St Mary-at-Hill’s building will be closed until present public health restrictions can lifted,

however, our prayers and worship at home continue.

Listen, Read & Pray 

Go to our Listen, Read & Pray page for resources for praying and listening at home.

In these unusual times many of us feel as if we are charting completely unfamiliar waters.

I take some strength from the fact that we do not sail these waters alone. The many key workers keeping our essential services running; decision makers in parliament and elsewhere working hard to address the challenges facing us; people singing to one another from balconies; academic and cultural institutions opening their online doors for free; local volunteers, including faith groups, who have organised to support the most vulnerable in our communities – all are significant reminders of our shared humanity and hope in the midst of uncertainty and the unfolding news about COVID-19.

As I talk with people, the sense of being unable to control circumstances as we would want to, is for many, one of the most challenging aspects of our present experience.

We human beings like certainty – when things are uncertain, it’s normal for us feel stressed. In such times, may we be reminded that we not only have one another as companions, but we also find shelter beside the One who stills the most violent of storms. This week I’ve found strength in the words of a spiritual counsellor and writer of the 14th Century. Mother Julian lived in Norwich, an important centre for commerce, but during her lifetime the city was also witness to the devastating effects of the Black Death of 1348–50, the Peasants’ Revolt, which affected large parts of England in 1381, and the suppression of the Lollards. Hers were not easy, untroubled times and so she wrote:

‘God did not say,

You will not be troubled,

You will not be laboured,

You will not be disquieted;

But God said,

You will not be overcome.’

If you are looking for additional resources to help you until we can meet again at St Mary’s you may want to remember that there is a daily service on BBC Radio 4 every morning at 9:45am. BBC One broadcasts Songs of Praise every Sunday at 1:15pm.

Many churches and Cathedrals plan to live-stream their worship, including our neighbours at All Hallows by the Tower https://www.ahbtt.org.uk/live-stream/ and Wesley’s Chapel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA

There are also many online resources providing daily prayers and readings including:

Church of England Daily Prayer https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship/daily-prayer

Pray As You Go https://pray-as-you-go.org/

Revd Tricia Hillas

St Mary-at-Hill is a Grade 1 listed Wren Church offers a sanctuary from the hectic City outside. The parish church for Billingsgate Ward serves the City and the community.

Venue Hire

The church is available for a wide range of events.  It comprises one large, open adaptable space and offers an additional vestry, a fully-equipped kitchen, toilets, and an entrance hallway suitable for reception area or ticket desk.  There is disabled access to the church from St Mary-at-Hill.

*Weddings, baptisms and funerals and receptions are all welcome. The church is also suitable for drinks parties, formal or informal lunches or dinners, conferences, choir and orchestra rehearsals, auditions and competitions, major concert performances, recitals and recordings.

The Church can seat up to 150 people (theatre style) and portable staging is available. The church has a Hassler grand piano and a beautiful organ.  To discuss your booking please contact our administrator on 0207 626 4184.

The Building

Much of the original church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London (1666) but the walls and frame remained standing. The building has survived two further major fires; the last one in 1988. Although marked by its experiences, the spectacular interior retains the beauty and grace of Wren’s vision.

Children can learn about St Mary-at-Hill by downloading the  Children’s Leaflet

Our toilets are twinned with facilities in the Congo. For more information about this arrangement, please read the Toilet Twinning Website.

Safeguarding

The Church Wardens of St Mary-at-Hill and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) take safeguarding seriously. The PCC has formally adopted the safeguarding policy of the House of Bishops contained in ‘Promoting a Safer Church.’

You can contact:

The Church Wardens:

John Hughesdon at john.hughesdon@hotmail.com

Laurence Target at ltarget@waitrose.com

The Parish Children’s Champion:  Phillipa White at pippa@ipsh.co.uk

If you have any concerns you can also contact the following organisations and the City of London Corporation (local authority):

Local Authority Contact Details:

CHILDREN: LADO@cityoflondon.gov.uk.  Or call 020 7332 1215

ADULTS: adultsduty@cityoflondon.gov.uk. Or call 020 7332 1224

In addition there are others able to help.

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).
  • The National Safeguarding Team: safeguarding@churchofengland.org

St Annes Lutheran Church

St Annes Lutheran Church has suspended services for the time being.  For more information see the website.