The church is served by a Team Ministry under the direction of the Team Rector, Lindsay Hammond.
For upcoming services please see the Upcoming Events page and church notices.
General Pattern of Sunday Services
The pattern of services at St Mary the Virgin, Stone, changes month by month: Stone alternates with Appledore Church to hold an informal Family Service on most 3rd Sundays. The church also alternates between a Sung Communion on the 2nd Sunday and a said Communion on the 4th Sunday.
|Month A||Month B|
|1st Sunday||6pm Evensong (BCP)||6pm Evensong|
|2nd Sunday||9am Sung Holy Communion|
|9am Sung Holy Communion
|3rd Sunday||No service at Stone||10.30 Joint Family Service
(with Appledore - informal and followed by refreshements)
|4th Sunday||9am BCP Sung Matins||9am BCP Said Communion|
|5th Sunday||No service at Stone||No service at Stone|
Types of church services
A range of services, traditional and modern, are held on different Sundays and some information about the different types are set out below. There is not usually a service on 5th Sundays of the month.
Evensong (First Sundays at 6.00 pm)
A partly sung service with a robed choir and organ accompaniment created by Thomas Cranmer in the 16th century to replace older monastic prayers. It includes hymns and a short sermon as well as prayers and readings from the Bible. This service uses traditional language from the Book of Common Prayer (also known as BCP) and lasts about an hour.
Sung Communion (Alternate Second Sundays at 9.00 am)
Also known as “Eucharist”, this is the main Anglican service with a robed choir and organ accompaniment. It includes prayers, readings from the Bible and hymns, and culminates in the sharing of the communion (bread and wine). This is partly sung and uses modern language (called “Common Worship”).
All-age worship (Alternate Third Sundays at 10.30 am)
This is an informal family-friendly service led by the music group from Appledore Church. It is held jointly with St Peter and Paul Church at Appledore and alternates between Stone and Appledore. It may be preceded or followed by refreshments. This is the shortest of the Sunday services and uses modern language.
Said Communion (Alternate Fourth Sundays at 9.00 am)
This is a quiet, contemplative service of Communion (please see above). Without music it uses the traditional language of the 16th century from the Book of Common Prayer (also known as “BCP”). It lasts about 40 minutes.
A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, liturgical readings and periods of silence to create a contemplative and uplifting environment., This style of worship was developed at the Taizé Monastery in France. This may take place in summer months on an occasional basis.
This is a different type of service, particularly for children, that takes place from time to time in the Memorial Hall. For further information please click here. This type of service has been paused for the time being.
People with little or no experience of church are most welcome to attend any of these services. Service books or leaflets will be handed out when you arrive: you can sit in any pew you like.