At the last Diocesan Synod in March Reigate Deanery proposed a motion (click here) calling for Churches to take action against knife crime. What support the Church can offer to reduce knife crime?
Offering support to the victims and perpetrators and their families and friends.
Supporting our schools to reduce exclusion through the roles of church youth workers and other ministers.
Providing alternatives such as knife bins and safe places for children from the end of school until parents and guardians return home.
Offering positive male role models, to help young men who’ve had no father figure, understand how to deal with anger.
This motion is now being taken forward to General Synod and Revd Canon Dr Rosemarie Mallett has been talking about these proposals in the national news.
We also discussed these issues at the last Deanery Synod and are working out how we can use our deanery structure to protect our young people from violence. One possible response is to raise money for a knife bin to be placed where it’s most needed. Can we open our doors to our young people? Or is there something else we can do?
We are raising these questions in our indvidual Churches and will report back and discuss further at the next Deanery Synod in October.
How do we model our faith to our children? The children we live with, those we encounter, those we attend church with? What example do they have to follow? How would they know who God is to us, and how this shapes the way we live our everyday lives?
Inspired by these questions and also recognising that the Church’s contact time with children on a Sunday morning is comparatively brief, Richmond Team ministry thought it important to help equip carers and those who have contact with children so that they can support them more confidently – and enjoyably! As a result, they have organised a ‘Faith at Home’ workshop on Saturday 18th May.
It is a day for the whole family to attend and experience all sorts of fun, creative and relevant ways of sharing faith and connecting with God. The day itself will comprise two sessions. The morning session will have around 20 different ‘stations’ to experience, supported with some explanation and understanding about the ‘what and why’. These stations will be for families to do together, but those attending without a family will be able to join in with one. The afternoon session will be looking at ‘ritual’, through the lens of the Jewish tradition of Shabbat. It will use the five elements of; bread, wine, water, light and blessing. It will again be very interactive, but underpinned with some learning.
Victoria Beech from GodVenture is leading the workshop. She has 20 years’ experience of working with children, and loves finding fun, creative ways of sharing God with them.
It is hoped that attendees of any age will come away feeling enthused and empowered to encourage and support the children they have in their lives.
This summer, we welcome two new members of clergy to the Barnes Team Ministry.
The Revd James Hutchings has been appointed to the post of Team Rector of Barnes in the Deanery of Richmond and Barnes. James is currently the Team Rector of Littleham-cum-Exmouth with Lympstone, and Rural Dean of Aylesbeare, in the Diocese of Exeter. He has previously served in other parishes in the same diocese. He is very much looking forward to starting at St Mary’s Barnes and to getting to know everyone.
He will be instituted at St Mary’s, Barnes by the Bishop of Kingston on Monday 22nd July at 7.30pm.
The Vicar and Wardens of St Michael and All Angels, Barnes are delighted to announce that the Bishop of Southwark has offered the post of Assistant Curate at St Michael’s to Mr Martin Calderbank, who is be ordained to the diaconate at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 29th June 2019.
Martin is training for ministry at St Augustine’s College of Theology. He is excited by the prospect of worshipping with everyone at St Michael and All Angels, and of joining the mission within the wider community,
Martin’s first service will be the Confirmation Mass on Sunday 30th June at 6.00pm.
Each summer the Parish of Mortlake with East Sheen team ministry hold a Holiday at Home week. This summer it will be held at All Saints, East Sheen and take place from Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August.
Local residents of Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen who are unable to get away for a holiday or would like more company during the summer are invited to join in either for a day or two or for the whole week.
Guests pay £10 a day (which includes refreshments, lunch and transport) and can choose to take part in singing, art, craft, poetry, flower arranging, daily quiz, exercise and massage, or come just for the delicious food and good talk.
St Phillip and All Saints in Kew (the Barn Church) wanted a practical way to spread the word of God that would involve all age groups and the wider community. To this end, they have created a community garden. Young and old within the Barn congregation have worked together planting, digging and watering with benefits to all.
The garden will be formally opened on Sunday 2nd June and will be a place for everyone to rest a while in the shade of God’s love and creation.
The winter night shelter project in across the deanery in
partnership with GlassDoor was hosted by St Matthias and St John the Divine in
Richmond and All Saints and Christ Church in East Sheen. The project has now ended
and the shelters are empty…..
Father Peter Hart asks us to pray…
…for the guests who may have returned to sleeping rough or sofa-surfing.
… for all those who have been rehoused, found work, had
their benefits sorted out, put back in contact with family, had their documents
restored – a blessing for them.
…for the staff and volunteers at the Vineyard Centre,
Richmond as they continue to offer support and practical help throughout the
We should also give thanks….
…for the amazing volunteers who have made the winter night
shelter project in partnership with GlassDoor possible.
…for an amazing community response to the project. Not just
from the Churches but from the wider community and local schools.
…five months of welcome, fine food and good company
Thursday, 4th April was the final GlassDoor night-shelter of the winter season for St John the Divine, Richmond. A warm welcome and good food were shared with all their guests. They thank all the volunteers from Richmond Team Ministry, from other churches and the local community who have made this season possible and the Glass Door staff for their leadership and care.