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Notices for the week beginning Sunday 29th January 2023


Holy Communion at 7 pm on Thursday 2nd February will be a said service but will still include the blessing and of candles.

Eco-Church Board Updated

Please take a look at the information about Spring Awakening, take seeds and be part of our drive to renew the earth.   

Mary’s Child

Please don’t forget while you are doing your shopping to order a few items for others and put them in the Mary’s Child trolley. Tinned pies, fish and meats are always good things to get.

Parish Breakfast

Look out for this after Family Service on the second Sunday of the month, beginning on Sunday 12th February. Mothers’ Union are taking the lead on this initiative.

Mary’s Child

Volunteers for food and fun events are sought at lunchtime on Monday 13th to Thursday 16th February. Please contact Jude Andrews on 07512 460221 if you can help.

Ash Wednesday

The Lenten season of self-denial begins on Wednesday 22nd February. Holy Communion with imposition of ashes takes place at 7 pm. The school service will be in church at 2 pm.  

Margaret Bower, R.I.P.

Following Margaret’s unexpected passing at Christmas, her funeral has been arranged for Friday 24th February at 10 am in church. Please do feel free to attend.

Walk the Medway

On 25th February it will be ten years since Kenneth set out on his walk to Lincoln. On this first Saturday in Lent and subsequent Saturdays, join him in tracing the course of the river Medway from source to mouth. More details to follow.

Quiz Night

A proposed quiz night is proposed for Saturday 18th March. Start brushing up on your general knowledge!

Pentecost Journey

Please can you set aside the week of 22nd to 26th May for this event which takes the schoolchildren through the events of Pentecost. Experience suggests that all hands are needed.


The new Bishop of Rochester will be visiting Dartford Deanery to baptize and confirm on Sunday 28th May (Whitsunday). Please consider now whether this is the moment for you so that adequate preparation can be given.

Vera Woodward, R.I.P.

Vera’s funeral has been arranged for Thursday 23rd February at 10.30 am. Please do feel free to attend.

Charity of the Month ~ Porchlight

If you would like to support the work of Porchlight with homeless people across Kent, there is still the opportunity to donate in the Offerings box. More about Porchlight’s activities can be discovered on their website


This Week at St Mary’s: -

Daily (except Tuesday)

        9 am   Mattins (not Thursday, Saturday)

       5 pm   Evensong


Wednesday 1st February

     2-4 pm   Open Church

    7.30 pm   Bible Fellowship (at the rectory)

Thursday 2nd February ~ The Presentation of Our Lord

        7 pm   Holy Communion (said) & Blessing of Candles           

        8 pm   Bell-ringing practice

Friday 3rd January

    1.30 pm   Funeral of Rosemary Bremer

        7 pm   Choir Practice


Next Sunday is Septuagesima Sunday

         9 am   Mattins

      10 am   Holy Communion

11.30 am   Burial of Ashes Noreen Russell

       5 pm   Evensong

Calendar & Dates

In accordance with the very practical Epiphany tradition of announcing the year’s moveable feasts, please note the following dates for 2023: 8th January – Baptism of Christ; 22nd February – Ash Wednesday; 9th April – Easter Day; 16th April - Annual Parochial Church Meeting; 6th May – Coronation of His Majesty the King; 18th May – Ascension Day; 28th May – Pentecost; 10th June – Summer Fair; 11th June – Corpus Christi (transferred); 24th September – Harvest Thanksgiving; 3rd December – 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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