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  • Readings for The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Genesis 3:9-15,20

    The mother of all those who live

    After Adam had eaten of the tree the Lord God called to him. ‘Where are you?’ he asked. ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden;’ he replied ‘I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.’ ‘Who told you that you were naked?’ he asked ‘Have you been eating of the tree I forbade you to eat?’ The man replied, ‘It was the woman you put with me; she gave me the fruit, and I ate it.’ Then the Lord God asked the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman replied, ‘The serpent tempted me and I ate.’
    Then the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this,

    ‘Be accursed beyond all cattle,
    all wild beasts.
    You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust
    every day of your life.
    I will make you enemies of each other:
    you and the woman,
    your offspring and her offspring.
    It will crush your head
    and you will strike its heel.’

    The man named his wife ‘Eve’ because she was the mother of all those who live.

    Psalm 97(98):1-4

    Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.

    Sing a new song to the Lord
      for he has worked wonders.
    His right hand and his holy arm
      have brought salvation.

    Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.

    The Lord has made known his salvation;
      has shown his justice to the nations.
    He has remembered his truth and love
      for the house of Israel.

    Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.

    All the ends of the earth have seen
      the salvation of our God.
    Shout to the Lord, all the earth,
      ring out your joy.

    Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.

    Ephesians 1:3-6,11-12

    Before the world was made, God chose us in Christ

    Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ.
    Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ,
    to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in his presence,
    determining that we should become his adopted sons, through Jesus Christ
    for his own kind purposes,
    to make us praise the glory of his grace,
    his free gift to us in the Beloved,
    And it is in him that we were claimed as God’s own,
    chosen from the beginning,
    under the predetermined plan of the one who guides all things
    as he decides by his own will;
    chosen to be,
    for his greater glory,
    the people who would put their hopes in Christ before he came.

    Luke 1:26-38

    ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord’

    The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.

  • Sunday Mass: Advent 2

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

    At St Michael’s we will 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.

    Trace and trace has been reinstated as per the Church of England’s guidelines.

    For those who would like to attend virtually the live stream is available on YouTube using the following link: https://youtu.be/7IFamDXtsII. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/7IFamDXtsII

    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 7IFamDXtsII which will take you directly to it.

  • December Parish Magazine

    We wish our readers good health and happiness as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

    See inside of back cover for times of Christmas services

  • Second Sunday of Advent

    Malachi 3:1-4

    The Coming Messenger

    See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?

    For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

    Psalm 125(126)

    What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

    When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,
      it seemed like a dream.
    Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
      on our lips there were songs.

    What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

    The heathens themselves said: ‘What marvels
      the Lord worked for them!’
    What marvels the Lord worked for us!
      Indeed we were glad.

    What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

    Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage
      as streams in dry land.
    Those who are sowing in tears
      will sing when they reap.

    What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

    They go out, they go out, full of tears,
      carrying seed for the sowing:
    they come back, they come back, full of song,
      carrying their sheaves.

    What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

    Philippians 1:3-11

    Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians

    I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10 to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11 having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

    Luke 3:1-6

    The Proclamation of John the Baptist

    In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

    ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
    “Prepare the way of the Lord,
        make his paths straight.
    Every valley shall be filled,
        and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
    and the crooked shall be made straight,
        and the rough ways made smooth;
    and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”’

  • Thursday Mass: St Andrew

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

    At St Michael’s we will 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.

    There will be a live stream for this Mass which is available via this link: https://youtu.be/2fQlB_ODf5g

    https://youtu.be/2fQlB_ODf5g
  • Readings for Thursday Mass: St Andrew

    Romans 10:9-18

    Faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ

    If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved. When scripture says: those who believe in him will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

    But they will not ask his help unless they believe in him, and they will not believe in him unless they have heard of him, and they will not hear of him unless they get a preacher, and they will never have a preacher unless one is sent, but as scripture says: The footsteps of those who bring good news are a welcome sound. Not everyone, of course, listens to the Good News. As Isaiah says: Lord, how many believed what we proclaimed? So faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ. Let me put the question: is it possible that they did not hear? Indeed they did; in the words of the psalm, their voice has gone out through all the earth, and their message to the ends of the world.

    Psalm 18(19):2-5

    Their word goes forth through all the earth.

    The heavens proclaim the glory of God,
      and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
    Day unto day takes up the story
      and night unto night makes known the message.

    Their word goes forth through all the earth.

    No speech, no word, no voice is heard
      yet their span extends through all the earth,
      their words to the utmost bounds of the world.

    Their word goes forth through all the earth.

    Matthew 4:18-22

    ‘I will make you fishers of men’

    As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they left their nets at once and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.

  • Sunday Mass: Advent 1

    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/ouifAGppbrE. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/ouifAGppbrE

    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 ouifAGppbrE which will take you directly to it.

  • Readings for Advent 1

    Jeremiah 33.14-16

    The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

    Psalm 25

    To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
        O my God, in you I trust;
      let me not be put to shame;
        let not my enemies triumph over me.

    Let none who look to you be put to shame,
      but let the treacherous be shamed and frustrated.

    Make me to know your ways, O Lord,
      and teach me your paths.

    Lead me in your truth and teach me,
      for you are the God of my salvation;
        for you have I hoped all the day long.

    Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,
      for they are from everlasting.

    Remember not the sins of my youth
        or my transgressions,
      but think on me in your goodness, O Lord,
        according to your steadfast love.

    Gracious and upright is the Lord;
      therefore shall he teach sinners in the way.

    He will guide the humble in doing right
      and teach his way to the lowly.

    All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth
      to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

    1 Thessalonians 3.9-end

    How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.

    Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

    Luke 21.25-36

    ‘There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’

    Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

    ‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’

  • Thursday Mass: Saint Catherine of Alexandria

    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.

    There will be a live stream for this Mass which is available via this link: https://youtu.be/kcfgoe5f-zo

    https://youtu.be/kcfgoe5f-zo
  • Readings for Saint Catherine of Alexandria

    Apocalypse 21:5-7

    I will give water from the well of life to anybody who is thirsty

    The One sitting on the throne spoke: ‘Now I am making the whole of creation new’ he said. ‘Write this: that what I am saying is sure and will come true.’ And then he said, ‘It is already done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give water from the well of life free to anybody who is thirsty; it is the rightful inheritance of the one who proves victorious; and I will be his God and he a son to me.’

    Psalm 123(124):2-5,7-8

    Our life, like a bird, has escaped from the snare of the fowler.

    If the Lord had not been on our side
      when men rose up against us,
    then would they have swallowed us alive
      when their anger was kindled.

    Our life, like a bird, has escaped from the snare of the fowler.

    Then would the waters have engulfed us,
      the torrent gone over us;
    over our head would have swept
      the raging waters.

    Our life, like a bird, has escaped from the snare of the fowler.

    Indeed the snare has been broken
      and we have escaped.
    Our help is in the name of the Lord,
      who made heaven and earth.

    Our life, like a bird, has escaped from the snare of the fowler.

    Matthew 10:28-33

    Do not be afraid of those who kill the body

    Jesus said to his apostles: ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.

    ‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.’

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

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