Stour Provost

We are delighted to anounce that the Revd Clare Dean will be joining us in October. But while we are still in vacancy please contact the Church Warden (Who’s Who) or use the Contact Us page to get in touch, thank you.

Stour Vale Benefice takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

Please click here to see our Benefice Safeguarding Policy

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Benefice Safeguarding Officer,  Jeremy Stanford         07766 071538

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,  Suzy Futcher (Mon – Thurs) 07500 664800 – or Jem Carter (Tues – Fri) 07469857888 –


Decorated with flowers

Decorated as part of the 2011 Flower Festival

Welcome to the webpages for the Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels’, Stour Provost, Dorset (Stour Provost is also known as Stower Provost). Local or visitor, we hope you find the infomation you seek here. Regular church-goer or not, you will be welcome at any of our events; committed Christian or enquirer all are welcome at our services. (Although St. Michael’s is a Church of England Church, you don’t have to be a member to worship with us).

Stour Provost Church is one of a group of seven Anglican churches in the north of Dorset which form the Stour Vale Benefice; the parishes are shown in the menus above.

Life events

covered with flowers!

The font

As the Stour Provost Parish Church we are here to serve all those who live in the parish and may be able to help others with connections to the village too.  If you are looking to arrange a baptism or wedding at St. Michael’s Church, or if you are interested in being confirmed, please contact the Benefice Administrator who will be happy to provide the information you need.

Funerals are usually arranged by the Funeral Director but we do have more information about church funerals here to help you think about what you would like.

Visiting us

the picture also includes sheep and the cokerel of the encounter when Peter denied knowing Jesus

Jesus and Peter

The “where we are” page shows the location of our church on a map, and also information for use with maps / GPS. Parking is possible alongside the churchyard in Church Lane.

The Church of St Michael & All Angels,
Stour Provost, Gillingham
SP8 5RZ.

Stower Provost Primary School

We have a good relationship with the School; regular reports from the school appear in Octavo and the school join in with church activities such as the flower festival held in 2011.


What creativity!

The Church of St. Michael and All Angels


The chancel

It is wonderful to have a building to worship in in which God has been praised since 1302, a reminder that the church is for people of all generations, and those subsequent generations have left their mark in the form of additions and modifications of the building. You can read more about this on our history page.


The Church from the south-west

If your ancestors came from here our family history page may help you (nb we don’t hold old parish registers in the church – they are in the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester).

However, an old building also brings a  not-insignificant task of maintenance, and we are constantly having to raise money. If you would like to make a donation please contact our treasurer.