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 Tenterden, Rother and Oxney 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. There is also a Facebook group for the village – Stone Village – which features a lively selection of online posts. Membership is for residents of Stone-cum-Ebony.
Some of the church pages on this site set out the position before the onset of the pandemic and are now out of date.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
Most restrictions imposed during the pandemic have been lifted.
The church is open every day for private prayer and visits, and the Porch Library and Produce in the Porch remain available. You are invited to use a sanitiser when entering or leaving the church. It is optional to use face coverings inside the church building.
Church services are held in the church, but these are generally limited to a service of Evensong on the first Sunday of every month at 6.00 pm. Further services can be found on the Events page or on church noticeboards.
Services 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 is available for use.