Notices for the week beginning Sunday 21st March 2021
Holy Communion whilst in lockdown
It is really important for us to remember that permission to assemble is for worship alone. We cannot socialise and there should be no mixing of households, and please don’t linger once the service has ended. In addition to using hand sanitizer on entrance and exit and (unless exempt) wearing a face covering throughout your time inside the church, please also observe the following precautions for Holy Communion:-
Refrain from singing whilst in the building, however tempted you may be. You may, of course, want to read any texts that are sung;
Refrain from all touch during the Peace as well as at other times;
Maintain the 2-metre distance between yourself and others, especially taking care when coming forward for Communion;
Use the central aisle to come forward to the altar and the side aisles to return to your seats (this will mean that those seated at the sides need to go to the back of the church first and join the central aisle before coming forward);
Hold out your hands in front of you to receive Communion, first removing your face covering and then replacing it again immediately afterwards.
It’s that time of year when we revise the electoral roll of the church, our membership list, and add names of those not already enrolled. If you are over 16, baptized and live in Stone or regularly attend church (this year including virtually) you may be added. Ask the rector for a form and apply by next Sunday 28th March.
Church Spring Clean
Thank you to those who have volunteered already to clean the church thoroughly before Holy Week. That begins tomorrow. If you have not already offered and can spare some time, please speak to Robin Hergest.
Don’t forget that the clocks go forward one hour next Sunday morning.
At this time tinned meat, tinned fish, pasta sauces and squash (the juice, not the vegetable) are particularly needed. Donations in church or at the rectory please.
A Gift to support the work of St Mary’s
Many of you responded generously with an extra gift to fill the hole in our 2020 fundraising. THANK YOU!
As we enter a new financial year your gifts of cash or cheques are still most welcome, or electronically: the church account is sort code 60-06-33, a/c 16570987. Please note our new JustGiving facility on this website here or install the Easy Fundraising reminder as you shop on line. Don’t forget Gift Aid too.
This Week at St Mary’s:-
Daily (except Tuesday)
9 am Mattins
5 pm Evensong
7 pm “Good night from St Mary’s” (on Facebook)
Wednesday 24th March
10 am Coffee Morning (on Zoom – please respond to the
2-4 pm Church open for private prayer
7.30 pm Lent Bible Fellowship (on Zoom – please respond
to the e-mail invitation)
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday (Lent 6)
9 am Mattins
10 am Holy Communion (on Facebook)
12 noon The Peace (on Zoom – please respond to the e-mail invitation)
5 pm Evensong
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
Palm Sunday 28th March
10 am Holy Communion with Blessing of Palms
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
7 pm Night Prayers on Zoom
Wednesday 31st March
10 am Holy Communion (BCP)
Maundy Thursday 1st April
7 pm Communion of the Lord’s Supper & Watch
Good Friday 2nd April
10 am Veneration of the Cross
12 noon to 3 pm - Church open for private prayer
Easter Eve 3rd April
10 pm Lighting of Paschal Fire & Easter Vigil
Easter Day 4th April
10 am Holy Communion & Renewal of Baptismal Promises
Calendar & Dates
Please note the following dates for 2021: 10th January – Baptism of Christ; 17th February – Ash Wednesday; 4th April – Easter Day; 13th May – Ascension Day; 23rd May – Pentecost; 3rd May – Corpus Christi; 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
Stamps for Multiple Sclerosis
Did you know that used stamps are being collected on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society? Save them from your Christmas correspondence and drop them in the bag pinned to the back noticeboard when the church building is next able to be open.
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.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
You are invited to give consent that we may contact you from time to time. To continue hearing from us or to join our contact list for the first time please complete the online form on our website or the sheet available in church. Our privacy notices are on the noticeboard in church and our website here www.stmarystone.org/gdpr.