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).
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/
Over the last few years, members of St John the Divine have participated in the Posada in which the (knitted) Holy Family travel around from house to house during the lead-up to Christmas, symbolising the journey to Bethlehem. Sadly, it can’t happen in the usual way this year, so they have devised a virtual Posada instead! They will be sending out pictures with Mary, Joseph and the donkey travelling around familiar local scenes, culminating in their arrival at St John’s on Christmas Eve.
A single bell has been rung at St Mary Magdalene, at 6 o’clock each evening since the beginning of the current lockdown.
On All Saints Day, the Archbishops wrote to all the clergy in the Church of England. In this letter, they stated their conviction that the first and primary response of the Church at this time was prayer. “Bearing in mind our primary vocation as the Church of Jesus Chris is to pray and to serve, we call upon the Church of England to make this month of lockdown a month of prayer. More than anything else, whatever the nation thinks, we know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures for ever.
The Archbishops, in consultation with the House of Bishops, decided that this call would take the form of an invitation to every Christian and person of goodwill to pray at 6 pm every day, beginning on Thursday 5 November for the period of this present lock-down.
In order to stimulate this time of prayer, where it is possible, churches are encouraged to ring a single bell at 6 pm.
Daily Lockdown Pictures from St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake
St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake is posting daily pictures of the local area on Facebook and Twitter.
Although public worship was not allowed on Remembrance Sunday, churches across the deanery remembered the fallen and gave thanks for their sacrifice with Acts of Remembrance outdoors and private prayers inside church.
Christ Church, East Sheen are releasing short videos each Sunday evening, comprised of a mixture of words and music. These aim to help continue worship at home and to bring some brightness to your Sundays at a time in which a sense of community is needed more than ever.
For the latest edition of TeamTalk, Richmond Team Ministry asked congregation members and clergy to write down their experiences of Lockdown. What emerged was the joyfulness and hope that was derived from the unprecedented and challenging situation we all found ourselves in. Read their stories below.
Keith Nurse writes in the latest edition of the Cornerstone: The first Service at HTR took place on 18 June 1870, so this year is our 150th anniversary! Our plan was to have our main celebration on 20 June, the nearest Saturday to this, although it now seems likely that we will need to change this. The idea was to have a church morning together followed by lunch, and in the afternoon the Bishop of Southwark, Christopher Chessun, would join us for a Service of Thanksgiving followed by tea. We were also hoping to arrange other special events during 2020, which we will keep under review as the year unfolds.
The 28 August 1869 edition of the Surrey Comet reports on the laying of the Foundation Stone of our church on 26 August by Princess Mary Adelaide of Teck, a granddaughter of George III, grandmother of Edward VIII and George VI and great grandmother of Elizabeth II. The report explains that towards the end of 1868 “… a number of persons, feeling the need of more Church accommodation in St John’s parish, owing to the great increase of population, consulted together and formed a committee for the purpose of promoting the building of a new district Church, to be called the Church of the Holy Trinity.” The committee made its first appeal for subscriptions in November 1868, so it’s remarkable that the first Service took place little more than 18 months later!
The report describes in some detail the physical plans for the church and the funding needed, as well as the laying of the Foundation Stone, an event attended by some 2,000 people that ended in interesting fashion! – “The Princess had hardly left the place before several men – the attention of the police and of the committee being temporarily diverted – commenced, in a very rough manner, pulling the festoons and wreaths to pieces, in order to secure the flowers of which they were partly composed. Probably it was done for the purpose of securing something, however frail, as mementos of the occasion, but it might have been done in a more becoming manner.”
Unfortunately the Coronavirus pandemic put a stop to the events that had been planned for the anniversary weekend. Rather than seeing this as a negative, Holy Trinity have decided that instead they will have a whole year of celebration, culminating in a big celebration on Trinity Sunday 2021. In that year Holy Trinity will not only have events but also some challenges the first of which challenges you to come up with 150 things to be thankful for over the next year.
Check back here for more events and challenges as they happen or click here to find out more.
Our Churches may have reopened and we may be seeing our fellow parishioners again but with sitting apart in the church, waving the Peace from a distance and no coffee after the service, we may feel more apart from our friends than before.
St John the Divine, Richmond recognised this and continued it’s Sunday after-service ‘coffee mornings’ via Zoom when the Churches reopened. They are looking at replacing these with weekday evening congregational get-togethers on Zoom. There will be about 20-25 minutes for conversation, and the session will then conclude with a short act of worship, the office of Compline (Night Prayer).
St Michael and All Angels, Barnes have resumed their Zoom coffee on Sunday mornings with a speaker each week and a chance for parishioners to catch up.
A deanery within the diocese of Southwark in South West London