Lothbury & Woolnoth
St Margaret Lothbury
Although the Government exempted places of worship from the need to close during this third lockdown, the situation in London was such that at St Margaret’s we decided to do so for an initial two weeks with the Church Council’s agreement. From 16th February, however, we will once again be open for private. prayer between noon & 4pm during the week.
Our services will continue to be available online & we look forward to opening the building again when appropriate.
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
Greetings once again! Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent; the time each year when Christians remember Jesus enduring forty days of temptation in the wilderness, when his fidelity to God’s call on his life was tested. It was the call that led him to the Cross for the sake of the world. For us, it’s an opportunity, each year, to test our spiritual health & spend sometime between now & Easter reflecting on the difference our Christian faith makes in our daily lives, on the love & faithfulness of Jesus to his Father’s will & on our spiritual fitness-how often we pray or read our Bibles being the foundation stones of a growing faith.
The City is still very quiet & will probably remain like that for some time to come. There are definitely more people around now than when I last wrote but numbers are still very low & I don’t suppose anyone is sure when this will change. Today we are reopening the church for a few hours each day for any who wish to drop in, even though I don’t expect there to be crowds of people doing so! This will complement the decision that our life as a fellowship will, in the main, continue online for the foreseeable future until we’re sure that it’s safe to begin in-person activity. Living in lockdown is, I know, far from easy for any of us & as I pray for you & hear from you I’m particularly aware of that.
I do want to thank everyone who took part in our Day of Prayer on 5th February-it was deeply encouraging to see all the slots form 7am to 6pm taken & people doubling up for quite a few of them during the day & having to extend ‘closing time,” to enable those whose days were busy to be part of this. One of the lessons of the past year is that with everything else that any of us do, the most significant is prayer. I felt very humbled by this tangible expression of our partnership as Christians in the City & I’m confident that we will see the fruit of that prayer in the months ahead.
Saying thank you is a bit of a theme this time as our annual accounts are being finalised & show that in spite of all the challenges of 2020 we ended the year with a small operating surplus. As late as the September management accounts, we appeared to be heading for a significant if unsurprising deficit in spite of all the economies we had made & I am so grateful to God, for all that changed in Q4. Belinda, our very part time bookkeeper worked miracles but the greatest miracle was that in all the uncertainty of last year you were all as generous as you were; without you, we couldn’t continue as you are the main source of our income, so many, many thanks.
Finally, the next of our Lothbury Conversations will take place on Monday 8th March between 7.30pm & 8.20pm when we’ll be joined by George Parker the Political Editor of the Financial Times. He is a great communicator, full of insight on the City & very well worth hearing. I’ll remind you nearer the time but to get a zoom invite please email Cliff at firstname.lastname@example.org from anytime now.
All this comes with best wishes & my continuing prayer for each of you,
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.