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  • Welcome! We are the Darent Valley Benefice: one church community, three church buildings:

    St Mary's Horton Kirby, St Margaret's Darenth and St John's Sutton-at-Hone

    ** Churchwardens **

    St Mary's, Horton Kirby contact Mrs Williams on 01322 862 551

    St Margaret's, Darenth contact Mrs James on 01474 703 497 or Mrs North on 07790 287 877

    St John's, Sutton-at-Hone contact Mrs de Winton on 01322 863 869

    ** The Vicar and the Vicarage **

    The Vicar - Revd Emma Young 

    Currently on maternity leave: please contact one of the churchwardens above with any enquiries.

    The Vicarage is at Lane End (off Darenth Hill), Green Street Green Road, Darenth, Kent DA2 7JR 07563 276794

    ** Safeguarding **

    If you have any questions about safeguarding, or need to report an issue, the Darent Valley Benefice's Safeguarding Officer is Sue James, who may be contacted on 01474 703497.

    The policy statement "Promoting a Safer Church" can be read here.

    The diocesan safeguarding team can be called on 01634 560000 or find out more here.


    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, public worship is currently suspended and we are not permitted to open our churches.

    For information however, our usual monthly Sunday service pattern is below:

    • 1st Sunday St Mary's, Horton Kirby:
      10am - Family Communion 
    • 2nd Sunday - St Margaret's Darenth:
      10am - Family Communion
    • 3rd Sunday - St John's, Sutton at Hone:
      10am - Family Communion
    • 4th Sunday - check this page for venue:
      8.30am - Holy Communion (1662)
      10am - Family Praise
    • 5th Sunday - check this page for venue:
      10am - Cafe Communion

    We are pleased to announce that Sunday services will begin at 10am, as usual. They will not be services of Holy Communion, but will be shorter services of prayer, readings and reflection. Hymn singing isn’t yet permitted, but there will be music.

    All services will take place at St John’s Sutton-at-Hone. It is our biggest space, which is important as social distancing between households must be observed in the church. (St Mary’s and St Margaret’s will continue to be open mid-week for sessions of private prayer.) Please see the calendar for the dates, times and churches


    This is for private prayer; not for worship, communal prayers nor for gatherings of any sort. Please note that the toilets remain closed. If you are feeling unwell or have symptons of COVID-19 we ask you to follow the guidance and stay at home. Those in vulneralbe groups should adhere to the latest NHS advice.


    The safety of everyone is our primary concern. Following government and Church of England guidance and regulations we have completed a risk assessment and introduced the following measures:

    STEWARDING - Volinteers will be present at church to welcome visitors and to oversee hygiene and social distancing.

    HYGIENE - There is a hand sanitiser station at the entrance to the church. Please ensure that you use this as you enter and leave the building.

    SOCIAL DISTANCING - At all times please respect other people and maintain a 2m distance.

    SEATING - if you wish to sit and pray, a number of pews/seats are available. Please do not enter the cordoned-off pews. Kneelers and cushions are not available for use at this time.