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 was reminded this morning that it has been over two weeks since many of us were last in our offices in the City; we’ve been getting used to working from home although all of us on the St Margaret’s/St Mary’s team have missed seeing you & are already looking forward to the day, however distant, when all this will be over. I hope that in the meantime you have found encouraging both the reflections Greg & Sophie have done & the mini-services which Will & Cliff have put together with a short talk by me. These will continue next week but in a different format.
From Monday to Thursday in Holy Week-those days running up to Easter Day-there will be four short reflections by members of our congregation, all of whom will be familiar to you; they will each look at a moment in the last twenty four hours of the Lord Jesus’ life. On Monday, James Gerry will reflect on Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, on Tuesday Olly Gillett will talk about Peter denying knowing Jesus, on Wednesday Adekemi Adebajo will speak about Simon of Cyrene carrying Jesus’ Cross & on Thursday Cheryl Stafford will look at Jesus’ conversation on the Cross with the man on the next door cross who has become known as the penitent thief. All these will be available on our Youtube channel (find it by clicking here ).
Of course, Holy Week starts on this coming Sunday-Palm Sunday; the day the Lord Jesus rode into Jerusalem at the start of the last week of His life. The reception He received that day was so enthusiastic that it is often referred to as Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem: the King coming to His capital city & being acclaimed as the Son of David who was Israel’s greatest King.
As he rode in on a donkey, thereby fulfilling the prophecy Zechariah had made centuries before, the crowd waved palm branches & cried Hosanna-Lord save us-which is the whole point of all that happened in the week that followed.
This comes with prayers that each of us will know that love afresh in the coming days.
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.