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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 | Comments Off on Rhythm of Life Commitment Service

Holy Week at Moot

If you have been joining or would like to join us for the remainder of Lent here’s a list of services we’re holding up until Easter Day.

You can find more details by clicking on the links in the list below.

Thursday 22nd March | 6.30pm
Lent Course #4 – our final week, focusing on Centering Prayer

Wednesday 28th March | 8am
Morning Sung Taize

Thursday 29th March | 6.30pm
Maundy Thursday Agape & Footwashing followed by Silent Vigil

Friday 30th March | 8am
Morning Sung Taize

Friday 30th March | Noon
Commemoration of the Cross (at St Vedast-Alias-Foster Church)

Sunday 1st April | 6pm
Easter Sunday Eucharist


POSTED 21.03.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Holy Week at Moot

Lent Course 1 – The Examen

In the first meeting of our Lent course we heard about the retreat into the desert and the practice of self-examination through the prayer practice of the Examen. Listen here to our first session.

We concluded the evening by sharing in the Examen prayer – you can hear this prayer being led here.

POSTED 08.03.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Lent Course 1 – The Examen

Welcome to the wilderness – Lent sermon

Share with us this sermon by our priest Paul Kennedy, bringing us into Lent together, exploring the wilderness we enter into in this Sunday evening sermon.

POSTED 27.02.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Welcome to the wilderness – Lent sermon

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

Tim Dendy speaking about Moot’s Vision


On Sunday 30th October, All Saint’s Day, we shared a Service of the Word liturgy of “Thanksgiving for Moot” – looking back at where we’ve come from as well as ahead to the future. Tim Dendy (Moot veteran and churchwarden) shared his look back at Moot and how we’ve arrived where we are now. We hope you enjoy listening to an abbreviated version of the Moot story!

POSTED 04.11.16 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Tim Dendy speaking about Moot’s Vision

Moot is moving to the Church of St Mary Aldermary in the City of London, our new home

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.

POSTED 26.12.10 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Moot is moving to the Church of St Mary Aldermary in the City of London, our new home

The need for non-monarchial language for God

Have you ever noticed how often the word “Lord” is used in Church. We Christians use it heavily for naming God. The problem is, that it is, as a word, quite anachronistic to modern parlance. For many Lord and King, creates a sense of an outdated approach to governance, a hierarchical approach to social organisation. In our brave new post-secular culture, we need to be careful not to be lazy about our language for God, and the importance to seek out constantly changing language as a metaphor for God.

I have just met up for a coffee with Padraig, who talked about an indigenous South African word for God as the ‘Big Big’. I like that as a metaphor, as it is saying that God is bigger than the biggest thing you can imagine, so the God that is outside of our imagination… so encourages the sense of transcendence without imposing majestic androcentric understandings onto God the Creator. He also named another metaphor used by a friend of his for God, as ‘The Bigest’ I like that too.

On Sunday, Jemma Allen, our friendly New Zealand Priest continues her unpacking of a theology of friendship, to talk about the Kin-dom rather than the Kingdom, which again reconstructions an understanding of friendship as the locus of God’s purposes to draw all things back into restored relationships with the divine.

POSTED 10.10.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (2)

The meditation from last night as a couple of people asked it get put here

I have a bit of a thing about party debris. I love empty bottles and cans lining mantelpieces, burnt out tea lights, wet fag ends, redundant corks. The crashed out bodies of last night’s revellers in duvets around a house, resisting the morning light. The dregs of drinks in hungover cups along bookshelves, the glass distorting the titles on the spines of my books.

I love cleaning it all up – it’s not particularly unselfish, it’s just the most evocative kind of cleaning. I like it. I probably feel cool doing it.

This morning in someone else’s kitchen, picking over bottle tops and soggy cupcake papers, I thought, – I’ve had a thing about the debris for a while but I’d not thought about what I liked about it much – and this morning I thought, it’s coz we were alive last night, – I look at the shrapnel and I know we had fun. – I’m not dead. I’m not going quietly. It’s a relief. My limbs work. My blood isn’t thin.

The Thames in the Fire Sermon carries no party debris. “The river bears no empty bottles, –/ Silk handkerchiefs, cigarette ends /Or other testimony of summer nights. The nymphs are departed. /And their friends, the loitering heirs of city directors; /Departed, have left no addresses”. No party debris, and the people we knew or didn’t know, who populated our line of vision, have left; and it feels hollow.

I usually go excited to parties; usually like London. Like Tower Bridge, scaffolding on one tower last time I saw it; like the lanterns along More London, the tiny beach at the South Bank, the ferry boats, the spines of Charing Cross Bridge, Westminster all gold and dusty, Battersea Power Station.

Sometimes my God rattles through my city air and my sinews and cartilage and the tube tunnels I’m shunted through daily.

Sometimes I want mundane, I want dead, I want mediocre quiet. Sometimes I’m hardly alive, and I hardly care; I’m in absence and everyone’s not here, and there’s no sign they have been, and God is in the everybody.

POSTED 21.09.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)

Building Ecclesial Communities out of Contextual Mission

I am pleased to say that the Fresh Expressions International Share Site has published a short item I wrote on their blogspace. See here

POSTED 07.07.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)