Notices for the week beginning Sunday 30th May 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. 

Churchyard Tidy-up

The next scheduled churchyard working party is next Saturday 5th June from 9 am and we hope to hire a chipper to reduce some of the cuttings. There are jobs for all levels of engagement from light snipping and feeding the workers to more heavy-duty pruning and feeding the machine.

Mayoral Blessing

In anticipation of freer mingling, the new Mayor of Dartford, Cllr. Rosanna Currans has asked to come to St Mary’s on Sunday 27th June for a blessing at the 10 am service and to dedicate her year of service to God.

our diary for a party in the rectory garden.

Bishop of Rochester’s Retirement

After 10½ years in office, Bishop James retires in July of this year. Anyone wishing to contribute to his leaving collection can do so via the Rector or directly (The Rochester Diocesan Society and Board of Finance, account number 90760099, Sort code 20 54 29, reference “Bishop James Gift”). A farewell service at the Cathedral will be broadcast on the internet on 3rd July and may even be open to a congregation.

Prayer Picnic

Come to a picnic in Worcester Park on Saturday 24th July from 11 am to 2 pm. A time of listening and sharing as we get together after the year of pandemic.

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

Whilst it is impossible to be definite at the moment, 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.

Memorial service

A special memorial service for our friend Graham Harris is planned for Wednesday 30th June at 11 am with the interment of his ashes in the churchyard following. Do please attend, if you can

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:-

Daily (except Tuesday)

        9 am   Mattins

       5 pm   Evensong

       7 pm   Good night from St Mary’s (on Facebook)

 

Wednesday 2nd June

       10 am   Coffee Morning (on Zoom – please respond to the e-mail invitation)

     2-4 pm   Church open for private prayer

Thursday 3rd June ~ Corpus Christi Day

        7 pm   Holy Communion & Benediction  

Friday 4th June

        7 pm   Choir practice

                 

Next Sunday is Trinity 1

 

        9 am   Mattins    

      10 am   Holy Communion (on Facebook)

       5 pm   Evensong

Calendar & Dates

Please note the following dates for 2021: -

3rd June – 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.

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​​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.