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St Martin's Church
Eastcote Road

Ruislip
Middlesex

HA4 8DG

England

Tel: 01895 625456


Email: stmartinsruislip@btconnect.com

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COVID-19

It is with tremendous sadness that we must announce the closure of St Martin's Church, even for private prayer, for the time being, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is on the advice of the Bishop of London and HM Government.

Resources for worship, bible study, and prayer will continue to appear on the website and Facebook page in this difficult time.

We will continue to be a family and community, but for now kept apart; let us pray for each other. 

The church is closed.

All public worship is to be suspended until further notice.

(You can click here to access video coverage of services.)

 

We will also be acting with immediate effect on the Government’s advice that all gatherings of people will be discontinued. This means, among other things, that until further notice:-

 

  • The church hall is closed and all activities that take place in it are suspended

  • The Parish Office is closed but the Parish Administrator, Gill Dargue, can still be contacted via email (stmartinsruislip@btconnect.com) and telephone (01895 625456)

  • Meetings of all kinds are discontinued

  • The Lent Course on Wednesday evenings is cancelled

  • The Confirmation programme is suspended and the Confirmation service planned for Ascension Day is postponed to a date later in the year

  • The 7.30 to 8.30am Wednesday morning Lent programme for teenagers is suspended

  • Choir practice is discontinued

  • Bell ringing practice is discontinued

 

In order to mitigate the impact of these measures, the following actions will be taken:

  • The clergy and lay ministers will endeavour to keep a daily rhythm of prayer and worship in place that can be shared with the wider community via this website. Click here to access video coverage of services.

  • A small number of parishioners  have kindly offered to shop for the elderly where needed. We will attempt to coordinate this operation. 

  • An email group including all members of the Electoral Roll will be established (from which individuals can request to be removed) so that information can be shared easily.

  • The clergy are considering a way to communicate regular devotional material via the internet to a public audience - by email, the website and Facebook.

  • The collection bins for Hillingdon Foodbank have been moved to the branch of Sainsbury's Local at 48, Ruislip High Street. Please leave your donations there.

 

The clergy and churchwardens will stay in regular communication as the situation continues to unfold. These arrangements may well need to change as time goes on.

During this difficult period, we need to be mindful of the more vulnerable members of our community. If you are aware of other parishioners who need support, because of illness or other hardship, please contact a member of the clergy.