Unfortunately the church will be closed on Monday 27th July from 10am to 12am for the funeral of Susan Mison.
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.
There are also many online resources providing daily prayers and readings including:
Revd Tricia Hillas
We are pleased to share that the Reverend Canon Tricia Hillas has been appointed Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. Her new role also involves providing pastoral care for Members and staff of the Palace of Westminster and includes being Priest in Charge of St Mary-at-Hill in the City of London.
Tricia joined the Cathedral as Canon and Pastor in early 2014 and has been responsible for the Cathedral’s pastoral mission, overseeing the welfare of all people at St Paul’s and all those who visit and worship at the Cathedral. Her work has also focused on community engagement across London, including interfaith and social justice.
On her appointment, the Dean of St Paul’s said:
“Tricia Hillas is a warm, intelligent, perceptive and creative colleague. In her work as Canon and Pastor at St Paul’s for more than five years, Tricia has excelled: not only in her support for cathedral staff, volunteers and visitors, personally and in their work lives across a wide range of roles, but also by expanding her work to include care for those neglected by others, and engagement with the needs of wider society. She has challenged and stretched St Paul’s to be more inclusive of others, and I’m sure she will do a great job as Chaplain in Parliament in the midst of the great variety of people and issues she will encounter there. We will miss her and her contributions very much indeed; we wish her well, and will be praying for her in her new ministry.”
The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, said:
“In these extraordinary political times, Tricia is an outstanding candidate to become the next Speaker’s Chaplain. She has provided inspirational, pastoral leadership at the heart of St Paul’s public outreach work, engaging with diverse communities across the capital, and she will now play a pivotal role in Westminster, at a time of such profound uncertainty for the country.
“Tricia will contribute so much to Parliament, not least wisdom, friendship, calm and humour. Her background as a social worker, and her studies in conflict resolution, will undoubtedly come to the fore. I know that she will also thrive in her return to parish ministry in London at St Mary-at-Hill, having previously served as Vicar in Northolt.”
Reflecting on her time at the Cathedral and new appointment, Canon Tricia said:
“St Paul’s is the most awe-inspiring community to be part of and during my time here I have been honoured to be part of this community and to see at first hand all that the people here, individually and collectively, accomplish day by day as well as on great occasions. St Paul’s says that its hope is for people in all their diversity to encounter the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ and I am extraordinarily grateful to have worked alongside colleagues who make that a reality. I am excited to take up this new role, building on all I have learned at St Paul’s and to immerse myself in Parliament and alongside the people of St Mary at Hill in supporting those whose decisions have a real and lasting impact on people and communities across the UK.”
Before joining the Cathedral, Tricia was Vicar of St Barnabas in Northolt and formerly the Sub-Dean for Northolt, Perivale and Greenford. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Tricia trained as a senior social worker, before ordination in 2002.
Tricia is expected to take up her new appointment early next year.
The Revd Rose Hudson Wilkin is to be installed as the next Bishop of Dover. We are obviously very pleased that Rose’s particular gifts will be enjoyed by the people of Kent, although sad to see her leave St Mary-at-Hill.
Revd Rose will be consecrated at St Pauls Cathedral on 19th November. For tickets please call St Mary-at-Hill on 0207 626 4184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her installation will be at Canterbury Cathedral on 30th November. For tickets please contact the Cathedral Event Office.
St Mary-at-Hill has a long tradition of supporting music-making through concerts, recitals and by providing a space for choirs to practice. With this in mind it has been decided to host a pilot scheme for music students looking for rehearsal space. Every Tuesday afternoon for the next six months students will be able to book a two hour slot to practice in the church. Time slots will be from 2.00pm – 4.00pm or 4.00pm – 6.00pm, will cost £5.00 payable in advance ( including tea and coffee) and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
To book a space please email: email@example.com.
This year we have been delighted to welcome a wonderful range of speakers to our Thursday conversations.
In January we welcomed Alexander McLean and heard about the wonderful work of African Prisons Project. A donation was sent from the church to say thank you and to support the work of the charity. In February Ruth Hunt CEO of Stonewall shared how Stonewall works with faith organisations to promote acceptance of LGBT people at home and abroad. In March Jonathan Aitken was with us and shared his story and his work in prison reform. In April we enjoyed meeting the writer and broadcaster Bonnie Greer, and in May we welcomed Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones. Last month, Lord Hogan-Howe gave up his time to be with us when we discussed a range of topics including freedom of speech, mental health issues in the police force, firearms and fear of violent crime.
Do join us on the first Thursday of the month! Upcoming guests include:
5th July 2018 Christopher Tajah will perform a short version of ‘Dream of a King’ and we will discuss the legancy of Martin Luther King Jnr
There is no Conversation in August
6th September 2018 Nicola williams the Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces
The October and November speakers are tbc but in December we are delighted that Frank Field MP will be our guest.
Last night we held our Candlelit Carol Service. We welcomed friends of the church who have been attending the service for many years and new friends who joined us for the first time. It was especially lovely to welcome some of the family of the late Venerable Archdeacon Brian Kirk-Duncan who was Rector of St Mary-at-Hill for many years from 1962 onwards.
The service as always, was supported by the Billingsgate Ward Club and we were delighted to welcome the Master of the Girdlers Company and the Master of the Company of Water Conservators. We were also pleased to welcome Juliet Hill, her family and staff from Surbiton High School. Juliet won the Surbiton High School Poem Competition with her poem ‘The Promised Child.’
The choir directed by our Director of Music Robert Mingay Smith sang beautifully and performed the winning entry
of our carol competition 2017, A Promised Child by Christopher Artley, text by Juliet Hill.
The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin preached about joy as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
We were treated to a flying visit from Chuka Ummuna on Thursday 2nd November!
We were delighted to welcome him at last, as his previous slot had been suspended due to
the General Election in June. Chuka was asked questions about about Brexit, he talked very passionately about how we need to do better at helping people integrate socially in London. There were questions about relations with the US, overseas aid, and Israel and Palestine.
Thank you very much to Sandra Godley who led the Conversation in Revd Rose’s abscence and to The Revd Sally Muggeridge who led our service of Choral Evensong.
Our Fish Harvest Service on Sunday 8th October was visited by the Ship of Fools
You can read the review at http://shipoffools.com/mystery/2017/3241.html