RTM Messages

During this time of self-isolation we will be placing links to our ‘virtual services’ and other items that we hope will be of interest and help. Copies of A Service of Prayers and Readings for Use at Home and A List of Prayers are at the bottom of the page.

You can find out about ‘virtual’ sessions for children and youth here, including our YouTube channel.

Pentecost & Commemoration of Dunkirk, Sunday 31 May 2020

Pentecost (Part 1)

Pentecost (Part 1)with Revd Mother Wilma RoestToday’s Short Service has been split into 2 Parts, with our Dunkirk Commemoration a 3rd Part. Introit music – Andante in G major by Elfrida André – played by FelixReading (Acts 2:1-21) by Sarah Anthem by SMM choir Ubi Caritas by Duruflé Prayers by PennyHymn – Come Holy Spirit, come, played by FelixDunkirk…. ‘Ordinary people doing extraordinary things’ set your ‘michael nyman arr. f.e – time lapse’Voluntary – Petit Canon by Nadia Boulanger – both played by Felix The Bells of St Mary Magdalene (All recordings were made by contributors in their own homes, in safe environments, following government advice. As of 5 May the House of Bishops’ gave limited access to church buildings for activities such as streaming of services or private prayer by clergy in their own parishes).This is an offering from St Mary Magdalene to the congregations of the Richmond Team and the wider community.#Pentecost

Posted by St Mary Magdalene, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 31 May 2020
Pentecost (Part 2)

Pentecost (Part 2)with Revd Mother Wilma RoestToday’s Short Service has been split into 2 Parts, with our Dunkirk Commemoration a 3rd Part. (Part 1)Introit music – Andante in G major by Elfrida André – played by FelixReading (Acts 2:1-21) by Sarah Anthem by SMM choir Ubi Caritas by Duruflé (Part 2)Prayers by PennyHymn – Come Holy Spirit, come, played by FelixDunkirk…. ‘Ordinary people doing extraordinary things’ set your ‘michael nyman arr. f.e – time lapse’Voluntary – Petit Canon by Nadia Boulanger – both played by Felix The Bells of St Mary Magdalene (All recordings were made by contributors in their own homes, in safe environments, following government advice. As of 5 May the House of Bishops’ gave limited access to church buildings for activities such as streaming of services or private prayer by clergy in their own parishes).This is an offering from St Mary Magdalene to the congregations of the Richmond Team and the wider community.

Posted by St Mary Magdalene, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 31 May 2020
Commemoration of 80th Anniversary of Dunkirk

Dunkirk…. ‘Ordinary people doing extraordinary things’ set your ‘michael nyman arr. f.e – time lapse’Voluntary – Petit Canon by Nadia Boulanger – both played by Felix #Dunkirk#OperationDynamo#LittleShips#DunkirkVeteransA commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Dunkirk.

Posted by St Mary Magdalene, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 31 May 2020
The Feast of Pentecost, St John the Divine

Pentecost service from St John the Divine, Richmond

Posted by St John the Divine, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 31 May 2020

Penny Carleton-Smith has written an article entitled Miracle of Dunkirk, (The Evacuation of Dunkirk), 26 May – 4 June 1940) for the 80th anniversary being celebrated on Sunday, 31 May 2020, which can be downloaded below:


Easter 7, Sunday 24 May 2020

Today’s video from St Mary’s.

Seventh Sunday of Easter from St John the Divine, Richmond

A short act of worship for the Seventh Sunday of Easter from Father Neil and members of the congregation

Posted by St John the Divine, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 24 May 2020

Beauty, Hope and Healing

Revd Anne Crawford is writing a series of four weekly reflections entitled Beauty, Hope and Healing: reflections from a Vicar’s garden, the first of which can be downloaded below:


Easter 6, Sunday 17 May 2020

Easter 6 at St John the Divine

Posted by Mary E A Ricketts on Sunday, 17 May 2020
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easterwith Revd Mother Wilma Roest Gospel read by EmmaAnthem: inspired by love and anger by Grace and DigoryPrayers by JennyHymn and Organ Voluntary played by Karl(All recordings were made by contributors in their own homes, in safe environments, following government advice. As of 5 May the House of Bishops’ gave limited access to church buildings for activities such as streaming of services or private prayer by clergy in their own parishes).This is an offering from St Mary Magdalene to the congregations of the Richmond Team and the wider community.With our churches closed and therefore no cash collections at services, and with all groups who would normally use our church buildings also on lock down, we are experiencing a significant drop in income. We have taken steps to reduce the Team expenditure by placing a number of staff on furlough and will continue to look at other ways of cost saving. I am hugely grateful to so many who continue to make their weekly or monthly contribution to the finances of the church, by standing order or direct debit. Whilst this is a challenging time for many, financially as well as emotionally, I hope we can continue to count on your support for the work of the church.You may have recognised the Organ Voluntary todayTheme to the film “The Dambusters”Significance:On 16 May 1943 at 9.39pm Gibson and the first flight of three Lancasters set off from RAF Scampton, forming the first attack wave for Möhne and Eder Dams. The other two waves took off shortly afterwards.

Posted by St Mary Magdalene, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 17 May 2020

Easter 5, Sunday 10 May 2020

Sunday 10th May – a short service

You are invited to watch and join in this short video service of reflection from inside the church for the fifth Sunday of Easter, with contributions from members of the congregation from their own homes.Those who are able are invited to watch this video at our usual service time of 11am, either here, or on the RTM website or ideally in the closed congregational Facebook group where we can all watch together as a “watch party”.

Posted by St John the Divine, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 10 May 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easterwith Revd Mother Wilma Roest Gospel read by SarahHymn played by FelixPrayers by Susan & Jonathan The National Anthem recording of the Honourable Artillery Company Regimental Band (St Mary’s 2019)The White Cliffs of Dover played by Fay(All recordings were made by contributors in their own homes, in safe environments, following government advice. As of 5 May the House of Bishops’ gave limited access to church buildings for activities such as streaming of services or private prayer by clergy in their own parishes.Pictures and videos (except of Wilma) inside and outside St Mary Magdalene were taken or recorded before the church was asked to temporarily close its doors.Some pictures in the final sequence were taken on 8 May 2020, the 75th Anniversary of VE Day).This is an offering from St Mary Magdalene to the congregations of the Richmond Team and the wider community.Read a talk of ‘Childhood Recollections’ by Major General Sir Michael Carleton-Smith CBE, DL, together with an interview with Jutta Raftery who was living near Battenberg, Germany at the end of the war and her recollections of that time. Both are available on our website: https://www.richmondteamministry.org/messages

Posted by St Mary Magdalene, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 10 May 2020

Major General Sir Michael Carleton-Smith CBE, DL writes about his childhood recollections during the Second World War and interviews Jutta Raftery about her time in Germany at the end of the war.


Easter 4 - St John the Divine Patronal Festival, Sunday 3 May 2020

Sunday 10th May – a short service

You are invited to watch and join in this short video service of reflection from inside the church for the fifth Sunday of Easter, with contributions from members of the congregation from their own homes.Those who are able are invited to watch this video at our usual service time of 11am, either here, or on the RTM website or ideally in the closed congregational Facebook group where we can all watch together as a “watch party”.

Posted by St John the Divine, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 10 May 2020
Patronal Festival video from Father Neil

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, traditionally also known as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’, from the lectionary gospel for the day – John 10:1-10. The other readings are Acts 2: 42-47; Psalm 23 and I Peter 2: 19-25. In addition, it is Patronal Festival day at SJD at which the Very Revd. Andrew Nunn, the Dean of Southwark, was to be the guest preacher. The good news is that Andrew will be very happy to rearrange his visit later on when the future looks a little clearer. I invite you to watch a short video service (about 12 minutes) from me, recorded at home. It will be on the SJD Facebook pages, and also on the Richmond Team Ministry website, under ‘RTM Messages’ on the left-hand side of the home page. The reading used in the service is Ephesians 2: 19-22, one of the optional Bible readings for a Dedication Festival.Members of the congregation who use Facebook are invited to do so together as part of a ‘watch party’ at 11.00am tomorrow. You can see it on the website at the same time, or whenever it fits your schedule. It would be good to think of people joining together at the same time – spiritually if not physically! It may be an odd one this year; nonetheless, I wish you a happy Patronal Festival day!Revd. Neil Summers

Posted by St John the Divine, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 3 May 2020

Fourth Sunday of Easterwith Revd Mother Wilma Roest Gospel read by EmmaPrayers by AntonyHymn played by KarlOpening and closing video sequences, recorded yesterday on Helen’s family farm in Devon.Every Sunday, after the 9:30 Parish Eucharist we are invited to meet each other whilst drinking coffee. Once a month, we also include an “Over Coffee” slot, where we discuss issues of interest to the congregation. Today, after the short service we invite you to watch the video a little longer with an “Over Coffee Aria” sung by Grace, piano played by Digory, both Choral Scholars at St Mary’s.The Aria isVaga Luna Che Inargenti by Bellini.Translation:Lovely moon, you who shed silver lightOn these shores and on these flowersAnd breathe the languageOf love to the elements,You are now the sole witnessOf my ardent longing,And can recount my throbs and sighsTo her who fills me with love.Tell her too that distanceCannot assuage my grief,That if I cherish a hope,It is only for the future.Tell her that, day and night,I count the hours of sorrow,That a flattering hopeComforts me in my love.(All recordings were made by contributors at their own homes. All videos and pictures in St Mary Magdalene were taken prior to the church’s current temporary closure).This is an offering from St Mary Magdalene to the congregations of the Richmond Team and the wider community.

Posted by St Mary Magdalene, Richmond Team Ministry on Sunday, 3 May 2020

Older messages can now be found in our Message Archive.


We have put together a service of prayer and readings that you can use when you’re at home:

We’ve also compiled a list of prayers that you might find helpful: