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Notices for the week beginning Sunday 16th June 2024

Safeguarding Training postponed

Training in Safeguarding (Basic Awareness and Foundation) is part of our responsibility to the vulnerable and essential to maintaining a secure environment. It is mandatory for all holding office in the church and desirable for all members. It can be undertaken at any time online on the Church of England website:

Sadly the “in person” training event planned by our neighbours at Greenhithe Church has been postponed until September. Please look out for a new date.  

Cream Tea and Evensong

Come to Tea in the Rectory Garden on Sunday 14th July from 2 pm leading up to Evensong in the Church at 4 pm. The music is by C.V Stanford, whose centenary is remembered this year.

Summer Dates - Pop these in your diary now

Sunday 21st July ~ Healing Service

Sunday 28th July ~ Blessing of the graves at Stone Cemetery

Thursday 15th August (St Mary’s Day) ~ Patronal Festival

Sunday 15th September ~ Concert in Church

Sunday 29th September ~ Harvest Thanksgiving & Lunch

Sunday 6th October ~ Dedication Festival


Whilst you do your weekly shop, don’t forget to buy something to put into the trolley for local vulnerable families and individuals. Tinned meat is always a good buy, along with squash, tinned fruit, rice pudding, toiletries and hygiene products.

New Deanery

A draft Bishop’s Pastoral Order has been prepared that will transfer Stone to a new deanery comprising the parishes of Greenhithe, Istead Rise, Northfleet & Rosherville, Southfleet and, Swanscombe. These are the communities that surround the new development in Ebbsfleet Valley and the deanery is intended to facilitate the church’s response to the increase in population. If you have a view on this proposal, please speak to the Rector or any member of the PCC.

This Week at St Mary’s: -

Daily (except Tuesday and Wednesday)

        9 am   Mattins   (not Monday)

       5 pm   Evensong 


Wednesday 19th June

    3.15 pm   Messy Church (at the school)

Thursday 20th June

     2-4 pm   Open Church

    7.30 pm   Bell-ringing practice

Friday 21st June

        7 pm   Choir practice


Next Sunday is Trinity 4

        9 am   Mattins

      10 am   Holy Communion

       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 2024: 6th January – Baptism of Christ; 11th February – Ash Wednesday; 24th March - Palm Sunday: 31st March – Easter Day; 14th April - Annual Parochial Church Meeting; 9th May – Ascension Day; 19th May – Pentecost; 2nd June – Corpus Christi (transferred): 8th June – Summer Fair; 29th September – Harvest Thanksgiving; 1st December – 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.


​​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




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