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 Diocesan Service for VE Day will be available on Diocesan and Cathedral social media platforms at 12 noon on Friday 8th May. The Dean of Southwark will officiate and the Bishop of Southwark will preach and lead an act of Recommitment to Peace. Click here.
Service of Thanksgiving from Christ Church East Sheen
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.
Meet every Monday at 2:30pm via Zoom to discuss passages from the Acts of the Apostles. The format will be to read a passage together, reflect on it silently, then by sharing a word or phrase which strikes us, and then the vicar will introduce a short discussion between participants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
Bible Teaching from Holy Trinity, Barnes
Online Bible Studies and Reflections from St Luke’s and the Barn Church, Kew
Bible Study and Meditation Group at St Anne’s Kew
Join the weekly Bible study every Wednesday at 11am via Zoom.
Join a Christian meditation session via Zoom for peace and inspiration in these difficult times. Every Friday at 7am, finishing about 7:45am.
What better way to use lockdown than to pray? But we could all do with a helping hand with prayer. The Prayer Course is designed to do just that. Come and be part of our course, starting on Tuesday 5th May. Find out more and sign up at htrichmond.org.uk/prayercourse
Daily Encouragement and Prayer from Holy Trinity Richmond
Holy Trinity, Richmond are producing a daily encouragement each day (except Sunday), getting different people to write each week. You can find it at holytrinityrichmond.blogspot.com and you can sign up for that via email on there too.
They are also encouraging the church to pray at various points during the week: 7.30am on Tuesdays, midday on Wednesdays and 6pm on Thursdays. Reminders are sent out about this via Facebook and Twitter.
The women of Zimbabwe have prepared this year’s service on the theme ‘Rise, take up your mat and walk’. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes for the future. The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 countries , beginning in Samoa and finishing in American Samoa more than 36 hours later. Our local service in Richmond is to be a special celebration in St Mary Magdalene as part of the 800th anniversary on Friday March 6th at 2.30pm. All are welcome. Tea and cake after the service.
What contribution does the catholic faith have to make to the current debate about populism, the ‘rise of the right’ and other threats to liberal ideas and institutions?
Eighty years ago the then Vicar of St John the Divine Richmond, anglo-catholic theologian V.A. Demant, (later Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford) published The Religious Prospect, a prophetic judgement on the inadequacy of much of the liberal thinking of the time for resisting totalitarianism. He believed orthodox Christianity provided a necessary foundation for liberal society, one which defenders of liberal values often neglected at their peril. What has his thinking to offer in our time?
This event is sponsored by the Richmond Team Ministry Suggested donation £5 to include wine For more information please contactRichmond Team Ministry Parish Office: email@example.com 020 8940 0362 St John the Divine, Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2NA.