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Christ church At Home Videos

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.

Watch the first of these videos from below and visit their YouTube Channel Christ Church at Home or their Facebook page for the weekly videos.

Holy Trinity Richmond Celebrates 150 Years

A Whole Year of Celebration!

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.”

The 150th Anniversary Celebration service can be viewed here.

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.

Keeping in Touch

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.

Ordinations within the Deanery

Congratulations to Rev Martin Calderbank from St Michael and All Angels and Rev Sarah Atkins from St Richard’s, Ham on their ordinations as priests by Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston at All Saints, Kingston on Saturday 17th October.

Rev Martin Calderbank, third from the right

Rev Sarah Atkins

The wind blows where it chooses,
and you hear the sound of it,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.
So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
John 3:8

Rev Wilma Roest installed as Honourary Canon

Many congratulations to the Reverend Canon Wilma Roest from the Richmond Team Ministry who was appointed one of seven New Honourary Canons for Southwark Cathedral on 7th August.
Commenting on his appointments, Bishop Christopher said: “I am delighted that these very gifted priests have accepted my invitation to become Honorary Canons in recognition of distinguished service in the Diocese and wider Church. I look forward to being able to formally institute and install them in our Cathedral Church when circumstances allow and commend them to the Diocesan family for prayer.”
The Sub Dean of Southwark, The Revd Canon Michael Rawson, said: “The College of Canons at the Cathedral allows us to add to the diversity and skills of those who are ambassadors for the Cathedral around the Diocese and we look forward to being able to welcome these new members and working with them in the future.”
The new Canons will be instituted and installed in Southwark Cathedral when the guidelines around Coronavirus permit, and the Bishop of Southwark has said that they may use the designation Canon from today.
Commenting on her appointment, Canon Wilma said: “I am delighted to be made an Honorary Canon. Since coming to England from The Netherlands, in October 1988, I have lived and worked in Southwark Diocese, first as an au pair, then a teacher and since 1999 as a deacon and priest. It has been and is a joy to serve the people of South London, in their wonderful diversity, with their committed faith and great sense of justice. They are an inspiration and a blessing!”
Read full details in the official press release – follow the link below
Canon Wilma was Instituted and Installed as Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, by Bishop Christopher On Sunday 4th October during Choral Evensong. In line with current Government Covid-19 restrictions the Service was held with restricted numbers. Exceprts from the service can be seen below.
Installation of Reverend Canon Wilma Roest

Congratulations to Wilma who was this afternoon Instituted and Installed as Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, by Bishop Christopher.The Institution and Installation took place during this afternoon’s Choral Evensong at Southwark Cathedral. In line with current Government Covid-19 restrictions the Service was held with restricted numbers.

Posted by St Mary Magdalene, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 4 October 2020

Ruth Martin Awarded Lancelot Andrewes Medal

Congratulations to Ruth Martin who is a Reader in the Richmond Team Ministry. She and with six others were awarded the Lancelot Andrewes Medal by Bishop Christopher for distinguished service during the pandemic on Sunday 27th September. As Diocesan Secretary, Ruth worked with Bishop Christopher on the Coronavirus Task Group.

Speaking of the award, Bishop Christopher said: “The Lancelot Andrewes medal is in my personal gift and I have awarded them initially to those who have worked closely with me or on the front line during the pandemic. They are given as a token of my personal esteem and appreciation. In the coming weeks and months I shall be making further awards to mark the heroic work undertaken around the Diocese as we rise to the challenges presented by the pandemic.”

Click here to read the full press release.

Children, Youth and Families Minister Vacancy at Holy Trinity, Richmond

Holy Trinity, Richmond are currently looking to recruit a Children, Youth and Families Minister who is:

  • A passionate disciple of Jesus filled with the Spirit and sustained by God’s grace 
  • A clear passion for the discipleship of children, young people and families
  • Experience of working with children, young people and families, preferably in a church context
  • A self-starter who is organized and enthusiastic

More details and application form at

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 30 September.

Children & Young People’s Ministry Leader Vacancy in Richmond Team Ministry

The Richmond Team Ministry are seeking to appoint a Children and Young People’s Ministry Leader who will:

  • be a practicing Christian with an understanding of the Anglican tradition;
  • be part of a community in which children can thrive in their Christian lives;
  • have a vision for incorporating children and young people into the liturgical life of the church;
  • work collaboratively, planning activities for children and young people’s ministry;
  • be able to resource a team of volunteers;
  • be committed to working as part of a wider ministry team.

Click here for full details of Job Description and Person Specification.

Click here for an Application Form in Word, or here for an Application Form as a .pdf Please email the Parish Office if you have any problems with these details or forms.

For an informal conversation contact the Team Rector, Revd Wilma Roest on 020 8940 4602 or

Applications by: 5.00pm on Monday 21 September 2020

Interviews:  Monday 5 October 2020

All applicants will receive a response.

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