Welcome to the website of St. Mary's Church, Riverhead and Dunton Green. Whether you are a first-time visitor or enquirer, or a member of our Church community, we hope the information provided will be helpful.
CELEBRATIONS AFTER THE SERVICE
Link to photos of our celebrations, following our 9:30am service on Sunday, 12 June 2016. The celebrations had to be held in the Church Hall, due to inclement weather. Thank you to everyone who helped with the organisation; including Sunday School who helped with preparing the food and decorations
CELEBRATING HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN'S 90TH BIRTHDAY
Collects for use in services celebrating Her Majesty The Queen's ninetieth birthday this year:
Heavenly Father, who hast brought our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth to the completion of her ninetieth year, and dost gather her people in celebration of the same: grant that we, rejoicing before thee with thankful hearts, may ever be united in love and service to one another, and her kingdom flourish in prosperity and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Heavenly Father, as we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, receive our heartfelt thanks for all that you have given her in these ninety years and for all that she has given to her people. Continue, we pray, your loving purposes in her, and as you gather us together in celebration, unite us also in love and service to one another; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
RSCM MUSIC SUNDAY
St.Mary's is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), and this was one of our chosen charities for last year. Because of the problems with the organ, we postponed a collection until such time as the new organ was in place. The RSCM has a Music Sunday every year, when funds can be raised both for the RSCM, and all that it does to support music in our Churches, and also for music in our own Church. Her Majesty The Queen is Patron of the RSCM, so this year we will be marking a double celebration. There was a retiring collection for the RSCM's 50:50 Appeal after the 9:30am service on Sunday, 12 June 2016, so that proceeds could be split between the charity and our own musical needs. There was a strong focus on music within the 9:30am service. Thank you to everyone who contributed, and who came and supported the choir and organists!
DEDICATION OF NEW ORGAN & FUNDRAISING FOR SKET
At our Family Communion 9:30am Service on 5 June 2016, we welcomed The Venerable Clive Mansell, our Archdeacon, who led the service and dedicated our new organ. The theme of the service was 'helping others and our neighbours'.
We also welcomed again David Debenham, and his wife Jane, from Sevenoaks Kenya Education Trust (SKET); their visit coincided with our annual effort to raise funds to sponsor Valerie, in Kenya, so that she can receive a good education. You can hear extracts from the service by pressing the 'Read More' button.
Do have a read of the latest 'Vicar's Thoughts', dated 14 May 2016, about 'Pentecost and Trinity' - accessed from the main menu on the left-hand side of this front page.
MOTHERS' UNION - FPW
An MU Faith & Policy Watch, June 2016, document is available. You can view the document by following this link.
Information about the MU's 140th Anniversary in 2016 has been received - please see our MU page (Church Groups/MU).
A copy of the 'Wave of Prayer' booklet can be accessed via this link. Our designated day is Friday, 15 July 2015, between 1pm and 5pm; we can do this privately within these times.