Deanery Response to Knife Crime

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.

Call for Prayer as the London Bridge and Borough Market Inquest proceeds

As the inquest into the London Bridge attack continues, Bishop Christopher requests that you should continue to hold all those who were drawn into the attack and its aftermath in prayer.

A prayer as the London Bridge and Borough Market Inquest proceeds written by the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark

‘Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses ….’ (Hebrews 12.1)

Lord Jesus, your scars bore witness to your suffering
as you stood before your friends.
Bless those whose scars have been reopened,
whose memories have been stirred,
whose pain has been revealed,
whose selfless acts recalled,
whose heroic actions told,
whose stories have been shared,
whose tears have been shed,
as testimonies are heard
in the London Bridge Inquest.
Hold us with your wounded hands
and bring us your peace.

glassdoor across the deanery

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…..

The work continues throughout the year click here to find out how NextDoor are looking ahead to next winter.

  1. Glass Door Update to Deanery Synod 5th June 2019
  2. We had 158 guests in our shelters – ⅓ from the UK, ⅓ from the EU and ⅓ from the rest of the world . Guests included 58 women, the highest percentage of the four circuits. However some women would just come for the meal and then go..
  3. 35 people have been rehoused.
  4. Large numbers have been reconnected with benefits and family.
  5. The Glass Door project was mentioned in a recent council meeting. This year the council have been very supportive of the project unlike three years ago.
  6. Issues arising this year that GlassDoor are addressing for next year:
    1. Need to consider disabled access
    1. Need to make closer links with women’s refuges
    1. Training in mental health issues so issues with guests can be spotted. It was noted the police needed training as well as the volunteers.
  7. The Deanery hosted 4 out of the 7 nights in the Richmond circuit and the level of volunteering has been wonderful.

Rev Alex Barrow will be participating in a Sleep Out in central London at the beginning of October and anyone was welcome to join him. Click here for more details.

One guest was quoted as saying “I had no home and lost my business but GlassDoor turned my life around”.

As the GlassDoor shelters closed in April, Father Peter Hart asked 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 year.

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

Faithful Friends Program 2019

Faithful Friends is an Interfaith group based in Ham and Kingston. It aims to give people of different Faiths opportunities to meet each other and learn about each other’s traditions. It also organises Understanding Islam courses given by Dr Chris Hewer. See below for this years program of talks and courses.

Wednesday 24th July at All Saints Church, East Sheen – Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian Christian who created the ‘Palestinian Museum of Natural History’ part of Bethlehem University, will be speaking at on Christians living under Occupation. Register on Eventbright:

Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th September in Ham – Understanding Islam 3 Day Course in Ham with Chris Hewer.

Monday 18th November at Kingston Guildhall – Understanding Islam the Basics 1 Day Course with Chris Hewer.

Wednesday 20th November in Kingston – Chris Hewer’s Annual Study Day ‘Muslim view of Christianity’.

All courses are free but donations are requested to cover expenses. Please contact Diana Mills (Tel: 07804 866349 or 020 8948 3276; Email to book a place.

Confirmations Across the Deanery

Bishop Richard of Kingston came to St Michael and All Angels to performs a wonderful Baptism and Confirmation service on Sunday 30th June with candidates from across the deanery and the Parish of Putney.

There will be another Confirmation at Holy Trinity Richmond on Sunday 7th July.

New Clergy in Barnes and HAM

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.

Congratulations to the new Assistant Curate at St Michael’s, Fr Martin Calderbank (pictured above right with Rev Stephen Stavrou), who was ordained to the diaconate at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 29th June 2019.

The congregation welcomed Martin at his first service, the Confirmation Mass, on Sunday 30th June. 

Also ordained Deacon on Saturday 29th June, Sarah Atkins
(pictured above right with Rev Simon Coupland), the new non-stipendiary curate at St Richard’s Ham.

Mortlake Crematorium 80th Anniversary

Mortlake Crematorium has been supporting the local community for 80 years. It marked this occasion with a Full Circle Festival on Saturday 29th June celebrating life. On the hottest day of the year, there were over 40 contributors including local community groups, bereavement charities, hospices and Richmond and Barnes Deanery.

With talks and behind the scenes tours, a chance to pick your funeral hymns, guidance on planning an LGBTQ funeral and plenty of time to sit in the shade and chat, it was an inspirational day. A real community fair that broke down the taboos around death and dying.

As well as the Deanery, some of the contributors included the Kew Neighbourhood Association, The Good Grief Trust, The Art of Dying Well, and Princess Alice Hospice.

As part of the 80th Anniversary, Richmond and Barnes Deanery will be presenting the crematorium with a Bible.

Welcare 125th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving

You are very warmly invited to join us at our service of thanksgiving and celebration for the work of Welcare over the last 125 years.

Welcare was founded in 1894 to support single, homeless young girls, women and their babies.  For 125 years Welcare has worked closely with local churches and developed services to reflect the needs of local communities.  Welcare works with children and families who struggle to face major challenges of poverty, domestic abuse and mental and physical ill health by offering a range of group work programmes and individual support.

Welcare will host a Service of Thanksgiving in Southwark Cathedral at 11am on Saturday 15th June, to celebrate work with families over the years, and to look forward to a bright and positive future.  Our President,   The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev Christopher Chessun,  will officiate and preach.  Volunteers, staff, and young people will contribute to the service.  

A deanery within the diocese of Southwark in South West London