to the church.  All support is welcomed – details in the Diary. On 5th, First Friday meets at Brabourne Church for drinks and nibbles from 6-7pm. This month Caroline and Poppy Hollis are hosting the evening so please do come along, it’s always good fun and all are welcome.  Saturday 6th provides an opportunity for continuous pleasure with churchyard tidying from 9.30 at Brabourne, then a Coffee and Tea Morning (with cake!) at Mersham, and from 12 noon, a Ploughman’s Lunch at Sellindge.  What a brilliant way to spend a Saturday!

Knit and Natter meets in Smeeth Oak Room on 12th so please bring your craftwork (or not) and enjoy chatting over a cuppa. There’s another great Film Night at Mersham on 12th and this time the word ‘sixpence’ appears in the film title.  This really is vintage cinema with tea, coffee, popcorn and choc-ices to be enjoyed during the film. On 26th Bernard Farrant is the speaker at Fridays@3, his subject – ’Having a smallholding’.  And as you all know, there is always a delicious tea at these events. Finally, on 30th there is another of Smeeth’s excellent Coffee Mornings in aid of the church, this time, courtesy of Julie and Alistair Guthrie at 61 Prospect Way, Brabourne Lees.  Please do come along.

The rich list of services and events in our Parish Diary shows just how much the church has to offer.  Thank you to all who participate in any way. Please continue with your support as this is a sure means of strengthening social networks and generating happiness within our communities.

All good wishes,


Kathy Embleton-Smith                                         Chair Brabourne Church Management Team