Dear Friend of St. Mary’s,
As you will know the country is slowly moving further out of lockdown and proposals for future services will be published soon. In the meantime we are anxious to hear your views and preferences and your reactions to the types of communications we have developed during lockdown. Please read the attached paper and let us have your thoughts; it can be viewed by clicking here
However not everyone accesses WhatsApp so my video messages are shown below on this Home Page and my Sunday messages now appear under Sermons on the Quick Links on this page.
We are also regularly posting updates, including video clips from me on Twitter and Instagram, so do follow us @StMarysstokedab
Moreover the Church is now open for private prayer only on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. However there are to be strict protocols in place for such visits which must be adhered to and these are set out in detail on the weekly leaflet but can be accessed here
I shall continue to say Morning Prayer on your behalf from within St Mary’s Church at 10:00 each day on Monday to Thursday and on Sunday. Unfortunately this will have to continue to be a solo performance for as long as the current Government guidelines are in place.
Notwithstanding these initiatives, please be reminded that I am always available if you would welcome a personal communication.
My best wishes to all
The Reverend R Godfrey Hilliard MA
Godfrey's video message for 14th July
Rev'd Godfrey Hilliard keeps in touch with his parish at St Mary's Stoke D'Abernon
Fifth Sunday after Trinity
at St Mary's Stoke D'Abernon
To view our leaflet for the week
commencing 5th Sunday after
St. Mary’s WhatsApp Group
We are also regularly posting updates, including video clips from me on Twitter and Instagram, do follow us @StMarysstokedab
Thoughts and prayers
For all your local news why not read the Stoke D'Abernon News View brochure here
St. Mary’s Stoke D’Abernon’s response to the current Covid 19 restrictions
As most people are aware Churches were closed for Public Worship during the lockdown although the Government have said that churches can now be opened. An announcement will be made shortly on how it is planned that St Marys will be opened and when. Until then it is proposed, as Godfrey says in his Welcome message above, that he will say Morning Prayer on our behalf from within St. Mary’s Church at 10:00 each day on Monday to Thursday, ringing the Church bell at the outset. For the full statement from the Church of England go to https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches .
However it is planned that the Annual Parish Church Meeting will now take place on Sunday 18th October 2020 after the 10.00 am Parish Communion
Inevitably other events that might have taken place at St. Mary’s Church or in the Hall will not take place until further notice These include: Parishes lunches; Mothers and Others; Chair yoga; Lunchtime concerts; and the Quiz night.
As and when further advice is made available it will appear on this Home page of our web site.
Visiting the Church
The church is regularly open to visitors at set times. Please read the Visiting St Mary's page for more details.