Notices for the week beginning Sunday 14th February 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.
Real Easter Eggs
It may seem soon but with the pandemic it’s time to put in orders now for these Easter treats (£3.99 each) that actually tell the Easter story. Please place your order with Kathryn Swanston.
Ash Wednesday (17th February)
Marking the beginning of the season of self-discipline that is Lent the service in church at 7 pm will be livestreamed to Facebook. Sprinkling with ashes will be offered in church in place of imposition. Once again please book via our website if planning to attend.
Lent Bible Fellowship
From Wednesday 24th February the weekly group meeting on Zoom at 7.30 pm will be looking at “The Joy of the Gospel” by Paula Gooder.
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 17th February ~ Ash Wednesday
10 am Coffee Morning (on Zoom – please respond to the e-mail invitation)
2-4 pm Church open for private prayer
7 pm Holy Communion with Ashing
Next Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent
9 am Mattins
10 am Family Communion (on Facebook)
12 noon The Peace (on Zoom – please respond to the e-mail invitation)
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.