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  • Sunday Mass: Trinity 20

    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/EFeyPCg7Gpw. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/EFeyPCg7Gpw

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  • Readings for Trinity 20

    Isaiah 53:4-12

    Surely he has borne our infirmities
      and carried our diseases;
    yet we accounted him stricken,
      struck down by God, and afflicted.
    But he was wounded for our transgressions,
      crushed for our iniquities;
    upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
      and by his bruises we are healed.
    All we like sheep have gone astray;
      we have all turned to our own way,
    and the Lord has laid on him
      the iniquity of us all.

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
      yet he did not open his mouth;
    like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
      and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
      so he did not open his mouth.
    By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
      Who could have imagined his future?
    For he was cut off from the land of the living,
      stricken for the transgression of my people.
    They made his grave with the wicked
      and his tomb with the rich,
    although he had done no violence,
      and there was no deceit in his mouth.

    Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
    When you make his life an offering for sin,
      he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
    through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
    Out of his anguish he shall see light;
    he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
      The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
      and he shall bear their iniquities.
    Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
      and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
    because he poured out himself to death,
      and was numbered with the transgressors;
    yet he bore the sin of many,
      and made intercession for the transgressors.

    Hebrews 5:1-10

    Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

    So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,

    ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’;

    as he says also in another place,

    ‘You are a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’

    In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

    Mark 10:35-45

    The Request of James and John

    James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’

    When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

  • Sunday Mass: Trinity 19

    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/cuPv77RHJ5k. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/cuPv77RHJ5k

    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 cuPv77RHJ5k which will take you directly to it.

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  • Readings for Trinity 19

    Amos 5:6-7,10-15

    Seek the Lord and live, or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground!

    They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore, because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine.For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins— you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time. Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

    Hebrews 4:12-16

    Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

    Jesus the Great High Priest

    Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    Mark 10:17-31

    The Rich Man

    As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.”’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

    Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’

    Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’

  • October Parish Magazine

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    • Elizabeth on the ultimate sacrifice of two teenagers in World War I
    • Read part II of Peggy’s account of life as an evacuee in the Second World War

    Ahead this month

    • Harvest
  • Thursday Mass: Our Lady of the Rosary

    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/tRpo5Ja9LF0. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/tRpo5Ja9LF0

    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 tRpo5Ja9LF0 which will take you directly to it.

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  • Readings for Our Lady of the Rosary

    Acts 1:12-14

    The apostles all joined in continuous prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus

    After Jesus was taken up into heaven the apostles went back from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a sabbath walk; and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude son of James. All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

    Luke 1:46-55

    Blessed is the Virgin Mary, who bore the Son of the eternal Father.

    My soul glorifies the Lord,
    my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

    Blessed is the Virgin Mary, who bore the Son of the eternal Father.

    He looks on his servant in her nothingness;
    henceforth all ages will call me blessed.
    The Almighty works marvels for me.
    Holy his name!

    Blessed is the Virgin Mary, who bore the Son of the eternal Father.

    His mercy is from age to age,
    on those who fear him.
    He puts forth his arm in strength
    and scatters the proud-hearted.

    Blessed is the Virgin Mary, who bore the Son of the eternal Father.

    He casts the mighty from their thrones
    and raises the lowly.
    He fills the starving with good things,
    sends the rich away empty.

    Blessed is the Virgin Mary, who bore the Son of the eternal Father.

    He protects Israel, his servant,
    remembering his mercy,
    the mercy promised to our fathers,
    to Abraham and his sons for ever.

    Blessed is the Virgin Mary, who bore the Son of the eternal Father.

    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: Harvest

    Our Church is open for Mass this Sunday at 10:30 when we will celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving. 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/_5_F2MXEmmM. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/_5_F2MXEmmM

    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 _5_F2MXEmmM which will take you directly to it.

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  • Readings for Harvest Thanksgiving

    Joel 2:21-27

    Do not fear, O soil;
      be glad and rejoice,
      for the Lord has done great things!
    Do not fear, you animals of the field,
      for the pastures of the wilderness are green;
    the tree bears its fruit,
      the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
    O children of Zion, be glad
      and rejoice in the Lord your God;
    for he has given the early rain for your vindication,
      he has poured down for you abundant rain,
      the early and the later rain, as before.
    The threshing-floors shall be full of grain,
      the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
    I will repay you for the years
      that the swarming locust has eaten,
    the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
      my great army, which I sent against you.
    You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
      and praise the name of the Lord your God,
      who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
    You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
      and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
    And my people shall never again
      be put to shame.

    1 Timothy 2:1-7

    Instructions concerning Prayer

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all—this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

    Matthew 6:25-33

    Do Not Worry

    ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

  • Thursday Mass: Feria

    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/XSZJwGHZpd8. This link will work from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

    https://youtu.be/XSZJwGHZpd8

    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 XSZJwGHZpd8 which will take you directly to it.

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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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