St Mary's is an Open Church - Open to God, Open to You
On Tuesday 17 March, all public worship in churches was suspended for nearly four months. During that time St Mary's uploaded a service each Sunday which can be found under SERVICES
From late June, provided various measures are taken, churches were allowed to open for private prayer.
St Mary's is now open for private prayer as follows
MONDAYS and THURSDAYS 10.30 am to 1.30 pm
SATURDAYS 9am to 11.00am
Since 4 July, again provided certain measures in place, churches were allowed to open for public worship if they were ready to do so. Of course, as social distancing rules have to be followed, seating capacity is very much reduced.
St Mary's re-started public worship on 2 August, holding two services - 9am and 10.30am - to accommodate as many as we can (around 60 over the two services). Many of our congregation members are still keeping safe at home so we are recording our 9.00am service and uploading it to our website as soon as possible after that service.
If you are not yet ready or able to come back to church, there are ways in which you can join in worship and prayer including:
Check out the Church of England media page for virtual service and other resources
The Church of England will be offering a national weekly service which will be broadcast online each Sunday via social media. Daily audio of prayer during the day and night prayer will also be available.
Daily Hope is a phoneline which offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Click here for the posters for more details or to print one out and give to people you know who don't have internet access but who might like to join in worship during lockdown.
Some other local parish churches live stream. Go to their Facebook page or website and find the image or link to the service you want.
St Saviour's via their Facebook page - search for St Saviour's Church, St Albans or click here
St Stephen with St Julian via their Facebook page - search for the church name or click here
DAILY PRAYER (Morning, Evening and Night Prayer) can be found on the Church of England website. The service has everything you need included eg the psalms, readings and canticles for the day. Click here to access it. You may need to scroll down that page to find the service you want.
DAILY PRAYER APP for Mobiles - This is advertised on the above page or search for Daily Prayer in the Apple App Store or Google Play. This is free if used online. There is a small charge (£2.99 for a year) if you wish to use the App offline. As with the Church of England website, all the readings, psalms and canticles for the day are included in full.
LISTEN TO A SERVICE ON RADIO OR WATCH ON TV - On Wednesday 18 March the BBC announced it is launching a virtual church service on Sundays amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The BBC will also aim to broadcast a weekly Sunday morning church service on BBC One, but this will be subject to outside broadcast capacity. Check out your Radio and TV Guides for information - or check online.
CANDLE OF HOPE Churches Together in England - Call to prayer on Sundays at 7.00pm