Church services - Summer Pattern
Coronavirus legal restrictions have been lifted on most activities as of 19 July. However, case numbers are rising sharply, as are the numbers of people in hospital. At St Mary's and St Luke's we will continue to meet in our buildings, and continue to offer hand sanitiser, encourage the use of face coverings indoors, and continue to encourage social distancing. Please continue to use the QR Code with the NHS Covid app when you enter church.
We will resume singing a couple of hymns indoors at St Mary's, and we will continue to sing a hymn outdoors at the end of the St Luke's service. Subject to PCC approval at the 26 July meeting, we will begin to offer Holy Communion in both kinds, the bread and the wine.
Summer Series - 'The Summer of Love'
Our 6-week series will take a ranging view of the nature of God's love for us, and our call to love. The 10am service will be non-communion, family friendly and follow the following themes:
25 July - Love God
1 August - Love Your Neighbour
8 August - Love Yourself
15 August - Love Your Enemies
22 August - Love Like Jesus
29 August - Love God's Word
Service times from 25 July to 29 August
8.30am - Parish Communion at St Mary's.
A said communion service (Common Worship)
10am - St Mary's Summer Series
11.30am - St Luke's Morning Worship (Communion on 22 August)
We are not live streaming any of these services over the summer. A separate, shorter online service will go out on our Facebook Page and YouTube channel on Sundays for those who can't be with us in our church buildings.
Midweek Communion - Wednesdays at 2pm
Join us online
Browse our online services on our YouTube channel.
We also stream a live half hour of prayer every weekday morning at 9am on our Facebook Page.
St Mary's Online - previous services
Sunday 18 July - Watch here
Sunday 11 July - Watch here
Sunday 4 July - Watch here
Sunday 27 June - Watch here
Sunday 20 June - Watch here
Giving to St Mary's
Our Giving page explains how to support the mission and ministry at St Mary's including online donations while we are unable to meet. Please prayerfully consider joining the Parish Giving Scheme to become a regular donor, or giving a one-off donation with a credit or debit card.
Confirmation Service, 12 September 2021
We will be welcoming Bishop Graham to our 10am service on 12 September. Confirmation is a special church service in which a person confirms the promises that were made when they were baptized. If you would like to be confirmed at this service, please contact the vicar. There will be some preparation sessions in July and September.
We have launched our Eco Team as we work towards the Eco Church award.
If you would like to play a part in helping us care more for creation as a church, please sign up by contacting Elis, Fi or the Parish
Vicarage Book Club - 25 July at 8pm (at the Vicarage!)
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Thursday Night Prayer Group
8-9pm on Zoom. Join here
Morning Prayer on Facebook Live
A couple of notices about how we're worshiping in church at the moment
1. When you arrive at St Mary's, you'll be greeted by a member of our welcome team and encouraged to put on a face covering and sanitise your hands (sanitiser is available in the porch). As you enter, either scan the NHS QR code using a smartphone, or sign in on the sheet, giving your name and a contact detail (we retain these for 21 days for track and trace). The pews that are available for seating will have a card with a green tick. Groups of up to 6 may sit on the same pew, but if you wish to maintain social distancing from others who are not in your household/bubble, simply turn over the green tick to show a red cross, so others will know not to join you. We hope this simple system will enable people to be closer together in church, while sticking to the rules for places of worship.
2. We are increasing the use of media to communicate within the Church and externally via the Internet. This may include photography and/or live streaming of services and other events. The leader will announce in advance when live streaming is about to go ahead and the camera operator or official photographer will usually aim to position the camera so that that individuals will not be personally identifiable. The default setting is that everyone is 'opted out' and will not be personally identified but you can 'opt in' using our data management system ‘ChurchSuite’ at any time or give permission to the leader on the day to allow internal and/or external video transmission or photography which may personally identify you.
Please refer to our Privacy Notice which provides further information regarding the legal basis for processing and holding personal data and the standards we adhere to.
Supporting the Foodbank
Foodbank continues to experience high demand. Please help if you can.
The items we are currently most in need of are as follows:- cereal, milk, juice, eggs, honey, nappies (size 2 & 7), baby wipes.
Please drop off your donations at St Paul’s church, 287 Bath Road, Hounslow West, TW3 3DA on a Monday or Wednesday morning between 9.30am-11.30am, bring to St Mary's or leave outside the vicarage front door. If you prefer to give financially instructions are below. Thank you for your ongoing support.
The Foodbank at St Paul's Hounslow West is open on Wednesday, and at Church of the Good Shepherd on Monday. While we are in lockdown we encourage a financial donation to the Foodbank to support those who are vulnerable. You can donate easily via text.
To donate £5, text JRQQ02 to 70970
To donate £30, text JRQQ02 to 70191
Alternatively you can make an online donation (and choose your own amount) here.