In a time of plague
Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, help and deliverance unto us who are visited with grievous sickness and mortality.
Sanctify to us this our sore distress, and prosper with thy continual blessing those who labour to devise for mankind protection against distress and pain: through him who both healed and hallowed pain, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Worship at St Mary's
Since restrictions have eased somewhat, we continue, very warily to offer the opportunity for a congregation of 30, maximum, to gather at the Sunday morning service of the Holy Communion, subject to distancing and hygiene measures.
Churchgoers, please be prepared to use hand sanitizer on entrance and exit and follow directions as to where to sit. Unless you are from the same household, please also maintain the required 2 metre distance from others. Lastly a register of names and contact details of those attending will be kept in order to assist “track and trace” should we be alerted of any Covid cases.
Since Sunday 9th August it is compulsory to wear a face-mask in church – sorry, but it is deemed a protection for others.
The service will be streamed to our Facebook page for you to follow at home and it may be the wiser choice to stay at home. It would greatly assist planning if you would e-mail email@example.com to signal your desire to come to church in person, as we may have to move towards a ticketing system.
Collections in church
If you would like to make a donation to support the work of St Mary's you can do so in person by placing it in the box at the back of the church or, alternatively, via our Just Giving page here:
There is help for your daily prayers on the Church of England's website in the form of a daily 'prayer feed' which can be found here :-
Safeguarding – find out more and what to do if you have a concern here.
St Mary's is sometimes dubbed 'Little Westminster' and said to be one of the finest churches in Kent. It has stood as a place of regular worship and symbol of the Christian community in Stone since the 13th Century. It serves a parish that extends from the Thames to Watling Street and from Greenhithe village to the M25.
The building, which is mentioned in many architectural and tour guides, is a hidden surprise to the many visitors each year who come to delight in its quiet beauty from both near and far. Known for centuries as the Lantern of Kent because of its position on the top of the hill overlooking the River Thames, it was seen as a sign of safe haven by sailors returning home.
It still stands as a lantern above the surrounding new development and can be seen from the Queen Elizabeth II bridge as one crosses the Thames into Kent. Its importance as a constant feature in the landscape remains whilst the surrounding area changes.
We look forward to welcoming you to back to St Mary's when we can freely open our doors once more to this place of welcome, prayer, healing and peace.
A place to meet and grow in Christ through worship, quiet contemplation, sacrament and encounter.
Christ is our cornerstone. We meet in his name and for his sake.
Whatever your background or your circumstances you are welcome to join the community which brings life to this beautiful and inspiring building that has served as Stone's spiritual centre for over 700 years.
Our ancestors nicknamed St Mary's "The Lantern of Kent" and it is our aim to be a beacon of light and hope for all in need, and in Jesus' name to shine out both the justice and the love of God.