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  • Live Stream Thursday Mass: Ascension Day

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  • Readings for Ascension Day

    Daniel 7:9-14

    Judgement before the Ancient One

    As I watched,
    thrones were set in place,
        and an Ancient One took his throne;
    his clothing was white as snow,
        and the hair of his head like pure wool;
    his throne was fiery flames,
        and its wheels were burning fire.
    10 A stream of fire issued
        and flowed out from his presence.
    A thousand thousand served him,
        and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.
    The court sat in judgement,
        and the books were opened.

    11 I watched then because of the noise of the arrogant words that the horn was speaking. And as I watched, the beast was put to death, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. 13 As I watched in the night visions,

    I saw one like a human being
        coming with the clouds of heaven.
    And he came to the Ancient One
        and was presented before him.
    14 To him was given dominion
        and glory and kingship,
    that all peoples, nations, and languages
        should serve him.
    His dominion is an everlasting dominion
        that shall not pass away,
    and his kingship is one
        that shall never be destroyed.

    Acts 1:1-11

    The Promise of the Holy Spirit

    In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’

    The Ascension of Jesus

    So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

    Luke 24:44-53

    44 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’

    The Ascension of Jesus

    50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53 and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

  • Sermon for Easter 6

    Acts 10: 44-48, 1 John 5:1-6, John 15: 9-17

    We are so pleased to welcome Thabo Jaden Kwalombota, his family, friends and Godparents to Church today when we celebrate Thabo’s Baptism in this Mass. Baby Thabo starred as Baby Jesus at Christmas in our pre-recorded Crib Service shown on YouTube when his sister Eta was Mary and his brother Zangi was Joseph. 

    In our reading from Acts today Peter was speaking at the house of Cornelius, the Roman Centurion, his family and friends, when the Holy Spirit came upon all those listening to him speak about Jesus and they were baptised. The Holy Spirit will come upon Thabo this morning at his baptism. The oil of Baptism and the oil of Chrism are outward signs of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The water in this Sacrament of Holy Baptism is an outward and visible sign of the inward and spiritual grace of cleansing and refreshment; following the decision to repent and turn to Christ. 

    Easter Day was five weeks ago and for the disciples the time after Easter was a time of growing in spiritual understanding. The disciples knew that Jesus is alive! They came to understand why Jesus died – so that we can be forgiven and come to know God.  The Epistle reminds us that Jesus is the Son of God and that we should ‘love God and obey his commandments.’ (v.20)

    The Gospel continues on with the theme of abiding from last week when Jesus tells us: ‘If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love’. (v.10) The command is ‘love one another’. (v.12)  Jesus said ‘you are my friends if you do what I command you.’ (v.14)Jesus tells his friends to ‘bear fruit’. After his baptism, when he is given his baptismal candle, we will all say to Thabo: Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father. The light of Christ is passed onto baby Thabo from the Paschal candle. 

    This is a challenge for all of us who have been baptised…. How are you being a light in the world? How can you bear fruit for Jesus by showing love and care? Are you ready to talk about your faith if people ask you? The fruit of the Holy Spirit is ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ (Galatians 5: 22-23) Are these growing in your life? 

    It is wonderful that today in baptism Thabo begins his journey of faith and becomes a member of the Church and a friend of Jesus. Fr Neil will tip the holy water from this golden shell; because the shell is an ancient symbol of pilgrimage. We rejoice that today is the beginning of Thabo Jaden’s Christian pilgrimage. May baby Thabo and all of us ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’.  Amen (2 Peter 3:18)

  • Live Stream Sunday Mass: Sixth Sunday of Easter

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  • Readings for Sixth Sunday of Easter

    Acts 10:44-48

    Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

    44 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46 for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, 47 “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

    1 John 5:1-6

    Faith Conquers the World

    Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

    Testimony concerning the Son of God

    This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

    John 15:9-17

    As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

    12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

  • Live Stream Thursday Mass: Feria

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  • Readings for Thursday Mass

    Acts 15:7-21

    I rule that we do not make things more difficult for the pagans who turn to God

    After the discussion had gone on a long time, Peter stood up and addressed the apostles and the elders.

    ‘My brothers,’ he said ‘you know perfectly well that in the early days God made his choice among you: the pagans were to learn the Good News from me and so become believers. In fact God, who can read everyone’s heart, showed his approval of them by giving the Holy Spirit to them just as he had to us. God made no distinction between them and us, since he purified their hearts by faith. It would only provoke God’s anger now, surely, if you imposed on the disciples the very burden that neither we nor our ancestors were strong enough to support? Remember, we believe that we are saved in the same way as they are: through the grace of the Lord Jesus.’

    This silenced the entire assembly, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul describing the signs and wonders God had worked through them among the pagans.

    When they had finished it was James who spoke. ‘My brothers,’ he said ‘listen to me. Simeon has described how God first arranged to enlist a people for his name out of the pagans. This is entirely in harmony with the words of the prophets, since the scriptures say:

    After that I shall return
    and rebuild the fallen House of David;
    I shall rebuild it from its ruins
    and restore it.
    Then the rest of mankind,
    all the pagans who are consecrated to my name,
    will look for the Lord,
    says the Lord who made this known so long ago.

    ‘I rule, then, that instead of making things more difficult for pagans who turn to God, we send them a letter telling them merely to abstain from anything polluted by idols, from fornication, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. For Moses has always had his preachers in every town, and is read aloud in the synagogues every sabbath.’

    Psalm 95(96):1-3,10

    Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

    O sing a new song to the Lord,
    sing to the Lord all the earth.
    O sing to the Lord, bless his name.

    Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

    Proclaim his help day by day,
    tell among the nations his glory
    and his wonders among all the peoples.

    Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

    Proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king.’
    The world he made firm in its place;
    he will judge the peoples in fairness.

    Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

    John 15:9-11

    Jesus said to his disciples:

    ‘As the Father has loved me,
    so I have loved you.
    Remain in my love.
    If you keep my commandments
    you will remain in my love,
    just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
    and remain in his love.
    I have told you this
    so that my own joy may be in you
    and your joy be complete.’

  • Live Stream Sunday Mass: Fifth Sunday of Easter

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  • Parish Magazine May 2021

    Inside

    • Fr Neil on Christ’s ‘permanent priesthood’
    • St Pancras, orphan who was martyred at 14
    • Prince Philip: A legacy of service to inspire us

  • Walsingham

    Fr Peter Harnden organised a pilgrimage last year to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, which, of course, couldn’t take place.  He has got a booking for 16th – 20th August, and, as we’ve had our own May pilgrimage cancelled two years running, he has provided us with spaces.  He is uncertain of the cost, but as a guide, last year full board was £275 per person.  Please let Fr Neil know if you’d like to take advantage of this.

Home

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: Janet Digby-Baker

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

Policy Statements