Notices for the week beginning Sunday 22nd May 2022

Ascension Day

This principal festival of the Church falls this Thursday 26th May. As far as possible try to keep the day as a holiday. We mark it with Holy Communion at 7 pm and the usual rocket finale. The Thursday bell-ringing practice follows; make this the day that you come up and investigate how it all works. You are most welcome.    

Churchyard Tidy-up

Some weeding and snipping in the churchyard next Saturday 28th May from 9.30 am in readiness for the jubilee weekend. Please lend a hand if you are free.

Jubilee Street Party

If you have no other plans, come to the Church Road street party on Sunday 5th June between 2 pm and 5 pm. Bring food and drink for yourself and a cake to share and wear red, white and blue.

Summer Fair

If you haven’t already done so, please mark in your diary Saturday 11th June, 11 am to 2 pm, for the joint church & school Summer Fair, our ever-important fundraiser held on the school premises. It’s time to start selling those raffle tickets. A list of planned stalls is displayed in the usual place. Further offers of help welcome.

Bible Fellowship

Beginning on Wednesday 29th June at 7 pm at the rectory for a six-session run over the summer, make time for the Book of Revelation, “Faithfulness in Testing Times.”


As we work towards the Silver award please consider your own lifestyle and shopping habits. Take our guide to a more careful way of buying of animal products and calculate your Carbon Footprint at or WWF Footprint Calculator (links via our church website and Facebook). Let us know when you have done your carbon footprint audit, please. (Although the result you can keep a secret for now!)

  • Also please note a new receptacle for collecting milk bottle caps.

  • We already receive used stamps and old foreign currency for the Royal National Institution for the Blind (RNIB).


Charity of the Month

This month we are supporting the work of Christians Against Poverty (CAP). CAP is a debt counselling charity that works across the country and has a proven track record of helping

Confirmation Service

The next Deanery Confirmation service takes place at Christ Church, Dartford on Wednesday 1st June at 7.30 pm. If you have not as yet received this sacrament of admission into the communicant fellowship of the Christian church and would like to on this occasion, please speak to Kenneth or Anthea immediately.

Public Appeal

In the face of further necessary fund-raising, we are launching a public appeal to support the building of the new church room, henceforward to be called THE LANTERN COMMUNITY CENTRE. Thank you to members of the church who participated in recent meetings to advance this cause. Two separate meetings are now scheduled, on Thursday 21st April at 2 pm in church to pursue publicity for the campaign and on Wednesday 27th April at 12 noon to begin completing grant applications to the sources we have identified.   

This Week at St Mary’s:-

Daily (except Tuesday)

        9 am   Mattins (not Wednesday)

       5 pm   Evensong


Wednesday 25th May

    2.30 pm   Funeral of Linda Mitchell  

                  and afterwards Open Church until 4 pm

Thursday 26th May ~ Ascension Day

        7 pm   Holy Communion

                  followed by rockets and bell-ringing practice

 Friday 27th May

        7 pm   Choir practice


Next Sunday is the Sunday after Ascension

         9 am   Mattins

      10 am   Holy Communion

11.30 am   Burial of Ashes Ivor Jones

       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 2022:  26th May – Ascension Day; 5th June – Pentecost; 16th June – Corpus Christi; 25th September – Harvest Thanksgiving; 27th 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

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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