St Mary’s during Lockdown

Corona Virus - Parish Worship Dispersed at Home

We really miss seeing you all and worshipping together! But, as lockdown continues, so too does our uniting in spirit and prayer with our online worship.

We meet online throughout the week for worship:

Morning prayer: We gather at 8.45am Monday to Friday for the daily office of Morning Prayer. We follow Common Worship. We are aware that most people do not have the book at home, so follow the service online from the Church of England website (click Morning Prayer (contemporary) link) or download the app by following the instructions on the same page of the website). Contact Rev’d John Whittaker or Rev’d Jonathan Haynes for login details.

 SUNDAY SERVICES – We have two services every Sunday:

  • 9.15am for an All Age Service of the Word (more details below) &
  • 10.30am for our Parish Eucharist – a service of Spiritual Communion when a special prayer is said for our participating in the communion despite not being physically present. You are also invited to stay on for “virtual coffee” after the service so that we can say an informal hello and catch up as a community.

A warm welcome to join in!

Our services are 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 for this information in your Inbox. If you are not already signed up to receive the Church Mouse, scroll to the bottom of this page to subscribe. Alternatively, email us directly to request the details.

Both Sunday services are recorded each week so if you miss the live events or want to watch them again, a Church Mouse goes out on a Sunday evening with details on how to access them. Alternatively visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel, where all past online services are stored. The 10.30am services are also stored in the “Listen Again” section of this website. The All Age service of the week is listed below.

If you would like to pray on your own, we  have written this service sheet covid 19_services_at_home designed to be used at home.  We invite you to express your desire to pray and worship by using this sheet for a service held at home either by your self or with members of your household. 

God Bless

John

Prayer Requests and the Parish Prayer Tree

In this time when we can’t use the Prayer Board at church, we’re wanting to find other ways that we can share prayer requests. 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. 

If there is someone, or a particular situation, that you would value prayer for in the coming week, then do please email Rev’d Helena Whittaker. The requests will be received in confidence by the clergy and there is no need for explanation, unless you want to, of course!

Helena will write you prayer request on a label and hang it on the prayer tree, and those requests will be prayed for during the week. At the service on Sunday the requests will be held before God in a general gathering prayer and the prayer tree will be visible – either by being in the background of one of the leaders or by means of a photo. 

If you would find this helpful, please feel very welcome to email your requests.

Daily Bread

Since the beginning of lockdown, we have been sending out a “Daily Bread” by Church Mouse. Although we are physically separated, our hope is that we may feed on the living Word of God amongst us. Different members of the ministry team rotate to offer up a reflection, bible text, image, poem or hymn. The hope is that we may 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.

Worship for children and their families during Covid-19

We had great fun at our first All Age Zoom Service on Sunday 26th April, so much so that we have decided to make it a weekly event while we are in lockdown.

Please join us every Sunday on Zoom at 9.15am for a 30 minute Service of the Word, suitable for the whole family.

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.

CATCH UP ON OUR ALL AGE SERVICE from Sunday 24th May – Ascension Sunday. 

During the service, Rev Elisabeth and Rev Jono wondered about the ascension of Jesus, that moment when Jesus left his disciples and went to heaven.

We were all invited to explore the idea of ‘going up’ and memories, there were bubbles too!!

For the bubble activity sheet click here: Family Prayer Activity – Sunday 24th May

We hope you enjoy the service! Join us again next week!

If you missed the live service, or want to watch it again, click on the link below. For previous weeks, visit our YouTube channel, where all past online services are stored. 

Catch up on our All Age Ascension Sunday Service of the Word:

OTHER RESOURCES

Thy Kingdom Come (TKC) is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.

TKC Resources for children and their families

We invite you all to commit to pray together as a family.

What is prayer? Prayer is talking to God. It’s telling him what is going on, asking for help, thanking and praising him and seeking forgiveness. Prayer is also about listening to God. Sometimes we talk too much about what we want and forget to listen to what God is telling us.

On each of the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, we will send out a “Thy Kingdom Come Daily Bread” for children and their families via the Church Mouse. Click on the subscribe to the Church Mouse link below if you would like to receive them via email. Alternatively, return here every day during “Thy Kingdom Come” to download the reflection for the day.

Note: There is an “adult” version too, which is sent out as part of the Daily Bread reflections as mentioned further up the page.

Each day we will explore one line of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray, The Lord’s Prayer. The Daily Breads will include a little bit about the line of the day, suggested prayers for you to say together and to reflect, as well as a meaningful and fun activity. Don’t forget to ask the Holy Spirit to be with you as you do these activities. We hope you find God in the fun and creativity!

Thursday 21st May: Our Father in Heaven,
Friday 22nd May: Hallowed be your name,
Saturday 23rd May: Your Kingdom Come,
Sunday 24th May: Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Monday 25th May: Give us today our daily bread.
Tuesday 26th May: And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Wednesday 27th May: Lead us not into temptation

We pray that you and your families deepen your relationships with Jesus Christ and that the Holy Spirit will give you strength and energy and fill you with inspiration to tell your friends and family about your faith. We pray too that they may come to faith in Jesus.

If you would like to share anything with us during this time, do email our Youth & Family Minister, Nikki – we would love to hear your thoughts and to see your wonderful creations.

Shalom!

~ The Parish of Putney Ministry Team

For Thy Kingdom Come this year, the Southwark Diocese Children & Youth Team have gathered videos from children & young people across the Diocese, talking about how they’re engaging with everyday faith during this time between Ascension and Pentecost.

View the videos by clicking on the links:
Day 1 – Ascension
Day 2 – Creation
Day 3 – Family
Day 4 – Education 
Day 5 – Health 
Day 6 – TV & Media
Day 7 – Friends

You can also access daily videos, bible readings, reflections and podcasts if you download Thy Kingdom Come App on App store and Google Play #ThyKingdomCome