WELCOME to the website for the church and village of Stone-in-Oxney, Kent, situated near the Kent/Sussex border.
The village of Stone, with the neighbouring hamlet of Ebony, makes up the Parish of Stone-cum-Ebony, one of the parishes which form part of the area within Ashford Borough Council.
The church of St Mary the Virgin serves part of the Isle of Oxney and is one of a group of nine Church of England churches near Tenterden in the Diocese of Canterbury.
The website mainly covers the church but the section on this website entitled Our Village contains pages devoted to various local organisations. The local community magazine is “Outlook on Oxney”. This is now published online only.
Due to the Coronavirus emergency the church is only open for private prayer during the day (please also see below).
CAN YOU HELP?
The Kidney Department at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford is raising money for a new Dialysis Unit. There is a collection box in the church for used postage stamps to help raise funds for this. An envelope border should be left round the edge of each stamp.
We want to make everyone feel welcome and safe at St Mary the Virgin. To help with this Rosemary Danny acts as our Vulnerable Adult Coordinator and Child Protection Officer. Her role includes looking out for those within the church who may need support. She is also available to speak to about any issues or concerns you may have. For further information about Safeguarding and our policy please see our Safeguarding page.
CORONAVIRUS NOTICE BOARD
The consequences of the current situation are kept under regular review and the latest position will be set out on this page. The Church of England issues regular updating guidance for churches as to how we can work together to reduce the risk of infection, and it is the policy of St Mary the Virgin to follow this.
Church buildings may only be opened at present for certain activities such as private prayer to support the Government’s guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It is, however, hoped to resume services at the Parish Church and further information will be given here as soon as possible; in the meantime there is provision for worship and study online. Daily services are live-streamed by The Team Rector from St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden (see https://www.tenterdencofe.co.uk) and Canterbury Cathedral (see www.canterbury-cathedral.org).
Virtual Pew News for churches at Stone and Appledore are emailed each week to anyone who wishes to sign up for these. PLease email me if you wish to be added to the list. email@example.com/.
Services at Stone Baptist Chapel will resume at 6.30 pm on Sunday, 5th July. For further information please see the Stone Chapel page.
All events at Stone Memorial Hall have been cancelled or postponed until further notice and there will be no further paper editions of Outlook on Oxney for the time being. Yoga sessions are available online from Mark and Lizzie Winwood.
A new Facebook village group is up and running – Stone Village – with a lively selection of online activities and posts. Do give this a try. Membership is for residents of Stone cum Ebony. There is a books, dvds and jigsaw puzzles drop and swop in the bus shelter opposite the Crown.
The Ferry Inn is now operating fully again.
If you need any help with shopping or picking up medication from the Doctors, please do get in contact with me. Tricia