Coronavirus (COVID-19) - St Mary's Response

Thank you for coming to the website for your local parish Church St Mary Magdalene with St Martin 

Dear Church Family

The Church is closed for Public Worship from Sunday 10th January.

Please read Amanda's letter about closiing the church for Public Worship

There will be one service at 10am Live Streamed on St Mary's You Tube Channel

Please see the latest COVID-19 guidance. National lockdown: stay at home applies in England wef 4 January 2021

Also see the latest guidance for places of worship

As the situation is ever-changing, we will endeavour to keep the information on this page as up to date as possible. So please do check back on a regular basis – updated 10.30pm Tuesday 19th January 2021

Prayer during Lockdown on Zoom Mondays and Wednesdays at 9-9.30am; Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-12.30pm

Sunday January 24th 10am Informal Worship Live Streamed on You Tube

We will continue to remain an active and supportive church family and if there is any extra need caused by these Tier restrictions do get in touch and we will endeavour to do what we can to safely support you.

We are in very unusual and disorienting times at the moment. Our communities are understandably anxious and many are fearful.  

At St Mary Magdalene with St Martin (StMMM) we are closely monitoring and following advice around precautions for Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

Help for those experiencing Domestic Abuse

Lockdown has raised many needs in our community. Not least those who suffer domestic abuse. Domestic abuse may affect anyone at any time, but the isolation resulting from COVID-19 is particularly affecting victims/survivors of domestic abuse. The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown, according to the charity Refuge. Victims/survivors of domestic abuse may be self-isolating with someone who is harming them, and they may feel they have no way out. Previous places of safety or respite, such as friends, family or local churches, may no longer appear accessible.

It is vital that victims/survivors of domestic abuse know that they are not alone and there is still help available in these challenging times.  Please follow this link for information that will help you.

In addition we want to inspire and energise church members to join with others in our wider community to offer practical support and care for those who will feel most vulnerable in our society at this time. eg those who are older and those who have underlying health conditions or who have had to self-isolate. Be aware you are only allowed to be outside for reasonable exercise and to do essential shopping. 

As a church family we want to do our part to offer both prayerful and practical support for those who are being affected by these adjustments or any other effects around Covid-19. As such many  of you have offered help in shopping and picking up prescriptions for those who are unable to leave their home.  If you can offer help and haven’t already been contacted by Jen or Val would you please contact the church office if you can help. This help must be given with due consideration of the seriousness of our situation. In other words it must  be incorporated into the ‘essential shopping’ trip that you will take for yourself. If you are not in the parish Check  your local residents association to see if you can join in to help there.

  1. Please follow the government advice from the onset of symptoms (new continuous cough or high temperature) and carefully follow the government advice regarding ending self-isolation.
  2. We strongly encourage everyone to follow Public Health England’s general best practice hygiene advice
  3. We also strongly encourage everyone to follow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s advice if you have recently travelled back from overseas or are planning to travel.

Please let me know if you would like to suggest other ways of sharing in prayer and worship and learning and helping during this extraordinary time. 

The Vicar, that’s Amanda Johnson,  and churchwardens of this church Ms Isabella Lisk can be contacted in an emergency by telephoning 0206 656 3457 or emailing stmmmoffice@btinternet.com  or amanda@stmmm.org.uk 0208 654 3459

With love and grace

Amanda 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.