Lothbury & Woolnoth
St Margaret Lothbury
The Church is now open for most of the working day from Monday to Friday & all are welcome to drop into the building to pause or pray. From Tuesday 15th September our usual Holy Communion service will not only be available on YouTube but will also happen live in the Church at 1.10pm each week, lasting for just under half an hour. From Thursday 17th September our weekly organ recital will also begin again.
Social distancing means that only 20 people are able to be in church at the same time & you will be asked to fill in a track & trace form on arrival.
Other details are available in the Rector’s letter below.
Our regular income is obviously taking something of a hit at this time please consider supporting us by making an online donation, either as a one-off or as a regular monthly gift.
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Thank you so much for helping to keep St Margaret’s alive with your generosity.
A message from the Rector, Jeremy Crossley
I hope that you are well & that whether you are going to be working from home for the foreseeable future or spending some days each week in the City that you are feeling positive about the situation. Until Tuesday of last week numbers of people around seemed to have increased but they definitely reduced from Wednesday onwards. We’re clearly still living with uncertainty as those who have dropped into church have made clear – it is a relief that as Christians we can pray & know that we’re heard. It has been marvellous to be able to catch up & pray with all who have dropped into St Margaret’s & I long & pray for this current situation to end well for us all.
Like some other people I have been praying particularly on Friday mornings for the last six months for those in our congregation who are responsible for leading their businesses; whether it’s in property, IT, investment management, insurance, lobbying or the charity sector. They have not only shared the anxieties & sense of uncertainty that we all know but have also had to carry the responsibility of maintaining a viable company & so safeguarding the jobs of colleagues. I have equally been aware of the pressure on those who work for the City Corporation as they have had to work hard to ensure that all the changes that are happening to the infrastructure of the Square Mile help make the City safe & responsive to the needs of all who work here. I have also learned so much more of what so many of you do in your jobs, as well as the pressure points you have, as you have sent in prayer requests over the last months.
For two weeks now our Tuesday Holy Communion service has taken place in church as well as being available virtually. Prayers for the City & the Church on Monday mornings & our Wednesday service are still only taking place virtually but we are aiming that from the week beginning the 12th October, both of these will happen physically as well as being available online. Like many I’m waiting to see whether the Government will introduce new restrictions in the light of the increase in Covid infections as this will have a direct impact on all we hope to do.
May I remind you of what I think are two exciting additions to the Church programme? Tomorrow, Monday 28th September will see the first in the Autumn series of Working Women. These evenings proved to be very popular over the summer with people from different churches joining us & all women are invited to tomorrow’s session. It will be from 8pm to 9pm & please email Sophie at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to join.
On 6th October we have the first of our Lothbury Conversations from 6pm until 6.45pm; these are designed to give us the opportunity to hear from interesting people across public life reflecting on the current situation both in the UK & international & how the church might engage even more effectively in the public square. James Landale, the BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent will be our first guest & I am sure he will not only be very interesting & but will also help us pray in an even more informed way for our world.
To begin with the talks will take place online although as meeting restrictions lift I hope to be able to meet in person as well. The format will be the speaker talking for a period of time followed by a session of question and answer. Do send an email to Cliff at email@example.com if you would like to be part of this.
As I wrote each time as it’s true, I’m looking forward to the time when we will all meet again,
All talks are still available on our Youtube channel (find them by clicking here ).
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.