Some of the churches have started live-streaming their services in light of the announcement by the Church of England that public worship is suspended until further notice. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued this advice on Friday 20 March:
‘Churches should be open where possible but with no public worship services taking place. Prayers can be said by clergy and ministers on behalf of everyone and churches should consider ways of sharing this with the wider community’.
The Archbishops have designated Sunday 22 March a National Day of Prayer.
St Michael & All Angels Church
They are live streaming the noon mass on Saturday 21 and the 10.00am Low Mass on Mothering Sunday, 22 March, which replaces the planned Choral Family Mass. Both of those services can be seen on the Pesce Fabrizio Facebook page. Weekday Mass at noon will be live-streamed henceforward each day on the St Michael & All Angels Facebook page.
Fr Kevin Morris, Vicar of St Michael & All Angels Church said in Thursday’s service that we need to put ourselves out to be of service to those in need and that hope can counter fear and isolation:
‘On the night before he was crucified, Jesus kneels and washes his disciples’ feet and gives them a new commandment: “to love one another as I have loved you”. As church services are suspended, and social distancing is encouraged, we are asked to ponder those words afresh, to work out what they mean in our present crisis. These words, echoing the words of Jesus on the first Maundy Thursday, remind us that it is by our love and service that Jesus Christ will be made known and the hope of the gospel, hope that can counter fear and isolation will be spread. We need to put ourselves out to be of service to those in need, but you also need to be aware how very difficult it is for some of us to receive the help of others, they’re so fiercely independent. It is receiving a ministry that Grace so often surprises and transforms us, not least as we turn to God in prayer, for where Love is, God himself is there’.
Click here to hear a five minute audio clip of Fr Kevin’s sermon Where Love Is God Is There, with music by St Michael’s Singers, led by Jonathan Dods.
The church will remain open for private prayer.
St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas Church will remain open throughout this period for prayer and reflection.
Christ Church, Turnham Green
Christ Church welcome anyone in the local community and beyond to join us for worship online using Facebook Live this Sunday (22 March). At 9.30am there will be a virtual communion service which you can join in at home, and at 10.30am our contemporary band will lead a service fitting for Mothering Sunday. This, and other resources, including videos of our children’s worker telling stories and singing songs for pre-schoolers, all available on our Facebook page @Christ Church W4. We will be improving the technology used over the coming weeks, but for now sit back and enjoy these authentic, homely experiences of Christian worship – whether you are used to going to church in person or are just curious. Further updates on www.christchurchw4.com.