Public worship in the Church of England has been restored from 4 July. Not every parish or church will have been able to meet Government regulations or national church guidance in full and so the result will be a bit patchy across the Church of England for some time to come.
Whilst the Church Hall remains closed and there is no access to the kitchen or the toilets at all, Mass is to be restored at St Mary's.
At St Mary's, we have decided to offer three Sunday Masses:
The first Mass of Sunday is aimed at our Junior Church and is at 4.30pm on Saturday afternoons.
On Sundays, we shall be offering an 11am Mass and a 4.30pm Mass (as opposed to our usual 10am and 5pm services.) During July, the two Masses on Sunday will be identical.
To attend the Saturday afternoon Mass or either of the Masses on Sunday, you will need to pre-book with Father Dane. You can message him or telephone and he will come back to you to confirm that there's space.
The weekday Masses have been restored at their usual times:
No pre-booking is required for weekday Masses.
July's Newsletter is available for download here in booklet form or here as single pages. The Mass booklet for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (5 July 2020) is available here and here here as single pages. Videos of Masses will not be added now that public worship has been restored. There are some differences to the arrangements for Communion and these are explained in the Mass Book supplement which you can collect on arrival.
At present, the maximum number of worshippers at all services at St Mary's is 30. This applies to Mass, and all funerals, weddings and Baptisms. This is an absolute limited and cannot be varied.
Serving Swanley since 1901
St Mary the Virgin Swanley serves the town of Swanley, building up the Kingdom of God through Word, Sacrament and service. It is firmly anchored in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England and is a Forward in Faith parish, under the Episcopal care of the Bishop of Richborough.
A useful rule of life can involve the saying of prayers each day when we wake and before we go to sleep. These prayers don't have to be long, in a set form or use big words. Some people find a daily routine helps them and others do prefer having a set of prayers which they know other Christians throughout the world are using. One such resource is called Universalis and on this site you'll find prayers for the whole day - along with the readings used at Mass - which are shared by Christians throughout the world.
We are a family of faith
We live & work
and grow & pray
Our faith is centred on Jesus Christ
and his sacrifice for us.
We seek to live the love of God which is given to us in the Lord.
Thank you to our supporters
St Mary's gets no money from the government,
no money from local councils
and no money from the central church.
Every penny we spend has to come from people and businesses
who dig deep to support our work - and we're grateful to them all.