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Palm Sunday - 5 April 2020, 10am
Live Stream Eucharist
As St Mary's is closed, Fr Andrew will be celebrating the Eucharist with the liturgy for Palm Sunday at the vicarage instead at our normal Sunday worship time of 10am.
If you would like to join the service, please click on the link below at 9.55am for the live stream: meet.google.com/xvc-mjjz-ggw
You may also follow by phone, in which case call 020 3937 1525 shortly before 10am and key in this number when prompted: 703 955 345#
Or you may simply prefer to read the readings and remember each other and the needs of the world in prayer at around 10am.
Coronavirus Update - 23 March 2020
It is with great sadness that we have taken the decision to close both the church and church hall and suspend all worship and outreach activities in them for the foreseeable future. Our worship of God and our care for each other continue, but cannot be safely done in our buildings in the present circumstances.
If you would like a prayer said for yourself or others, please use our confidential Can we pray for you? link.
Please see too the suggested prayers and liturgy for worship at home on the Church of England website.
To protect the vulnerable among us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.
If you live at a distance from elderly or vulnerable friends or family who reside in our neighbourhood, or are yourself required to self-isolate, please let us know if they need any assistance in obtaining supplies or other support and we will try to help. Phone: 01273 698601.
Sundays, 10.00 - 11.15 am
Sung Parish Eucharist
A beautiful, dignified act of worship, conducted according to the Common Worship liturgy, with a sung mass, candles and incense. Children are welcome throughout and there are toys and a small play area for littlies. Happy dogs on a lead are also welcome.
If you're new to church or just to St Mary's, enjoy the experience. You may sit where you like and either watch or join in with as much as appeals. The regular service is printed in the red booklets, with the weekly readings and notices on the white sheets, and the hymns in the green books. During communion, everyone may come forward to the altar but if you would prefer to remain in your seat, please do so. You may also come forward to receive a blessing from the priest instead of taking the sacraments of bread and wine. If you've any questions at any stage, it's always OK to ask! Send us an email in advance if you've any particular questions you would like sorted before attending. If you're coming by car we can also help with parking on a Sunday morning.
We're delighted if people stay behind (or drop-in) for tea and coffee afterwards. Again, if you're new to St Mary's, the coffee-slot after the service is a good time to get to know the church and meet our regulars. We're usually open until 2 pm for visiting on a Sunday and it's fine to take photographs.
Mondays, 9.30 - 10.00 am
A calming, meditative start to the working week with a half-hour spoken service, conducted in the evocative language of the Book of Common Prayer. The service is held in the intimate space of the Lady Chapel. Worshippers are invited to stay on afterwards for tea and biscuits or to join in a series of prayers for individual needs. There's also our knitting group at 10.30 am.
Tuesdays, 6.30 - 7.00 pm
A half-hour spoken Eucharist, using the traditional liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer. Held in the Lady Chapel. Everyone is welcome to join the service or simply to sit in the main part of the church while it is on. The evening light flooding in through the west windows is both beautiful and soothing, especially in the summer.
Wednesdays, 8.30 - 9.00 am
A reflective service, using the Common Worship liturgy, held in the Lady Chapel. People are welcome to join the service or simply enjoy the serenity and calm of the church, which remains open until at least 2 pm on most Wednesdays.
Wednesdays, 12.30 - 1 pm
A half-hour spoken Eucharist, conducted according to the Common Worship liturgy, which takes place in the Lady Chapel. Tea and coffee are usually available before the service.
Fridays, 9.30 - 10.00 am
A quiet, said service, using the Common Worship liturgy, held in the Lady Chapel. People are welcome to join the service or else view the church and breathe in its calming beauty.
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The procession, 6 July 2014. Photo by Justin Chan.