Regular Sunday Services
8.00 am Holy Communion
A quiet and reflective service following the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). Breakfast is served after this service on the last Sunday of the month.
10.00 am Parish CommunionOur main service of the week when all ages come together to worship God in words and music. Refreshments are served after the service.
Morning Prayer (said)At 9.05am Monday to Friday, using the Common Worship prayer book
Weekday Holy Communion (said)Noon on Thursday using Common Worship liturgy preceded by Quiet Time at 11.15am.
Pewsheets & Service Calendar
St Mary’s Rough Guide to Christianity is a short course that allows adults to explore or review some of the basics of our faith. Meeting on Wednesday evenings for supper, teaching and discussion the Rough Guide is led by our clergy over 5 weeks and aims to be informal and friendly, as well as insightful and informative!
Topics covered include; God & Faith, Jesus & Salvation, Holy Spirit & the Church, Sin & Evil, Ethics & Morality. Naturally each week is just a starting point for each subject, and participants are encouraged to explore further for themselves, either with recommended reading or another learning group.
We strongly encourage adults seeking baptism and confirmation to complete this course (and the course is in itself a preparation for both), but you do not need to be a candidate to join in. If you would like to take part in our next rough guide course please contact us by clicking here.
Rev’d Ann Lynes, Team Curate
For older children and teenagers, St Mary’s provides a series of four classes to prepare them for Confirmation by one of the Bishops in Southwark. It is important that every candidate feels able to answer the questions asked of them at Confirmation and so the classes also go through what is involved in the service so that every candidate knows what to expect.
Topics covered are similar to the rough guide but tailored to a younger audience. Each session lasts for about an hour and includes opportunities to discuss ideas and ask questions.
Confirmation Services are organised centrally in each area and rotate around different churches. They usually include candidates from a number of church communities and are a real cause for celebration. So even if we are not hosting the service, we would encourage members of our congregation to go along and support our candidates.
Rev’d Ann Lynes, Team Curate
In 2006 the Church of England approved the process of admitting children into Communion before they have been confirmed. The Diocese of Southwark requires all parishes to have a policy on children and Holy Communion and St Mary’s approved the practice of welcoming children to receive Communion some years ago.
I am very pleased to follow this practice too as I believe that it more clearly demonstrates our unity in Christ. It also enables children to experience the joy and the power of the Eucharist at an age where they are very receptive and when they are keen to be included.
Children to be welcomed into Communion need to have been baptised. They also need to have been regular worshippers in church for at least six months and must be at least seven years old. There is a series of 4 classes for children to attend in preparation for them being welcomed into Communion at our 10am service (plus a rehearsal to help the service run smoothly). These will help the children to explore the meaning of the Eucharist and what it means to them. It is very important that parents make a priority of these classes to enable their child to attend every session. If you have any questions about your child and Communion please do not hesitate to ask me or Rev’d Ann Lynes.
Rev’d Richard Sewell, Rector of St. Mary’s
Sermons & Writings
Read a selection of recent sermons
Click to view a selected archive of sermons and other writings.
2016 and earlier: sermons & writings:
Remembrance Sunday Sermon 2016 by Rev'd Richard Sewell
Magna Carta Service
Annual Choral Evensong
Other writings & written sermons
Riposte to Atheism Part 1 Rev’d Richard Sewell (available in booklet form in church)
Riposte to Atheism Part 2 Rev’d Richard Sewell (also available in booklet form in church)
Go to the Church of England website to visit their excellent page Learn to Pray.
Faith in Action
The church exists not for itself but to serve others. We strive to contribute to a more just and compassionate world. We are committed to serving the needs of people locally, nationally and internationally by supporting groups and organisations, financially and with our time.
St Mary’s is currently supporting the following charities with prayer, funds and practical support:
The Castelnau Community Centre aims to promote a vibrant, self sustaining community in the Castelnau area of North Barnes. The Project manages a large programme of community development projects
from a playgroup through after-school clubs and substantial provision for teenagers, to training for adults; and including social activities for all ages.