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  • Sunday Mass: Battle of Britain Sunday

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

    With the relaxation of the COVID regulations, most of the legal restrictions have now been lifted.  At St Michael’s we will still follow the Government recommendations on 2m social distancing and the wearing of masks in public spaces. However, there is no legal requirement to do so.  If you are clinically vulnerable a FFP3 face mask is recommended by Public Health England.

    For those who would like to attend virtually the live stream is available on YouTube using the following link: https://youtu.be/VLNnfZWcD3I. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/VLNnfZWcD3I

    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 VLNnfZWcD3I which will take you directly to it.

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  • Readings for Sunday Mass: Battle of Britain Sunday

    1 Maccabees 3:13-23

    13 When Seron, the commander of the Syrian forces, heard that Judas had formed a large army of faithful men, 14he said, ‘I will make a reputation for myself and become famous in my kingdom by crushing Judas and his followers, who have scorned the king’s command.’ 15 So Seron organised his troops, a large number of wicked men who sought vengeance on the Israelites.

    16 They marched as far as Beth-horon, where Judas went out to meet him with only a few men. 17 When the Israelites saw the advancing army, they said to Judas, ‘How can so few of us flight against an army that is so large and strong? And we are weak, for we have eaten nothing today.’

    18Judas replied, ‘It is easy for many to be overpowered by a few, for it makes no difference in God’s sight whether we are saved by few or many. 19 Success in battle depends not on the size of the army but on strength that comes from God. 20 This arrogant and wicked army has come to destroy us, our wives, and our children and to take our belongings. 21 But we will fight for our lives and our laws, 22 and the Lord himself will crush them as we watch. So don’t be afraid of them.’

    23 As soon as Judas had finished speaking, he and his troops suddenly charged Seron and his army and overpowered them.

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

    14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people

    Matthew 24:3-14

    Signs of the End of the Age

    When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’[a] and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

    Persecutions Foretold

    “Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10 Then many will fall away,[c] and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news[d] of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.

  • Thursday Mass: Exaltation of the Holy Cross (tr)

    Our Church is open for Mass this Thursday at 10:30 when we celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (transferred from Tuesday). Everyone is welcome to attend.

    With the relaxation of the COVID regulations, most of the legal restrictions have now been lifted.  At St Michael’s we will still follow the Government recommendations on 2m social distancing and the wearing of masks in public spaces. However, there is no legal requirement to do so.  If you are clinically vulnerable a FFP3 face mask is recommended by Public Health England.

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

    https://youtu.be/YYffXurxXJU

    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 YYffXurxXJU which will take you directly to it.

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  • Readings for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    Numbers 21:4-9

    If anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked up at the bronze serpent and lived

    On the way through the wilderness the people lost patience. They spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in this wilderness? For there is neither bread nor water here; we are sick of this unsatisfying food.’

    At this God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to Moses, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede for us with the Lord to save us from these serpents.’ Moses interceded for the people, and the Lord answered him, ‘Make a fiery serpent and put it on a standard. If anyone is bitten and looks at it, he shall live.’ So Moses fashioned a bronze serpent which he put on a standard, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.

    Psalm 77(78):1-2,34-38

    Never forget the deeds of the Lord.

    Give heed, my people, to my teaching;
    turn your ear to the words of my mouth.
    I will open my mouth in a parable
    and reveal hidden lessons of the past.

    Never forget the deeds of the Lord.

    When he slew them then they would seek him,
    return and seek him in earnest.
    They would remember that God was their rock,
    God the Most High their redeemer.

    Never forget the deeds of the Lord.

    But the words they spoke were mere flattery;
    they lied to him with their lips.
    For their hearts were not truly with him;
    they were not faithful to his covenant.

    Never forget the deeds of the Lord.

    Yet he who is full of compassion
    forgave them their sin and spared them.
    So often he held back his anger
    when he might have stirred up his rage.

    Never forget the deeds of the Lord.

    Philippians 2:6-11

    Christ humbled himself but God raised him high

    His state was divine,
    yet Christ Jesus did not cling
    to his equality with God
    but emptied himself
    to assume the condition of a slave
    and became as men are;
    and being as all men are,
    he was humbler yet,
    even to accepting death,
    death on a cross.
    But God raised him high
    and gave him the name
    which is above all other names
    so that all beings
    in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld,
    should bend the knee at the name of Jesus
    and that every tongue should acclaim
    Jesus Christ as Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

    John 3:13-17

    God sent his Son so that through him the world might be saved

    Jesus said to Nicodemus:
    ‘No one has gone up to heaven
    except the one who came down from heaven,
    the Son of Man who is in heaven;
    and the Son of Man must be lifted up
    as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
    so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
    Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
    but may have eternal life.
    For God sent his Son into the world
    not to condemn the world,
    but so that through him the world might be saved.’

  • Heritage Day and Sunday Mass: Trinity 15 – Education Sunday

    Today, Saturday, is Heritage Open Day. The church will be open from 10am to 3pm for anyone to drop in and look around the church. Read more about the other activities below.

    Also today we will be welcoming riders and striders undertaking the Friends of Kent Churches Ride and Stride event.

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

    With the relaxation of the COVID regulations, most of the legal restrictions have now been lifted.  At St Michael’s we will still follow the Government recommendations on 2m social distancing and the wearing of masks in public spaces. However, there is no legal requirement to do so.  If you are clinically vulnerable a FFP3 face mask is recommended by Public Health England.

    For those who would like to attend virtually the live stream is available on YouTube using the following link: https://youtu.be/4sHESEnp2v8. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/4sHESEnp2v8

    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 4sHESEnp2v8 which will take you directly to it.

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  • Readings for Trinity 15

    Isaiah 50:4-9

    The Servant’s Humiliation and Vindication

    The Lord God has given me
        the tongue of a teacher,[a]
    that I may know how to sustain
        the weary with a word.
    Morning by morning he wakens—
        wakens my ear
        to listen as those who are taught.
    The Lord God has opened my ear,
        and I was not rebellious,
        I did not turn backwards.
    I gave my back to those who struck me,
        and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
    I did not hide my face
        from insult and spitting.

    The Lord God helps me;
        therefore I have not been disgraced;
    therefore I have set my face like flint,
        and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
        he who vindicates me is near.
    Who will contend with me?
        Let us stand up together.
    Who are my adversaries?
        Let them confront me.
    It is the Lord God who helps me;
        who will declare me guilty?
    All of them will wear out like a garment;
        the moth will eat them up.

    James 3:1-12

    Taming the Tongue

    Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.

    How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

    Mark 8:27-38

    Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

    27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ 28 And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ 29 He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ 30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

    Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

    31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

    34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’

  • National Heritage Open Day: Edible England

    This year, for the National Heritage Open Day, the theme is

    Edible England

    Come and look around our beautiful church inside and out.

    What ‘Edible items’ can you find within the beautiful 

    Stained glass windows?

    What can you find on our Edible England hunt around the grounds?

    Can you make an edible England flag?

    There are many activities going on during the day

    on

    Saturday 11th September

    between

    10:00am and 3:00pm

    for all the family

    Come along and enjoy!

  • Ride and Stride for Churches

    Friends of Kent Churches

    Ride and Stride

    Saturday 11th September 2021

    10am to 6pm

    Cycle or walk around Kent churches

    Sponsorship money raised will be divided equally between The Friends of Kent Churches and the church or chapel of your choice.

    Sponsorship forms available to download from

    www.kentrideandstride.co.uk or at the back of Church

  • Thursday Mass: Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary (tr)

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

    With the relaxation of the COVID regulations, most of the legal restrictions have now been lifted.  At St Michael’s we will still follow the Government recommendations on 2m social distancing and the wearing of masks in public spaces. However, there is no legal requirement to do so.  If you are clinically vulnerable a FFP3 face mask is recommended by Public Health England.

    For those who would like to attend virtually the live stream is available on YouTube using the following link: https://youtu.be/sZiN4sDhj3s. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/sZiN4sDhj3s

    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 sZiN4sDhj3s which will take you directly to it.

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  • Readings for Thursday Mass: Birthday of Blessed Virgin Mary

    First reading Romans 8:28-30

    Those He called, He justified

    We know that by turning everything to their good, God cooperates with all those who love Him, with all those He has called according to His purpose.  They are the ones He chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of His Son, so that His Son might be the eldest of many brothers.  He called those He intended for this; those He called He justified, and with those He justified He shared His glory.

    Responsorial Psalm Psalm 12(13):6-7

    I exult for joy in the Lord.

    Lord, I trust in Your merciful love,
    Let my heart rejoice in Your saving help.

    I exult for joy in the Lord.

    Let me sing to the Lord for His goodness to me,
    singing psalms to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

    I exult for joy in the Lord.

    Gospel Matthew 1:1-16,18-23

    The ancestry and conception of Jesus Christ

    A genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham:
    Abraham was the father of Isaac,
    Isaac the father of Jacob,
    Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
    Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, Tamar being their mother,
    Perez was the father of Hezron,
    Hezron the father of Ram,
    Ram was the father of Amminadab,
    Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
    Nahshon the father of Salmon,
    Salmon was the father of Boaz, Rahab being his mother,
    Boaz was the father of Obed, Ruth being his mother,
    Obed was the father of Jesse;
    and Jesse was the father of King David.

    David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
    Solomon was the father of Rehoboam,
    Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
    Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat,
    Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
    Joram the father of Azariah,
    Azariah was the father of Jotham,
    Jotham the father of Ahaz,
    Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
    Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh,
    Manasseh the father of Amon,
    Amon the father of Josiah;
    and Josiah was the father of Jechoniah and his brothers.

    Then the deportation to Babylon took place.
    After the deportation to Babylon:
    Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,
    Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
    Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud,
    Abiud the father of Eliakim,
    Eliakim the father of Azor,
    Azor was the father of Zadok,
    Zadok the father of Achim,
    Achim the father of Eliud,
    Eliud was the father of Eleazar,
    Eleazar the father of Matthan,
    Matthan the father of Jacob;
    and Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary;
    of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.

    This is how Jesus Christ came to be born.  His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally.  He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a Son and you must name Him Jesus, because He is the one who is to save His people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

    The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son 
    and they will call Him Emmanuel,
    a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.’

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: 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

Policy Statements