Live Streaming Weekdays at 12PM and Sundays 8.30am and 11am
- Sunday service: 31 May Pentecost Live Streaming
- Weekday service: Weekday Daily Prayer for Live Streaming
- Prayer at home: Spiritual Communion St Mary’s
Life at St Mary’s Battersea during the COVID-19 Emergency
During the period of closure of the church building for public worship, the main ways we will keep in touch are through the website, stmarysbattersea.org.uk and through our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/stmarysbattersea). If you haven’t ‘liked’ this page on Facebook yet, or are not a regular user, then we encourage you to do so. You will be able to access live events in both these places in the coming weeks.
We will continue to publish an amended version of St Mary’s e-newsletter on a Friday. This will include slightly different material, and we warmly encourage you to contact the office with personal news to share (including if you are ill or self-isolating) so that we can pray for one another during the week. If you are not yet subscribed, you can do so here (https://www.stmarysbattersea.org.uk/newsletters/)
We will be contacting those in our congregation who are not online by phone in the coming days to find out how best we can keep in touch with them.
Access to St Mary’s Church
The church is closed for public worship now until further notice in line with Government and Church of England advice.
Worship & Live Streaming
From Sunday 22nd March until further notice our regular Sunday morning services will be live-streamed at 8.30am and 11am. These will be simpler services than usual, but will include all the ‘said’ elements of the communion service, including a sermon. These will be streamed on Facebook Live and on the Parish Website, which will also allow you to interact with the worship as it unfolds. You can include prayer requests, news and even reactions to the sermon!! Please note: the church will be open then but we strongly discourage those at higher risk from attending. Social distancing will be expected.
Additionally, at noon every day Monday to Friday, there will be a short act of worship and prayer live streamed on the website and Facebook Live, which we hope will be of particular blessing to those who are self-isolating. If you cannot join us in prayer at that time, you can catch up with the worship on the St Mary’s Facebook Page at any time of the day. Again the church will be open during this service but do not come if you are in a high risk group or unwell in any way.
We also hope to have a service of Night Prayer (Compline) streamed towards the end of each day, but led by members of our congregation. If you might be interested in being part of the leadership of this in the weeks ahead please contact either Simon or Aaron.
If you would prefer some resources you could use at home in hard copy, we will make available in church a series of resources, including: The Order for the Sunday Eucharist, The Order for Weekday Prayer, The Order for Night Prayer, An Order for Spiritual Communion at Home (ideal for families or for those who don’t want to follow the online church services). You will be able to collect these from church early next week: if you are self-isolating, please let the Office know and we will arrange for them to be delivered to you.
The following Apps are also recommended to help you to pray at home or find spiritual support (Daily Prayer App, Reflections for Daily Prayer [£], Pray as You Go, Online Examen)
Pastoral Care & Support
Alongside the clergy, we have established a short-term Pastoral Care Team of people who are willing to be a listening ear or (subject to health advice) a friendly face during the coming weeks. That team will be meeting regularly to update one another on the health, wellbeing and pastoral needs of the congregation and people having a difficult time. That team is made up of the following people, alongside Aaron and Simon: Debbie Apostolides, Barbara De Ferry Foster, Sheila Boothe, Libby Bradshaw and David Britten. They are contactable through the Parish Office if you would value some assistance.
- The clergy want you to know that they will be available in church regularly (the weekly newsletter will have times) and also – subject to their health and any government restrictions – be visible in the neighbourhood. Please note: the clergy are unable to visit if you develop COVID-19, but will do their best to support you over the phone or through apps like Facetime and Skype.
- Should you or a family member be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (or for any other reason), please do ask the clergy to come to the hospital to pray with you. Subject to hospital rules, one of them will come and be with you.
- Please note there are, sadly, severe restrictions on the conduct of funerals at the moment, imposed both by funeral directors and by the Church of England, chiefly in terms of location and numbers of mourners. In the unlikely event of a death in the congregation or in the parish, we shall do our best to provide what we can.
- If you have booked a wedding or a baptism in the near future, please be in touch with the clergy to discuss the arrangements, including any request for postponement.
12 Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the city gate in order to sanctify the people by his own blood. 13 Let us then go to him outside the camp and bear the abuse he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 15 Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls and will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with sighing—for that would be harmful to you.
18 Pray for us; we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honourably in all things. 19 I urge you all the more to do this, so that I may be restored to you very soon.