Services from St Mary's Church

St Mary’s Online Services during 2021 Lockdown

Our PCC has taken the decision to stop public worship for the time being, while infection rates are so high in the capital. This was a challenging decision to make, weighing up the value and importance of worship in our churches against solidarity with the ‘stay at home’ message. The threat to the capacity to cope in hospitals, seen in the declaring of a major incident by the London Mayor, and the unknown qualities of the new strain crystalised the need for a painful and sad decision to close.

Please note that St Mary’s is still open for people visiting for private prayer, as part of their daily exercise, 10am – 2 pm Wednesdays to Saturdays and 11:30am – 2 pm Sundays. We respectly ask that you observe the now common safeguards of socially distancing, using hand sanitizer (we provide this), wearing your mask and completing our Trace and Track forms (or uploading the QR code displayed).

We have also resumed our online reflection series (weekly rather than daily this time) and will be emailing out Daily Bread, Extra Slice on Wednesdays and Daily Bread, Small Slice, for our young congregants, on Thursdays.  Please feel free to sign up to our church emails, via Church Mouse, on the website home page.  You can read this week’s (sent out on 13th and 14th January respectively) here: DBX129 and Daily Bread Small Slice week 1

Lockdown Sunday Service timetable 

Our @9.15am service on Zoom focuses on children and their families for both churches of our parish.

Our 10.30am Eucharist/ Service of the Word on Zoom (The sermon for the 10.30am service is uploaded, in the week after the sermon, to the “Listen Again” section of this website).

Please sign up to our Church Mouse communications to receive the weekly “Invitation To Service” and “Newsletter” with Zoom details.  This link can be found at the bottom of the homepage or by clicking on this link:

If you want to sign up outside of office hours (Mondays – Thursdays) you can email Rev’d John Whittaker by clicking on this link: [email protected]

We are not currently holding services on Sundays at 6pm, Tuesday mornings for pre-school children, or 12.30pm Communion on Wednesday lunchtimes.

If you have any questions or want to find out more, please email Rev’d John at [email protected] or Nikki (about @9.15am) at [email protected]
Our newsletter will continue to be emailed out weekly.
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. 

We sincerely hope that we will be able to return to our pre-Covid-19 services and provisions for children and their families soon. Details of our "old-normal" services are listed below

Parish Eucharist

Our Sunday services come in two flavours:  At 10am there is the Parish Eucharist during which, in term-time, Sunday School  groups run for children from nursery school age to year 9.

There is – throughout the year – a creche for smaller children and the Cromwell Room, separated from the main church by a glass wall, is set apart for babies and toddlers to play as their adults sit with them and take part in the service. We hope that the Parish Eucharist is an un-fussy but reverential communion service using traditional hymns and thought-provoking sermons to enable people to re-charge their batteries for the coming week.


For those wanting more peace and quiet, Caritas, at 6pm, is a tranquil, reflective service of Holy Communion.

Both services last an hour.

Children's Services

Each school week there are either Sunday school sessions or services appropriate for children. Jumping for Joy is a fun session of songs, story, craft and prayers suitable for babies to children of about 7.  Emmaus is intended for the older children.  We run Emmaus and Jumping for Joy parallel to the 10am service in The Lancaster Hall. All of us begin the service together in the Church, have a time apart for age appropriate teaching and then join together for Holy Communion.