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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Lots of news today as we look ahead over the next few weeks! Firstly, a reminder that this Sunday, 7th March, the Bishop of Kensington will be preaching at our online service of Holy Eucharist for Lent 3, so please do join the service if you can on the services page of the website.
I am also very pleased to announce that, following the ending of London’s Critical Incident status last week, the PCC have voted to re-open St Mary Abbots for Sunday worship from Mothering Sunday, Sunday 14th March. This will be a Family Eucharist with the children reading and leading the intercessions. Martina will be in touch shortly for ongoing children’s provision. For the moment it will be necessary to limit numbers so seats can be booked on Eventbrite via our website or HERE.
Going forward our intention is initially to offer the same Sunday service pattern as we did when we were open earlier in the pandemic:
8 am Holy Eucharist (BCP)
9.30 am Holy Eucharist with Cantor
11.15 Matins with Cantor.
In addition, there will now be a ZOOM Evening Prayer at 5.30 pm, for all those who prefer to wait a bit longer before attending church in person. I shall be sending out the link on Saturday 13th March to anyone who has previously attended our Sunday Morning Prayer (which this Evening Prayer will replace), please do contact me for the link. We shall NOT be offering any weekday services until Holy Week.
For Holy week we will be setting out a separate service pattern to celebrate our most important festival of the year. After Easter we will revert, for the time being, to the pattern of Midday Prayer and twice-weekly midweek Eucharists we followed in the autumn.
The sermons from the Sunday morning church services will be recorded and will go up on the services page of our website early in the week.
It goes without saying that we shall be doing everything we can to re-open the church in the safest way possible, observing all the Government and national church guidelines and taking extra precautions of our own. Our risk assessments can be found on our website HERE. However, we do also rely on your help and understanding in wearing masks, hand sanitising, social distancing, signing up for services on Eventbrite in advance and following the instructions of the sidespeople as you move around the church. We also ask you not to attend church if you have been exposed to Covid-19 or show any symptoms, and if you live further away, to consider the risks of travel and whether you may wish to postpone your return.
I am, however, so thankful for these first steps on our return to the full worshipping community we cherish, and look forward to welcoming you all back before too long.
Father in heaven, whose Church on earth is a sign of your heavenly peace, grant to us in the days of our pilgrimage, that united in the body of your Son, we may be the temple of your presence, the place of your glory on earth, and a sign of your peace in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen [Common Worship, Dedication Festival (adapted), 2000)
With my love and prayers, Emma
4th March 2021
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