Online and phone ministry

This page explains what we are doing online and by telephone while normal services and activities are suspended because of COVID-19 Coronavirus. We will keep it updated as things develop. Please bear in mind much of this website (besides this page) is out-of-date and refers to events that have had to be cancelled.

Services

All public services have had to be suspended. This means no Sunday or weekday services. All other face-to-face groups, activities, and events are suspended.

Holy Week and Easter services online can be be found by clicking here.

Services will be livestreamed on Sundays and other days. The usual pattern is a Morning Prayer service on Facebook at 9:30am, and all-age and other services as arranged.

The Eucharist will be celebrated privately on Sundays and other days. This is not livestreamed but prayer intentions, including for the sick and the departed, are prayed as usual.

Baptisms and weddings cannot now take place in church following new government regulations. We do not know how long this will be in force. Emergency baptisms can take place at home or in hospital under strict conditions.

Funerals can only take place at crematoria or the graveside, with immediate family only present and social distancing measures strictly followed. Please be in touch with the parish office or clergy. We encourage people to plan larger memorial services to be held later.

Telephone contact ministry

Telephone contact ministry is being put in place. This is for everyone who would like to be involved, and particularly for those without internet access who may feel particularly isolated and cut off. Please contact the Revd Sue Ayling or Canon Margaret Marsh. You do not need to be a church member, or a Christian.

Those in need, and offers of help

Through our telephone contact ministry and by other means, we hope to find out where help is needed in the local community. Let us know if you can help those in need, e.g. dropping off shopping; or if you would like help with shopping etc because you are self-isolating. You do not need to be a church member. Please contact the Revd Sue Ayling or Canon Margaret Marsh.

Those who live locally and are in sudden financial need because of recent events are encouraged to contact us, as we may be able to help in limited ways and would like to if we can.

Prayer

The clergy and other church members continue to pray daily. You can pray the same daily office of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer as clergy and others by clicking the links (1662 versions, Nigh Prayer, and Prayer during the Day, and Daily Prayer apps also available here) .

The names of the sick and the departed will continue to be prayed at the altar on Sundays (but only the names of the departed will be read aloud over the internet because of privacy laws). Please contact the Vicar if you would like a name added to one of these lists.

We are providing prayer resources for you to download, print, and use at home. Let us know if someone without internet access would like us to send them printed versions.

Children and Families’ Ministry

We have appointed a new children and families worker, Sandi Keen, who started work at the beginning of April. For everyone but not least the children and families connected with our church, we are in the midst of a very difficult and trying few months. In these times we do not want the children and families’ ministry to be neglected, and so we should thank God that things have come together to allow a new children and families worker to start work, who will be able to take a lead in putting things in place for our various groups and families in a new format online. We will be announcing some new online activities for children and families very soon. It is very good news to have Sandi on the team as someone who will lead in this area for our parish over this crucial time, building relationships that will be a good basis for when things return to normal. You can see a video of Sandi introducing herself here.

Children’s Hour. Children and families continue to be at the centre of our church and ministry during this period. Children’s Hour is meeting online every week at 10am via Zoom. Please be in touch with Kathie Burgess at kathleen@burgess.org.uk to find out more and how to join in.

Music

You can enjoy the music of our Father Willis pipe organ on youtube here. Our Director of Music Jonathan Holmes has been recording and uploading music from the cancelled concert, and other choral and organ music to Facebook and Youtube.

Parish Office

The parish office remains open for telephone and email enquiries only; messages will be check at least every 48 hours on weekdays. Visits in person cannot be received, unless an appointment has been made in advance for an exceptional reason, as permitted by government regulations, when access is by the parish room door.

Discussion Groups, Videos, and Meetings

There is a new Facebook group: search for “Friends of St Mary’s Ewell”. If you join you can take part in chat and conversation.

In the coming weeks we plan to run online discussion and bible study groups. We will post sermons or reflections as online videos. Church meetings will continue via online videoconferencing, e.g. Zoom. Those interested in participating in discussions and meetings are encouraged now to ensure they have a laptop, PC or tablet with camera, microphone, and speakers. If your computer doesn’t have these features, they can be bought separately, and we’d be happy to help you get up and running. Let us know, a watch this space for more details.

If you don’t already use Facebook please consider joining at least for a period. You don’t need to give them any personal information you don’t want to, but it is where we will be streaming and posting lots of our videos. You don’t need to join Facebook to view livestreams and videos, but you do to comment and interact. You can view recordings of livestreamed services later when they have finished.

We are planning a book group. We will choose a book, and people are invited to read it by themselves. Then we will meet together (by Zoom, as above) to discuss it. If you are interested, and if you have any suggestions for a particular book or genre, please contact Wendy Paxman.

Weekly Notes and EPN

The Weekly Notes will not be printed but will be posted on the front page of this website, usually on Friday afternoons, for download. Please let us know if there is anyone who cannot access a copy.

The Ewell Parish News will continue to be printed, but for the time being we will also be posting here on our website at the same time.