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 in the benefice of Oxney and 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” which is published monthly. For further information please see www.outlookonoxney.co.uk.
The church is now open again every day between 10 am and dusk for private prayer and visits (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.
The church remains open every day for private prayer and visits, and the Porch Library and Produce in the Porch remain available. Some church services will be held again in the church. The first in-person service of 2021 will be a Sung Communion, which will take place on Easter Sunday at 9.00 am. On Sunday, 2nd May at 6.00 pm there will be a service of Choral Evensong. Further services will be announced as arranged.
On Easter Saturday (3rd April) a Pop-Up Plant Shop will be held between 10.30 am and 3.00 pm in or in front of the church porch at St Mary the Virgin, depending upon the weather. House and garden plants, seeds and garden tools will be available to buy or swop.
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 this. On Sundays there may be a live-streamed Zoom service at 10.30 am. Details are available in Pew News: the latest edition can be viewed on the Pew News page in the Events section. Please email if you wish to be added to the list for receiving Pew News at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next service at Stone Baptist Chapel will take place at 6.30 pm on Sunday, 18th April following the winter break. For further information and other services at the Chapel please see the Stone Chapel page.
Stone-cum-Ebony Memorial Hall has closed until current restrictions are eased. Yoga sessions are available online from Mark and Lizzie Winwood.
The Ferry Inn is currently closed. Take-away meals are available for collection from the Black Lion at Appledore. Mobile library services are currently suspended until further notice.
A 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.