It was announced last week that upon completion of his curacy, Fr Nigel will be moving to be the assistant curate at St Michael’s, Croydon. Fr Nigel’s last Sunday with us will be Sunday 20th September. Please make an effort to attend Mass on that occasion so we can bid Fr Nigel farewell. We wish him well and assure him of our prayers for this next stage in his ministry.
Online Theology Seminars
Because of the continuing Coronavirus crisis, and the high likelihood that Covid restrictions may be in place for much of the autumn, our programme of Christian formation in the second half of 2020 will take the form of a series of online Zoom seminars. This means that they can take place whether people are able to meet physically or not.
Each seminar will begin at 6.00 pm be no more than an hour long, and will be led by Fr Peter. There will be a presentation, followed by a time for questions, and then discussion. In order to participate, simply be in touch with Fr Peter to get the password needed to access the Zoom meeting. Topics to be covered include:
“What is Anglo-Catholicism?”
Wednesday 16th September
“Reflecting theologically on lockdown through literature”
Thursday 8th October
“What do Christians believe happens when we die?”
Tuesday 3rd November
“What do the gospels tell us about the birth of Jesus?”
Thursday 3rd December
For full details of topics and dates to be covered, see the relevant pages on our website, under the section, “Online Theology Seminars.”
Theology Book Club
In addition, there will also be a theology book club organised through the autumn. The purpose of the St Benet’s Book Club will be to offer a forum for theological reflection, debate in the light of a book that we agree to read together. The Theology Book club will also meet by Zoom.
The idea is that a book is discussed each time we meet at 7.30 pm on a Tuesday evening. It would be ideal to have read the book before the seminar, but if you are still half way through or just starting, don’t let that stop you joining us. The books we will look at this autumn include, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, (Tuesday 22nd September); Ghost Ship: Institutional Racism and the Church of England by A.D.A. France-Williams (Tuesday 27th October); and The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni (Tuesday 24th November).
It is expected that participants acquire their own copies of the texts to be discussed. All of the books proposed are currently in print as paperbacks and can be obtained cheaply on Amazon.
For full details of topics and dates to be covered, see the relevant pages on our website, under the section, “Theology Book Club.”
Monthly Mass in German
A new worshipping community of German speakers meets once a month to celebrate the Mass in German at St Benet’s, Kentish Town. This usually takes place at 4.00 pm on the first Sunday of each month.
Our usual pattern is to have an Anglican Eucharist at 4.00 pm celebrated entirely in German. This is a short said service, which always includes a sermon in German. We frequently have guest speakers and preachers. After the Mass we then gather for “Kaffee und Kuchen,” and conversation in German.
The presence of the Coronavirus makes carrying on in our usual pattern a little difficult. Through the Autumn, therefore, we will try to keep our German Mass going, but with a few alterations to make our worship and fellowship Covid secure.
On Sunday 6th September, if the weather permits, we will have a time of conversation and fellowship in our church garden. Modest refreshments will be served in a Covid safe way. We will follow whatever the government advice is at the time.
For Sunday 4th October and Sunday 1st November, our German Mass will simply be turned into a celebration of Evening Prayer in German online by Zoom. This removes the need for us to worry about how refreshments will take place as we will all be in the warmth of our own homes tuning in!
We will attempt to celebrate our annual Advent Carol Service in German on Sunday 6th December in person in St Benet’s Church. We will try to have a much music a possible at this, but it is unlikely this will include congregational singing. This event will almost certainly have to be ticketed, to avoid overcrowding in our church. A verdict on whether this service is possible will be take closer to the time depending on public health guidelines issued by the government.
Confirmation classes will begin again in September for a confirmation on Sunday 13th December. These will be a mixture of Zoom classes and meeting in person. Details to follow, but if you would like your child to be confirmed, please let Fr Peter know.
Services for the week beginning 16th August 2020
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
11.00 am Sung Mass
7.00 pm MassTuesday 18th August
11.00 am Mass
Wednesday 19th August
S. John Eudes
7.30 pm Mass
Thursday 20th August
7.30 pm Mass
Friday 21st August
S. Pius X
11.00 am Mass
Saturday 22nd August
6.00 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday
Sunday 23rd August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
11.00 am Sung Mass
7.00 pm Mass
Full details of all our Covid planning and liturgical arrangements can be found here.