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.
Click on the link below to give online.
Thank you so much for helping to keep St Margaret’s alive with your generosity.
A message from the Rector, Jeremy Crossley
Greetings from the City where there has been a dramatic change in the weather over the last couple of days & it now feels as though I’m in the south of France-even though the views there would be very different to the ones I’m enjoying now!
Those of you who have already had the opportunity to watch this week’s Informal Service will have seen Will leading the worship standing in his usual place in the church. It was, for me, a definite sign that one day we’ll be back here, worshipping as we have done in the past. The song after the talk, which was new to me, is particularly encouraging.
Thank you, as well, to all who filled in the recent survey which was an enormous help to the Church Council-the Trustees of our churches-when we met virtually early on Tuesday morning. Knowing when you might be back in the City enabled us to begin to plan for the Autumn.
Although we don’t know whether there will be a second spike in the coming months, we felt that we should be ready to welcome any who are back in offices round here after the summer. We have decided, initially, to focus our activities on St Margaret’s while being ready to restart the Thursday service as soon as resources allow. This reflects when people are planning to return to the City although many are still not sure whether they will be back before January 2021.
To that end there will be a Tuesday service of Holy Communion from mid-September & an Informal service on Wednesday from early October. At the moment Government advice says that we can’t have a band so Will will be the whole band! I’ll write with details of start dates in September & they will be on the website & we’ll tweet a weekly reminder of all that is happening as well.
We hope that in spite of Government limitations we’ll also be able to start having live weekly organ recitals as soon as possible & we’re trying to work out how to get this much valued aspect of our life started while remaining within the law.
In this new normal everything will, of course, continue to be available virtually for the foreseeable future so that all who would like to be part of our life but aren’t yet back in the City, can easily join us.
As you can imagine I’m continuing to pray by name for all who are part of our churches & the weekly prayer meeting continues to happen by zoom on Monday morning. Do let me know of any prayer needs-given my job, I’m finding that there is more time to pray, at the moment, than usual!
I hope you have an enjoyable summer.
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.