St Mary Abbots is open for private prayer, Monday - Saturday from 10am - 2pm
and on Sunday from 8 am to 1pm
Please join us for Sunday services in the church HERE
This week we have all been saddened to hear of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh last Friday, and our hearts go out to the Her Majesty The Queen and all the Royal Family. A short service of prayer was held in the church at 5.30 pm on Friday, attended by the Mayor of RBKC, the Leader of the Council and the Council CEO, and on Saturday our bellringers tolled a bell ninety-nine times at midday, followed by prayer in church, as a mark of respect for The Duke of Edinburgh and to remember a long life lived to the full. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. The Royal Family will be very much in our thoughts and prayers as we approach the funeral this Saturday and the church is open from 10 am to 2 pm every day, including Saturday, for prayer and the lighting of candles. A link to the Church of England's Book of Condolence can be found below.
This Sunday there will, as usual, be an 8 am BCP Eucharist, a 9.30 am Parish Eucharist and a service of Choral Matins at 11.15 am. I am delighted to welcome back the Revd Canon Professor Peter Galloway as our preacher at Matins. There will also be a Zoom service of Evening Prayer online at 5.30 pm. Please do contact me if you do not already have the link and would like to join us. We are very pleased to announce that as of next Monday (19th April), we shall be returning to regular daily worship in the church, with Midday Prayer every day including Saturday at 12 noon, followed by a Eucharist on Tuesdays (BCP) and Thursdays. We look forward to welcoming you back to these weekday church services or to our online services of Morning Prayer which continue on Zoom at 9 am every morning.
May I remind you once again about our online Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which will take place next week on Zoom at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 21st April. The Zoom link will be sent out to everyone who is currently on the Electoral Roll on Wednesday morning, and you are very warmly invited to join us to reflect on the past year and to look forward with anticipation and hope at the year which lies ahead.
Next Thursday evening (22nd April) will be our Service of Confirmation, led by the Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin. We very much regret that this year due to Covid-restricted numbers, we are unable to offer places to anyone who is not a candidate or one of their small allotted number of guests. However, we do ask you to keep all the candidates who are joining us from a variety of local churches very much in your prayers during the week ahead and especially to remember the St Mary Abbots candidates: Ava, Bella, Bipin, David, Emily, Georgina, Isabelle, Julian, Liyana, Maggie, Patrick and Reza Beik.
God of majesty, Give rest to your servant Philip who, having served his Queen and Country has passed from this life, full of years yet strong in spirit. As we give thanks for his life, as Prince and husband, as Consort and family man, we pray that all that he has done may continue to bear fruit in the lives of individuals and the life of this nation, to your honour and glory. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen [Prayer from Salisbury Cathedral, 9th April 2021]
With my love and prayers
15th April 2021
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh