Lothbury & Woolnoth
St Margaret Lothbury service
While all churches are required to cease public worship, we are posting a weekly video of our service at St Margaret’s.
A message from the Rector, Jeremy Crossley
I’ve been particularly aware today that it feels as if it has been a long time since we were able to meet in either St Margaret’s or St Mary’s; for although it’s only actually seven weeks it feels, to me, much longer than that. Naturally, I’m confident that we will all meet again but there still seems to be little clarity about when that will be-but whenever it is, it will be a great celebration.
Of course, that decision is for the Government to take & we need to keep on praying for them & in the meantime, although our buildings are closed, the church of Jesus Christ is alive & well & we are all simply expressing that life differently.
During these weeks we have all been learning new ways of working; as I’ve mentioned to some of you when we’ve been in touch, I’d never heard of Zoom until this crisis began, whereas now I spend some hours each day on it-it’s been great to “visit” some of your homes & gardens, which I would probably never otherwise have done. Nevertheless, as I realised this morning when I recorded the talk for this week’s short service, I’m still a very definite novice & am particularly grateful to Will for his patient tuition. By 2030 I might be quite good at it-but don’t hold your breath!
Thank you for the way that you are keeping in touch with us by worshipping with us & I hope these short services are an encouragement as well as a help in maintaining a sense of our partnership as Christians working-albeit remotely-in the City. In the talks we’re looking at Paul’s second letter to the first century Christians in Corinth in which he wrote about how in a period of great pressure he learned more about God’s generosity & dependability. Quite soon, as well, we’re going to begin a series of short daily reflections by members of our congregation on instagram & Cliff, who is coordinating this, will let you know when this series is ready to start.
On Mondays a small but growing group of us continue to pray for our nation, the City our church & people we know; we’re trying to focus each week on groups who work in particular city firms & this week we’re praying for those who worship with us & work in the Corporation of London at Guildhall. Next Monday we’ll be praying for the firms in Coleman Street as well as those involved in property in the City. Please keep on emailing me with prayer requests & let me know if you’d like me to send a zoom invite so you can come. I realise that 7.45 on Mondays is a crazy time in most households but in the end I’ve not yet been able to find a better time.
All talks are still available on our Youtube channel (find them by clicking here ).
Whatever life is like for you at the moment, I hope that you have, with all the restrictions, a good Bank Holiday break.
And this comes with prayers & best wishes,
P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to see the recent worship video The Blessing UK then it is well worth checking out by clicking below.
St Margaret Lothbury and St Mary Woolnoth are Church of England parish churches at the heart of the City of London.
We are open 7.30am–5.15pm from Monday to Friday. Everyone is welcome to visit for prayer, quiet reflection or simply to enjoy the peace.
Tuesdays, 12.30pm at St Mary Woolnoth, 13.10pm at St Margaret Lothbury
Informal worship and teaching
Wednesdays, 12.50–2pm at St Margaret Lothbury. Thursdays, 12.50–2pm at St Mary Woolnoth. Come and go as you wish.
Thursdays, 1.10-2pm at St Margaret Lothbury (except in August).
We believe in the power of prayer. We have a loving Heavenly Father who longs to meet with us as we talk to him about the things that worry us and the things that make us happy. At the end of the informal services there are always people from the prayer ministry team available to pray. Members of the prayer team are also available at St Margaret’s on Wednesday evenings anytime between 5.15 and 6.15pm. Also on Monday mornings a prayer meeting is held between 7.45 and 8.45am. All are welcome – come when you can, go when you need to.
The Men’s Group meets every Thursday at 8am in St Margarets Lothbury. It’s a great opportunity to get connected with other men who work in the City of London. For more information or if you would like to join please contact the Church via email.
We aim to serve those working in the Square Mile; to be on hand to pray for them, to hold services, which are sensitive to the time constraints and pressures of the City, to provide other opportunities to meet with other Christians and to offer a place for reflection and prayer throughout the week.
At the heart of our life is a commitment to worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ and making it possible for others to experience His love. We aim to offer a variety of services that will enable anyone to feel at home.
APCM & Reports
We held our 2018 APCM on 30 April. All reports for the Lothbury and Woolnoth APCM will be made available as soon as possible.
The main services of the week are our two informal lunchtime services on Wednesday at St Margaret Lothbury and on Thursday at St Mary Woolnoth. Although they last from 1250-1400 they are planned so that you may come when you can and go when you have to. On Tuesday each week there are more traditional Holy Communion services at 1230 at St Mary Woolnoth and 1310 at St Margaret Lothbury. These usually last around 30 minutes. Read a welcome from our Rector, Jeremy Crossley.
Find information about our commitment to safeguarding here.
Like many City Churches all our records are now held by the London Metropolitan Archives.
The finances of the Lothbury parish
It costs about £220,000 a year to run our church. That is about £4,200 a week to ensure that the Clergy and church staff are paid, the building which is Grade 1 listed is properly maintained and heated, the parish affairs are efficiently run and our worship services continue to the highest standards. Our church relies for its upkeep on the giving of the congregation in financial support and. We do not receive any support from the State or the Church of England.