This week at St Saviour's


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PARISH NEWS SHEET 28 November 2020




We emerge, blinking, from Lockdown…

Well, after my last News Sheet - when so much of what I trumpeted turned-out not actually to be possible anyway because of the government restrictions imposed from 5th November -  I’m bound to return to you somewhat chastened!!

I say we come out of lockdown blinking, but we didn’t go away during this period. Our churches have remained open daily for individual prayer, apart from on Mondays, as they will continue to do. It is good to meet and talk quietly with visitors, as well as to see familiar faces during these periods. Public Worship had to stop, but virtual Sunday worship continued (and will continue) with a weekly Zoom Eucharist, including hymns and a sermon, and there is also a weekly recorded Sermon on YouTube. The YouTube sermon was introduced during the first lockdown period and is designed for the curious, who may not particularly want to experience a full service.

Now we know what will be permissible in London from 2nd December, we are clear to make at least provisional plans(!) to the end of the year.


Christmas NOT cancelled!

I’m very grateful to some friends who planted the idea that we might hold a Covid-Safe Outdoor Carol Service this year. This will be on Sunday 19th December at 6.30pm at St Peter’s Church, when we’ll be accompanied by Belsize Community Choir (who have not been inactive themselves these last months – see their ‘Lockdown Thursdays’ video!). The service will probably start inside a warm church with Readings, Prayers, and perhaps some items from the choir, before we transfer to the church garden for Community Carol Singing, mince pies and mulled wine.
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass will be held at St Saviour’s, and simultaneously livestreamed to those having to celebrate Christmas at home.
Each church will host Children’s Crib Services on Christmas Eve, and a Christmas Morning Service. See details below.


Poetry through Advent

We are arranging a reading of "Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot during Advent, one poem each week.

Four Quartets are four interlinked meditations with the common theme being man's relationship with time, the universe, and the divine.
In describing his understanding of the divine within the poems, Eliot blends his Anglo-Catholicism with mystical, philosophical and poetic works from both Eastern and Western religious and cultural traditions, with references to the Bhagavad-Gita and the Pre-Socratics as well as St. John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich.

This will be hosted by St Peter's, and is open to all.
These free sessions will last about half an hour, starting with a team of volunteers reading each of the five sections, followed a discussion which everybody is welcome to join.

St Peter's Belsize Park is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Four Quartets
Time:   Wednesday Dec 2, 2020 02:00 PM
        Tuesday Dec 8, 2020 02:00 PM
        Wednesday Dec 16, 2020 02:00 PM
        Tuesday Dec 22, 2020 02:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 947 5119 6702
Passcode: 3BfhNf


St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal

This Christmas Appeal is an annual tradition, well known across the country for over 90 years.   It represents the social conscience of the Church of England and of the nation as much as anything does, and it provides the income required for St Martin’s all-year-round work in helping homeless and vulnerable people.  

Help is given to thousands of people each year at The Connection, St Martin’s day and night centre.  St Martin’s also gives relief grants to needy people in every region of the UK, in collaboration with other charities and a large network of frontline workers.

The demand for St Martin’s help is always high at this time of year, and will be greater than ever this year.   Please consider making a generous donation to the Christmas Appeal and helping our sister church to continue its essential social mission. 

An easy way to donate to the appeal is via the website:   Donations can also be made by ringing 0800 082 82 84  (calls are free from landlines and mobiles).  Cheques may made payable to the St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal and posted to Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JN or sent by Freepost marking the envelope FREEPOST ST MARTIN’S CHRISTMAS APPEAL.


Choral Evensong

The service of Choral Evensong is one of the glories of the Church of England (Ken Robbie writes).  Partly modelled on the office of Vespers in the medieval Church, Evensong appeared in the Book of Common Prayer in 1549 and remains one of the most characteristic of Anglican services in churches continuing the choral tradition.  It is regularly offered in Anglican cathedrals, university college chapels and great churches such as Westminster Abbey.

We are delighted that Fr Paul is now directly involved in singing and leading Choral Evensong at the Abbey, having been appointed a few months ago to a voluntary position as Priest Vicar.  His duties so far at the Abbey have been limited by pandemic restrictions on services, but we hope that he will have many appearances in the coming months and years – and that some of us may soon have the pleasure of joining him at a service and then giving him a drink at St Stephen’s Tavern.


Daily Prayer, Services, and Bible Study return to church

In light of the government’s recent announcement of measures as lockdown comes to an end from Wednesday 2nd December activities in church can resume to what they were before 5th November. Here’s a reminder of them:

Daily Prayer Morning Prayer said at St Saviour’s 8.15am Tuesday-Friday, 9.30am Saturday

                    Evening Prayer said at St Peter’s 5pm  Tuesday-Saturday

            NB. Check each church’s porch door or website to note any weekly variations   

Midweek Holy Communion Wednesday 1.15pm at St Saviour’s

                                                   Thursday 10.30am at St Peter’s

Each Communion Service is said, and lasts just 30 minutes

Sunday Eucharists 4.30pm at St Saviour’s, and 6pm at St Peter’s. Children’s activities take place separately at each service


See either website for access: and

Weekly Reflective Bible Study (Lectio Divina) each Tuesday at 11.45am – During December this will be at St Saviour’s (continuing the Gospel of Luke). All are welcome


NB. Check each church’s porch door or website to note any weekly variations   


Arrangements for Christmas

Outdoor Carol Service Sunday 20th December – St Peter’s Church at 6.30pm with Belsize Community Choir (read more on page 1)

Christmas Eve Crib Services for children and young families:

4.30pm at St Saviour’s

6.30pm at St Peter’s

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 11.30pm at St Saviour’s Church This will also be livestreamed on zoom for those only able to celebrate Christmas from home (see websites above)

Christmas Morning Eucharist 9.30am at St Saviour’s, 11.30am at St Peter’s