Tag: Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary

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.”

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The Faith of Jesus – Anxiety and Being Loved

Rev’d Paul Kennedy speaks about the Faith of Jesus, touching on justification by faith; anxiety; and faith IN God’s love for us.


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All Shall Be Well – Reflections on Julian of Norwich

All Shall Be Well – please enjoy this reflection from our Moot service by our new Priest in Charge the Revd Paul Kennedy, speaking about Julian of Norwich.

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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


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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!

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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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Body Meditation by Robyn Vesey


In a recent Moot contemplative service this body meditation was offered by Robyn Vesey. We hope it brings you as much peace as it did us.

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New beginnings Summer 2015



As one of the founding members of Moot and with thirteen years of ministry in Moot, it was announced recently in the Dioceses of London and Southwark that Ian Mobsby will be leaving his current role with Moot and the Diocese of London in the summer.  Ian has been the Priest Missioner to Moot for 13 years and more recently the Priest in Charge of Moot at St Mary Aldermary for the last three years.  These have been important and challenging times setting up Moot and its New Monastic basis and Host Cafe launched over two years ago in the heart of the City of London.

Moot has become an important New Monastic Community, that in its time has produced a number of vocations to the Ordained Priesthood, and a number of prayer and worship resources.  Ian is at heart a Pioneer Missioner, and now that the focus is shifting from starting to sustaining, it is time for Ian to move on.  It is always an important and challenging time when founders move on, but it is always part of the growing up process!

Ian’s last service and last actual working day with us will be on the evening of Sunday 28th June.  He will be taking leave for a month before formally leaving his role from the end of July.     Ian is moving on to support a small parish church to develop their mission, plant a new ‘new monastic’ community in Peckham South East London, and assist with parish mission enablement in the Episcopal Area of Woolwich, Diocese of London.  This will be the second offspring from Moot, with Gareth Powell (former Mooter) heading up a new monastic project in Streatham under the name St Margaret the Queen.

So please do pray for Moot as we pray and seek God concerning vision and direction of Moot.

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Conversion from fear to love by Matt Lyon


In this podcast Matthew Lyon explores the lectionary readings of the season of epiphany to explore the theme of conversion from fear to love.  This was recorded at the Moot Community Sunday Evening Eucharist at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary in Central London in January 2015.

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Tuga by Abraham Kritzman


From 3.4.14 – 3.5.14 we have a new art installation in St Mary Aldermary’s.  At 5pm Mon to Fri  there is an accompanying sound scape piece.  Information from the artist will be put up here soon.

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