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.
INVITATION TO COMMISSIONING OF NEW RURAL DEAN
Revd. Martin Booth is to be the new Rural Dean of Sevenoaks. There will be a Commissioning Service on Thursday, 6 October 2016 at 7:30pm, at St. Mary's Church, Riverhead with Dunton Green. The Service will be led by the Ven. Clive Mansell, Archdeacon of Tonbridge. Everyone is welcome to attend, and there will be refreshments afterwards. The Invitation also provides details of robing arrangements for Clergy and Lay Ministers, and Choir.
Do have a read of the latest 'Vicar's Thoughts', dated 17 September 2016, about 'The Dishonest Steward' and the message the parable might have for us today- accessed from the main menu on the left-hand side of this front page.
FRIENDS OF ST. MARY'S CHURCH, RIVERHEAD
We would like to start up a 'Friends of St Mary's' group. This would be focused on the church in its role as a community resource, both in Riverhead and Dunton Green. We would look for the group to encourage membership and growth. The group would be seeking to put on concerts, events and other special occasions that celebrate St Mary's historical and heritage value as the centre of community life since it was built in 1831. If you are interested, or know anyone in Riverhead and Dunton Green who would enjoy being part of this, please contact The Vicar and Wardens at or call and leave a message with contact details.
TESCOS 'BAGS OF HELP' AWARD TO ST MARY'S
Having been awarded a sum of money from the Tescos' 'Bags of Help' scheme (money raised by the sale of 5p plastic bags and the allocation voted on by customers), we are now beginning to see signs in the Churchyard of work being carried out by volunteers from the North West Kent Countryside Partnership. Over the coming weeks they will, amongst other things, be trimming trees, clearing away ivy and brambles and building a living hedge, all this to encourage bio-diversity in the wildlife, and to help to make our Churchyard and surrounds more attractive. The area in front of the Church Hall is already showing signs of attention. Soon other areas will get similar treatment. They will also be building bird and bat boxes, planting wildflower plugs and bulbs, as well as a great deal more strategic clearing and tidying. They will be with us on several Thursdays so do keep an eye open for these industrious folk! Diane Williams
HOLY LAND VISIT
Having just returned from a Study Tour to Israel, it seems to me that people from St Mary's might like to make a visit in, possibly, 2018? I would be looking for it to be manageable for most people (i.e. not too much walking / inclines etc). I would also be looking to go at a 'comfortable' time of year - not too hot, not too cold (it snows in Bethlehem at Christmas). We would hope to get the cost down under £1,000 per person but it could end up being more due to exchange rates etc. Actual details would be made available much nearer the time. The more who wish to go, the slightly less expensive it might be. Would you please email or ring me if you might like to join in this trip-of-a-lifetime? Just to get an idea of interest and possible numbers. No promises either way - just a feasibility study at the moment. Revd. Martin
The Vicar will be holding children's and separate adults' confirmation classes spread over four Sunday afternoons starting from 30th October 2016. These will lead up to a confirmation service somewhere in the Shoreham Deanery on Thursday, 24th November 2016 (evening); details to follow. If you are interested in attending the classes please email or telephone Revd Martin. Please note: there is no commitment to actually going on to be confirmed, so if you are interested just in meeting up and hearing a little bit more about Christianity and what Christians believe then this could be just the thing for you! Revd Martin
MOTHERS' UNION - FPW
An MU Faith & Policy Watch, September 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). Her Majesty the Queen has also recently sent a congratulatory message to mark the 140th Anniversary.