Christ Church – Opening Arrangements

Following the restrictions caused by COVID-19, Christ Church, Stone is opening its doors. We are opening for personal prayer on Wednesday 8th July from 16:00-18:00 and hope to continue with this or a similar plan. We must abide by the Government regulations [website] and those as set out by the Church of England [website]. While these...

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Suspension of Church Services

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.  As a result of this statement please note the following actions for the churches in our Benefice: · You can access previous services through www.christchurchstone.org. Go to menu, select “Church life” and then “Listen Again”. · We...

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Advent Windows 2020

Despite the restrictions, Christ Church, our school and community groups, and the traders of Stone will find a way to celebrate the Advent Period. We will not have daily gatherings, each window will be opened “virtually” on Christ Church Facebook page where you can see the window and listen to a Carol. The shop windows...

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Adoration

The word ACTS is frequently used as a way of remembering four essential parts of prayer Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Last month I touched on the idea that prayer is essentially a loving relationship with God so adoration is a good starting point.    Evelyn Underhill wrote, “Adoration is caring for God above all else”...

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

The carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is based a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. During the American Civil War, Longfellow's oldest son, Charles Appleton Longfellow, joined the Union cause as a soldier without his father's blessing. Charles soon got an appointment as a lieutenant but was severely wounded in battle. Coupled with...

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Signs of hope

In August this year, the field behind our home was brown, stunted, and often only partially grown. Most years at this time it is a glorious golden harvest field. Yet the farmer gathered what he could, prepared the ground and re-sowed in September. His life time in farming gave him perseverance and hope. Next year’s...

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