A Wimbledon Treasure, and a sung prayer

Published on Thursday 2 April 2020

As things are settling down into a new routine the drearyness and limitations on our life are becoming more apparent. Byron said that 'there is no good that we do not value the more for losing it.' I am realising how much I am missing seeing you all, especially when we gather together on Sunday to worship. We carry so much for each other when we meet to pray and praise. We give and recieve so much being church together and we know that the whole is so much more than the sum of the parts. It is giving new depth to my understanding of what Jesus meant when he said 'Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.' Matt 18.3

One of the new joys, the flowers in the desert, are the lovely emails I am receiving from you. Thank you. I have lots of material to send to share with you now.

Wimbledon Treasures

Today I want to share with you the first of the Wimbledon Treasures you have sent in.

This comes from Duncan Ingram who says

Dairy Walk is a path running from near the top of Church Rd (just before Burghley Rd) to Marryat Rd marked at it's entrance by a white turnstile. Sarah and I had not used it for well over 10 years as it was a dreary place. However we discovered in our Lent Group that it had been transformed by a huge amount of 'guerrilla gardening' (and the addition of a St Francis!) by Barbara Dowling of St Mary's. It is now a joy to walk along. It is narrow so not ideal for social distancing but you can see a long way down it and there are a number of entrances to Welford Place to maintain distance should you see anyone coming in the opposite direction. I'm afraid my photographs do not even remotely do justice to this hidden Wimbledon treasure.

A Sung Prayer

I hope you enjoy this lovely sung prayer; example of the creativity that is being shown in response to social isolation.

St Mary's Worship Online

We are learning lots of new skills and tech as a clergy team and this Sunday as well as a live streamed service at 10am we are also going to be posting a Book of Common Prayer Evensong Video for 6.30pm. Do look out for them.

Holy Week

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week we will livestream compline with an address and we are hoping to put a meditation together on for Maundy Thursday.

On Good Friday I would like to post a video of a dramatized reading of the Passion from Matthews Gospel. Catherine is also hoping to put something together for our young people on Good Friday.

Help needed with the Dramatised reading of St Matthews Passion

I will need 15 people to take parts in the dramatisation, a few of the parts are substantial and several are just one or two lines. If you would like to take part you will need a computer, tablet or phone that is connected to the internet. We will use Zoom to record the reading and we will then post it on our website. If you would like to take part please send me an email by the end of Saturday. We will have a couple of rehearsals before we make the recording. Would you let me know whether you would be available to have an hour's rehearsal during the day, or whether you would only be available in the evening.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes

Mandy


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