Carers Together is a new initiative to bring informal carers (unpaid carers who look after a friend or relative) together for support and encouragement, through weekly zoom meetings.
Starting on 21st January they will be hosting zoom meetings for informal carers every Thursday at 3pm. Those without internet access can phone in. The idea of the meetings are to give carers the opportunity to chat with others in similar situations for mutual support, in small breakout room groups. There will also be monthly guest speakers on relevant subjects with discussions afterwards.
For those who would like prayer support there will be opportunities for this as well. The initiative will have a distinctive Christian flavour but be accessible and welcoming to those outside the Christian faith as well.
Please share this with anyone who may be interested. For more information or to get involved, please contact Tina English (email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 3778 0035).
Richard Harries will be convening a series of seminars on T.S.Eliot’s Four Quartets on Thursdays at 4 or 4.30 pm (to be confirmed) beginning on January 7th 2021 and lasting for one and a half hours. The first two will be in church, socially distanced. All are welcome, no prior expertise is needed and all you will require is a copy of the poem, available in paperback from about £10. You can also listen to T S Eliot reading the poem on YouTube The series may run into Lent. This poem expresses Eliot’s mature faith and repays close reading. It would help to have a rough indication of those expressing an initial interest. Please send your name to Cheryl at the office on email@example.com.
Services for Advent Sunday are below. Keep checking back for details of Christmas services around the Deanery.
Advent Sunday, 29th November 4pm Advent Carols from St Michael and All Angels – Advent Evening Prayer via Zoom including pre-recorded music from St Michael’s choir. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join. 6:30pm Advent Carol Service from All Saints, East Sheen – streamed live on Facebook. 6:30pm Advent Carol Service from St Anne’s, Kew – streamed live on Facebook. The service will explore through music, anthems, antiphons and readings the great Advent theme of longing for light. Music by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Josquin des Préz, Orlando Gibbons and James MacMillan will intersperse the readings and prayers. 6:30pm Service of Music and Readings for Advent from Richmond Team Ministry – streamed live via the St Mary Magdalene Facebook page. Music by McDowell, Joubert, Bach and Knight Click here for the Order of Service. 6pm Southwark Cathedral Advent Procession – All are welcome to join this special service online to mark the beginning of the season of Advent. The Cathedral Lay Clerks will lead everyone from darkness to light, in the candlelit Cathedral as we celebrate the biblical figures heralding the birth of the Messiah. Click here.
Sunday 6th December 5pm Advent Music and Readings by Candlelight at St Luke’s, Kew – join this traditional Advent service in person or via Facebook.
Liturgy of the Ordinary from St Michael and All Angels, Barnes
This year, St Michael and All Angels has an Advent theme of prayer and spirituality at home, inspired by the amount of time we have all had to spend at home this year. Rev Stephen Stavrou writes: “Our sermons, books and discussion groups seek to help us connect our faith with the daily practice of living. To see the sacred in the secular and secular in the sacred.”
They recommend two books for Advent reading (see below) and will be holding Advent book groups via Zoom. Please email email@example.com if your are interested in joining.
Christmas Tree Festival at St Michael and All Angels, Barnes
Advent Journey from Christ Church, East Sheen
Each day during Advent receive by email a daily reflection based on an image poem or text, following the themes of change, uncertainty, light and hope. Each day there will be a simple activity or craft. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to take part.
Advent Talks from All Saints, East Sheen
This year All Saints, East Sheen are looking at the Nativity and Person of Jesus – what the Gospels say about his birth, what Jesus says about himself, and why these things matter to our faith. There will be a bit of preparatory thinking for each session. The talks will be at 8.00 p.m. on Tuesdays 24th November and 1st, 8th, and 15th December. Please email email@example.com for the link to the Zoom meeting.
Advent Meditations from Richmond Team Ministry
Each Wednesday during Advent clergy from Richmond Team Ministry will each lead a short reflection on the theme of Advent, which is concluded by saying Compline together. Click here for the order of service for Compline.
The reflections will be at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December. Click here to contact Richmond Team Ministry for the meeting link..
Advent Book List from Richmond Team Ministry
The Richmond Team Ministry clergy have put together a short recommended Advent booklist. Prayer, Where to Start and How to Keep Going by Stephen Cottrell No one ever becomes an expert in prayer, but this little book sets out to help become more open to God’s presence, which is the heart of prayer. Let it Slow, an Advent Calendar with a Difference by Stephen Cottrell Christmas can be one of the most joyful but stressful times of year. This guide offers another way to approach December. Heaven in Ordinary, a Poet’s Corner Collection by Malcolm Guite Everyday events and encounters, landscapes and poetry, stories, memory and a sense of the sacred: the musings of a poet’s mind Frequencies of God, Walking through Advent with R.S. Thomas by Carys Walsh 28 reflections on Thomas’s poetry as a guide for this season, exploring themes of waiting, accepting, journeying and birthing.
Look our for Christmas windows and displays in homes around Richmond, Mortlake and Ham as Churches encourage us to display the joy of Christmas. Holy Trinity, Richmond are even having a competition (click here)! Click here for a trail map around Mortlake and visit St Michael and All Angels, Barnes or click here to pick up trail maps around Barnes. Click here to see more pictures.
Mission Advent Calendar from Holy Trinity, Richmond
During Advent Holy Trinity, Richmond are highlighting the various aspects of mission they support. Every day they will highlight a person or organisation they are connected with, and a new one will be revealed each day. Click here daily to find encouragements for your faith and ways to pray for mission during Advent.
Online Advent Calendar
Online Advent Calendar produced by a group of clergy gives a daily reflection, a reading, pieces of art and music for each day during Advent, starting Sunday 29th November. Good for the soul and easier on the waistline! https://adventonline.faith/advent-calendar/
We held an Open Meeting via Zoom with Lucy Abraham from Glass Door on Thursday, 26th November. Lucy spoke about the current situation for rough sleepers locally, Glass Door’s intended response in line with the Covid related restrictions and the support that churches and individuals can give to Glass Door.
During the talk, Lucy mentioned many ways that you can support the work of Glass Door or help a homeless person.
If you are concerned about someone over the age of 18 that you have seen sleeping rough in London, you can use the Streetlink website to send an alert to StreetLink. The details you provide will be reviewed by the StreetLink team who will look at the information you provide and make a judgement as to whether the alert is suitable to be sent to the local street outreach for the area in which you have seen the person, to help them find the individual and connect them to support.
It is important to note that if you think the person you are concerned about is under 18 please do not contact StreetLink but instead call the police.
Please click here to find out how you can help the work of Glass Door this winter.
Churches across the deanery are again saying morning prayers and celebrating the Eucharist behind closed doors but churches are still open for private prayer and reflection. See below for service and opening times.
Rev Anne Crawford from Richmond Team Ministry writes: “We feel bereft that we cannot come together and take bread in to our hands and remember in ways which strengthen us, inspire us and comfort us, especially when life is difficult and we are fearful. But we have been this way before, and we learned a lot about what it means to be the Body of Christ when we cannot gather physically together, and we can be re-assured that God will be with us and will make his presence felt as we navigate our way forward and do our best to care for each other and for those who look to the Church for help, support and guidance.”
Holy Trinity Barnes
St Michael and All Angels, Barnes
Sunday – Sung Mass 10.00am Facebook and You Tube Monday – Morning Prayer 9.00am Zoom Tuesday – Morning Prayer 9.00am Zoom Wednesday Morning Prayer 9.00am Zoom Mass 12.00pm Facebook and YouTube Thursday – Morning Prayer 9.00am Zoom Saturday Morning Prayer 9.00am Zoom Mass 9.30am Facebook and YouTube
Churches in Richmond Team Ministry will be open for private prayer and reflection as follows
St John the Divine will be open on:
Tuesdays, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Saturdays, 10.00am – 12.00noon and
Sundays, 9.30am – 10.30am
St Mary Magdalene will be open on:
Wednesdays, 9.30am – 11.00am
Saturdays, 10.00am – 12.00noon
Sunday 8 November 8.00am – 11.30am,
Sunday 15 November 8.00am – 9.30am.
St Matthias will be open on:
Saturdays, 10.00am – 12.00noon.
St Luke’s and the Barn Church, Kew
St Peter’s, Petersham
The Church of England
Sunday Services from the Bishop of Southwark’s Chapel and Southwark Cathedral
From Sunday 8 November Bishop Christopher will be streaming a Eucharist from his Chapel at Bishop’s House at 9.30am. It can be found on the Diocesan Facebook and YouTube feeds and on Bishop Christopher’s Twitter feed.
Southwark Cathedral will continue to stream Morning Prayer from the Cathedral each day at 9am. Night Prayer will continue to be streamed at 8pm Monday to Saturday and at 6pm on Sunday. The Sunday Eucharist will be streamed at 11am. These can all be found on the Cathedral website and the Cathedral Facebook and YouTube channels.
Live Streamed Services Bible Studies and Prayer Meetings from around the Country
On Wednesday 21st October, 8pm to 9pm Holy Trinity, Richmond are running a Secret Church event. Hosted by Emma Worrell from Open Doors, Secret Church is an event created by Open Doors to help us understand and worship alongside the world’s hidden Christians.
The COVID-19 crisis has meant we’ve all experienced what it’s like not to be able to meet in a church building or gather in large numbers. But, for millions of Christians across the world, that’s what life is like all the time. In many countries, Christians have never entered a physical church building. They have never experienced the buzz of worshipping with hundreds of others, or even sung to God in anything above a whisper.
They are the secret church. They meet under the cover of darkness; in caves, forests and cellars; in the middle of the night, at dawn and on the run from secret police. They gather under the arches of bridges and even meet in stinking toilets in prison camps.
Yet wherever they meet – they find Jesus there. And that’s what we can learn from them: that lockdown doesn’t mean we are alone; that even though we are separated, we can still be Church.
This event will be run via Zoom. If you would like to join, email the Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Zoom details.
A new Zoom study group looking at some readings for the season of “creationtide” started on 21st September. During September and October, the Church of England, encourages us to focus on God as creator and sustainer of all life. Each week the group will look at a bible reading on this theme, and discuss it.
The group meets online at 2.30pm for an hour for 5 weekly sessions, from Monday 21st September to Monday 19th October inclusive. If you would like to join please email Rev James Hutchings (email@example.com) to get the Zoom invitation.
If you want to get ahead the full resources are on this link: Creationtide Discussion Materials You will see that each week a number of readings, biblical and other, are given, and you might like to choose one each day, but this is an optional extra. Rev James encourages those who have not previously taken part to give it a go too – it is an excellent way to grow in your faith and to join with others in doing so.
A deanery within the diocese of Southwark in South West London