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Please click here to see the Lent email sent out this week with details of services, the Lent Course: A River through the Desert, information about the Bishop of Southwark's Lent Call and a call for Easter Shoebox Gardens!
From Rev'd James: I am pleased to let you know that after consultation with the churchwardens we have decided to recommence attendance at services in church. This will start with Morning Prayer from Monday 1st March, Holy Communion on Thursday 4th March, and Sunday...
At this time when it is difficult to see family and friends, or even neighbours, it can make a big difference to be able to chat with someone else. At St Mary’s, we have a pastoral care group of people who are experienced in listening and talking on the phone.There is...
St Mary's Barnes Calendar 2021
31 January Candlemas
16 February PCC
17 February Ash Wednesday
Beginning of Lent (look out for the Lent course & other Lent activities)
14 March Mothering Sunday
Distribution of flowers outside church if lockdown continuing.
23 March PCC
28 March Palm Sunday
An act of worship in the churchyard if not possible in church.
29 March Start of Holy Week
Special evening services in church and/or online.
1 April Maundy Thursday
Evening service in church and/or online
2 April Good Friday
Service in church and/or online, and also observance in churchyard
4 April Easter Day
Dawn lighting of the fire outside church, and short service in church if possible. Other Easter services in church and/or online and short celebration in churchyard
25 April Pets blessing in churchyard/church
29 April Annual Parochial Church Meeting
9 May Visit by Bishop of Southwark at 10am service
9-15 May Christian Aid Week
13 May Ascension Day
15-30 May Barnes Music Festival
23 May Pentecost Sunday
Annual Garden of Remembrance service 11.45am
26 May PCC
30 May Trinity Sunday
22 June PCC
10 July Barnes Fair
12 Sept Patronal Festival
Parish lunch (if possible)
21 Sept PCC
24-26 Sept Barnes Bookfest
25 Sept Harvest Supper (if possible)
26 Sept Harvest Festival
1 Oct Glass Door Annual Sleepout
13 & 14 Oct Barnes Charity Fashion Show (if possible)
17 Oct Friends Choral Evensong
31 Oct All Saints Day
All Souls service 6pm
14 Nov Remembrance Sunday
16 Nov PCC
28 Nov Advent Sunday
4 Dec Christmas Cracker
12 Dec Christingle
19 Dec Service of Lessons and Carols
24 Dec Christmas Eve
25 Dec Christmas Day
26 Dec St Stephens Day (Sunday services)
Rev’d James Hutchings, Rector
Revd James Hutchings was instituted as Barnes Team Rector and Vicar of St Mary Barnes in July 2019. James had been the Team Rector of Littleham-cum-Exmouth with Lympstone, and Rural Dean of Aylesbeare, in the Diocese of Exeter and previously served in other parishes in the same diocese.
James was born and brought up in a Hampshire village but as an Exeter University Economics graduate he became familiar with London, living and working here for 22 years before moving to Devon where he was ordained. He worked initially in banking with Barclays and Kleinwort Benson, and then the voluntary sector, running the cross-parliamentary Future of Europe Trust and then in other charities, latterly as Regional Director of the Shaw Trust. Along the way James has been a local councillor and parliamentary candidate. His childhood faith grew as an active member at St Leonard Streatham where he was involved in setting up the Spires homelessness centre, and at St Mary Twickenham and he was ordained in 2006.
James is married to Alice who was a solicitor, also lecturing at the College of Law in London and Guildford, and latterly as Administrator for the Anglican chaplaincy at Exeter University. They have 3 children: Ben is a graphic designer working for Make architectural firm in central London; Ollie works, from home in Barnes, for Farewill, an online wills, probate and cremation business; Sarah is in her second year at Cardiff University studying English Language and Linguistics. He enjoys walking around Barnes with Jessie, his family’s old dog and it has been a good place to be during lockdown. When life opens up again he looks forward to enjoying the cultural and sporting opportunities in London more fully.
James and the family had lovely years living in Devon by the sea but have very much enjoyed returning to London and getting to know the special place which Barnes is. James has had a great welcome from the church family and community.There was just enough time between arriving and the start of the pandemic to provide foundations to build on during the lockdown. It is a challenging time for all and particularly so for some, but also one in which we are learning to live out the good news of Jesus Christ in new ways. There is much to look forward to!
“See, the former things have come to pass and new things I now declare…sing to the Lord a new song” (Isaiah 42:9-10)