Prayers and Reflections

This weekend the clocks change. Clocks changing means shorter days, longer nights, more darkness. It’s the time of year when we like to start lighting candles in the evenings and begin to think about decorating our homes with greenery and lights. It’s also the time of year, maybe because of the darkness, when we are more aware of the past, of mortality, and we miss more acutely loved ones who have died, people no longer in our lives. We become more reflective and look back to remember.

The coming month is the Season of Remembrance, which begins with the Feast of All Saints and then moves through All Souls’ to Remembrance Sunday and ends on the Feast of Christ the King.

Remembering is more than nostalgia. We learn about ourselves from the people we honour, the saints, the war heroes, the ones we love, and we encourage their values in our own lives. We learn where we have come from, a former age of persecution, violent plotting and heavy retribution, so that we can appreciate, affirm and work for the religious tolerance of today. We learn, and from our learning we build a vision of where our nation and our community might be heading.

In the church, this vision is not ours alone, but held and shaped within God’s vision which we call the Kingdom of Heaven. This vision, too, is based on remembering. ‘Do this’, said Jesus at the Last Supper, ‘in remembrance of me’. In our national days of remembering and in our church days of remembrance, whether festive or sombre, let us always remember that our true identity, across all nations and denominations, is in God. May this be the real guide and inspiration of our lives.

You may like to use the simple prayer below at some point in this Season of Remembrance. All you need for this simple prayer is a poppy.

Look at your poppy: Poppies are bright and cheerful flowers: give thanks to God for the lives of those who have died in war or at other times, remembering all the joy they brought to families and friends, and all the good things they did.
Then look at the red petals: red reminds us of danger and harm. Ask God to be close to those who are still facing danger each day, to give courage and compassion to all who help others.
Place your whole hand over the poppy: poppies are also fragile and need to be handled gently. God cares for those who are hurting and those who are sad. Ask God to comfort all who are grieving the loss of someone they love.
Finally place a finger on the centre of the poppy: ask God to help you play your part in working for peace in the world.

Rev Canon Wilma Roest

New Vicar for St Peter’s, Petersham

St Peter’s Petersham is delighted to announce that their next incumbent  will be The Revd Kate Daymond.

Announcement from the Archdeacon of Wandsworth

We are delighted to announce that the Bishop of Southwark, in consultation with the representatives from St Peter’s, has appointed the Revd Kate Daymond as Associate Vicar of St Peter’s Church, Petersham in the Deanery of Richmond and Barnes, subject to the usual legal formalities.

Kate is currently a priest in the diocese of St Albans having served as Interim Priest at St Leonard’s Sandridge following a curacy at St Helen’s Church, Wheathampstead.

Kate sends this greeting
Born in Ealing, I began my nursing career at University College London, specialising in Health Visiting and Children’s sleep Consultancy. The need for spiritual, as well as physical wellbeing prompted my call to training at St Mellitus London and ordination to priesthood at St Albans Abbey in 2017. I have served in Wheathampstead and Sandridge in St Albans. I am looking forward to following God’s call to join you in Petersham. I am blessed to have two adult children. My husband, Nick, and I look forward to meeting you and revisiting Brentford FC.

It is anticipated that Kate and Nick will move to Petersham in December that she will be instituted by the Bishop of Southwark at St Peter’s in January.

Church of England Vision Webinar SERIES

The Church of England are holding  a series of webinars that will explore what it means to be a church that is centred on Jesus Christ and shaped by Jesus Christ – a church that is simpler, humbler, bolder.

“Our vision for being a Jesus Christ centred and Jesus Christ shaped Church will help us focus on what truly matters: the Christ like life of prayer; our worship and our service; the proclamation of God’s good purposes for the world; and how all this is fed and nurtured by word and sacrament, and by our own humble acknowledgment of our need of God’s grace, so that, together, we can build a better, more hopeful future.”
Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell – General Synod, February 2021.
Click here to read full address.

Click here to find out more about the  Church of England vision and strategy for 2020s.

Forthcoming webinars in this series:

  • 11th November at 1pm: looking more closely at the theological work that has been developed to underpin the the Vision and Strategy work. With The Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, Revd Prebendary Dr Isabelle Hamley and others.
    Click here to register.

Webinar 20th October, 2021 – What does it really mean to be a church where mixed ecology is the norm?

On 20th October, Revd Canon David Male (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England) and panel members held a webinar focussing on what it means to be a church where mixed ecology is the norm. This webinar asked how can each parish or benefice prayerfully discern what new thing God might be calling them to do to serve the community they represent and heard about the experiences of our panel as well as engaging with audience questions. Panellists included Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich and Mike Haslam, Chaplaincy Development Adviser.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here.

Webinar 27th September, 2021 – Rural Parishes Focus

On 27th September, Revd Canon David Male (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England) and panel members held a webinar focussing on rural parishes. This webinar brought together stories and experiences of rural ministry and explored how the priorities laid out in the CofE vision for the 2020s might impact on rural parishes and benefices. 

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here.

Webinar 30th June, 2021 – A Church that is simpler, humbler, bolder

On 30th June, Revd Canon David Male (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England) and panel members held a webinar focussing on being a church that is simpler, humbler and bolder and answering any outstanding questions collected in other webinars.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here.

Webinar 15th June, 2021 – A church that is younger and diverse

On 15th June, Revd Canon David Male (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England) and panel members held a webinar focussing on the strategic priority to be a church that is younger and more diverse.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here.

Webinar 25th May, 2021 – A church of missionary disciples

On 25th May, Revd Canon David Male (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England) and panel members held a webinar focussing on the strategic priority to be a church of missionary disciples.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here. You can toggle the view between Gallery and Speaker view should you need to view the BSL interpreter.

Webinar 26th April, 2021 – A church where mixed ecology is the norm

On 26th April, Archbishop Stephen Cottrell and panel members held a webinar focussing on the strategic priority to be a church where the mixed ecology of many forms of church is the norm.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here. You can toggle the view between Gallery and Speaker view should you need to view the BSL interpreter.

Webinar 25th March, 2021 – Introducing the vision and the three strategic priorities

On 25th March, Archbishop Stephen Cottrell and panel members held a webinar to find out more about the emerging vision and strategic priorities for the Church for the next decade.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here. You can toggle the view between Gallery and Speaker view should you need to view the BSL interpreter.

Faith and Climate Change

In our day to day life we are keenly aware of the damage we are causing to our planet by climate change. As Christians, we should be asking how issues relating to the topics of climate change and climate justice link to our faith. Churches in the deanery are responding in many different ways.

Climate Sunday

The Climate Sunday initiative is calling on all local churches across the UK to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before COP26 (November 2021). 

During their local Climate Sunday, churches are invited to do one or more of three things:
Worship: Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action.
Commit: Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions.
Speak up: Use your voice to tell politicians that you want a cleaner, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans to rebuild a strong economy. The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5th September 2021, to share church commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership at COP26.

Click here for more details.

St Richard’s, Ham,  and and Holy Trinity, Richmond have both held Climate Sunday services. St Anne’s, Kew and St Mary’s, Barnes are planning to hold services.


Creationtide or the Season of Creation is the period in the annual church calendar, from 1st September to 4th October, dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. Christ Church, East Sheen are observing this season in September with special Eucharistic and All-Age liturgies and an alternative cycle of readings around the theme of eco-justice.

Eco Church

Eco-Church is an initiative from the charity A Rocha, which helps churches become green and sustainable. A Rocha’s vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully. This scheme provides a framework for churches to consider what actions they can take in five areas:

  1. worship and teaching
  2. church buildings
  3. church land
  4. our community and global engagement
  5. lifestyle.

Lots of churches in the deanery are working towards their Bronze award or, having already achieved Bronze, are working towards their Silver award.

More information on Eco Church can be found here.

Three useful webinars, hosted by the Church of England Environment programme, are coming up, and open to all:
An introduction and overview of eco church – getting started – Tuesday 22 June, 1:00–2:00 p.m. BOOK HERE
Working towards an award and gaining momentum – Tuesday 29 June, 1:00–2:00 p.m. BOOK HERE
Working towards net zero carbon with Eco Church – Tuesday 6 July, 1:00–2:00 p.m. BOOK HERE

COP26 Relay

This is an initiative from the Young Christian Climate Network, and is a walking/cycle relay from Truro to Glasgow. Click here for further details. The relay passed through London in early August and walkers from Churchs Together in Barnes joined in the relay, walking from Richmond to St Paul’s Church, Clapham via Wimbledon (see below). 

Amongst them were Julie Smith (Youth Worker at St Mary, Barnes) and her daughter Imogen. You can read a report of their experiences by clicking on the images below.

COP26 Vigil and Pilgrimage – 23rd October

South Bank Churches invites people of all faiths for a time of prayer for the success of COP26, the international conference on climate change in Glasgow.

You’re encouraged to make a pilgrimage on foot, by bike, by public transport, however you wish, from your place of worship – perhaps in a group – to Southwark Cathedral, arriving between 2 – 3pm. Bring a Letter for Creation to pass on to the faith leaders involved in COP.

There will be interactive prayer stations from 2pm. At 3.20 everyone will come together for a time of prayer and reflection with singer Samantha Lindo and St Leonard’s Eco Church Community, ending with a blessing by the Bishop of Kingston.

To register, click here.

St Mary’s, Barnes, is hoping to take part in the pilgrimage.

Prayer from St Anne’s, Kew

Loving Creator God, we give You thanks for the wonders of Your Creation. We ask for grace to see, as You do, the beauty and the suffering of our Planet Earth, and the grace to examine how our life choices impact on creation and on our fellow human beings throughout the world. Help us to recognise the urgency with which we need to act in relation to climate change. We pray in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Reflection from Christ Church, East Sheen

What is a green ‘tau’? Tau τ is the Greek letter similar to the English T. Tau itself developed from the Phoenician letter Tāw X (from which the Hebrew letter Tav ת is also derived). In ancient times, tau was used as a symbol meaning eternal life or resurrection. In Hebrew tav means mark and this was the sign marked on the foreheads of those who lamented their sins (Ezekiel 9:4). For early Christians tau became an apt symbol of the cross on which Jesus was crucified.

Francis of Assisi used the tau as his mark when signing his letters and other writings. The tau cross, often made of wood, is worn by many Franciscans across the world. Francis is widely known as the saint who spoke with the birds, and to the hungry wolf in Gubio – he worked out a deal between the wolf and the people of Gubio such that they could live together in harmony. Francis was the author of the canticle ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon’ – probably the first piece of literature written in Italian. Francis understood that everything in creation had been made by God and was deserving of equal love and respect and should be treated as brother or sister. In 1979 Pope John Paul II declared St Francis as the patron saint of ecologists, reflecting not only Francis’s love for all creatures, but also his intuitive understanding of the interconnectedness of the whole of creation. I therefore chose a green tau to represent my desire to live sustainably, protecting the earth.

Judith Russenberger

Follow Judith’s Green Tau Blog at

St Mary’s, Barnes

Visit the Care for Creation page on St Mary’s website to find out what they are doing about Climate Change

Holy Trinity, Richmond

Visit the Creation Care page on Holy Trinity’s website to find out what they are doing about Climate Change.

Jesuit Ecological Examen

St Anne’s, Kew, write:
The 500-year old Ignatian Examen is a daily prayer of review – a short reflection back over the day, recalling events and taking note of your feelings. The purpose is to discern the ways in which God has been present to you, the times when the Holy Spirit was drawing you towards life. The Jesuits have now developed a special ‘ecological examen’ to help individuals and communities undergo a conversion of heart to embrace ecological justice.

This is a summary of the 6 daily prayer steps

“Identity” Course from Holy Trinity, Richmond

‘Identity’ is a three week course exploring who we are in Christ. Come and think about our identity, what it is now, what it ought to be and what God wants to transform us into. The course is open to everyone whatever their age or experience, and whether they would call themselves Christians or not.

The course will run on Tuesday evenings on 9th, 16th and 23rd November from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. You can join the course in person at Holy Trinity, Richmond, or online via Zoom.

Click here to sign up. You can change whether you would like to be in person or online during the course, but it would be helpful for Holy Trinity to know which you would prefer to begin the course.

Sleeping Out for Glassdoor at St Mary’s, Barnes

St Mary’s Barnes Youth Group supports the Annual Glass Door Sleepout – October 2021

St Mary’s, Barnes Youth Worker, Julie Smith, writes:

The annual Glassdoor Sleepout took place on Friday, 1st October with a reduced number of campers at the main Duke of York Square site following covid, which gave the opportunity for volunteers to set up satellite camps such as the little gathering of teens at the church. We started the evening with a candlelit compline in the Langton Chapel led by Revd James, with a reading from Charlie. It was a contemplative and calming atmosphere which was much appreciated by us all as we considered the evening ahead. Thank you to Wendy for her help with organising the practicalities for it. Having moved outside we settled down by our tent. It was certainly quite surreal to be sitting on cardboard outside the church while lots of people were walking the red carpet into the neighbouring Olympic Cinema for the premiere weekend of the new Bond film.

Being out in the cold and the dark while people went about their lives gave us a chance to think about what it truly means to be homeless. For most of us the ending of nearly all the pandemic restrictions has been a joyous time allowing us to reunite with family and friends, take holidays and return to work. In short, we are experiencing some normality for the first time in 18months. Sadly, for some, however, it brings the increased potential for homelessness as specific support packages are coming to an end. It could be a young person who has recently left the care system, terrified and alone. It could be a woman fleeing an abusive partner, physically bruised and mentally shattered. It could be someone who lost their job in the pandemic and can no longer afford the rent, humiliated and defeated. It could be a refugee recently arrived in the UK who is struggling to navigate the complex welfare system, confused and homesick. The homeless have many faces and the truth is that many of the people who end up on the streets are not that different from ourselves.

In just a couple of hours we could begin to comprehend the physical discomforts of rough sleeping, however, we were only a few steps away from running water, flushing toilets, electric lights, and an endless supply of hot chocolate, so we were never going to experience the true vulnerabilities of the homeless. After a night spent partly outside, and in the early hours of the morning, on the hard floors inside the church where we had a roof over our heads, we do feel a greater compassion for the vulnerability of rough sleepers. Rough sleeping is a dangerous and isolating experience. People sleeping rough are more likely to be victims of crime and violence. Women are particularly vulnerable with nearly 1 in 4 having been sexually assaulted while on the streets. Additionally, many rough sleepers develop addictions with drugs or alcohol, or mental health issues. In 2019, the average age for a rough sleeper at death was just 44 years for men and 42 years for women.

Glassdoor are an amazing charity and the organisation makes a huge difference to the homeless providing them with practical support and hope. It was a privilege for us in BYG to show our support. Several people passing by on Friday night stopped to talk to us and we hope that we have helped to spread awareness and raised some funds.

Glass Door Update from the Richmond Team Ministry – October 2021

On Monday 4th October there was a Zoom meeting with volunteer co-ordinators where GlassDoor chief executive Lucy Horitz told us that the start of the season in Richmond is going to be delayed. We were very cheered last summer when government principles were published allowing for rotating night shelters to take place this winter, where there is need in a local area. Despite this and despite stringent planned safety measures, local public health teams have not been supportive of night shelters reopening in their boroughs. GlassDoor trustees have been weighing up the health, reputational and legal risks of opening and will make a final decision on Monday 11 October. In all likelihood, GlassDoor will need to start the shelters on a staggered basis, with Kensington & Chelsea and Wandsworth opening in November and others hopefully opening after Christmas. To meet guest need it is important that there is one circuit operating north of the river and one south, with Wandsworth being more suitable over Richmond as many guests travel from Lambeth. This staggered start will provide an opportunity to evaluate data on demand for the shelters, as well as their success and safety.

This is, of course, hugely disappointing for everyone here in Richmond, but it is not something that we can change. For GlassDoor these are hugely important decisions and much is at stake. Volunteers and churches might want to write to their local MP/the media etc, but GlassDoor asks us not to do that right now. At present they’re working hard to manage the relationships with local authorities and although grateful for the offer, they urge people to hold off from doing so at present.

Regardless of what happens with church night shelters, GlassDoor will continue with their 55-bed hostel at Paddington from mid-November to early May, as well as the casework support they put in place to help people into stable employment and accommodation. And the Vineyard Centre will be up and running with daytime support, as well as other local initiatives.

Glass Door Pandemic Update from Richmond Team Ministry – September 2021


MP Sarah Olney Meets with Glassdoor Volunteers – 25th June 2021

Richmond Park and North Kingston MP Sarah Olney visited St John the Divine, Richmond to meet local Glass Door Homeless Charity coordinators and volunteers and to learn more about the 3 churches of Richmond Team Ministry’s support for homeless people.

Thank You from Glass Door – 4 May 2021

It’s been a challenging year for so many of us, but Glass Door has been blessed to continue receiving the generous support of the church communities in the deanery throughout this difficult time. Together, we are making life better for the many individuals we call our guests.

Glass Door Update – 17 March 2021

In the last 4 months, over 6,750 meals have been served at our community dinner service, run in partnership with local churches. These meals have been served by our lovely volunteers.
Thanks to all who have kept this service running during the pandemic!

But it’s not just a case of feeding the hungry. In the last nine months, Glass Door have offered advice and support to over 1,113 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Click here to read some of the stories.

Glass Door Meal Service at the Vineyard – 19 February 2021

Volunteers from St John the Divine, Richmond helping at the Vineyard Centre.

Glass Door Meal Service Starts – 9 November 2020

Click here to donate to Glass Door. Click here to find out more about the Dinner Service.

Homeless charity Glass Door usually operates a circuit of homeless night shelters in Richmond & Twickenham, including at St John the Divine and St Matthias, Richmond and Christ Church and All Saints, East Sheen. Due to COVID-19 the communal shelters cannot be operated this year so instead, to offer some form of support and respite, a 7-night a week hot food service will operate from the Vineyard Richmond from Monday 9 November until April. Guests will be able to access a hot meal, somewhere to warm up for a few hours and practical support from the Glass Door case workers.

As the night shelter network stopped back in March, we now need help in spreading the word to those who could benefit from the service. If you see someone regularly sleeping rough in your neighbourhood we’d really appreciate it if you could print and share this leaflet to let them know the service is available. Glass Door is an amazing charity and alongside the emergency services like the food services they have a fantastic record of helping people into long term accommodation.

Click here to read more about Glass Door’s plans for the winter 20/21.

Click above picture to find out how to join in this year’s Sleep Out (or In) appeal.

Rev James Hutchings is Sleeping Out in October

Rev James writes:
“Glass Door do brilliant work, I’m so blessed to have a roof over my head, and I’d like others to have the same chance. So, on 2 October 2020, I will be joining Glass Door Homeless Charity’s Sleep Out to bring shelter and support to men and women affected by homelessness.

I’m raising money for Glass Door because I know they are doing good work to support and shelter those in our community who are at an absolute crisis point. Glass Door welcomes everyone as their guest, giving them some stability before helping them make the necessary steps and move off the streets for good.

While running winter night shelter in a shared space may not be possible, Glass Door is committed to finding ways to ensure that individuals in need can find safe shelter, a hot meal and a warm welcome.”

Click here if you would like to sponsor him.

It’s not too late to take part yourself, either sleeping out at Duke of York Square (still allowed with covid regulations) or in your own garden with a virtual livestream to join in with.

Rev James Hutchings from St Mary’s, Barnes spent the night of 2nd October sleeping on the rectory floor instead of the usual gathering in for the Glassdoor annual sleepout in Duke of York Square.  He hoped that even that mild discomfort would sharpen his awareness of of what it must be like to be homeless in London on a night of terrible rain and what it must be to not have a secure place to live.

From Rev Anne Nickson, Richmond Team Ministry – 18th May:

At the beginning of lockdown, as our churches were required to close, we were unable to continue to offer accommodation in our buildings as part of Glass Door’s Winter Night Shelter. Thankfully the government stepped in to work with homeless charities to provide accommodation to protect these most vulnerable people and keep them safe as the crisis deepened. Sadly, this government aided assistance came to an end as lockdown began to ease and as you will be aware the numbers of homeless sleeping rough on our streets is increasing by the day.

This desperate situation will only continue to worsen as we move towards the winter and we obviously are eager to continue to support Glass Door in appropriate ways so that both guests and volunteers stay safe. At the moment – and the situation constantly changes – it seems very unlikely that night shelters as we have offered them in our churches over the last three years will be able to open, but there will be opportunities to support the homeless by working with Glass Door in other ways. Our coordinators are keeping in regular contact with the directors at Glass Door so that when the time is right we can step up and offer the help which is needed.

If you would like to know more about Glass Door then please see their website at

GlassDoor is starting to plan night shelters for the 2020-2021 season – they may not be operating rotating shelters as usual in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, but are working hard to think about alternatives.

At our January synod meeting we agreed to give £2,000 to Glass Door to support the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons of their work in Richmond churches and their letter of thanks is below.

Update From Glassdoor – 23rd March

Shelter guests now all moved to hotels! (Apart from a few guests in the Kensington and Chelsea circuit) Glass Door shelters shut so all guests and volunteers can safely go into self-isolation.

Update From the Vineyard Community Centre – 23rd March

We are pleased to say that the government’s initiative to temporarily home rough sleepers in hotels has been initiated in Richmond and that the higher health risk of the Glassdoor winter nightshelter has now closed.

With others, we will continue to support the needs of this group with food and essentials as they now also have the possibility of staying indoors.

Our borough foodbank service continues and is very likely to increase in demand. We are in touch with our local authority to see how vulnerable groups can best be supported.

Winter 2019-20

The winter night shelters are now open until April 2020. In the Richmond Circuit the following churches will be hosting one night each week:

Sundays at St Marys, Ferry Road,Teddington
Mondays at St Elizabeths, The Vineyard, Richmond
Tuesdays at Vineyard Life Church, The Vineyard, Richmond
Wednesdays at All Saints, East Sheen Avenue, East Sheen
Thursdays at St John the Divine, Kew Road, Richmond
Fridays at Christ Church, Christ Church Road, East Sheen
Saturdays at St Matthias, Friars Stile Road, Richmond

St Michael and All Angels will host one night of the Hammersmith circuit. (A circuit is a group of 7 churches – close together in distance – who open their doors, on the same night every week, from October – April, each year offering the homeless a hot meal and a bed for the night.)

Please prayer for the men and women who will stay at the shelters and for the the volunteers and caseworkers that will help the guests to better lives.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Megan Preston ( For enquiries about donations and anything financial, please contact Ian Foster (

Individuals looking for shelter will be able to register online, by phone or by dropping into the Vineyard Community Centre. Visit for more details.

If you are concerned about someone over the age of 18 that you have seen sleeping rough, you can send an alert via StreetLink who connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them.

On Sunday 2nd February, St Mary Magdalene reported:

After the first 60 days of this Glass Door Homeless Charity season, 422 men and 88 women have been helped with a hot meal and a bed for the night – a 20% increase thanks to a 5th circuit.

Since June 2018 caseworkers have worked with 950 individuals and helped 114 into housing and 38 into employment.

Would you be able to provide any of the following for our Glass Door guests (travel size particularly wanted): deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, face wipes, body wipes, sanitary towels, tampons, lip balm, hand cream, anti-bac gel. Please pop into the baskets at the back of St John’s or St Matthias or them into the Parish Office, Ormond Road. Thank you.

Waitrose have kindly donated oranges which have been made into delicious Marmalade, which went on sale at church this morning with profits going to Glass Door.

The Glass Door team at St John the Divine who opened their doors on 7th November

Our first evening of the new night shelter season with Glass Door. Delicious butternut squash soup, lasagne, red cabbage and peas, lots of donated fresh bread, chocolate crispy cakes made by a local school and cakes made by one of our church families.

We welcomed 20 guests in from the cold, for a hot healthy meal and somewhere safe to sleep. Case workers are on hand to support the guests in their next steps.

Thank you all for showing God’s love in action

All Saints and Christ Church, East Sheen thank Waitrose for their generous contribution towards the costs of the Glass Door night shelters.

Sleep Out 2019

On Friday 4th October more than 320 individuals slept outside at Duke of York Square in Chelsea to raise funds to run the network of local emergency winter shelters for people experiencing homelessness.
They included Rev James Hutchings from St Mary’s, Barnes (right) and our Archdeacon John Kiddle.

The total raised to date has reached over £191,000 – the highest amount raised within a week after the event, which has taken place the first Friday of October every year since 2013. Glass Door is hoping to surpass the £200,000 target before the end of the month.

Winter 2018-19

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
    2. Need to make closer links with women’s refuges
    3. 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.

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


Alpha is a weekly opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith. It is for everyone and anyone – whether you would consider yourself a Christian or not, whether you come to church or not, whether you believe in God or not. Come and find out more and ask questions without any judgement or assumptions. Alpha is free and you will not be asked to do or say anything you are not comfortable with.

The next Alpha course at Holy Trinity, Barnes starts on Wednesday 3rd November 2021. Please email for further details and to a place on the course.

Living in Love and Faith Course

How do questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ?
What does it mean to live in love and faith together as a Church?

The Living in Love and Faith project is the Church of England’s national process asking individuals, parishes, deaneries and communities to reflect on matters related to sexuality, gender and relationships.

Find out more about Living in Love and Faith
Living in Love and Faith podcast

The Deanery is running the Living in Love and Faith course which aims to help us think more deeply about what it means to be human and about how to live in love and faith. This five week course covers the following topics and is available via Zoom or in person at St Mary Magdalene, Church Walk, Richmond:

  • Session 1 Learning Together
    What does it mean to learn together as followers of Jesus Christ?
  • 2:30 – 4pm, Sunday 24th October at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
    7:30 – 9pm, Wednesday 27th October via Zoom
  • Session 2 Identity
    How does our identity in Christ relate to sex and gender?
  • 2:30 – 4pm, Sunday 31st October at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
    7:30 – 9pm, Wednesday 3rd November via Zoom
  • Session 3 Relationships
    What kinds of relationships does God call us to?
  • 2:30 – 4pm, Sunday 7th November at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
    7:30 – 9pm, Wednesday 10th November via Zoom
  • Session 4 Sex
    Where do our bodies and sex fit in to all of this?
  • 2:30 – 4pm, Sunday 14th November at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
    7:30 – 9pm, Wednesday 17th November via Zoom
  • Session 5 Life together
    How do diversity and difference affect our life together as a church?
  • 2:30 – 4pm, Sunday 21st November at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
    7:30 – 9pm, Wednesday 24th November via Zoom

You can mix and match between Zoom and in-person sessions. Please email for the Zoom link but there’s no need to book ahead for the in-person sessions.

A deanery within the diocese of Southwark in South West London