Advent Season

Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as we prepare to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also look ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. Although rather unfashionable today, the ‘Four Last Things’ – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – have been traditional themes for Advent meditation. The characteristic note of Advent is however expectation, rather than penitence. 
The anticipation of Christmas under commercial pressure has also made it harder to sustain the appropriate sense of alert watchfulness, but the fundamental Advent prayer remains  ‘Our Lord, come’ (1 Corinthians 16.22). Church decorations are simple and spare, and purple is the traditional liturgical colour. In the northern hemisphere, the Advent season falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas. 
The Moravian custom of the Christingle has similarly enjoyed great success in Britain since the latter part of the twentieth century, with the encouragement of the Children’s Society; our Christingle service takes place on 13th December. The Third Sunday of Advent was observed in medieval times as a splash of colour in the restrained atmosphere of Advent (Gaudete or ‘Rose Sunday’), and the last days of Advent were marked by the sequence of Great ‘O’ Antiphons, which continue to inspire modern Advent hymns and meditations.

Online Church at St Mary's Barnes

Our services on YouTube

You can click on the video links below to see a selection of recent services and sermons. You can also view our daily prayers on Facebook or see the whole selection of our videos on our YouTube channel by clicking on the buttons below. Please note you do not have to be a Facebook member to view, you can click on ‘Not Now’ when it prompts you to join.

8am Holy Communion (BCP) 22nd November 2020

Parish Eucharist Sunday 22nd November 2020

Homily from +Richard Kingston for Sunday 22nd November 2020
Christ the King

Sermon by Rev’d Judith Roberts 22nd November 2020

Churches Together in Barnes Advent Service Online

We have planned a short meditative service of Advent Prayers for Advent Sunday (29th November) at 4pm. At a time when we are unable to meet together in person as Christians in Barnes it is perhaps even more important than ever for us to join together in this way and mark the beginning of the season of Advent. To join the service just click on the link below.

CTiB Advent Prayers
Time: Nov 29, 2020 4:00 PM London
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Meeting ID: 885 8088 8610

Please click on the link below to follow the Compline Service

Compline in Advent Services

On Monday 30th November at 8pm and the following three Mondays we will have Advent Compline. At each there will be a reflection on
‘What are we looking forward to?’
On the 30th, Geoffrey Barnett will be leading.
The other three Sundays might be possible in church, but this one will be on Zoom:

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Meeting ID: 872 6130 4129  Passcode: 232113

Church opening during lockdown from 5th November to 2nd December



There will be no public services in church during this period.  However our Sunday Parish Eucharist will continue to be available via this page and our YouTube channel.

Morning Prayer will be on our Facebook page Monday-Thursday & Saturdays at 8.45am and available thereafter.

If you come to the church, please use the hand sanitiser provided and maintain social distancing.    Wearing a face covering is mandatory, unless you are exempt for medical reasons. Please do not come if you are experiencing any symptoms.  

A welcomer may be present, but this is not possible at all times.  If you would like Rev’d James Hutchings or someone from the church to contact you or if you would like to ask for prayers for yourself or someone else, please telephone 0208 741 5422 or email [email protected].  We will be happy to get back in touch with you.

Barnes Cares: is co-ordinated by the Barnes Community Association. Barnes Cares

Richmond Council Community Hub: 0208 8716555 or [email protected]   Foodbank: Donations can be left at the church when open in the collection box by the entrance, or delivered direct to Castelnau Centre, 7 Stillingfleet Road, Barnes SW13 9AQ, 9.15am-11.15am on Friday mornings Richmond Foodbank



Music Resources

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by our Director of Music and music scholars

Agnus Dei

by Anna Haestrup - Choral Scholar at St Mary's Barnes & BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of 2019

Anna Haestrup, aged 10, singing first solo at St Mary's Barnes

Cathedral Choirs Sing Forever

Choristers from across the UK are singing for Friends of Cathedral Music because they want to help cathedral choirs survive

Just Giving

Resources for Prayer & Faith

St Mary's Barnes Book of Remembrance

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