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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“Prayer is me being me, in the presence of God being God”

It may surprise you to learn that those words were written by the great New Testament Biblical Scholar, Pauline theologian and Anglican Bishop –Tom Wright, in his book “A moment of Prayer”  (Lion Publications plc). We are all different, but most of us feel that our prayer life is not always as it should be!...

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It’s a marathon! (Magazine Leader)

We began with thinking that the pandemic challenge would be a short sprint. Tough and testing, but most people can sprint for a bit. So, if we get through the national lockdown then we’ll breathe easily again. We then adjusted our thinking to middle distance. The relief of fewer restrictions was a breath of fresh...

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From the Archives – Hard Times in 1931

(National debt had reached about M£300 in 1931—in 2020 it has just passed M£2,000,000) My dear friends, At the time of going to press the National Crisis through which we are passing has assumed proportions of real gravity, which for the serious attention of all Christian people. The abandonment of the gold standard has been...

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Fairtrade Update – August 2020

In June, we re-registered with the Fairtrade Foundation as a Fairtrade church. During the pandemic, the foundation has been focusing on trade justice.  Businesses and governments worldwide have been taking advantage of the situation e.g. taking away worker’s rights or refusing to pay for their contracts.  In some Indian states, labour laws are not being...

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