St Mary Abbots is open for private prayer, Monday - Saturday from 10am - 2pm
and on Sunday from 8 am to 1pm
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It was a delight to welcome such a good number of parishioners to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting last night; thank you all for being with us. I am very pleased to be able to report that our current Church Wardens, Guy Heald and Ed Warrick, who have been a tremendous support and worked very hard through the last difficult months, were re-elected to serve as Wardens for another year. Andrew Giblin and Laura Sylvester both reached the end of their terms of office as PCC members last night, and I am so very grateful for all their support, advice and input over the time since I arrived, and before. We offer them our heartfelt thanks for their time as PCC members, and much appreciate that they both intend to continue to offer their particular gifts in the service of the church in future in other ways. David Peerless stood for re-election to the PCC and was duly elected – he has worked tirelessly as Treasurer, and we are glad to have his help and knowledge going forward – and it was a great pleasure to welcome both Ivell Arnold and Becky Tinsley onto the PCC last night. Once we have all been able to have our post-lockdown haircuts (speaking for myself, anyway!), we hope to provide photos of all our parish clergy, staff and officers, so that those in the congregation will know who we are after a year of isolating from one another…!
Tonight is our Service of Confirmation, and while we cannot invite you to attend unless you are one of the 33 candidates or one of their personal guests, due to Covid restrictions, we ask you to hold them in your thoughts and prayers before God. There are thirteen candidates from St Mary Abbots, together with a good number from St Philip’s, Earls Court Road and other neighbouring parishes, and it is a great joy to know that, as it says in the Book of Acts, “the Lord is adding to our number those whom he is calling.”
A reminder that we have now re-started a reduced pattern of weekday worship in church, with Midday Prayer at noon each day, followed on Tuesdays and Thursdays by a celebration of the Eucharist. You are most welcome to join us for any of these services. We also continue to say Morning Prayer online, Monday to Friday at 9 am – just contact me (or Mother Alice) for the link. Once Fr Christopher joins us and provided the relaxation of the lockdown carries on, we hope to re-introduce some of our other in-person services again in due course.
This Sunday, we welcome you for Good Shepherd Sunday with our current pattern of 8 am, 9.30 am Eucharist and 11.15 am Matins. As this is the fourth Sunday of the month, which is normally our “Choral Sunday”, we are delighted that our full professional quartet will be with us for both services. We are also delighted to announce the return of organised children’s provision during the 9.30 am Eucharist, making the most of the sunny weather. Please do remember that you need to register on Eventbrite in advance to keep us within our safe numbers - you can do this by going to the Services page of the website.
I hope that you are able to enjoy the sunshine and our increasing freedoms and look forward to seeing you soon.
God of our earthly pilgrimage, feed your Easter people with the bread of heaven, that we may hunger and thirst for righteousness until we reach our promised land, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. [Common Worship Daily Prayer]
With my love and prayers
22nd April 2021
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