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THE TRIDUUM
As we approach the Triduum, the great three days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day, may I take this opportunity to wish you a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Easter when it comes. For Christians, this week is of utmost importance as we commemorate the events of our redemption. You can find the full list of services here.

On MAUNDY THURSDAY the question addressed to the disciples – ‘Could you not watch with me one hour?’ – is addressed to us as we take part in the Watch of the Passion until Midnight that follows the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at 8pm. I encourage each one of you to make a personal commitment to being present for at least some of that time, whether earlier in the evening or later. The Altar of Repose will be on the All Souls’ Altar in the Memorial Chapel (rather than the Lady Chapel as usual) in order to facilitate social distancing.

GOOD FRIDAY for us is not a holiday but a Holy Day and marked by fasting, prayer and attendance at the Liturgy of the Day at 10am. Because we are unable to venerate the cross with the customary kiss I invite you to consider bringing with you to the service a crucifix from home that you can venerate at the appropriate point in the service. In addition, there is a new service of Tenebrae at 9pm. A beautiful and contemplative service that marks the transition from Good Friday to Holy Saturday as candles are gradually extinguished until we are left in darkness. It is important to remember that cannot celebrate the fullness of Christ’s new life if we have not also walked with him on the Way of the Cross.

Our celebration of the new life of Christ begins with the Dawn Vigil and First Mass of EASTER at 5.45am. This is the greatest service of the Christian year, with the Service of Light, the Vigil readings telling the story of salvation, the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the Mass of the Resurrection. As an added incentive you will be given fresh coffee and smoked salmon bagels to take away for breakfast! Thank you to Darina, Anne Gretton and Fiona Brannon who have prepared this. Our celebrations continue with Low Mass at 8am, Sung High Mass at 10am and Children’s Mass at 11.30am. Remember that we are asking you to send an email to the Parish Office using easter@stmichaelbarnes.org for 10am and 11.30am so we can seat as many people as possible in a safe manner.

Last year, I had the bizarre experience of celebrating the mysteries of Holy Week in my dining room! As lovely as some of that was, it was also tremendously lonely and sad. So this year, we should rejoice that most of us are now able to gather together in church because of the vaccine and the lifting of restrictions, though we still do so with utmost care and caution. However, for those who are vulnerable or unable to leave home, the main liturgies will be broadcast live on Facebook and You Tube through our website with Orders of Service  available to download.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTExOrxD97ng8MF8LKSg9CQ/live
https://www.facebook.com/saintmichaelbarnes/videos
Note: You don’t need to sign up to Facebook to watch – if a pop-up box invites you to join, please click it away and carry on watching.

THANK YOU!
Thank you to all those who have donated towards the Easter Lilies. A list of those you have asked to be remembered will be put up at the back of church. At this time, so many people pull together to make our observance of Holy Week and Easter particularly special. On behalf of the Clergy, Warden and PCC I’d like to express my thanks for your assistance and devotion.

WHITE RABBIT BOOK
Our very own Spike/Stevie McGarrity has produced book to mark 10 years of ‘The White Rabbit’ of Barnes! It is a beautifully produced book with many familiar faces and places from the local area! Copies will be on sale for a suggested donation of £10 on Easter Day. Or you can contact Spike through the Parish Office to purchase a copy.

NEW APCM DATE
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will now take place on Monday 17th May. Evening Prayer at 7.30pm with the meeting at 8pm.
Revision of the Electoral Roll (the list of church members). A copy of the current roll is on the noticeboard at the back of the church. The roll will be updated in preparation for the Annual Meeting. The roll is an important reflection of the strength of our church community.  If you are not already on the Electoral Roll, please do complete a form, as it is important that all those who consider St Michael’s to be their church are on it.  The form can be found here with hard copies available at the back of church. It is one form per person (not household) and you can be on the roll of more than one church at the same time. Forms need to be completed and returned by 18th April.
 
FR STEPHEN ANNUAL LEAVE AND PARISH OFFICE
Fr Stephen is on annual leave from 8th to 15th April and during this time there will be no Morning Prayer during the week but Mass continues as usual. If you have urgent pastoral matters please contact Fr Martin (curate@stmichaelbarnes.org) or Mthr Judith (revjr@blueyonder.co.uk or 020 8878 5642). 

The Parish Office will be manned intermittently during the weeks of 5th and 12th April, although emails will be checked on a regular basis. 

BARNES MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets are on sale for this year’s festival ‘Music and Theatre’ – 17th-30th May, with Saint Michael’s again forming a prominent part:
Sunday 16th May, 10.00am Mass with Ibstock Place School’s Schola Cantorum (Pre-Festival event).
Tuesday 18th May, 1-2pm Philip Berg is the soloist at a lunch time Organ Recital.
Sunday 23rd May, 7.00pm ‘Musical Gems from Bach and Purcell’ with the English Chamber Singers, conducted by Martin Neary.
Sunday 30th May, 6.00pm Festival Evensong (at Saint Mary’s) featuring the St Michael’s choir.
More information on the festival and how to book tickets can be found on the Barnes Music Festival’s website.

SERVICES NEXT WEEK
APRIL
Monday 5th
Bank Holiday. Church open but no services today
Tuesday 6th
9.00am Morning Prayer
Wednesday 7th
9.00am Morning Prayer
12.00pm Angelus and Mass
Saturday 10th
9.30am Mass
Sunday 11th Second Sunday of Eastertide
8.00am Low Mass
9.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Sung Mass – livestreamed on Facebook and You Tube
Preacher: Fr Martin, Curate
No Children’s Mass today
No Evening Prayer today

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
Sick: Frances Harman, Rosalyn Fletcher, Tina Wilkinson, Ali Adams, Colin Harrison
Recently Died: Cathie Sacré, Carol Barker, John Brown  
Anniversary of Death: Leslie Barlow, Robert Want, Margaret Gretton, Sally Sangster, James McTear, Rosa Emmerson

Notices w/c 14th March

Welcome to St Michael’s Parish Notices this week as we continue our Lent pilgrimage together. This Sunday we reflect particularly on Walsingham as a site of pilgrimage. The full Lent leaflet is here.

THIS SUNDAY – Lent 4              Pilgrimage Theme: ‘Walsingham’
8.00am Low Mass
9.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Sung Mass* w. blessing and distribution of flowers
Readings: 1 Samuel 1.20-end and 2 Corinthians 1.3-7
Gospel: John 19.25b-27
Introit Hymn: Sing we of the blessed Mother
Lent Prose
Offertory hymn: Ave verum – Elgar 

Communion Hymn: O love, how deep
11.30am Children’s Mass w. blessing and distribution of flowers
12.30am Zoom Coffee + (see below and note later time!)
6.00pm Choral Evensong w. blessing of choir lights (online only)
NB. All services are now in-person. Livestreamed services are indicated with a *

You don’t need to sign up to Facebook to watch – if a pop-up box invites you to join, please click it away and carry on watching.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTExOrxD97ng8MF8LKSg9CQ/live
https://www.facebook.com/saintmichaelbarnes/videos
 
CHILDREN’S SERVICES RETURN!
We are delighted to announce that our Children’s Services return. For details of all children’s services and events please see our special leaflet.
 
ZOOM COFFEE THIS WEEK      12.30pm – 1.15pm      NOTE LATER TIME!
Fr Peter Anthony, formerly Shrine Priest at Walsingham (currently Vicar of St Benet’s Kentish Town) joins us to talk about what makes Walsingham special.

Topic: St Michael’s Zoom Coffee
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81480421749
Meeting ID: 814 8042 1749

CHORAL EVENSONG  – 6pm ONLINE ONLY
This Sunday we have a special broadcast choral evensong when we will bless our new choir lights to the glory of God and dedicate them in memory of Anthony Gardiner. Due to current restrictions relating to singing and choirs this service must be broadcast online only. Follow the links on the homepage of the St Michael’s website to find it live or watch it later. The order of service is here.

‘My journey of faith’ evensong returns on Sunday 21st with Topaz Amoore as our speaker.
 
EASTER LILIES
As usual, we invite donations towards the Easter flowers at Saint Michael’s in memory of departed loved ones. Please make a donation to the Parish Office marked ‘Easter Lilies’ and with the name of the person or people you’d like remembered, and these will be recorded on a memorial list.
 
LENT APPEAL
The lockdowns over the last year have been financially difficult for some of us. However, for others the lockdown has also enabled the saving of money that would otherwise have been spent on holidays, eating out and other activities. Alms-giving is an important discipline in Lent as we consider what we are able to offer to the Church in God’s service. In light of this, those who are in a fortunate position should consider what gift they can make to Saint Michael’s to help us make up the shortfall from giving that has inevitably resulted from having significant periods of the year when collections were impossible or down considerably. Please give this your consideration, and whether you decide to make a one-off donation or to join or increase your giving,  you can find information about to do this on the Giving pages of our website here.

FOR THE DIARY … 

  • THE ANNUNCIATION  Thursday 25th March
    We keep this feast with Mass at 6.00pm and the Rosary at 5pm. More details soon. Please put the date in your diary.
  • HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES
    These will be advertised fully from next Sunday onwards – look out for further information.

SERVICES NEXT WEEK
Monday 15th
9.00am Morning Prayer
7.00pm Holy Hour: Silent Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday 16th
9.00am Morning Prayer
Wednesday 17th – S. Patrick
9.00am Morning Prayer
12.00pm Angelus and Mass
Thursday 18th – S. Cyril of Jerusalem
9.00am Morning Prayer
Saturday 20th
9.00am Morning Prayer
9.30am Mass   
Sunday 21st– Lent 5/Passion Sunday               Pilgrimage Theme: ‘Santiago de Compostela’
8.00am  Low Mass
9.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Sung Mass * 
Preacher: Fr Martin Calderbank
11.30am Children’s Mass
11.45am Zoom Coffee+ with Neil Tryner, walking pilgrim of the Camino
6.00pm  Lent Evensong. ‘My journey of faith … so far’ with Topaz Amoore

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
Sick: Frances Harman, Rosalyn Fletcher, Tina Wilkinson, Ali Adams, Colin Harrison
Recently Died: David Lloyd-Thomas, Cathie Sacré
Anniversary of Death: Marjorie Fuller, Clare Parsons, Joan Waterhouse, Pamela Hoyer-Miller, Annie Jones, Charles Winter, Lionel West, Hilda Eyles, Iris Hamilton, Mary Chandos, 

Notices w/c 7th March

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Image: The Christ Pantocrator mosaic at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Welcome to St Michael’s Parish Notices this week as we continue our Lent pilgrimage together. This Sunday we reflect particularly on Jerusalem as a site of pilgrimage. You can find the relevant chapter from our Lent Book here. The full Lent leaflet is here.

THIS SUNDAY – Lent 3              Pilgrimage Theme: ‘Jerusalem’
8.00am: Low Mass 
9.00am: Morning Prayer 
10.00am: Sung Mass *
Readings: Exodus 20.1-17 and 1 Corinthians 1.18-25
Gospel: John 2.13-22
Introit Hymn: He who would valiant be
Lent Prose
Offertory hymn: When I survey the wondrous cross

Communion Hymn: O Lord, increase my faith, Henry Loosemore
11.45am: Zoom Coffee + (see below)
6.00pm: Lent Evensong (see below)
NB. All services are now in-person. Livestreamed services are indicted with a *

You don’t need to sign up to Facebook to watch – if a pop-up box invites you to join, please click it away and carry on watching.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTExOrxD97ng8MF8LKSg9CQ
https://www.facebook.com/saintmichaelbarnes/videos

ZOOM COFFEE THIS WEEK      11.45am-12.30pm
Rosemary Nutt join us as she tells us about Jerusalem as a place of pilgrimage.
About Rosemary: Rosemary Nutt works for the leading pilgrimage firm McCabe Pilgrimages. Members of Saint Michael’s went to the Holy Land with McCabe in 2018. Rosemary has been organising pilgrimages and visiting the Holy Land for many years and has seen the revival of pilgrimage in many places around the world.

Topic: St Michael’s Zoom Coffee
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81480421749
Meeting ID: 814 8042 1749

SUNDAY EVENSONG ‘My journey of faith’ with James Day
This Sunday at 6.00pm we welcome James Day as the third of our Lent Evensong speakers on the theme ‘My journey of faith … so far’. The service is accompanied on the organ by Coralie Day and Ben Law.

11.30AM CHILDREN’S MASS RESTARTING – from 14th March
With schools going back this coming week, and having consulted with parents, now is the right time to restart our 11.30am Children’s Mass, with the first service next Sunday 14th March for Mothering Sunday. For more information please email the office to receive the Children and Families News Email.

EASTER LILIES
As usual we will be decorating the church with lilies for Easter. If you would like to make a donation to the cost of the lilies in memory of a loved one, please leave cash in an envelope marked ‘Lilies’ at the Parish Office with the names of those you would like to be remembered. Envelopes can be slid under the door if the office is closed. Alternatively, cash and names can be given to Fiona Brannon or Jane Gardiner.

NEW DIOCESAN WEBSITE – featuring Saint Michael’s!
The Diocese of Southwark has refreshed its website. If you go to the website (www.southwark.anglican.org) you may be lucky enough to see this wonderful photo of Saint Michael’s taken last Christmas by Leyi Zhang. I say ‘lucky’ because there is a range of about eight different photos from different churches and you get a different one each time! But here’s a screenshot of the photo from St Michael’s.

LENT APPEAL
The lockdowns over the last year have been financially difficult for some of us. However, for others the lockdown has also enabled the saving of money that would otherwise have been spent on holidays, eating out and other activities. Alms-giving is an important discipline in Lent as we consider what we are able to offer to the Church in God’s service. In light of this, those who are in a fortunate position should consider what gift they can make to Saint Michael’s to help us make up the shortfall from giving that has inevitably resulted from having significant periods of the year when collections were impossible or down considerably. Please give this your consideration, and whether you decide to make a one-off donation or to join or increase your giving, you can find information about how to do this on the Giving pages of our website here.
 
SOME GENTLE REMINDERS – talking and distancing
As conditions improve and infections continue to reduce, we must still keep in mind some of the important rules:

  • Current rules do not permit people to gather in groups in the church to talk. From Monday 8th March you are permitted to walk and talk with one other person outside but gathering inside to talk is still not permitted. If you choose to talk with other people after church that is (in a sense) your choice, but I ask you to do this away from the immediate vicinity of the church so that we are not the subject of complaints about illegal activity.
  • Please also keep in mind social-distancing inside the building as well as out. As more people begin to come to church again, we all need to be particularly mindful of where other people are sitting and make sure we are ideally 2 metres away from other people. If in doubt, the Stewards may ask you to move and we ask that you are please understanding if this takes place.

CHANGE OF DATES

  • The APCM won’t be able to take place on the anticipated date of 25th April, as such meetings aren’t permitted at that time. However, we willlet you know a new date as soon as it is decided upon.
  • We are also taking the precaution of moving the Midsummer Fete to 26th June in the hope that restrictions might be lifted in time. Please adjust your diaries accordingly.

SERVICES NEXT WEEK
MARCH
Monday 8th 
9.00am Morning Prayer
7.00pm Holy Hour: Silent Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday 9th
9.00am Morning Prayer
Wednesday 10th
9.00am Morning Prayer
12.00pm Angelus and Mass
Thursday 11th
9.00am Morning Prayer
Saturday 13th
9.00am Morning Prayer
 9.30am Mass   
Sunday 14th – Lent 4, Mothering Sunday              Pilgrimage Theme: ‘Walsingham’
8.00am  Low Mass
9.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Sung Mass * 
Preacher: Fr Stephen Stavrou
11.30am Children’s Mass
Posies of flowers will be blessed and given out at 10am and 11.30am
12.3pm Zoom Coffee+ Fr Peter Anthony, formerly Shrine Priest at Walsingham
Note the later start time for this week only

6.00pm  Choral Evensong with Blessing of Choir Lights
ONLINE ONLY via You Tube and Facebook

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
Sick: Frances Harman, Rosalyn Fletcher, Tina Wilkinson, Ali Adams, Colin Harrison
Recently Died: Darren Simpson-Lees, Lucian Nethsingha, David Lloyd-Thomas
Anniversary of Death: Dorothy Smith, Michael Billing, Anthony Gardiner, Peggy Hoskyns-Abrahall, Juliet Salaman, Sheila Jacks, Valerie Haynes, Gilly Parsons, John Hornblow, Joy Gibben

Lent Reading

The Pilgrim Journey
A history of pilgrimage in the western world by James Harpur

This year’s Lent book tells the fascinating history of how pilgrimage was born in antiquity, blossomed in the Middle Ages, faltered in subsequent centuries, but has enjoyed an extraordinary renewal in modern times. It chronicles the human search for the divine through sacred journeys and holy places

The book can be purchased easily and inexpensively online, but let the Parish Office know if you would like us to order a copy on your behalf. Extracts of relevant chapters will be available to take away each Sunday.


Introduction & Chapter 1 ‘What is Pilgrimage?’

Lent 1 – 21st February
Chapter 12 ‘Canterbury’

Choral Scholar Appointed

We are delighted to welcome Kilda Carpenter as a soprano singer as part of our choral scholarship scheme. Kilda says of herself:

“I am delighted to be joining the choir of St Michael and All Angels Church.
I discovered my love of choral singing whilst a student at New College, Oxford where I studied Medicine. I primarily sang as a soprano choral scholar with the Chapel Choir of St Peter’s College, and was a member of several other ensembles during my studies.
I graduated in March and when I am not singing in Oxford and London, I can be found in Buckinghamshire working as a junior doctor in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care.”

Children’s Ministry Leader

We are delighted to introduce Clover Summers, who is taking on a volunteer role as ‘Children’s Ministry Leader’. Clover’s role will be to help us develop and lead our work among children and parents so that we can deepen the Christian faith of families in our parish and be a church for all ages that reaches out to our community. You can contact Clover on children@stmichaelbarnes.org .

Clover Summers


“In normal times (whatever they are) I am a civil servant working on climate change policies. At the moment I’m on a career break to look after our three children (aged 7, 5 and 3). I’ve been coming to St Michael’s since around  2005 with my husband Bennet, and I’m really looking forward to getting more involved in church life.”

Face coverings in Worship

PASTORAL REFLECTION

On the use of face coverings at worship

Dear Parishioners,

I’m sure many of you are now becoming used to using a face covering in shops and other places. It felt strange to begin with, but it now feels increasingly routine, albeit a little inconvenient and sometimes uncomfortable.

As mentioned last Sunday, the government has extended the use of face coverings to other indoor settings including churches. There will be a range of views and feelings about this, but whatever each one of us may think, it is law rather than guidance and we have only limited discretion in its application.

No one should feel discouraged from coming to church because of this, for the following reasons –

First, because it is really a very unimportant thing compared to the great joy of being able to worship together, which is our duty and our joy as Christians, and this is surely more important than any small inconvenience such as this.

Second, we are in the fortunate position of having a spacious and well-ventilated building that lowers any risk considerably. The introduction of face coverings may look and feel disconcerting, but the wider measures we have put in place make us Covid-secure.

Third, we are in an area which currently has very low community transmission, we pray that this may continue, and that these measures, which arise from an abundance of caution, may further help in this regard.

Fourth, our Christian faith requires a particular attention for the needs of the vulnerable and to consider others before ourselves. The wearing of face coverings protects others more than it protects us, and we may therefore see it as an act of loving care to our neighbour.

I want to emphasise the breadth of the term ‘face covering’ which can mean a scarf, mask, bandana or anything else that covers both nose and mouth. Bearing this in mind, please put your face covering on before or as soon as you enter the church for a service. Please do not be offended if a Steward gently reminds you, and they will have some spare disposable face coverings available for those who come without. On principle, I do not believe anyone should be turned away from worship whilst still upholding the law.

Of course, there are exemptions for children and for adults for a variety of health reasons, some of which may be invisible, so we must not judge someone who is not wearing a face covering, and I leave it to individual consciences to consider how exemptions may relate to their own circumstances. If you have reason to be exempt then please mention this to the Stewards, but you are not required to give the specific cause for your exemption.

Those leading worship in some way, such as readers, cantors, readers and intercessors, are permitted to remove their face covering to aid communication, especially when they are more than two metres away from anyone else. For the same reason, clergy will only wear a face covering at the distribution of the Sacrament when close proximity is inevitable. When receiving Holy Communion, remove or pull down your face covering immediately beforehand, replacing it after you have consumed the Body of Christ.

Finally, let us redouble our efforts in praying for our world, the church and our parish at this time when many people are suffering and fearful for the future. I write this reflection on the feast of the Transfiguration when Christ’s glory is revealed to the disciples on the mountain top. Likewise, in the midst of a world thrown into confusion by this virus, may we as Christians still discern the light of God’s glory shining through the darkness, as we look forward to the day when we can be close together again.

Father Stephen, Vicar
6th August 2020
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Appointment of honorary organ scholar

We are delighted to announce that Ismail Mardin has been invited to take on the honorary role of Organ Scholar at St Michael’s. Ismail Mardin is an 8th Form Pupil at St Paul’s School, and also attends the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music. He has been studying the organ for several years with Philip Berg,  Master of the Music at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy . He is an admirer of all organ music, and one of his lasting memories is a visit to Bach’s church in Leipzig, the St Thomas Kirche, during a family road trip through Saxony and Thuringia.  

Apart from classical music, he is also an avid fan of jazz and has played with St Paul’s groups at the Bull’s Head in Barnes. As Ismail has played at St Michael’s over the last year and grown in expertise in liturgical music we felt it was right to honour him with this voluntary position as a sign of our thanks and hope it will be of benefit to him in the future as we continue to enjoy his musical skill.

Vision Card feedback

Vision Card 2019 In preparation for our PCC Away Day on 21st September, Fr Stephen would like to give the congregation a chance to write some comments for the PCC to take into account as they consider St Michael’s new Mission Action Plan.

Please return comments via the card to the Vicarage or Parish Office (email to admin@stmichaelbarnes.org) no later than Wednesday 18th September.

General Data Protection Regulation

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018, superseding the Data Protection Act 1998.

Organisations will no longer be at liberty to contact people on their mailing list with circulars, appeals or general information, without their explicit consent.

Read our Privacy Notice by clicking on the link setting out your rights and our obligations (see SUMMARY below).

Please click here to view the consent form.

If you are already on St Michael’s database:

  • you will receive a personal email or letter where no email address is available;
  • you will have been asked to confirm whether or not you wish us to continue to hold your details and to use them to send you information;
  • if you choose to remain, you will be given access to your personal information and will be able to correct or update it yourself online at any time.

SUMMARY (Privacy Document)

Our commitments:

  • we understand that it is very important that we protect the privacy of your information and we will store it securely;
  • we will only use the data for the church’s administrative needs, including claiming Gift Aid on donations, and to contact you about church activities;
  • we will not supply your data to anyone else (unless legally obliged to do so);
  • we will not hold the data longer than is needed to enable us to fulfil these purposes.

Your rights:

  • You have the right to see the data we hold on you, to correct errors, to have it deleted from our records and to complain to the authorities if you believe it is being misused.