While public services at our churches and all other events are suspended, we are moving a lot of our activities online. This page is the easiest place to find out what's going on.
Sundays - St Mary's at Home
While the coronavirus pandemic means that some people will be staying at home and avoiding public gatherings for their own safety, we are committed to providing Sunday worship online. This will be until the end of 2020 at the very least. Our St Mary's at Home Sunday service - including hymns, prayers and a sermon, goes out on our YouTube Channel every Sunday at 10am. You can watch the service at your leisure following this time. Subscribe to our channel, to receive reminders and notifications on your phone or device.
Sunday 2 August
After the service, you can catch up with other church members, or get to know us as a church family at the Post Service Cuppa at 11.30 (link below).
4pm - We are gradually returning to worship in our church buildings, and a simple eucharist service will take place at St Mary's. There are spaces for 31 household/bubble groups, and we must maintain 2m social distancing at all times. Face coverings are to be worn inside the building and there will be a team to look after you and ensure you enter and exit the church in a safe manner. Communion will be the bread only, and there will be no singing at this time.
There will be a further service of simple communion at St Mary's at 8.30am on Sunday 9 August, and a similar service at St Luke's at 5pm on Sunday 16 August (booking required, via the parish office). There will be no services in the buildings on 23 and 30 August, while we review our plan and prepare for a resumption of regular services in September, government and church guidelines permitting.
11.30am - Post Service Cuppa on Zoom
4pm - Simple eucharist service at St Mary's
We are making a phased return to worshiping in our church buildings in August, while continuing to conduct worship online as we have since March. Since the government guidelines allowed places of worship to reopen with restrictions on what we can do, we have been carefully planning and a service of simple communion with no singing will be held at the following times:
2 August - Simple communion at St Mary's at 4pm | St Mary's at Home on YouTube at 10am
9 August - Simple communion at St Mary's at 8.30am | St Mary's at Home on YouTube at 10am
16 August - Simple communion at St Luke's at 5pm (booking essential via the Parish Office - 020 8569 7312) | St Mary's at Home on YouTube at 10am
Note: For these three services, we are encouraging you to pick one to attend, and to think of those who aren't able to access the online services first. Seating will be available at St Mary's for 31 households/bubbles in groups of up to 4. You will be shown to your seat, where you must remain for the duration of the service, until invited forward to receive the communion (bread only). There will be social distancing of 2 metres and a one-way system in place. The wearing of face coverings is strongly advised for everyone.
On 23 and 30 August there will be no services in the church buildings. An online service will be available at 10am on the 23rd, and we encourage you to be curious on the fifth Sunday and watch an online service (or attend an open church) elsewhere. This is due to the vicar being on leave.
We hope to resume a regular pattern of Sunday worship on 6 September and will post further information here when available.
St Mary's is open for private prayer on Wednesdays from 12-2pm, and on Saturdays from 2-4pm, with social distancing in place. Prayer is in the lady chapel only, where seats have been spaced out. In order to maximise safety, this will be limited to one person/household at a time. Hand sanitiser is available on the way in and out and a one way system is in place. Please read the signs carefully if visiting the church for private prayer, and if you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus please remain home and call 111.
The Vicarage Book Club (currently online) is reading Every House in the Light Burnin' by Andrea Levy at its next meeting. This will be September 6th in the evening, so get the book and join us. All welcome! Email Elis for more information.
The Parish Office remains closed to visitors in person, and email is still the most effective way to communicate with the office.
Junior Church Leaders - please complete the DBS application and Safeguarding training over the summer if you need to, otherwise you won't be able to lead in junior church when September comes.
Morning prayer live
Join in with Morning Prayer on Facebook Live.
Morning prayer will be said for the parish live on our Facebook page at 8.45am Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
We'll mainly be using the Daily Office for the Church of
England which you can find here.
Thursdays will be more informal and use a variety of resources. Sometimes we use the order of service used at St Luke's. A scan of this can be downloaded here.
Thursday Night Prayer Group
Join an informal, 40-minute prayer meeting, Thursdays 8.15pm - 8.55pm, via Zoom. All are welcome, whether you're new to prayer or have been praying all your life. Click here to join the meeting.
Other worship on TV and radio
Sunday worship on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am and local radio stations at 8am.
Choral Evensong is on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesdays at 3.30pm (repeated on Sundays)
The Church of England is broadcasting live services at 9am on the Church of England Facebook page.
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.
Supporting the Foodbank
The Foodbank at St Paul's Hounslow West is still operating on a Wednesday, and a pop up Foodbank has started at Church of the Good Shepherd. Our collection point is accessible when the church is open for private prayer, or you can deliver to St Paul's when it is open on Wednesday mornings. If you would like to make a financial donation to the Foodbank to support those who are vulnerable during this time, you can do so 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.
Other resources to help you worship at home
Praying through the pandemic - worship and prayer resources