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 

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). Below is a list of key advice and current adjustments (including links to health advice from official health organisations) already in place at St MMM and information on how this affects us practically. The information below also includes suggestions of ways in which we can help support and care for one another.

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 7.10pm Friday 7th August 2020

Key Advice & Adjustments

We are now open on Sundays for You

Services on Sunday mornings:

9.30 am  Traditional liturgical worship
11 am Informal service with Children and Youth

WE ARE A SAFE PLACE TO MEET
Please feel free to come and join in, and please follow the directions inside the church building

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and help with community life. See: www.stmmm.org.uk

Services and Worship

If you are coming to the church building for a service - please read these guidance notes

 

Sunday 9th August 9.30am - Morning Worship in Church and live streamed at 9.30am on St. Mary's You Tube Channel.

Sunday 9th August 11.00am - Informal Worship in Church and live streamed at 11.00am on St. Mary's You Tube Channel.

The church will be cleaned where necessary between the services. We have enough distanced seating for 40+ people, although a family can sit together. There will be no Children’s groups just yet but there will be a children’s focus at the 11 am.

It will feel strange to be ‘back in the church building’ as we cannot lead services in the way we have been used to.

  • Please note that Govt guidelines are that we must not sing. We may have one singer socially distanced from the congregation . We have decided to continue with recorded songs at the 9.30 and where possible a single singer at the 11 am
  • We are advised to wear masks, and as you know there are a number of reasons to be exempt for wearing them .Please familiarise yourself with the Government advice on this,
  • We cannot offer refreshments yet and are advised we need to leave the building as soon as the service ends.
  • However we can join together in the worship through our presence together,  our prayers together, and listening to God, giving time and space to hear him.
  • Toilets can now be open and used in the Magdalene centre. There are hand sanitisers on the wall outside the men’s and the women’s toilets for your use before entry. There is a one way system. Please follow the arrows.

This is really important: Coming on site Whether it is to come to the office or do an odd job

It remains the case that anyone coming on site for whatever reason must clear the day and time and purpose with the vicar Amanda first, and let her know on the day that they have arrived and when they leave. Thank you very much.

Our ministry as a church  is  directed in two ways: maintaining a community of worship and prayer, and witnessing to the love of God to our wider community. We will be supporting and resourcing church members where they are , and encouraging as much creative, practical care, support and fellowship amongst church members as we possibly can. To do this we have a group of worship leaders and preachers putting ideas together for worship, and others engaged in coordinating care.

There will be links on website and sent out by email/mail for Sunday worship

Children and Young People: We have a created a page of resources for children and young people.

Community Help and Support: The Addiscombe Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group (ACMAG) has done a great job in enabling street-residents groups to be set up in order to help one another. This is happening through out our parish . You can find the group on face book. 

In addition there is a great need for donated food for the work of the CVA and other charities so the same ACMAG and our councillor Sean Fitzsimons have arranged a drop off point For your donations of necessary goods at St Mildred’s centre from March 31st - 29th August. Please read the information Amanda has been sent and respond as generously as you are able . With every blessing and thanks Amanda 

An email from Jerry Fitzpatrick our councillor - Face Covering and Exemptions (added 24 July 2020)

An email from Jerry Fitzpatrick our councillor to everyone in the church family

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 on staying at home for 7 days 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.