Services from St Mary's Church
Returning to services in St Mary’s
At the start of January, the infection rate for Covid was mushrooming, a massive uncertainty regarding the ‘Kent variant‘ was before us and civic leaders were calling on faith communities to voluntarily cease having ‘in person‘ worship. In that context, as a parish, we chose to move all our worship on-line.
The clergy, wardens and reader ministers of the parish have now met to decide on when we should re-open. It was very valuable to receive feedback from many congregation members, particularly those on ‘rotas’ and thank you so much for that.
Unless there is a substantial change in the direction of travel with the vaccination programme and falling rates of infection, hospitalisation and deaths, we have agreed to start services in church from Ash Wednesday 17 February 2021. This will include the 12:30pm Eucharist at St Mary’s and the 8:00pm Ash Wednesday Eucharist at All Saints’ – a service for members of both churches.
Please may we highlight:
- The 8:00pm All Saints’ Ash Wednesday Service and both 10:30am Eucharists on Sundays will also continue to be broadcast on-line. The 8:30am Eucharist at All Saints’ and the 6:00pm Caritas at St Mary’s will happen at church but will not be broadcast.
- Whilst the churches are open for people who wish to attend to do so, our welcome is to worship either on-line or at church and each household makes their choice of what feels right for you. If you are in a vulnerable group or have lots of contact with other people, our encouragement is that you worship on-line.
- Regulations still require Sunday Schools to be closed and so we continue with the Parish of Putney on-line 9:15am service, designed for children and their families. We will not be bringing this into church as we are not confident in our ability to have the social distancing needed.
If you would like to talk about this or have questions you would like to ask, please do contact [email protected]
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Please note that St Mary’s is still open for people visiting for private prayer, 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 continue with our online reflection series Daily Bread, Extra Slice and the new Daily Bread, Small Slice, for our young congregants. Please feel free to sign up to our church emails, via Church Mouse, on the website home page.
Service timetable until 17th February
Our Sunday @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: http://stmarys.parishofputney.com/how-do-i/the-church-mouse/
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.
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
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.
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.