Public Worship in Lent in Lockdown 3
People of worship
The importance and the value of ‘Christ Present in our Lives’ for many is recognised and the need to sustain this for those unable to be at Church or share in public worship, and to sustain it for those for whom it has become part of their life of prayer and worship.
As we continue to journey through Lent and the wilderness, we can begin to think about our journey back to sharing in public worship. We continue to ensure we are people of prayer, and how we can best be with God and with each other. Alongside this we have ensured that whatever we do is sustainable and creates a safe space for everyone. As a consequence of this we have agreed the following:
On Sunday March 7th (as schools re-open on the 8th) St Mary’s will resume with an 8am BCP Service and a 10am Eucharist open to the public which will also be streamed. There will be no public worship in any of the 3 churches in St Mary’s Parish until March 7th.
Then from Monday March 8th we will resume allowing a congregation to gather with us for the Noon Eucharist at St Mary’s
We will learn from these services to enable us to resume public worship then at St Faith’s at 9am and St Wilfrid’s at 4pm on March 14th (Mothering Sunday).
As we are still in Lockdown, no mingling is permitted until the rule of 6 is allowed possibly on March 29th. We will be asking everyone to simply enter the Church and sit down without pausing for conversations. At the end of the service the Priest will indicate how to leave in a staggered way so we can keep the exit routes clear and enable all present to simply and quietly walk out and make their way home. If you are able to join us please do help us and everyone to maintain and respect each other’s space and follow any guidance given.
As before if you wish to be at a service it will help us to know in advance please contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Revd Sam (email@example.com.
St Mary’s will be open for Private Prayer from 9am to noon Monday to Saturday. On Sundays it will be open 8am to 9.30am and then 11am to noon. A place to be still, to light a candle and to be aware of Christ’s presence with us in our daily lives
You are invited to pause and pray with us at 9am and 6pm each day. Resources for daily prayer can be found online at the Church of England website and you can follow with a recording on SoundCloud here, or download the Daily Prayer app on to your phone. Or simply be still, light a candle and offer to God in prayer all that lies in your hearts and say the Lord’s Prayer.
We will stream a celebration of the Eucharist – reflecting on Christ’s presence in our lives – at noon Monday to Friday and a 10am service on Sunday. On Saturday at noon we will stream Saturday Stillness with music, a reading and prayers by the clergy and a reflection by Fr Bruce.
Prayer Resources for Lent – We have this year decided to follow a simple pattern for Lent. Each day we are encouraging everyone to find some time and space to pause and pray with us. You may want to use this Celtic Office as a structure.
Also at 9am each day we are focusing on the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ – as we pray this together at 9am we can be aware of each other united in that prayer.
At 6pm each day we will focus on the Stations of the Cross. With this leaflet you will find the stations and the days we will focus on them throughout Lent. Each day we will reflect on one aspect of the journey Jesus makes to the Cross.
If you have an image or a thought on any of the stations and how you see them in our daily lives, then please share them with us.
We hope you will continue to pause to pray with us at 9am and at 6-m. There is also a Daily Reflection each day. If you need any support or can offer help please let us know.
With best wishes and prayers
As well as stopping to pray at 9am for Morning Prayer, and 6pm for Evening Prayer daily you may also want to share in Night Prayer (or Compline) the traditional way of reflecting on the day past and entrusting ourselves to God’s care through the night. The Church of England resources are available online using the same links shared above, or you can follow our Compline service here set to some beautiful music.
Funeral Liturgy at Home
You can find a simple liturgy for funerals to do at home for funerals you can’t attend available here.
Personal Faith Journey Project
Find an invitation and instructions on keeping a journal during the lockdown in our Personal Faith Journey Project.
Our latest newsletter is “Public Worship in Lent“.
We welcome you
The Parish of St Mary consists of three Churches and a wide cross section of people of all ages and backgrounds.
We welcome people who wish to explore their faith with us through the various groups and discussions that take place here. We also enjoy meeting together in relaxed and informal occasions and at special events and celebrations. The great thing about the Parish is the variety of ways in which we come together and I look forward to meeting you at some of them!
Whether you are a visitor, or a newcomer to one of the Churches, or are enquiring about Baptism or Marriage then I hope that you will visit us again for one of the services or activities listed here.
If you have any questions or want more information then please do get in touch with one of the clergy or other people listed on the contacts page.
With best wishes and prayers.
The Organ Project
The Organ Project has been established to interpret, restore, enhance and celebrate the heritage associated with 130 years of music-making in St Mary’s Church, Portsea.
The unique 1889 Walker pipe organ is at the heart of life within the Parish but is now in a critical condition where interim repairs are no longer sufficient to keep this nationally significant instrument from being lost.
We will engage with local communities, develop volunteer skills and enthuse visitors with an exciting programme of activities; interpreting the organs history, science, sound and function, and sharing its undoubted awe.
By restoring this organ to its original Victorian character, we will inspire a new generation of musicians, students and audiences, and further extend the outreach of a less-privileged, but dedicated Parish church, to the diverse inner-city community in Portsmouth and beyond.
The Organ Project will make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.
The vision is of a Parish which seeks to value and affirm the gifts of all people and to provide a place of prayer, worship and welcome for all in the Parish. The desire is to develop ‘centres of excellence’ both of worship and of community involvement and use. The need is for the 3 Churches to recognise their interdependence and yet value their independence. To try to strike a balance between acknowledging the value of our common life, yet also valuing the qualities and style of the 3 Churches. The Trinity is being reflected on as a model for this. The Priorities are about building up the life of each Church and of the Parish and looking at how each Church needs to be developed as a resource for its local community. Each Church has a potential and these are being explored. In addition there is a need to build up the spiritual life of the whole Parish and to encourage people in their journey of faith.
A place of prayer, worship and welcome for all in the Parish
The Parish of Portsea is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and creating protective and supportive environments where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey in safety.
We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and adults, and Church of England policy and practice. More information can be found here.
If you have a safeguarding concern about an adult or child, please contact our Parish Safeguarding Representative:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 07341 569 238