An invitation to Sunday's 10am Communion Service

from The Rectory on Sunday 31st May at 10am

  • 31/05/2020 10:00 - 11:15
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 190
An invitation to Sunday's 10am Communion Service

Dear friends,

I would like to invite you to join our live 10am Communion Service for Pentecost. The Zoom link is given at the foot of this message. You will be welcome to sign in at any time from 9:45 when we will also be joined by friends who are not online via our ‘dial-in’ option here. 

The words of the service are to be found in the resources section of our Latest Resources and Podcasts Ascension to Pentecost Page here (please note this Pentecost service contains several changes from the Eastertide service we have been using so far), along with the Readings and the words of the hymn, ‘Come down, O love divine. Chris has recorded the hymn tune on St Mary’s church organ and we will be invited to sing along (muted, of course! – or simply to reflect on the words as we listen to the wonderful sound of the organ). Bach’s ‘Come Holy Ghost will be our post-service organ voluntary.

As on previous Sundays, there will be a separate podcast of the Reflection available on our website: .

The Reflection this week will be from Gillian, and she will be giving a brief summary during the service.

Before 10am, as you join the service, your microphone will be open to enable conversation if you wish.

Your microphone will be muted for you as the service starts so that during the service the only people we hear will be those with a speaking part. Please keep your microphone muted, even when we are saying together the words marked ‘All’ in the order of service.

At the end of the service your microphone will be opened and all are welcome to stay on for conversation or to go and make a coffee and return later – or both!

Regrettably, only I will be able to receive the consecrated bread and wine. However, I will do so on behalf of us all. The rest of us will be making a ‘Spiritual Communion’, of which a summary is offered in the Introduction in the order of service. In essence:

“if we offer ourselves in penitence and faith, giving thanks for the redemption won by Christ crucified, we may truly ‘eat and drink the Body and Blood of Christ’, although we cannot receive the sacrament physically in ourselves”. Our liturgy provides for this and includes special

The Fun-Key Church Zoom Pet Service

  • 31/05/2020 16:00 - 17:00
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 523
The Fun-Key Church Zoom Pet Service

Fun-Key Church is delighted to be able to hold our annual pet service online this year. Why not bring a pet or a photograph of a pet as we give thanks for all our pets, for the love we share, and for all of God's wonderful creation.
You do not need a pet to join in!! Just a love of animals and nature.
Come and enjoy the fun and the atmosphere!!!  And why not see if you can have a go at answering some of these puzzles?
Here is the invitation for Zoom - 

St Mary's is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Fun-Key Church @ St Mary's Richmond Zoom Pet Service
Time: May 31, 2020 04:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 8224 0405
Password: 449295

Christian Aid Week

Message from Judith Barber and the St Mary’s Christian Aid Team

  • 10 May 2020
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 293
Christian Aid Week

Every May we would normally raise approximately £3,000 around Richmond but this cannot happen in the same way this year.

Christian Aid supports some of the most vulnerable people who need our support now more than ever as coronavirus spreads across the world. An e-envelope is now available for our own donations and for us to send to as many people as possible over the next few weeks.

Please see the Christian Aid website here for more details.

Thanks from Judith Barber and the St Mary’s Christian Aid Team


  • 26/04/2020 10:00 - 11:30
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 88

Dear friends,

Further to our recent YouTube Eucharists you are invited this Sunday to join a live service at 10:00, via Zoom. This way, we will be able to see each other, and through the involvement of readers and an intercessor there will be a variety of voices. The words of the service are

(As we continue to develop our online presence we are all aware that not everyone connected with St Mary’s has access to the internet. We are therefore continuing to develop new ways to reach out to those who do not.)

As on previous Sundays, there will be a separate podcast of the Reflection, this time by Scott. It will be available on our website through this link:…

The Zoom App can be downloaded free of charge using this link: and the invitation to join the service is given at the foot of this message.

To join the service all you should need to do is click on the link given in the invitation (otherwise, type in the Meeting ID and password when prompted); please join at any time from 9:50.

Please note that the ‘Zoom experience’ with multiple participants seems to work best if everyone without a speaking part could ‘mute’ their microphone. (This will apply throughout the service, even when we are saying together the words marked ‘All’ in the attached order of service)).


Easter Message from Martin

  • 11 April 2020
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 206
Easter Message from Martin

Dear friends,

This comes with my very best wishes for Easter – and for Eastertide.

Just as Lent saw huge changes in the way we have had to do things, both as a church community and as members of the wider community, so we trust that the 50 days of Eastertide can see life return – towards a ‘new normal’.

We will all have been changed by the experiences of this public health crisis. So many lives and livelihoods have tragically been lost, but we have also seen that no one, no matter how deep their pain, need feel isolated. New local support networks have sprung up, priorities and perspectives have been reset, and new ways of being and doing have emerged. Amidst the suffering there has been transformation. As has been said, ‘to live is to change’, and this Easter our thanks to God for his gifts of life and of life renewed are more heartfelt than ever.

On behalf of us all, I am grateful to everyone who has been involved in maintaining and developing the life of our churches – in worship and in service – during this time.

Our website is now ‘bursting’ with resources, as are those of the Church of England and of our Diocese, and I hope you have been able to access and use them.

For Easter Day, I have recorded a video of an Easter Communion for us all, and Bishop John has recorded a podcast of his Easter sermon. We may not be able to gather together to celebrate, but these resources will offer us a chance still to worship together, in spirit and in truth.

They can downloaded from our website, from 8pm on Easter Eve:

or, for the video:

and the podcast:

With every blessing,