A message from the Rector as we move into Lockdown:
"As the Government has allowed us to remain open for communal worship in the guidance on the national lockdown as long as we maintained COVID safety, we will continue our current pattern of Wednesday morning and Sunday morning services in our churches, although there will be no choir or Sundayzone at St Paul's. We are contniuing our online services and this Sunday there will be a pre-recorded Eucharist available on our usual platforms at 10.30am. In future weeks instead of the online "Study Service" there will be a zoom service allowing more people to participate and interact in an online service. More details will be in the newsletter and weekly e-mail.
These are difficult days and we have tightened our own guidelines to ensure we are as COVID safe as we can be. However we know that many people will not want to come at present and each of us has to balance the ability to worship in church with the guidance to stay at home unless our journeys are essential. If you are vulnerable or anxious or feel that worshipping in church buildings is not essential or want to minimise the risk to yourselves or the NHS that is entirely understood and has our full support . God is not found just in church but as we have discovered there on-line and in our homes.
Above all keep safe, keep praying and keep in touch"
In this time of uncertainty the Church continues to be alive and active, following the lockdown our buildings are beginning to re-open in a limited way for public worship, so please check our updates by clicking on the link at the top of the page for the latest details. We are, however, still finding new ways to worship together and serve in addition to our services in our churches. Despite the continuing restrictions to keep us safe our faith, vision and values remain the same.
We are two thriving churches serving a large and diverse parish close to the centre of Canterbury, seeking to work alongside the whole community and supporting all who live, worship, visit and work here. We are a parish with a long tradition - a place where you can belong wherever you are on the journey of faith or whatever questions you have.
We are a diverse group of people committed to being an open, inclusive and welcoming community, journeying together and growing in faith. We hope everyone feels at home here and you can play a full part in the life of the parish, regardless of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, or sexuality.
In the light of the advice given by the government, it is even more important than ever to keep in touch and to keep praying as we stay at home over these next few months. Please explore our website to find ways of joining us virtually for worship and resources for worship and learning at home. If you need anything at all please feel free to contact us, we are here to help and to talk, offering support in difficult times.
Mark Griffin, Rector - and all the team at St Martin’s and St Paul’s
OUR DAILY RHYTHM OF WORSHIP:
For our advent and Christmas services check out our Christmas page
In Normal Time:
Morning Prayer 9.15 (Monday to Friday - online)
Prayer Book Communion 10.30 (Wednesday in St Pauls and online)
Mid day prayers 12.00pm (Thursday - online)
Communion 9am - at St Martins
Service of the word 10.30am - online - zoom
Communion 10.30 - at St Pauls
ZOOM MEETINGS - You can view our meetings and chat page here:
JOIN US AT HOME:
Childrens activities can be found here
Mon- Sat – thought for the day can be found here
Thursday: Midday Prayer at home
Sunday at 7.00pm light a candle at home as a sign of hope and Gods presence in these dark times.)
Worried or confused about online safety? Look at our advice here
Orders of service for each act of worship can be found here
Our Noticesheet can be found here
DAILY BIBLE REFLECTIONS: if you would like to join a newsgroup reflecting on the daily Eucharist gospel reading, please contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org - then we will send out the reading each day and people can share their thoughts. We will also put it on Facebook.
THE NOTICESHEET is also available as a paper copy - Please contact Mark if you know someone who would like to keep in touch in this way.
REMEMBER to keep checking this website - the Homepage as well as our services page - for updates about what is happening and how you can be involved.
St Martins is closed to visitors until further notice