St Mary’s during Covid-19
Services returning to St Mary's Church and the Parish of Putney
Following the Government’s announcement that places of worship could open for services from 4th July, we are now back in our beautiful churches for services, with socially distanced communion. We will maintain an online presence for the foreseeable future for those more comfortable to continue worshipping from home.
We are thrilled to share how we, as a Parish, have begun our return to physical church.
Our Parish service timetable is:
8.30am All Saints’ Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion
9.15am Zoom Parish of Putney onine Service of the Word (More details below)
10.30am All Saints’ Parish Eucharist*
10.30am St Mary’s Parish Eucharist* (Live Streamed every Sunday on our YouTube channel) (Note change of time)
6pm St Mary’s Caritas
Parish weekday Morning Prayer continues every Monday – Friday at 9.15am, at All Saints’ Church.
Wednesdays at 12.30pm St Mary’s Lunchtime communion
In order to ensure that we adhere to Government’s regulations we will have a system to ensure, as far as we can, that our churches are safe places in which to congregate for services and, therefore, have more chance of staying open. To reassure you we have outlined our new system below. Obviously, we ask that if you are experiencing, or have recently experienced, any of the Covid-19 symptoms please continue to enjoy our remote services from home until after the quarantine period has elapsed in order that our services may continue safely for everyone in our community. Full, written instructions are below and you can also watch the following video to visualise what is being asked of those attending St Mary’s church. Click here for the St Mary’s video
At St Mary’s you will enter the church from the cafe and leave from the Tower door. We will have church wardens and sides people welcoming you outside the church and we ask that you queue in an orderly and socially distanced manner. Our welcoming team will also be in the church to guide you so do not worry if you can’t remember the following!
When inside the church you will see signs indicating in which direction you should walk if approaching the altar for communion (clockwise if sitting to the right of the altar, anticlockwise if on the left).
On entering the church you will have to sanitize your hands and again if you choose to take communion. If it your preference to wear a face mask and gloves by all means continue with your practice but there is not an expectation, under the government guidance, that this is mandatory. The church will be cleaned between services on a Sunday. On weekdays it will be cleaned at the end of every day it is open to the public.
Our service booklets and donation envelopes will be stored in separate boxes for you to collect at the entrance and then to deposit again when exiting. Please leave the Track and Trace forms on your seat so that our cleaning team know which seats have been in use to aid with a speedy clean after service.
It is mandatory for all those attending our services to complete a Track and Trace form (or one form for a household) and by entering the church you are agreeing to comply with this. In accordance with GDPR regulations these forms will be securely collated for 3 weeks and thereafter destroyed.
Seats will be placed at 1-2 m distances apart. Please do not move or rearrange our seats as they have been set out in a while as to maximise the number of congregants within the social distancing guidelines.
While we may have music we are unable to sing together so the services will be shorter without our customary hymns.
You will be able to receive communion though this will be in silence and the person dispensing it will simply nod. For those seeking a blessing you will be able to collect a blessing card from the basket on the altar before kneeling so that you know the prayers Rev’d John will be making for you when he stands before you.
Please note that children are very welcome to attend our church services, however, we cannot provide Sunday School provisions so families will have to stay together in the church.
While our toilet facilities will be open we ask that, where possible, you try to avoid congesting in these areas to reduce the risk of transmission.
During services only the ground level of the church, and the toilets, will be open. The church office, stairs, gallery and Brewer Building are closed to the public. The vestry will only be for the use of deacons and the clergy will robe in the church office.
Sadly, we cannot offer post service refreshments at the moment.
We appreciate there is a lot of detail above! We hope that rather than be daunted you are reassured that we are doing everything in our power to resume church services in such a way that they may continue safely for all until “business as usual”!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Rev’d John at [email protected]
Parish of Putney online Service of the Word
Since the beginning of lock down, the children of the Parish and their families have been meeting every week at 9.15am for an All Age Zoom Service.
Although our churches our now open for services, Sunday School is not up and running yet so we have decided to keep going with this service, but also to invite anyone else in the Parish who prefers to continue worshipping from home.
Each week there will be ‘break out’ rooms to allow people to choose between an adult focused sermon or a children’s focused interactive talk.
There will be a little of tech admin to sort people into the correct room (for more technical advice see click here)
This is truly a service for everyone so do join us!!!
This service is run on Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. If you do not have Zoom, but would like to take part, click here for a handy guide to install Zoom on your computer. Virtual_Services_via_Zoom
Zoom login details are sent by the Church Mouse each week, so do keep an eye out. If you are not already signed up to receive the Church Mouse, scroll down to the bottom of this page to subscribe. Alternatively, email St Mary’s Youth and Family Minister, Nikki to request the details. The service is recorded each week, so you can catch up on the previous service with the video below.
Be illuminated this Sunday for the Parish Service of the Word, Rev’d John and Rev’d Jono explored the story of the Transfiguration, an amazing event recorded in Matthew’s Gospel ch 17 vv1-13, whilst on top of a mountain Jesus, our friend and teacher, was shown to be the Christ – the son of God: he’d come at last!
There is also a wonderful activity for the children to do at home – download it here.
We hope you enjoy the service – this is truly a service for EVERYONE!
Catch up on the service from Sunday 9th August:
Many of us find comfort in the knowledge that others are praying for people or situations that are important to us, or indeed that people are praying for us.
When our churches were closed during lockdown, we weren’t able to use the Prayer Board at church, so we created a Parish Prayer Tree so that we could share prayer requests. Although we are now back in our churches, the Prayer Board will not be accessible for public use. We will therefore continue to take prayer requests via email and any prayers received will be placed on the board and prayed for during the week by the clergy.
If there is someone, or a particular situation, that you would value prayer for in the coming week, then do please email Rev’d John or Rev’d Jono. The requests will be received in confidence by the clergy and there is no need for explanation, unless you want to, of course! Please note however that the board is visible to the public so please indicate what you would like to be written on the board.
If you would find this helpful, please feel very welcome to email your requests.
At the start of lockdown, we began to send out a “Daily Bread” by Church Mouse. Although we were physically separated, our hope was that we would feed on the living Word of God amongst us. Different members of the ministry team rotated to offer up a reflection, bible text, image, poem or hymn. The hope was that we would all pray together, each evening, to (safely) light a candle of hope and prayer, visible within and outside our homes, with the particular invitation to pray The Lord’s Prayer at 7pm every evening.
The reflections were extremely well received and sustained a loyal readership throughout.
The 100th and last edition of Daily Bread was sent out on Wednesday 1st July. If you missed any of the Daily Breads, do get in touch and we can send you another copy.