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.
Some of the church pages on this site set out the position before the onset of the pandemic and are now out of date. In addition this parish will in the future be covered primarily by a new benefice website which is currently under construction. In the meantime please also refer to www.tenterdencofe.co.uk.
The church is open every day between 10 am and 5 pm (or dusk in winter) 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 is open every day for private prayer and visits, and the Porch Library and Produce in the Porch remain available. Please use a sanitiser when entering or leaving the church. Face coverings should be worn inside the church building (unless you are exempt for medical reasons).
Church services are being held in the church, but may be subject to cancellation if circumstances change. On the first Sunday of every month at 6.00 pm there will usually be a service of Evensong. Further services can be found on the Events page or on church noticeboards.
Service at Stone Baptist Chapel have also resumed. For further information and services at the Chapel please see the Stone Chapel page. These services are not held in the winter months.
Stone-cum-Ebony Memorial Hall has re-opened for use. Yoga sessions are available online or in person from Mark and Lizzie Winwood.
A Facebook village group – Stone Village – has a lively selection of online activities and posts. Do give this a try. Membership is for residents of Stone cum Ebony.