St Olave’s is a small and friendly Anglican parish in the Diocese of Southwark. Our Worship is in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, and we are under the pastoral and sacramental care of the Bishop of Fulham, The Rt Revd Jonathan Baker.
Opening of the church for public worship
Please read Fr Graham’s letter printed below.
Sunday 12 July: Mass for the fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 10.00 a.m. and at 11.30 a.m.
Bible Study on Wednesday 15 July at 10.30 a.m. and Mass on Thursday 16 July at 10.30 a.m.
Your are welcome to join Fr Graham for these on the church’s Facebook page:
The church is open for private prayer on Thursdays 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
A letter from Fr Graham
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am delighted that we can open St Olave’s for worship on Sunday 12th July. The Warden and myself are making the necessary preparations to ensure that we will be as safe as we can be in a public space. As well as preparing the building for safe distancing, the pillars in the church are currently being painted blue in preparation for our 90th Anniversary celebrations in 2021.
The Mass is central to our life and witness as the people of God and it will be a joy to be able to celebrate the Sacrament with you all again. We have to abide by the advice and recommendations provided by the Government. This means that the mass will be shaped to accommodate the rules imposed to ensure our safety. If you do not feel ready to come back to church just yet, please be assured of my prayers and support. If there is anything I can do for you, or if you need help, please let me or another church member know.
Please do not attend church if:
You have any symptoms associated with COVID 19.
If you have been in recent contact with someone with COVID 19 symptoms.
If you are considered vulnerable or in a shielding category.
If you are self-isolating.
There are some practical regulations that we must abide by and I ask you to respect these.
There will be hand hygiene points at the entrance and the exit with clear signs to ask people to use them. Please do!
Books and re-usable orders of service will not be handed out. Orders of Service will be placed upon seats. After using them please take them home. For the time being there can be no singing and the mass will be short in duration. Communion will be received in one kind standing central in front of the sanctuary. Please outstretch your arms and the Host will be placed in your hands. Please form a queue in single file and at a safe distance. No collections will be taken. There will be plates for cash and envelope collections at the entrance to the church. There will be no gathering before or after the mass. There will be no public toilets available. Groups/families from the same household will be able to sit together and will be counted as one.
To ensure social distancing only 25 people will be allowed in church at a service. Therefore there will be two Masses on Sunday:
10.00 am Said Mass with organ music.
11.30 am Said Mass
It would be useful to have an indication as to which mass you would like to attend. Please make a phone call to Fr Graham to help with the management of numbers. Please understand that if the church has reached the maximum capacity you will be asked to attend the next mass.
For the time being I will continue to live-stream a service on a Wednesday and a mass on Thursday on the parish Facebook page. The Church will be open on Thursday evening between 5.00 and 7.00 pm for private prayer.
I am sorry that this all sounds very complex. We will get used to it for now.
My love and prayers,