Lothbury & Woolnoth
St Margaret Lothbury
The Church is open for most of the working day from Monday to Friday & all are welcome to drop into the building to pause or pray. Due to the current government lockdown our Holy Communion and Informal services are only available online.
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
Life is never dull here at St Margaret’s, either because something unexpected happens, or someone unexpectedly appears because they are in the City that day or because the Government suddenly decides to suspend public worship not long after we’ve started live services again. It all adds to the interest of life!! This morning the Central Line train that I was on into Bank was packed even though far fewer people than usual got off there: most seemed to be travelling further west. Going into Pret for a sandwich at lunchtime, I was served immediately which confirmed that my impression that only a small minority of people are around in the Square Mile.
As you can imagine, we are trying to respond to all the changes in the best way we can; our Tuesday Communion & the weekly Informal Service are both back on line, prayers on Monday morning are on zoom & yesterday we had ten people & four dogs which meant that there were some surprising contributions to our time together. Do let me know if you ever want a zoom invitation to join us, with or without your dog or if you have a prayer request-those who come love to pray & we are encouraged as we see God answering prayers.
The recent launch of our Lothbury conversations, which were the brainchild of our Honorary Assistant Priest Mark Fox, have been going well & attracted some from the City & Canary Wharf who are not often able to be in church. Next week-Tuesday 24th November at 7pm our guest will be Adam Boulton from Sky News who has just returned from covering the American election; do send Cliff an firstname.lastname@example.org you would like an invitation to this zoom event. Adam will speak for a while & there will be an opportunity to put questions in the chat & we aim to finish just over 45 minutes after we’ve started.
Our four reflections contributed by different members of the congregation in the run up to Easter & which came out each day of Holy Week seemed particularly appreciated & we are doing something similar each week in December. These weeks are the time when Christians not only look forward to celebrating Christmas & remembering when Jesus came first as a baby in a stable but when we also reflect on the fact that one day He will come again in glory & how then we will long to hear Him say to each of us, “well done good & faithful servant.” From all I know of our congregation, I believe that is exactly what He will say to you.
Of course, Christmas would not be the same without a carol service & we will be sending everyone a short carol service in the days before Christmas, recorded here in St Margaret’s; I’m sure that many of you will be joining a service at your local church as lock down restrictions should have been eased by then but nevertheless you might like to be reassured that Lothbury is still standing & the team still alive & well.
I am continuing to pray for each of you and especially for your jobs & all the pressures you face. Whenever someone drops into church because they are in the City for a few hours or when I speak to people on zoom or by ‘phone, I’m aware again that life has been complicated & sometimes anxious this year: it’s then, I remind myself that Jesus is still Lord & the promises of the Bible are still totally dependable. With all that, it will be great to see you all again one day when that’s possible but in the meantime this message comes with best wishes & continuing prayer.
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.
St Margaret’s is open 9.00am–3.30pm from Monday to Friday. Everyone is welcome to visit for prayer, quiet reflection or simply to enjoy the peace.
Tuesdays, 13.10pm at St Margaret Lothbury, 13.15 online (website and YouTube)
Informal worship and teaching
Wednesdays, 13.05–13.45pm at St Margaret Lothbury and online. 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. On Monday mornings a prayer meeting is held, online, 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, online, at 8am. 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.