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  • Sunday Mass: Epiphany 3

    Our Church is open for Mass this Sunday at 10:30. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    In England, face coverings are now required by law in most indoor public places including places of worship. You must wear a face covering in church. We will also maintain 2m social distancing. Track and trace has been reinstated as per the Church of England’s guidelines. Furthermore, the Government recommends lateral flow test when mixing with other people.

    For those who would like to attend virtually the live stream is available on YouTube using the following link: https://youtu.be/zAozwkSZTwg. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

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  • Readings for Epiphany 3

    Nehemiah 8:1-3,5-6,8-10

    All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month. He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen’, lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

    And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’

    Psalm 19

    God’s Glory in Creation and the Law

    To the leader. A Psalm of David.

    The heavens are telling the glory of God;
       and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
    2 Day to day pours forth speech,
       and night to night declares knowledge.
    3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
       their voice is not heard;
    4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
       and their words to the end of the world.
    In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
    5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
       and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
    6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
       and its circuit to the end of them;
       and nothing is hidden from its heat.
    7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
       reviving the soul;
    the decrees of the Lord are sure,
       making wise the simple;
    8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
       rejoicing the heart;
    the commandment of the Lord is clear,
       enlightening the eyes;
    9 the fear of the Lord is pure,
       enduring for ever;
    the ordinances of the Lord are true
       and righteous altogether.
    10 More to be desired are they than gold,
       even much fine gold;
    sweeter also than honey,
       and drippings of the honeycomb.
    11 Moreover by them is your servant warned;
       in keeping them there is great reward.
    12 But who can detect their errors?
       Clear me from hidden faults.
    13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
       do not let them have dominion over me.
    Then I shall be blameless,
       and innocent of great transgression.
    14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
       be acceptable to you,
       O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

    1 Corinthians 12:12-31

    One Body with Many Members

    For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

    Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honourable we clothe with greater honour, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.

    Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

    Luke 4:14-21

    The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

    Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

    The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

    When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

    ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
       because he has anointed me
          to bring good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
       and recovery of sight to the blind,
          to let the oppressed go free,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

    And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’

  • Sunday Mass: Epiphany 2

    Our Church is open for Mass this Sunday at 10:30. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    In England, face coverings are now required by law in most indoor public places including places of worship. You must wear a face covering in church. We will also maintain 2m social distancing. Track and trace has been reinstated as per the Church of England’s guidelines. Furthermore, the Government recommends lateral flow test when mixing with other people.

    For those who would like to attend virtually the live stream is available on YouTube using the following link: https://youtu.be/kCNhUIr-fic. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/kCNhUIr-fic

  • Readings for Epiphany 2

    Isaiah 62:1-5

    The Vindication and Salvation of Zion

    62 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
       and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
    until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
       and her salvation like a burning torch.
    2 The nations shall see your vindication,
       and all the kings your glory;
    and you shall be called by a new name
       hat the mouth of the Lord will give.
    3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
       and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
    4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
       and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
    but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
       and your land Married;
    for the Lord delights in you,
       and your land shall be married.
    5 For as a young man marries a young woman,
       so shall your builder marry you,
    and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
       so shall your God rejoice over you.

    Psalm 36:5-10

    5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
       your faithfulness to the clouds.
    6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
       your judgements are like the great deep;
       you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
    7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
       All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
    8 They feast on the abundance of your house,
       and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
    9 For with you is the fountain of life;
       in your light we see light.
    10 O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
       and your salvation to the upright of heart!

    1 Corinthians 12:1-11

    Spiritual Gifts

    12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

    4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

    John 2:1-11

    The Wedding at Cana

    2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4 And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ 5 His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6 Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

  • Thursday Mass: St Hilary

    Our Church is open for Mass this Thursday at 10:30. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    In England, face coverings are now required by law in most indoor public places including places of worship. You must wear a face covering in church. We will also maintain 2m social distancing. Track and trace has been reinstated as per the Church of England’s guidelines. Furthermore, the Government recommends lateral flow test when mixing with other people.

    For those who would like to attend virtually the live stream is available on YouTube using the following link: https://youtu.be/ob4I7J823rQ. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/ob4I7J823rQ

  • Readings for Saint Hilary, Bishop, Doctor

    1 John 2:18-25

    Keep alive in yourselves what you were taught in the beginning

    Children, these are the last days;
    you were told that an Antichrist must come,
    and now several antichrists have already appeared;
    we know from this that these are the last days.
    Those rivals of Christ came out of our own number, but they had never really belonged;
    if they had belonged, they would have stayed with us;
    but they left us, to prove that not one of them
    ever belonged to us.
    But you have been anointed by the Holy One,
    and have all received the knowledge.
    It is not because you do not know the truth that I am writing to you
    but rather because you know it already
    and know that no lie can come from the truth.
    The man who denies that Jesus is the Christ –
    he is the liar,
    he is Antichrist;
    and he is denying the Father as well as the Son,
    because no one who has the Father can deny the Son,
    and to acknowledge the Son is to have the Father as well.
    Keep alive in yourselves what you were taught in the beginning:
    as long as what you were taught in the beginning is alive in you,
    you will live in the Son
    and in the Father;
    and what is promised to you by his own promise
    is eternal life.

    Psalm 109(110):1-4

    You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

    The Lord’s revelation to my Master:
    ‘Sit on my right:
    your foes I will put beneath your feet.’

    You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

    The Lord will wield from Zion
    your sceptre of power:
    rule in the midst of all your foes.

    You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

    A prince from the day of your birth
    on the holy mountains;
    from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

    You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

    The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
    ‘You are a priest for ever,
    a priest like Melchizedek of old.’

    You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

    Matthew 5:13-19

    Your light must shine in the sight of men

    Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.

    ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.

    ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.’

  • Sunday Mass: Baptism of the Lord

    Our Church is open for Mass this Sunday at 10:30 when we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    In England, face coverings are now required by law in most indoor public places including places of worship. You must wear a face covering in church. We will also maintain 2m social distancing. Track and trace has been reinstated as per the Church of England’s guidelines. Furthermore, the Government recommends lateral flow test when mixing with other people.

    For those who would like to attend virtually the live stream is available on YouTube using the following link: https://youtu.be/se5hayaG7ls. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/se5hayaG7ls

    If you are connecting using a SmartTV you will need to open the YouTube application on your television and search for the listing. Due to the large number of listings it may be easier to search for se5hayaG7ls which will take you directly to it.

  • Readings for Baptism of Christ

    Isaiah 43:1-7

    Restoration and Protection Promised

    43 But now thus says the Lord,
        he who created you, O Jacob,
        he who formed you, O Israel:
    Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
        I have called you by name, you are mine.
    When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
        and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
    when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
        and the flame shall not consume you.
    For I am the Lord your God,
        the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
    I give Egypt as your ransom,
        Ethiopia[a] and Seba in exchange for you.
    Because you are precious in my sight,
        and honoured, and I love you,
    I give people in return for you,
        nations in exchange for your life.
    Do not fear, for I am with you;
        I will bring your offspring from the east,
        and from the west I will gather you;
    I will say to the north, ‘Give them up’,
        and to the south, ‘Do not withhold;
    bring my sons from far away
        and my daughters from the end of the earth—
    everyone who is called by my name,
        whom I created for my glory,
        whom I formed and made.’

    Psalm 29

    The Voice of God in a Great Storm

    A Psalm of David.

    Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
        ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
    Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
        worship the Lord in holy splendour.

    The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
        the God of glory thunders,
        the Lord, over mighty waters.
    The voice of the Lord is powerful;
        the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

    The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
        the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
    He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
        and Sirion like a young wild ox.

    The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
    The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
        the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

    The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
        and strips the forest bare;
        and in his temple all say, ‘Glory!’

    10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
        the Lord sits enthroned as king for ever.
    11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
        May the Lord bless his people with peace!

    Acts 8:14-17

    14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15 The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit 16 (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). 17 Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

    Luke 3:15-17,21-22

    15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

    The Baptism of Jesus

    21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

  • Thursday Mass: Feria

    Our Church is open for Mass this Thursday at 10:30. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    In England, face coverings are now required by law in most indoor public places including places of worship. You must wear a face covering in church. We will also maintain 2m social distancing. Track and trace has been reinstated as per the Church of England’s guidelines. Furthermore, the Government recommends lateral flow test when mixing with other people.

    For those who would like to attend virtually the live stream is available on YouTube using the following link: https://youtu.be/Spc4RpFR-Qc. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

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Welcome to the Church of St Michael & All Angels, Maidstone!  You’ll find us on the Tonbridge Road (A26) just over half a mile from the town centre.  We are the parish church for a population of over 6,000.  We have a growing congregation, some of whom have been attending the church for most of their lives, whilst others are newcomers.  The age range is from 0 to retired.

Our aim is that we should all have an encounter with Jesus Christ in our services.  To that end, our main services are Eucharistic: we gather around Jesus, who is sacramentally present in the consecrated bread and wine.  With the very first Christians, we believe “Jesus is the only one who can save people.  His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save anyone. We must be saved through Him!” 1Acts 4:12 ERV  The quotation from the Bible emphasises our faith in its divine inspiration from cover to cover.

Following all our services there is tea and filter coffee to wash down freshly-baked snacks.  We are finding that people are staying to chat and enjoy being together for longer.

You’ll hear our wing of the Church of England sometimes described as Anglo-Catholic (or simply catholic).  But what does “catholic” mean?  It’s not what you may think: it simply means that it’s for everyone, which therefore includes you.  Yes, there is incense at Sunday Mass, there is holy water at all the entrances; there are candles; the choir, ministers and servers wear robes and the priest wears colourful vestments:  all of these emphasise the greater significance of what we are doing: our goal is to meet Jesus in our worship and to give Him the highest honour and glory.

Do come and experience Christian worship in this lovely church, meet us and, more importantly, meet our Lord!

Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Officer: Jessica O’Sullivan, 07369 227313 or 01622 583611

Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding Details

https://www.canterburydiocese.org/safeguarding/

Parish of St Michael and all Angels, Maidstone Safeguarding Statement

This Parochial Church Council has adopted the safeguarding polices and procedures of the Church of England. In particular we are committed to:

  • The safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults;
  • Carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring Service amongst other tools, to check their suitability;
  • Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed;
  • Cooperating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation;
  • Ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who has experienced abuse;
  • Extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable are protected from them.

Any child wishing to talk about a problem can contact Childline 0800 1111

Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can contact Family Lives on 0808 800 2222

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