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.
As we work towards reopening, we would value knowing your feelings about your enthusiasm to returning to church in the building, and the sorts of services and times you would be interested in attending. Please fill out this short, anonymous survey, to aid our planning.
Sundays - St Mary's at Home
We will be hosting a Sunday service of Morning Worship, including hymns, prayers, a Bible reading and sermon, from home. This can be seen on our YouTube Channel. It will be available as a Premiere from 10am and then can be watched back any time after that. Subscribe to our channel, to receive reminders and notifications on your phone or device.
Sunday 5 July
10.00am - St Mary's at Home service streams live on our YouTube channel
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).
10.45am - Virtual Junior Church (contact us if you need the Zoom link)
11.30am - Post Service Cuppa on Zoom
6pm - Virtual Youth Hub (contact us if you need the Zoom link)
The following notice was placed on the church noticeboard at St Mary's on 30 June.
Elis and Sheila will be leading a book study group on Ben Lindsay's book 'We Need to Talk About Race: Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches, over four Wednesdays in July. Email Elis to express an interest in joining the conversation. Buy the book here.
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 early September, so plenty of time to get the book and join. 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.
Zosia Thackray has now taken on the important role of Parish Safeguarding Officer. A big thanks to Emily Dickson who held the position until now. In preparation for a return to services in church, all Junior Church Leaders who require a fresh DBS disclosure are encouraged to complete their paperwork.
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 the new time of 8.45am Monday -Thursday.
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
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
Watch this video.
The Foodbank at St Paul's Hounslow West is still operating on a Wednesday, but our collection point is now out of bounds. You can deliver to St Paul's when it is open on Wednesday mornings, or alternatively The Royal Oak pub on Worton Road is operating a collection point most days. 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
Wildfires Festival - a series of spirit-filled talks and worship sessions for children and youth as well.
Praying through the pandemic - worship and prayer resources