St George's Church is open

Welcome back. We’ve missed you!

We’d like to share some good news with you.

We’re glad to report that – in line with Government and Diocesan regulations – St George's has now re-opened for private prayer and reflection (for individuals or those from the same household).

It’s a very welcome step along the road of the easing of coronavirus restrictions, and we know that being able to pray again in this sacred space will bring solace and strength to many.

St George's is now open to the public on Wednesdays from 2 to 4pm, and on Sundays between 2pm and 4pm.  

Obviously, there are important safety guidelines to be followed and social distancing to be maintained. There is also a need for regular cleaning of the church, so please get in touch if you are in a position to assist (Diocesan regulations specify that those cleaning must not be self-isolating or in a vulnerable group).

This moment of hope is a good opportunity to thank all those who have kept the life of prayer and service going in the community while public worship has been halted in our closed buildings. Thanks to you, the church (as in the people of God) has always been open – open to being the channel of God’s love in a world of need, and open to the new possibilities and blessings of online worship.

Moreover – and again thanks to the generosity and kindness of so many during ‘lockdown’ – we have been able to keep our bills paid, retain our wonderful staff team, and support local groups working with the most vulnerable. The ‘Online Offertory’ – the proceeds of which are currently being split 50/50 between Esher Parish and Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness – is a key part of that effort and I would ask you, please, to consider if you might be in a position to make a donation.

The JustGiving page for the ‘Online Offertory’ can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/EsherOnlineOffertory These are extremely challenging times for many people, and if you are not able to contribute financially right now, please don’t feel under any pressure to do so.

The re-opening of one of our church buildings for private prayer is a significant moment in emerging from the worst phase of the pandemic. Let us continue to pray for those who have been affected by the virus, and for those who work to bring healing and hope. May God sustain and strengthen us all.