About the Parish

St. Mary's Church

Welcome from the church of St Mary the Virgin Riverhead in the parish of Riverhead with Dunton Green.  

As of 1 December 2019, we are part of the West Sevenoaks Team Ministry, working alongside St.Luke's, Sevenoaks and St.Mary's, Kippington.

St Mary’s church was first consecrated in 1831 and ever since then Christian worship has been offered week by week and often day by day, the building being an expression of our faith in God’s presence with us in and through all things. Over the years many people have used it as the setting for the great events, celebrations and dramas in life from birth to death and this continues today. 

As an active part of the Christian community in the Sevenoaks area today we seek to be a worshipping witnessing people, faithful in our life of prayer and service, serving the needs of our community of whatever creed or of none. Sunday worship is at the heart of our journey, or perhaps a better word pilgrimage, through life – we join together to be fed and encouraged and the worship enriches and enables us to ‘love and serve the Lord’.

From this worship there grow other activities which include such things as study groups, nurture groups, work with children and young people, pastoral care, elderly persons lunch club and, of course, social events. We are a community involved in a diverse pattern of activities and concerns and we seek to encourage others to be involved. To sum up:

Above all we hope that all find St Mary’s to be a warm and welcoming place and that God’s presence is felt.

Who are we?

We are the Ecclesiastical Parish of Riverhead with Dunton Green (Team Vicar - Revd Andy Finn, with special responsibility for St Mary the Virgin, Riverhead with Dunton Green). 

As of 1 December 2019, we are part of the West Sevenoaks Team Ministry, working alongside St.Luke's, Sevenoaks (Team Vicar, Revd Anne Bourne, with special responsibility for St Luke's) and St.Mary's, Kippington  (Team Rector, Revd Mark Bridgen);

  • We are part of the Deanery of Sevenoaks (Area Dean, Revd Michael Gentry)
  • In the Archdeaconry of Tonbridge (Archdeacon of Tonbridge, Revd Canon Julie Conalty)
  • In the Diocese of Rochester (Bishop of Rochester, Rt Revd James Langstaff)
  • In the Province of Canterbury (Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby)
  • Part of the Church of England
  • Part of the Anglican Communion
  • Part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

What is our mission and purpose?

We, the people of God in the parish of Riverhead with Dunton Green, seek to discover and model a pattern of life that is inspired by the teaching and example of Jesus and, through study, prayer, worship and service, we invite and encourage all to work with our community so that God’s love may be known in abundant hospitality and generosity of life.