Notices for the week beginning Sunday 20th September 2020 

 

Holy Communion during the Pandemic

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 joining the choir in singing whilst in the building, however tempted you may be. You may, of course, want to read the texts while they are being 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.

Thank you.  

Communion is given by intincted wafers, that is, the Body and Blood of Christ received in one. This is not the intinction forbidden in the Coronavirus guidelines, whereby individuals dip their wafer in the common cup, but instead the customary method for reserving the Sacrament in which the priest alone places a droplet of wine on each individual wafer.

The service will continue to be streamed to our Facebook page for you to follow at home.

Harvest Thanksgiving

Donations of tins and produce at this year’s festival next week will be blessed and go to our Mary’s Child charity. If you want to give money instead, why not consider the Poverty & Hope appeal?  

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

For the election of churchwardens and lay representatives, this will take place after morning service on Sunday 4th October (Dedication Festival). It will be a physical meeting in the church with Zoom participation for those who want it. Please try to attend in either manner.

Evensong at 5 pm that day will be sung by the choir and livestreamed to our Facebook page.

Friends of Kent Churches’ Ride & Stride

Thank you for your sponsorship of Robin and Jeanne who visited 16 churches last weekend. Any more?  

POVERTY AND HOPE

At Harvestide our church has regularly supported the diocesan appeal. If you would like to find out more about this year’s appeal and the causes being supported please refer to the diocesan website www.rochester.anglican.org/poverty-and-hope

Donation envelopes are available for you to take and bring back, or electronic payments may be made to the church account (please ask if unsure about this).

Collection

Whilst the we are not able to pass the collection plate, donations may still be made in the offerings box at the back of church. Thank you to all who support St Mary’s via direct giving through the bank, and for the extras you have offered in this time of pandemic.

 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

Preparation for Baptism and/or Confirmation

Those who have not received these sacraments and wish to be part of the communicant fellowship of this church, please take note that a course of preparation will begin at the end of September. Please signal your interest to the Rector.

This Week at St Mary’s:

Daily (except Tuesday)

        8 am   Holy Communion (celebrated only if requested)

        9 am   Mattins

       5 pm   Evensong

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

Wednesday 23rd September

10 am – 11.30 am Coffee morning

(via ZOOM - please respond to the e-mail invitation)

2 pm – 4 pm Church open for private prayer

Saturday 26th September

    12 noon   Wedding of Lee Collingwood & Jannet Zulu

Next Sunday is Harvest Thanksgiving

 

      10 am   Holy Communion (on Facebook) maximum attendance 30 people

 

Holy Communion during the Pandemic

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 joining the choir in singing whilst in the building, however tempted you may be. You may, of course, want to read the texts while they are being 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.

Thank you.  

Communion is given by intincted wafers, that is, the Body and Blood of Christ received in one. This is not the intinction forbidden in the Coronavirus guidelines, whereby individuals dip their wafer in the common cup, but instead the customary method for reserving the Sacrament in which the priest alone places a droplet of wine on each individual wafer.

The service will continue to be streamed to our Facebook page for you to follow at home.

Donations to Mary’s Child

Please don’t forget those in greater need than yourself. Donations of all kinds of groceries are sought, or else money to buy groceries for families on low incomes, including those now prevented from working. Let the Rector know if you can offer anything. Thanks to so many who have contributed already. Deliveries are getting out.

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.

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.

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