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CHARITIES SUNDAY – PARISH MASS 9.30am and 11am
Sunday October 11th is our annual Charities Sunday, focusing on the work of our three St Michael’s charities, and supporting them in our prayers and our giving. (See more details, below, about their work and how they have been coping during the COVID 19 outbreak).
There was a Parish Mass at both 9.30am and 11am. The 11am service was live-streamed on Facebook here.
Speaker: Joanne MacInnes, Director of West London Welcome. Readings: Isaiah 25: 6-10a Matthew 22: 1-14
The Upper Room is a front-line charity working with socially and economically disadvantaged people in West London. They work with people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. Providing 26,000 meals a year, as well as clothing and toiletries, the Upper Room offers a safe and warm environment in the short-term, and long-term support to help people rebuild their lives. During lockdown their activities were very restricted, but they have now resumed as many of their services as possible.
WaterHarvest is a small UK-registered charity working in the remote and arid villages of rural India, where communities are still strug- gling to survive without running water. Our project is to install ‘taankas’ to harvest the monsoon rains to provide a sustainable year-round supply of safe water for the poorest in the state of Rajasthan. WaterHarvest continued to pay their Indian workforce during lockdown and are hoping that construction work can resume in October, the normal time to re-start after the end of monsoon rains .
West London Welcome is our newest charity – a free drop-in centre for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have settled in West London and the wider London area, providing access to the services and support needed to lead full lives in their local community. It is a place of wel- come and friendship for families and individuals. West London Welcome did not close during the lockdown, providing a twice-weekly foodbank, along with online classes and support groups. Their normal activities have resumed based for the time being at St Paul’s Church in Hammersmith.
All donations and Gift Aid received, whether online or directly at St Michael’s, are divided equally between the three charities. In 2019, the St Michael’s community raised £22,924 for our three charities –and unlocked more in additional matched funding.
You can donate in three ways:
- by placing money in the green jar; if you are a tax-payer please use the blue envelopes in order to increase the value of your donation by 25%
- by using a contactless card as you leave church (gift aid slips available)
- via the SMAAA Virgin Moneygiving site – click here.
Sunday services at St Michael & All Angels
As public worship has been restored, you are welcome to attend Mass once again at St Michael’s.
We can only allow 80 people into Church for Mass, so please be patient and bear with us.
If we reach this number we will be unable to accept further members of the congregation to that service, so you may wish to arrive early – or come to the 11am service.
Social Distancing will be in place within Church with anti-COVID measures in place for everyone’s safety.
Mass will last for approximately 40 minutes and will be very similar to the live-streaming Masses we have become used to.
If you still feel vulnerable, anxious or are shielding, you may want to attend the quieter weekday Masses instead.
Masses in this format will continue until further notice. Apologies that we are unable to offer Evensong at this time.
The 11am service that will be live-streamed for you to join it at home.
Our services are regularly being watched throughout the UK and overseas.