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YOUR CHURCH IS REOPENING!

On Sunday 25th October the services will be 8am Communion, 10am Family Service, 11.15am (please note the new time) Mattins, and Evensong at 6pm. 

 We have had to change the normal arrangements to comply with health guidance so please note the information below if you are intending to attend. 

1. The garden gate will be open from 7.50 to allow access to the church through the side doors in front of Petyt Hall which will be kept open throughout the service as will the windows in the Nave, the South Door and the Church front doors. You should therefore come prepared for the elements. 

2. A table in the courtyard will have hand sanitisers which everyone entering must use. If you have your own prayerbook please bring it with you. In keeping with government requirements masks should please be worn within the church unless you have a medical exemption from doing so. We also keep a register of attendance at each service. 

3. We have created 68 spaces on the ground floor (identified with a red dot on the seat of the relevant pews) which will allow everyone to observe a 2 metre distance from the rest of the congregation during the service. If more people than expected arrive they can be directed to overflow seating in the gallery or listen to the service from the courtyard.

4. There will be no choir  (except for the Family Service where our Director Of Music Andrew Macmillan has devised a way of the children’s choir performing in a Covid- appropriate way) but to assist the return to normality Sunday’s services will include hymns that the congregation will be invited to follow in their hymn books and hum along with softly as they wish. A cantor from our wonderful professional choir will accompany, from the gallery,  the formal parts of Mattins and Parish Communion and sing the hymns.

5. At communion services David will take communion on behalf of the whole congregation.

6. Inside the church a sidesperson will direct you to your seat. We will be filling the pews from the front. At the end of the service we will empty the pews from the back. We ask that you remain in your seat until invited to leave in order to preserve social distancing. Andrew’s organ voluntary will be compensation enough for those who are forced to wait after Mattins or the Parish Communion.
 
7.  No collection will be taken. We are encouraging members of the congregation to take out a monthly standing order for the amount which they would ordinarily place in the collection plate, details here. If people wish to make an additional donation they should bring their debit card to swipe on the card reader as they leave. A swipe costs £10. A collection plate will also be on the tables at the back of church for those who use the envelope scheme. 

8. Prayer books and hymn books are to be left in the pews (unless you have brought your own). Departure will be via the front doors.  Kindly do not linger in the porch but proceed straight outside where David will say his goodbyes. Bowing is the new handshake.

9. We have been blessed with dry and (mostly) warm Sundays for the whole of the summer. As autumn and winter approach it will be sensible for everyone to wrap up warm before setting off to church on Sundays. As David says, we don’t want to find that in protecting you from Covid we have given you pneumonia.
                                                              
We hope to see as many of you as possible on Sunday.       
The Vicar and Churchwardens

To see previous sermons starting 29 March 2020 click here
(Sermons for 13 Sept, 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 August, 26, 19, 12, 5 July, 28, 21 &14 June, Trinity and Whit Sunday, Seventh, Sixth, Fifth, Fourth, Third, Second Sunday after Easter, Low Sunday, Easter Sunday, Good Friday Addresses and 29th March)
 
Sunday 28 June video stream here 
Sunday 21 June video stream here 
Sunday 14 June video stream here 
Sunday   7 June video stream here 
Sunday 31 May video stream here
Sunday 24 May video stream here 
Sunday 17 May video stream here

Sunday 10 May video stream here 

Canon David Reindorp’s Easter 3 Fourth Sunday after Easter Video Message here 

Canon David Reindorp’s Sunday 26 April Video Message here 

Canon David Reindorp’s Easter 1 Second Sunday after Easter Video Sermon 2020 here

website sunday references as per Lectionary, videos by calender 

Canon David Reindorp’s  Easter Video Message 2020 here

Good Friday Addresses here

Palm Sunday sermon video here

 Mattins and of Communion recorded at Chelsea Old Church on 22 March.

Also some videos of Chelsea Old Church services and messages collected together on youtube channel

The office can still  be contacted on  office@chelseaoldchurch.org.uk or 020 7795 1019

 The Vicar can be contacted on office@chelseaoldchurch.org.uk or 020 7352 5627

The Church will not be open on Sunday afternoons (1.30-5.30pm) 

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There are a range of Christian resources available and the link below lists digital streaming, tv and radio programmes, blogs and other resources.

https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/accessing-christian-services-and-resources-digitally-for-those-who-cant-get-to-church/

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

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The Church Monuments: said to have the most impressive array of monuments outside Westminster Abbey, see here and more of them here

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William Drake Limited have completed installation of the new organ.

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Recently donated to the Church, a book of 25 sermons, starting in 1954, preached in Chelsea Old Church in honour of Thomas More, on the anniversary of his birth. Preachers ranged from the Archbishop of Canterbury, through Professors of Theology and Ecclesiastical History to Bishops and Deans. 

Church Garden

The Church gardens and gardeners won these competitions in 2018
1st Chelsea Gardens Guild Churches Summer Competition
1st Kensington Gardeners Club Churches
1st Brighter Kensington and Chelsea Scheme
Bronze medal in class 10, the London Garden Society

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Received recently from the Prior Studios photos of a couple of drawings by William Orpen, one of them below.

Major Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, KBE, RA, RHA (27 November 1878 – 29 September 1931) was an Irish artist who worked mainly in London. Orpen was a fine draughtsman and a popular, commercially successful, painter of portraits for the well-to-do in Edwardian society.

During the First World War, he was the most prolific of the official artists sent by Britain to the Western Front. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Rediscovered Stained Glass Window
Received an article dated 1922, shown below, when a medieval stained glass window was discovered when cement and building rubble was removed that covered a window between the Vestry and Lawrence Chapel. Francis Eeles, renowned stained glass expert, identified the window as made between 1320-1340, the oldest window in London apart from Westminster Abbey. The window was sent to the V&A Museum with a plan to eventually restore it to Chelsea Old Church.

If the window returned before WWII when the Church was bombed it may have been destroyed, however enquiries were made to V&A to see whether they have records of the window's fate, yes, they returned it in 1922.


So probably destroyed in 1941.

But research at British and Kensington Library and stained glass experts revealed that the Chelsea Society had paid for transferring the window to the crypt at St Lukes' in 1939 for safekeeping. An original search at Chelsea Old Church had not found the window but a more 'in depth' study had found the window sandwiched inside a broken 19th C window in the Tower clock room. The window was now in 4 main parts, pictured below, plus many smaller pieces of glass.





The top two were Maurice Drake restorations, the third the 1320 medieval window which is still curved having been folded within another longer window. The fourth the remains of the wording added in 1922.
The inscription at the bottom says:
To the glory of God and in memory of the unknown saints who for centuries have worshipped Him in this place. This window was uncovered on St Bartholomew day 1922 was recreated 1923.
The 14th century glass of this window was originally in the western light of the eastern most window in the north wall of the Lawrence Chapel opposite blocked by the Lawrence Chapel and Colvile monuments After CCC years the glass was found behind layers of plaster in August 1922.
All of the window is now at Canterbury Cathedral stained glass studio for conservation advice and awaits the raising of funds to complete the project by displaying it in it's original window in the Lawrence Chapel.


In the Churchyard - June




                                  

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Coronavirus sign    

Daily Hope

The Church of England has launched a free dial-in worship service to bring prayer to people’s homes while churches are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Daily Hope, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The national line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the service has been primarily set up to support Britons, especially the elderly, who are unable to join online church services.


Anchor Magazine

Spring & Summer Anchor Magazine out now and can be collected on leaving the Church, or click here to view now


A New Church Organ at Chelsea Old Church
The organ plays a crucial part in the life of the church, used every Sunday and frequently during the week for funerals, memorials, baptisms and weddings. 

The organ removed in January 2019 was built in 1957, replaced the instrument lost when the church was bombed. Like the church itself, the organs of Chelsea Old Church have a long and interesting history. Most notable amongst these was an organ by the famous builder of the day, Renatus Harris, which is believed to have stood in the church from 1712-1723. The early removal of this instrument (for unknown reasons) prevented its eventual destruction had it remained up until 1941, and parts of it are believed still to be in existence in a church in Devon.

We are delighted that William Drake Limited have completed installation of the new organ, compressed into a 1min 23 sec stop frame video here
It was heard for the first time at Mattins on Sunday 22nd. September 2019.

To see the Dedication and Celebration of The New Pipe Organ programme click here, which took place on 21st November.

The new organ is a fine new instrument that will not only serve the needs of the parish, but also play a part in the wider musical life of Chelsea.

https://sites.google.com/site/chelseaoldchurch2/organ

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The Clock at Chelsea Old Church


The Edmund Howard clock, 1761, formerly at Chelsea Old Church, but where is it now? The present clock, made by Dents, who built Big Ben, was installed in 1950's.

It was assumed the 1761 clock was destroyed during the 1941 raid, but a horologist has found a film of the clock alive and well at Dent's workshops and can be seen from 1 minute 59 seconds to 2 minutes 10 seconds in the Pathe film here


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpoVTvvAT6U
which was filmed at Dents in 1959. So the search is on for the Howard clock.

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Dacre Monument
Conservation and restoration work started on 28th January by conservators Granville and Burbidge and was completed 7th March 2014. The work was funded by the Dacre family in memory of the 27th Baroness Dacre.


Remains of Dacre Monument beside More Chapel after Blitz, 1941

Obelisk before during and after

mouldings before and after

Skull, wings and hourglass before and after 



The dog at the feet of Lady Dacre removed to measure up for a new right front leg and reattach the left leg.

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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, attended a friend's wedding at the weekend, having just returned home after their whirlwind stay in New York. The royal couple were guests at the ceremony, which took place at Chelsea Old Church near the River Thames. 

The occasion may well have been a trip down memory lane for the Duchess, as the church is situated on the very same road as the Middleton's London home, where Kate shared a flat with Pippa in the years she lived in the capital after graduating from St Andrews.
Kate, who is currently five months pregnant with her and William's second child, looked elegant in a floor-length black lace gown with full-length lace sleeves, most likely the same one by designer Diane Von Furstenberg that she opted to wear  to the star-studded Royal Variety Performance last month. 

For the wedding, the Duchess accessorised with a small sparkling black clutch and black heels, wrapping up against the chill with a red tartan scarf that was draped over her shoulders. She wore her brunette locks loose over her shoulders.
Courtesy Hello Magazine