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Rhythm of Life Commitment Service

At Moot over the least few years we’ve taken a step back to re-think who we are as a community, and as part of that process we’ve written a new rhythm of life for us to follow together. We’ve tried to keep it simple: we commit as the Moot Community…

  • to be a welcome community
  • to be a contemplative community
  • to explore our relationship
    –  with God
    –  with the world around us
    –  with one another

What that means for each of us will be slightly different, and each of us will make specific commitments for ourselves for a year to follow the Moot Rhythm of Life in a way that makes sense for where each of us is in our spiritual life, work life, family life, and so on.

After a few years without committing annually to a rhythm we’re looking forward to resuming this practice. We’re holding our our Rhythm of Life commitment service on Sunday October 7th, gathering at 6pm for tea/coffee ahead of the service at 6.30pm. We’d love you to join us for this important marker in our year and hope you’ll stick around for refreshments afterwards.

 

 

POSTED 27.09.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | No Comments

Join us in the desert at Moot this Lent

For our Lent course at Moot this year we will explore prayer, stillness and the wisdom of the desert. We’ll meet Thursday evenings at 6pm (for tea/coffee) for a start-time of 6.30pm, following a pattern of: Talk – Discussion – Practice, focusing on a different particular prayer practice each week. We hope you will join us this season!

We will meet 4 Thursdays:

February 22nd
The Examen – praying with our emotions.

March 1st
The Lectio Divina – praying with the scriptures.

March 15th
Ignatian Meditation – praying with the imagination.

March 22nd
Centering Prayer – finding stillness in our daily lives

POSTED 11.02.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Join us in the desert at Moot this Lent

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.

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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.

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

Intro to Moot Afternoon Tea 3rd May 4pm

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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

Christmas Blog from Ian Mobsby, Moot’s Priest

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So once again we find ourselves entering the season of Christmas, and the feast of the Christ Mass, when we remember the miracle and hope for the world, about God coming as a helpless child, as a sign of God’s ultimate love for all human beings, indeed the whole of life.

So on behalf of all our supporters, participants and customers, can I say I hope you have a merry, peaceful and spiritual Christmas.  The Church of St Mary Aldermary will be open for reflection on Monday 22nd Jan and until midday on Tuesday 23rd Jan.

The Host Cafe is now closed reopening 5th January 2015, our first Sunday Service will be on 4th January 2015.

So may I finish with a poem by one of my hero’s – R.S. Thomas

It’s a long way off but inside it
There are quite different things going on:
Festivals at which the poor man
Is king and the consumptive is
Healed; mirrors in which the blind look
At themselves and love looks at them
Back; and industry is for mending
The bent bones and the minds fractured
By life. It’s a long way off, but to get
There takes no time and admission
Is free, if you will purge yourself
Of desire, and present yourself with
Your need only and the simple offering
Of your faith, green as a leaf.

POSTED 23.12.14 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Christmas Blog from Ian Mobsby, Moot’s Priest

Ian Mobsby invited to address the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Academic Examination Day, Lambeth Palace

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Ian Mobsby, the Priest in Charge & Missioner of the Moot Community was invited to give a short address at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Academic Examination Day on Thursday 9th of October, in the Chapel of Lambeth Palace.   The Archbishop has from the middle ages, the right to award post graduate qualifications including PhDs, a practice that was revised in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The addresses began with a paper from Fr Thomas of the Anglican Benedictine Community of Mirfield drawing on the PhD he has just finished.  Ian Mobsby was invited to give a response drawing on a new monastic perspective.

To read the address click here: A New Monastic Response, Ian Mobsby

POSTED 12.10.14 BY: Moot Archive | Comments Off on Ian Mobsby invited to address the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Academic Examination Day, Lambeth Palace