St Mary-the-Virgin, Addington
Welcome to St Mary-the-Virgin Church.
In Addington (St Mary), it is virtually impossible to ensure that social distancing is maintained so
regrettably we are not able to restore physical services at this time. However, St Mary's is open in a
very limited way and at the present time the only purpose for entering the church, other than attending
a funeral is private prayer. In all cases, this must mean individual and silent prayer, and if you would
like to pray in the church, please phone Robert Cronk on (01296) 713813 to arrange a convenient time.
Where you can sit or kneel to pray will also be highly restricted. Areas such as the loos, serveries and
vestries remain 'out of bounds.'
Instead of physical worship at St Mary's can we encourage you to either attend services at one of the
other churches in the Benefice or watch the service from St Laurence online? Access information is
provided below. All three of our churches and the communities in which they are set are different,
and the approach that has been agreed reflects these differences.
I thought I would write again regarding the pattern of worship across the benefice which started on
5th July. Before I provide some details of what to expect, I would like to express my thanks to all who
have made online worship possible over the last few months: Mark and Didier for leading worship, Derry
for the music and of course Emma for all of the over and above duty hours she has put in. Your support,
encouragement and challenge are deeply appreciated.
We are now entering into a new phase where we will be offering both online and physical worship. The
online service will be recorded Thursday evenings and issued, as a premiere, at 9.30 on Sunday
mornings. If you are still shielding or are nervous about attending church in person, this might remain
the best option for you.
In order to view the service please click on the following link
As you know, we are, broadly speaking, adopting the pre-lockdown pattern of benefice worship, but
sadly won't be able to provide services at Addington in the short term. The only significant difference
is that we will also be providing an additional service at 6pm in Winslow. Except for the 8am Book of
Common Prayer services at Winslow, there will be recorded music at every service; thank you to
Charlotte and Janthea in Great Horwood and Derry and the choir in Winslow. The 6pm service will be
a little shorter than the 9.30 and 11am services. I also need to thank the wardens, who have been
working incredibly hard to produce comprehensive risk assessments and have thought long and hard
about how we manage seating and flow.
We are operating in a complex environment and inevitably we will all (clergy very much included) need
to make considerable compromises in our approach to worship. It would be pointless to try and explain
every aspect of how worship will work (we will on Sunday), but I thought I thought I would provide a
few pointers to manage expectations:
- We do need to record the name and contact details of everyone who attends a service. Please do
consider arriving earlier than you normally would so this information can be collected.
- You will then be guided to a pew by a steward. It is important that you then remain in your pew.
- Please do not turn to speak to those in the pews in front or behind you. We will be using every
other pew to maintain 1 metre plus social distance. Please also try to keep touch to a minimum.
- We are asking that you remain seated for the entirety of the service (including for the Gospel, the
Creed and Eucharistic Prayer). The only time you stand should be when you come forward under
the guidance of a steward to receive communion, which will be made available in one kind only.
- Please do participate in the liturgy but at a normal speaking level of volume and from memory as
will not be distributing orders of service.
- We have placed a piece of marking tape on the floor, please do not move beyond this to receive
- The priest will be wearing medical gloves and a protective visor for the distribution of the sacrament.
- No words will be exchanged.
- The wafer will be gently dropped into your hand to avoid touch.
- There will be no collection during the service, but you will be able to give through a retiring
collection. If you don't currently give through a direct debit/standing order, can we encourage you to
consider doing so.
During the Eucharistic Prayer, including for the act of consecration, only the priest's wafer will be
uncovered. The ciborium, in which the consecrated bread is kept, will only be opened when the priest has
put on the medical gloves and visor. At the end of the service, a steward will invite you to leave on a
We have worked incredibly hard to make the worship, online and physical, as dignified and vibrant as we
can. We are all looking forward to a return to normal and we will get there in time. Please, in the
meantime, take heart that whenever and wherever we say, 'The Lord is here,' he genuinely, always, in all
times and in all places, is, by his 'Spirit is with us.' We look forward to continuing to hear from you and
see you on Sundays, either in person or online.
In Christ, Andrew
We are also offering weekly prayer resources. Please click on the links below.
Please read 'The Parish Pump' for further information (see top menu).
SAFEGUARDING: WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE
Seek advice from our Parish Safeguarding Officer :
or visit oxford.anglican.org/safeguarding
This Benefice has adopted the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy as our local policy.