Notices for the week beginning Sunday 27th June 2021

 

Stay COVID-safe

With Coronavirus regulations now permitting six people from different households to be indoors together there is yet more flexibility about sharing pews, but let’s not push it. Please remember HANDS – FACE – SPACE. Sadly, congregational singing indoors is still not allowed, but remember that you may read all the texts. To that end the hymn books will be put out.   

Thank you for all your co-operation with the ongoing Coronavirus precautions. 

Bishop of Rochester’s Retirement

After 10½ years in office, Bishop James retires next weekend when on Saturday 3rd July at 3 pm a farewell service at the Cathedral will be broadcast on the internet. It features a short snippet from Stone bellringers.

Charity of the Month

Next Sunday 4th July there will be a special collection for projects supported by the diocesan Poverty & Hope Appeal 2021. Amongst other projects, P&H is continuing to support for the fourth year children in Sri Lanka traumatized by experiences of exploitation and abuse, through a programme of advocacy and rehabilitation. This forms part of the Church of England’s commitment to help victims of modern slavery. 

May O’Neill, R.I.P.

May’s funeral has been arranged for Friday 16th July at 11 am in church and this will a month to the day after her death. You are all most welcome to attend but, with the Covid regulations still applying, please signal your intention to be present so that a seating plan may be drawn up.  

Prayer Picnic

Come and bring a picnic to Saxon Park on Saturday 24th July for some time between 11 am to 2 pm. A time of listening and sharing as we get together after the year of pandemic.

Ethlyn Roy-Johnson

Ethlyn is to be ordained as a deacon at the cathedral on 25th September to serve in the parish of St Augustine, Slade Green. And so, she leaves us.  Our formal farewell to her is on Sunday 25th July to give time for spiritual adjustment and preparation.  

Cemetery Blessing

The annual service in Stone Cemetery Chapel, St James Lane is scheduled for 3 pm on Sunday 25th July which is St James’ Day.

Mary’s Child

Whilst you do your weekly shop, don’t forget to buy something to put into the trolley for local vulnerable families and individuals. Soup, tinned meat (hot dogs, curries, stews), tinned fish, squash, UHT milk, tinned fruit, coffee and sugar are all good buys.

St Mary’s Day

Our patronal festival 15th August falls on a Sunday this year and it would be a fine opportunity for a social gathering once again. Please mark the date in your diary for a party in the rectory garden.

Stay COVID-safe

With Coronavirus regulations now permitting six people from different households to be indoors together there is yet more flexibility about sharing pews, but let’s not push it. Please remember HANDS – FACE – SPACE. Sadly, congregational singing indoors is still not allowed, but remember that you may read all the texts. To that end the hymn books will be put out.   

Thank you for all your co-operation with the ongoing Coronavirus precautions.

This Week at St Mary’s:-

        9 am   Mattins (not Monday)

       5 pm   Evensong

              

Wednesday 30th June

       11 am   Memorial Service for Graham Harris

     2-4 pm   Church open for private prayer

    7.30 pm   Bible Fellowship (on Zoom – please respond to  the e-mail invitation)

Thursday 1st July

        7 pm   Bell ringing practice  

                 

Next Sunday is Trinity 5

 

        9 am   Mattins    

      10 am   Holy Communion (on Facebook)  with Holy Baptism Kirsty Duffy

  12 noon   Holy Baptism Sienna Lucas

       5 pm   Evensong

Calendar & Dates

Please note the following dates for 2021: -

26th September – Harvest Thanksgiving; 28th 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

2. Click the link ‘log into Facebook’ and you will arrive at a screen which will let you create your own account.

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.

8. To find the St Mary’s page type st mary the virgin church stone-next-dartford into the search box at the top of the screen and then click the first post on the screen that appears next to see the most recent posts.

9. To make sure you see all new posts from St Mary’s as they appear, click the ‘Like’ button (the thumbs up symbol).

10. If you only want to follow St Mary’s this is all you have to do.

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