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” which is published monthly.
The church is now open again every day between 10 am and 5 pm 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.
Accordingly the Church is open every day for private prayer and visits and limited services have resumed. Every Fourth Sunday there will be a said service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer at 9.00 am. All are welcome to attend this service: this is not restricted to people who wish to take communion. It is intended to resume further services as current restrictions are eased.
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 this. On most Sundays there is a live-streamed Zoom service at 10.30. Please email me if you wish to be added to the list at firstname.lastname@example.org/.
The next service at Stone Baptist Chapel will take place at 6.30 pm on Wednesday, 23rd September. For further information please see the Stone Chapel page.
All events at Stone Memorial Hall have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. Yoga sessions are available online from Mark and Lizzie Winwood.
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.
If you need any help with shopping or picking up medication from the Doctors, please do get in contact with me. Tricia