Moot and Other Events

New Year’s Moot Update


Happy New Year from all of us at Moot!

Wishing you all a bright January 1st morning, a restful end to holidays, and a peaceful start to the year ahead.



As we look to the year ahead and consider our road ahead and the changes we’re looking for, we wanted to update you on our direction as a community together. We’ve spent the last couple of years catching our breath from a years-long journey, particularly making a home at St Mary Aldermary, watching the Host Cafe come alive, and welcome Paul Kennedy our new priest.

This past November the community took a weekend to go away and take stock of who we are, what we are, and where we want to go together. I’d like to share a report from that weekend from Paul our priest (below).

Once again wishing you God’s peace, hope, and energy as we enter 2018 together – from all of us at Moot.

“On the weekend of the 3-5 November 20 people from the Moot Community travelled to the Youth Hostel at Littlehampton for fellowship, relaxation and an exploration of Moot’s calling. Littlehampton was a wonderful site: with the long beach; the tidal Arun river; and the huge open skies which we Londoners really appreciated.

Together we ate, we prayed, we talked, we drank, we walked, we played board games, and we explored God’s calling. We decide to redraw a simple Rhythm of Life to which Moot members can choose to commit; we reaffirmed our practices of contemplative and inherited prayer; we reflected upon how a distinctive community maintains an open welcome; we reaffirmed our New Monastic roots but accepted that we may be evolving in a less structured and more contemplative way; we planned a walk in the Chilterns; and we started plans for our next annual weekend away. The company was wonderful, the food was great, the Youth Hostel was cosy, the weekend felt blessed and I’m already looking forward to next year’s time away.

A draft of the Rhythm of Life should be ready for Lent, following a series of Community Forums, with a service at the end of September at which we hope Archdeacon Rosemary will preside.”

POSTED 01.01.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on New Year’s Moot Update

Advent & Christmas at Moot

Please find below details of events this Advent at Moot:

Our final regular Sunday service will be a Christmas Eucharist on Sunday 17th December, although we will also meet for a short contemplative evening prayer service on New Year’s Eve at 6pm (for 6.30pm).

Ahead of that we will enjoy our annual Carol Service on Friday 15th December at 6.30pm, to be followed by mulled wine, mince pies, and our Moot Christmas Party. All welcome to both of these – please join us to celebrate!

Additionally, join some of us at Moot on Christmas Eve for a carols service and communion with the congregation of St Vedast-alias-Foster nearby, followed by drinks in the rectory.

Friday 15th December 6.30pm | Carol Service followed by mince pies and mulled wine
Friday 15th December 8.00pm | Moot Christmas Party following the carol service
Sunday 17th December 6.00pm | Christmas Eucharist
Sunday 24th December 11.00am | Carols and Communion at St Vedast-alias-Foster
Sunday 31st December 6.00pm | Contemplative Evening Prayer for New Year’s Eve

POSTED 05.12.17 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Advent & Christmas at Moot

Lent & Easter at Moot

There will be a number of particular services over the Lent and Easter period, which we hope you’ll join us for. You should be able to see them on our events calendar, but here’s a list of a few highlights:

Ash Wednesday March 1st 6.30pm – Ash Wednesday Service (Ashing and Eucharist)

Sunday March 5th 4.30pm (and every Sunday through 9th April) – Lent Book Discussion Group

Maundy Thursday 13th April 6.30pm – Footwashing Service and Vigil

Good Friday 14th April 6.30pm – Tenebrae Service

Easter Sunday 16th April 6pm – Easter Eucharist and Social


POSTED 27.02.17 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Lent & Easter at Moot

Merry Christmas! (and opening times)

Merry Christmas from all of us at Moot!

We hope you enjoy peace and rest over the Christmas season, and look forward to seeing you in 2017. The church (and related activities) will pause until the new year, when meditation group will resume, along with Serum, on the 4th January. Our first Sunday evening service back will be on the 8th January.



POSTED 25.12.16 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Merry Christmas! (and opening times)

Open House London at SMA

Yesterday Moot took part in the annual Open House London event, opening up St Mary Aldermary for the whole Saturday as well as the Host Cafe. Based on the huge number of historical fliers we handed out and the great success of the cafe, we estimate around 500 people came through the church building – a great success!

Here are a couple of photos from the day.




POSTED 18.09.16 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Open House London at SMA

Easter at Moot


Listed below is the list of what we’ll be up to at Moot in the week running up to Easter Sunday. Please join us for some or all!

Palm Sunday (March 20th)

Taize Service (6pm)

Maundy Thursday (March 24th)

Service of Eucharist with Footwashing (6pm)
Prayer Vigil (7pm)

Good Friday (March 25th)

Attending “The Three Hours” event at St. Paul’s Cathedral led by Pádraig Ó Tuama (Noon)

Easter Sunday (March 27th)

Easter Eucharist (6pm)

POSTED 12.03.16 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Easter at Moot

Intro to Moot Afternoon Tea 3rd May 4pm



On the 3rd May at 4pm, We are host an afternoon tea and intro to Moot.  This will explore the history of why Moot is where it is and why it is a New Monastic Community.  This is run particularly for those who are either new to Moot, or those considering about getting new to Moot.  We do need to know who is coming, so do let us know by clicking the link.  This event is also open to those who genuinely interested in New Monasticism.  Those involved in the Community will be Vanessa Elston and Ian Mobsby.


POSTED 07.04.15 BY: Moot Archive | Comments Off on Intro to Moot Afternoon Tea 3rd May 4pm

A gate in the fence about belief by Mark Vernon


Mark Vernon, Companion to the Moot Community, published this piece in the Church Times, thinking about the report on spirituality from the RSA.  Exploration of Spirituality can break down religious barriers.  

SPIRITUALITY is back, if ever it went away. Sam Harris, one of the leading advocates of the new atheism, published a “guide to spirituality”, Waking Up, last year. Then there is Sanderson Jones, co-founder of the highly successful Sunday Assembly, who argues that one of its main tasks is developing a language for spirituality. He describes himself as a “humanist mystic”, and feels a “spirit in life” which transcends the everyday.  To read more click here ….

POSTED 11.01.15 BY: Moot Archive | Comments Off on A gate in the fence about belief by Mark Vernon

How then shall we live with insecure work and the power of money? A theological response


This Sunday at the Moot Eucharist Service we will explore the subject of money, fear and work, and reflect on this theologically.  In a time when there is much fear and a difficult relationship with fear, this Sundays service and homily will explore what is a healthy and sacramental view of money, and how we can live more justly.  We hope that people will leave inspired and encouraged…. See you Sunday at 6pm

POSTED 24.06.14 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on How then shall we live with insecure work and the power of money? A theological response

New to Moot Afternoon Tea 13th July 2014

Sunday 13 July 2014 | 4.30pm | St Mary Aldermary

This is an opportunity for those who have recently come across Moot or attended or got involved in the Moot Community now at St Mary Aldermary to meet with Ian the Priest Missioner and a member of the Moot Community to explore what Moot is about and what it is seeking to build at its new home.

As a New Monastic Community focused on developing an Arts, our Host Cafe, contemplative and artistic events, Moot has big dreams.  So this is an opportunity to hear what we are about, what we seek to be, and answer any questions you may have.

Tea, Coffee and a selection of pastries will be available.  Do let us know if you have any specific dietary needs.

We would welcome donations towards the costs of refreshments and materials.  Please book places here.

If you have any questions, please contact us on