banner showing queen Elizabeth the secondSt Mary’s Church in Stone, just outside of Kidderminster, has been celebrating 750 years of worship on the site of the church. As part of their celebrations, they have mapped the history of the UK and the kings and queens who have reigned with the history of the church itself. The result has been a hand-produced banner stretching around the church with pictures of the monarchs alongside details of the vicars of the church.

Start of the Stone bannerVicar Robert Legge said: “We formed a committee to start thinking about what we might do to celebrate the anniversary and this was one of the ideas which came out. A member of our congregation, Sue Laffey, is very into local history, so spent time researching the details – both at the Hive and online. 

Vicars of StoneWe discovered there were quite a few vicars missing from our official list displayed in church! Then another member, Aley Richards, hand-painted most of the artwork and then a bigger team helped put the boards together. The result is quite stunning!”

Queen Elizabeth 1 on Stone bannerThe anniversary was officially celebrated over the weekend of 7 & 8 September with an open church event on the Saturday followed by a celebratory meal and a special service on Sunday morning with Archdeacon Nikki. There was also a BCP Evensong which proved very popular. The display will now stay up until early December, as it was on the 5 December 1269 when the Bishop of Worcester, Godfrey Gifford, original dedicated the Chapel of Stone in honour of the Blessed Mary. 

2nd half of the Stone banner

History of St Mary's Stone