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St Mary's Church - Temporary closure update

Thursday 31st January, 2013 @ 11:20 am

by Christopher Harrison | tags: , , , , , , ,

Dear member of St Mary's Church,

I am delighted that we are now able to reopen part of St Mary's Church for Sunday and Wednesday evening services, after a closure of around seven months. At present we can use only the chancel, but the first service in the re-opened church, the Candlemas Eucharist on Sunday 3rd February at 6.30 pm, is a fitting occasion on which to resume worship in Nottingham's Civic Church.

After that date, I do hope that we will see you at Sunday morning services at 10.45 am, and Sunday Evensongs at 6.30 pm. Wednesday Evensongs will be at 6.15 pm, although for the time being the Wednesday morning communion service (8.30 am) and the Thursday 1.15 pm service will continue to be held at St Peter's. This is because laying of the stone floor surface, which begins in a few days' time, will be taking place during the working week.

Midland Stonemasons have been cleaning the interior of the church, including using a high level platform to remove dust from the highest levels of the building. They have also removed the old fan convector which was mounted on the north wall of the chancel.

The church and churchyard will remain closed to the public during the week for the time being, as the church building remains under the oversight of Midland Stonemasons until the flooring is complete. We will, however, be able to reopen the nave in time for Holy Week, with a floor surface which by then will be partly stone and partly (temporary) boarding. Do come to the St Matthew Passion on Good Friday at 6.00 pm, which will include visiting singers from Nuremburg alongside St Mary's Choir.

Before that, however, on the evening of Friday February 8th the churchyard and part of the church will be open for Nottingham Light Night, during which the choir of St Mary's will sing, as in previous years. The Friends of St Mary's will serve refreshments.

We are still inviting donations towards the project appeal, which has made very good progress thanks in particular to our churchwarden Roger Freeston and his team. Additional donations, however, are needed in order to help us install a modern sound system, along with enhanced lighting and other improvements to the building. Many thanks are due to those who have contributed already, but please do visit or contact the parish office ( or 0115 948 3658) if you would like to help.

We are also expecting that the church will be an attractive venue for various kinds of events for the city of Nottingham in general. If you would like to explore this with us, or have suggestions which might be of interest to us, please do contact me.

I look forward to seeing you in the re-opened St Mary's and to this exciting new chapter in the life of our church.

Yours sincerely

Christopher Harrison, Vicar


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