Loving Others Course from Holy Trinity Richmond

The phrase ‘pastoral care’ can be very confusing. Just what is ‘pastoral care’? How is it different from any other kind of care? Who gets involved in pastoral care, and who doesn’t? It can all seem rather overwhelming and something that church staff do, so perhaps we should just leave it to them…

But pastoral care is the joy and privilege of every Christian and something that Jesus calls us to be involved with. This four week course is intended to break some of the misconceptions of pastoral care, encourage us to get involved and give some very practical advice on how to care for one another with the love of God. The course runs for four weeks on Thursday evenings, 6, 13, 20, 27 May, from 8pm to 9pm on Zoom. Each evening will consist of some teaching, discussion in small groups and whole group feedback. We would love everyone to be part of the course so if you don’t feel comfortable speaking or sharing via Zoom, don’t let that put you off. You will not be asked to do anything you are not comfortable with.

Anyone is welcome to join in with the course even if you don’t feel you are involved in church ‘leadership’ at the moment. You will get the most out of this course if you can attend all four weeks. However, if you need to miss a week there will be some course materials you can access.

You will need to register for the course so we can send you the relevant Zoom information and course materials. To register click here.

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.

Keep checking this page as details of more webinars are added.

“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.

Webinar 26th April, 2021

You are invited to join Archbishop Stephen Cottrell and panel members to find out more about the emerging vision and strategic priorities for the Church for the next decade on Monday 26 April, 12.30 – 1.30pm.

This session will focus on the strategic priority to be a church where the mixed ecology of many forms of church is the norm. It will use questions raised in the first of the webinars in this series to inform the content of the session.

As well as hearing from the panel, there will be time for your questions and to find out what the vision and in particular this strategic priority means for you, your church, or diocese.

  • a church of missionary disciples
  • a church which is younger and more diverse
  • a church where the mixed ecology of many forms of church are the norm.

Click here to register for the webinar

If you miss the webinar, it will be available here shortly afterwards

Webinar 25th March, 2021

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.

Prayers and Reflections

A Prayer for the Duke of Edinburgh
‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’ (Matthew 25.21)
God of majesty,
give rest to your servant Philip
who, having served his Queen and Country,
has passed from this life,
full of years yet strong in spirit.
As we give thanks for his life,
as Prince and husband,
as Consort and family man,
we pray that all that he has done
may continue to bear fruit
in the lives of individuals
and the life of this nation,
to your honour and glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

I will miss Prince Philip. I didn’t know him, never met him, and yet, along with The Queen, he has been there for the whole of my life to this point. It’s quite remarkable, when I stop to think about it, and as my 63rd birthday approaches, that this couple have symbolised and provided a sense of permanence and stability stretching back so far. Part of me thought it would go on for ever, and perhaps part of me wanted it to: there’s a lot to be said for continuity in a world of constant, rapid and sometimes bewildering change. I knew it couldn’t, of course, if only for the reason that we’re all mortal. Some things have to come to an end, just as new things will certainly come to birth; that’s the way of it. But endings can sometimes be hard beyond measure, and painful to bear. In the case of Prince Philip, at almost 100 years old, death hardly comes as a surprise, but it does mark the end of an era. The prayer above, written by the Dean of Southwark, Andrew Nunn, is succinctly insightful and encouraging. Although Prince Philip may have been frail in body lately, he undoubtedly was ‘full of years’ and remained, it seems, ‘strong in spirit’.

Many words have been written and spoken about the Prince this past week, and there will be more to come. As someone whose early life had its share of difficulties, he died as someone leaving behind a global legacy. I tend to think his famed no-nonsense approach would probably make him the first to urge those left behind to get on with life and living as best you can. Value what you can of the past, but, hard though it might be, have the courage and the faith to move on and look forward. His own interests in the environment, science, technology and engineering saw the Prince looking beyond his own horizons to new ones. His personal religious conviction and Christian faith were, by all accounts, strong, though not rigidly dogmatic. He engaged widely and actively with other belief systems and philosophies, and remained open to new ideas, possibilities and discoveries.

The Christian faith is one which looks to its past, but it doesn’t leave us there, constantly urging us to look ahead. The Eucharist is part memorial, but it nourishes and equips us for today and tomorrow. And the Christian philosophy always seems to me to be more interested in what we can yet become, rather than what defines our past. St Paul in the Letter to the Philippians puts it like this: ‘I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus’. It’s patently true that Good Friday brought death, with anguish, pain and tears. It made contemplating a different future a bleak, tough and daunting prospect for those left behind. But Easter Day dawned out of the darkness, promising much more than a ‘happy ever after’ ending to the story. Rather, it brought an insistence that new beginnings are possible, with a resurrection hope which has lasting significance, not just for a lifetime, but for all eternity.

Rev Neil Summers

Click here to read previous meditations and reflections.

Holy Week and Easter Across the Deanery

Christ is Risen! Children’s Easter Service at St Michael and All Angels, Barnes

Maundy Thursday Garden, St Michael and All Angels, Barnes

Dawn Easter Service at St Mary’s, Barnes

Easter Gardens made by the children of St Mary’s Barnes

Palm Sunday donkeys, St Mary’s, Barnes

Garden of Gethsemane, Maundy Thursday, All Saints, East Sheen

All Saints, East Sheen, Easter Garden

Socially distanced singing on Easter Sunday at St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake

Pictures from children’s Good Friday service at St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake

Socially Distanced singing on Easter Sunday at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond

Happy Easter from Richmond Team Ministry

Easter Sunday also saw St John the Divine, Richmond returning to public worship for the first time since 29th December.

Bishop Richard of Kingston led the Holy Week and Easter Services at St Phillip and All Saints and St Luke’s, Kew

Good Friday Meditation at St Richard’s, Ham

Marking Rev Nigel Worn’s Retirement

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:

Unity against Loneliness Event 26th April

Richmond Inter Faith Forum invites people from Richmond, Kingston, Hounslow and neighbouring areas – especially those from minority and refugee backgrounds – to join this online event. It follows the successful “Unity in Crisis” event last November.

As we look forward to the end of lockdown, “Unity against Loneliness” provides a unique opportunity for local people from different religion or belief backgrounds (including the non-religious) to consider a subject that can affect anyone, and is so often invisible to everyone else.

What is loneliness? (It’s not as obvious as you might think.) How do we experience it? What steps can we take to alleviate it?

For more details and to register for the event visit https://unityagainstloneliness.eventbrite.co.uk

Everyone living in south west London is welcome.

Poetry Workshops at St Mary’s Barnes

St. Mary’s, Barnes is collecting poems that have helped individuals through lockdown and through times of difficulty. They would like to share these poems with each other through a series of informal poetry workshops on Zoom. If you have a poem which is special to you and which could help others who are experiencing challenging times, please join them.

The Zoom workshops will take place
on Mondays 19th and 26th April at 6pm.
To register, please send your choice of poem to: catherine.putz@googlemail.com

At the workshop we will read each other our special poems and discuss the aspects of the writing which appeal to us. Afterwards, our poems will be written on cards to be issued to those who would benefit from them, and printed on laminated, decorated sheets kept in church for
our visitors to enjoy.

National Day of Reflection 23 March

The Church of England are supporting the National Day of Reflection on 23 March, the first anniversary of the UK lockdown, to commemorate this tragic loss of life and to stand together with everyone who’s grieving.

Organised by Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection looks to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

Pray…

Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end,
Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages.
From the Easter Vigil, Common Worship

God of all that has been, that is, that is to come
as we reflect on the year that has past,
those we have lost,
those we have missed,
the contact not made,
the hopes dashed,
new things discovered,
new opportunities seized,
new love embraced,
we thank you that you have been with us
and brought us to this day.
Stay with us
as we step into your future
with faith and hope and love
and in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Dean Andrew Nunn

Light a candle…

Click here to light a virtual candle.

Support the bereaved

Phone someone or send a prayer postcard

Be silent…

A deanery within the diocese of Southwark in South West London