From the 8th of January 2011, Moot will be moving the community office from the Spirituality Centre on Lombard Street, and its Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday activities from the Church of St Mary Woolnoth, to the Church of St Mary Aldermary, Watling Street, City of London, EC4M 9BW. St Mary Aldermary will be Moot’s new home.
From historical sources, the Church of St Mary Aldermary (Old Mary) is the oldest of the church buildings attributed to St Mary in the City of London. It is likely that it was founded by Benedictine Monks from the Priory of Christchurch Canterbury, who previously held what is called ‘the gift of the Living’ regarding the appointment of Priests. Detailed records about these early times are now lost, with the first recorded Rector named as Ernest de Berket in 1233. More recently as a Guild Church, St Mary Aldermary has had responsibilities for furthering Christian Spirituality and the vocations to the religious life.
So we the New Monastic Community of Moot, are bringing a fresh expression of Monasticism to this foundation, contributing to this ongoing tradition which has continued for over 900 years.
For more information on the Church, its history, current services and activities please see here.
We will be holding a Compline Service on Sunday 2nd January 2011 as the last Moot Worship Service in St Mary Woolnoth at 6.30pm.
The Last Stressed In the City Meditation Group will be on Weds 5th January 2011 again at 6.30pm in St Mary Woolnoth. This will be followed at 7.30pm by the last of the Enneagram workshops led by Dave Tomlinson, the third and final session.
So we hope to move the Moot Office and some of our equipment on the 8th January 2011, with services beginning on Sunday the 9th January 2011. The Moot Eucharist Service will occur at 6.30pm. We are still awaiting information about access to the church to work out if we can proceed with the former Moot Morning Service which will shift back to its old time of 3pm, but this is still needing to be confirmed because an Asian Syrian Orthodox Church use the Church building Sunday mornings and early afternoons.
The first Moot Meditation Group will begin in St Mary Aldermary on Weds 12th January 2011 at 6.30pm.
Serum will move from the Crosse Keys Pub to the Ye Olde Watling Pub right next to the Church on Weds 12th of January 2011 at 7.30pm.
The Church currently has two lunch time Eucharist Services on Mondays (1662 Book of Common Prayer) and Thursdays (Common Worship) at 1.10pm, and we are exploring the possibility of starting up Contemplative Morning and Evening Prayer, which will be open to the public we hope from the first week in February 2011.
So this is all very exciting!! There will be a special service to celebrate this new beginning, with the Archdeacon of London as the new Guild Church Vicar, myself as the new Mission Priest, and the Moot Community recommitting to its Rhythm of Life in its new home before the Bishop of London. This is likely to happen in the Spiring 2011.
So if you are in the Moot Community, we really need your participation in sustaining our worship, mission and community activities in the next stage of our life, and if you are outside Moot, please pray for us as we seek to develop the next stage of the community’s vision.