Notices for the week beginning Sunday 22nd November 2020 


Lockdown Again

During the present lockdown there will be no public services in church (with the exception of funerals). We are allowed to open the church for private prayer and we may broadcast a service from the church. This means that:

·         Daily Morning and Evening Prayer will be said privately, and you are encouraged to do the same, except on Wednesday when evensong will be relayed to Facebook.

·         Sunday services at 10 am and 5 pm will continue to be streamed to the church’s Facebook page.

·         The church will be open for private prayer on Sunday afternoon as well as Wednesday between the same hours of 2 pm and 4 pm.

·         Zoom Compline continues this month each night at 7 pm except Sunday.

Rosa Sweetland, RIP

Sad to say, our friend Rosa Sweetland died on Wednesday morning at the age of 94. Rosa was a long-time member of the congregation, served on Stone Parish Council and was well known through guiding and in many other capacities.

Christmas Services

Even if church services are allowed to resume in time for Christmas there is a strong likelihood that number restrictions will be in place and ticketing will be necessary. Please be reassured that streaming of services will continue to Facebook.    

A Christmas Gift

The pandemic has prevented us from running the fundraising events that normally help to keep the church solvent. (Each year the two fairs alone normally raise in the region of £6,000.)

Would you be willing to make a donation over and above what you normally give, making up for our lost fundraising?

Gifts will be welcome in any form, cash or cheque. Or electronically: the church account is PCC of St Mary the Virgin Stone, sort code 60-06-33, a/c 16570987. Please Gift Aid where possible. Thank you in advance.    

 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

This Week at St Mary’s:-

Daily (except Sunday)

Morning and Evening Prayer will be said privately

       7 pm   Compline (via ZOOM – please respond to the e-mail invitation)


Wednesday 25th November

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

        5 pm   Evensong (on Facebook)

7.30 pm – 8.30 pm Bible Fellowship  (via ZOOM - please respond to the e-mail invitation)

Next Sunday is Advent Sunday


      10 am   Holy Communion (on Facebook)

2 pm – 4 pm Church open for private prayer

       5 pm   Evensong (on Facebook)

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.

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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