Rev Nigel Worn will be retiring at Pentecost after twenty years as vicar of St Anne’s, Kew. Please join the livestream from St Anne’s, 6pm, Sunday 25th April, for an Evening in Conversation with Father Nigel as he looks forward to his retirement. (Click here to watch).
During Lent, St Anne’s made a series of podcasts with members of their congregation who spoke about how faith has made a difference to their lives. The series ended with Father Nigel reflecting on faith, ministry and the joys of countryside life:
Sunday 28th March, 10am – Palm Sunday Eucharist Monday 29th March, 8pm – short reflective service for Holy Week Thursday 1st April, 8pm – Maundy Thursday service. Friday 2nd April, 11am – Good Friday Children’s Service via Zoom Friday 2nd April, 2pm – An Hour at the Cross. Good Friday Service with music, art and poetry followed by liturgy. Sunday 4th April, 10am – Easter Day Eucharist. Booking essential. Click here. Services will be livestreamed on St Mary’s Facebook page.
Rev Dr Melanie Harrington has been announced as the new incumbent of St Philip and All Saints and St Luke’s, Kew. Melanie is currently Assistant Curate, St Michael’s Lichfield & St John’s Wall in the Diocese of Lichfield, where she also serves as a Vocations Adviser. Melanie will be instituted by the Bishop of Kingston on Wednesday 23rd June.
Christ Church, East Sheen
We welcome Rev Chris Griffiths who was licensed as the new team vicar of Christ Church, East Sheen on Wednesday 24th February by Bishop Richard via a Zoom service. The service was also attended by clergy from the Mortlake and East Sheen Team Ministry, Church Wardens from Christ Church and the Archdeacon. And many more people watched it live on Facebook.
Christ’s School is a fantastic school which strives for the very best in the children who go to the school, the development of the staff and how they care for the local community. They are looking for Foundation Governors who passionately believe in the values of the Gospel who want to get involved in a secondary school who has those values too. If you would like to know more you can contact Canon Wilma Roest (email@example.com) or the Senior Clerk to the Governing Body, Mrs Sally Chapman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tracey Welding – Safeguarding The annual Harmful Practices Virtual Learning Morning – this will be on 26th of February and around Child Abuse Linked to Faith and Belief (CALFB). The event details will be sent out across the South West Boroughs (Richmond, Wandsworth, Kingston and Merton), Please do sign up for this event here.
Mike Derry – Healthwatch/LBRUT Vaccination Seminar Healthwatch Richmond, in partnership with NHS Richmond and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, will be hosting COVID-19 Vaccinations in Richmond: What you need to know a free event featuring a panel of the top local experts delivering the vaccination programme to answer questions from the community about the vaccine and its rollout in the Borough.
Our panel will include:
Dr Patrick Gibson, GP Clinical Chair Richmond, NHS South West London CCG
Tonia Michaelides, Locality Executive Director NHS South West London CCG
Julie Risley, Chair of Healthwatch Richmond (Event Chair)
Mike Derry, Chief Officer Healthwatch Richmond
A local Public Health Expect (tbc)
This event will be a live Zoom webinar (also accessible by phone) from 3.30 PM to 4.30 PM on 3rd February 2021.
Residents are invited to submit their questions to the panel in advance when they register or by calling us on 020 8099 5335 or emailing us at email@example.com.
To register for this event please click here to fill in the form. The link to the event will be shared with you by email closer to the event.
Diane Mills – Faithful Friends Chris Hewer is giving an on line webinar on Thursday 4th February at 7:30 pm on the subject of ‘Three Abrahamic Faiths:- elements of Unity and Diversity’. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details
On Wednesday 20 January, the Archbishop in Jerusalem, The Most Revd Suheil Dawani, and the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, signed the Jerusalem- Southwark Covenant Agreement, linking both Dioceses formally.
“We in the Diocese of Jerusalem look forward to formalizing our companion relationship with the Diocese of Southwark later this month, especially in that we have already enjoyed a close association between our two dioceses through St. George’s College. This Covenant Agreement will deepen that partnership, opening new opportunities for prayer, theological reflection, pilgrimage, and mutual support of our respective ministries between the clergy and people of our two dioceses,” said Archbishop Suheil.
Linking both Dioceses in this way formalises a long-standing relationship. Bishop Christopher is regularly invited by the Roman Catholic Bishops Conferences to participate as an Anglican Bishop in the “Holy Land Coordination”, making annual visits to Israel and Palestine. He is also a Patron of Embrace the Middle East, together with the Balfour Project, as well as Friends of the Holy Land, which funds sustainable and immediate relief work in the West Bank, Gaza and Jordan. The Dean of St George’s College, Jerusalem, Richard Sewell, was previously Team Rector of Barnes Team Ministry. Archbishop Suheil’s previous chaplain, David Longe, moved there from North Lambeth Team Ministry. Bishop Christopher and the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, regularly lead pilgrimages to the Holy Land and Andrew also leads courses at St George’s College.
Bishop Christopher said, “Formalising our links in this way, builds on existing friendships and partnership in mission between the two dioceses. It is a historic moment and I am looking forward to strengthening our ties in the years to come.”
The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston, has worked very closely with St George’s College Jerusalem over many years and chaired its British Regional Committee until recently. Among other things, he has helped to instigate and co-lead the College’s hugely successful and ground-breaking “Sharing Perspectives” course which now engages Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders reflecting closely together in the Holy Land to gain better insights into each other’s perspectives on both the Holy Land and their faith. Bishop Richard said, “It has been a huge privilege to engage with the Diocese of Jerusalem for several years and this new Covenant opens the door for even closer relationships into the future which I hope and pray will enrich both Dioceses and the wider Church.”
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.