Coronavirus

Because London is seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick from COVID-19, public worship is suspended and St Mary's church buildings are closed.  We will update this website with information about the ways in which St Mary's will continue to be alive and active, serving our community.

This page will provide some practical support in accessing our online services and information about wider support offered through St Mary's and beyond.

Watching online services
We have prepared a guide to help you watch St Mary's services online.

Make sure you are using a strong internet connection - weaker connections may not show the video clearly or may 'lock up'.  If the video 'locks up' while you are watching, try refreshing/ reloading the page.

You can also view services later if you prefer, and you can find an archive of video updates and services on our Facebook page.

Supporting good mental health
During this time of the global pandemic that is COVID-19, the effects of mental health issues within our communities are heightened as we remain in lockdown for a period of weeks.  Recognising the scale of mental health issues within our country, the Church of England has compiled a series of reflections to help provide hope, reassurance and comfort for those affected.  They are also an opportunity for us all to read, reflect and pray over such a serious issue that has affected us all in some way.  The reflections can be accessed through this link to the Church of England website.

 

Supporting each other

If you would like to be added to our list of volunteers offering practical support to people, please email the vicar, vicar@stmaryshortlands.church, or phone 020 8460 0262.

Please pray for those we know who are unwell, in self-isolation, or are feeling a high level of anxiety at present and let us not forget the caregivers who are working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of others.  Please send all prayer requests to prayer@stmaryshortlands.church 

Information from Bromley Council about how to request assistance and to volunteer to provide support

Information from the Church of England