Notices for the week beginning Sunday 11th September 2022

The death of Her Majesty the Queen has begun a period of national mourning. The church will remain open for prayer (as it should be) between the time of Morning and Evening Prayer until the day of the State Funeral.

Next Sunday 18th September at 5 pm, the eve of Her Majesty’s funeral, in place of Evening Prayer, there will be a special Service of Commemoration with hymns. The morning’s Holy Communion will be a said service only.    

Our planned fundraising concert “Music by Moonlight” has been rearranged for 12th November.   


Proclamation of the New King

King Charles III was proclaimed King in London yesterday and that proclamation is being repeated throughout the country this weekend, this afternoon in Dartford at 3 pm from the steps of the library opposite the war memorial. All are invited to attend.   

Harvest Thanksgiving

On Sunday 25th September we give thanks to God with our harvest offerings but we also have to say goodbye to Anthea, whose appointment as the next priest for the parishes of Erith has been announced. Please sign up for the harvest lunch to be held in church after that morning’s service. Are you able to help in the provision of food for the occasion?

Charity of the Month

Our next cause for September to place before your generosity is the Diocesan Poverty and Hope Appeal, associated with Harvest. A special collection will be taken on Sunday 25th September.

This year’s projects are based in Bangladesh, Brazil, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Tanzania and more information is available at

DAODS Production

If you would like to join a party from the church to see the next production of the Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (DAODS), it’s “Hello, Dolly” on Wednesday 12th October at the Orchard Theatre and tickets are priced at £21.50 each from Jeanne Hoadley.

Friends of Kent Churches Ride & Stride

Robin and Jeanne were our striders who reached as far as Crockenhill. Thank you to all who sponsored them and any who would yet like to offer their sponsorship. Thank you also to those who gave up time to welcome visitors to St Mary’s.

Eco Board

Please consider your use of water throughout this prolonged dry spell and look at the new display on the Eco-Church Board.


This Week at St Mary’s:-

Daily (except Tuesday)

        9 am   Mattins (not Monday)

       5 pm   Evensong

 Wednesday 14th September ~ Holy Cross Day

2 pm – 4 pm Open Church

Thursday 15th September

    7.30 pm   Bell-ringing practice

Friday 16th September

        7 pm   Choir Practice

Saturday 17th September

       10 am   Parochial Church Council (in church)


Next Sunday is Trinity 14


        9 am   Mattins

      10 am   Holy Communion (said)

       5 pm   A Service of Commemoration for

                  HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Calendar & Dates

In accordance with the very practical Epiphany tradition of announcing the year’s moveable feasts, please note the following dates for 2022:  25th September – Harvest Thanksgiving; 27th November – Advent Sunday.

Hymns, Reflections & Prayers

Daily hope from the Church of England. Do share the following free phone number with anyone, especially those without access to the internet: 0800 804 8044

A Guide to getting on to Facebook

1.Type ‘Facebook’ into your computer or tablet or phone search box

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3. Enter your email address as directed and create a password that you will remember (e.g. an old address or phone number or a car registration number)

4. Enter a birth date

5. Click ‘sign up’ and an email will then be sent to you with a number code to enter into the box on the next screen.

6. Enter the code from the email into the box and click ‘continue’.

7. A message should appear to say your account is confirmed and that you will use your email address to log in. Click OK.

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