The Grosvenor Chapel
The Grosvenor Chapel

             This Week

All Services are currently live-streamed only
(access here.)

Public Worship is temporarily suspended.


Saturday 23rd,
8.30am Morning Prayer 

Day 7 in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

 

Sunday 24thJanuary, 11am

Sunday Eucharist,
Epiphany III 
(Online)

Celebrant: Fr Richard

Preacher: Fr Dominic Robinson,

S.J. Farm St RC Church
(Second Pulpit Swap)

No Coffee Time this morning 

5pm Online Support Group, led by Fr Alan 

8pm Final Online Vigil with Farm St Church

with Address & time for reflection & prayers

(Zoom link from Fr Richard )
 

Monday 25th January, 8.30am Morning Prayer (Conversion of St Paul) with Reflection for "Candles in the Dark"

Tuesday 26th January, 8am Morning Meditation
 Fr Richard

8pm Prayer & Discussion Group: “Candles in the Dark”, led by Fr Richard

 

Wednesday 27th January, 7.30am Morning Prayer, 
Fr Alan

 

Thursday, 28th January, 6.30pm Evening Prayer (BCP) with Address on Thomas AquinasFr Alistair

 

Friday 29th January, 8.30am, Morning Meditation,
“Salve Regina”, 
Fr Richard

 

Sunday, 31st January, 
11amSung Eucharist, Feast of the Presentation of our Lord,

“Candlemas"
12 noon, Online Coffee Time
an opportunity to meet up after the Service
5pm Online Support Group led by Fr Alan (contact Office)
 

Forthcoming Events:
Candlemas Quiz on Tuesday 2nd February 8pm
To enter contact the Office.

CHAPEL OPENING TIMES

Only the Chapel's Entrance is open at this time.

Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm.

Sunday 9am - 1pm

 

Listen to our

"Music & Mindfulness"

series of prayers for our times,
set to music.

 

WCC COVID Advice for Residents

The Rev'd Dr. Richard Fermer, Priest-in-Charge

Of English parents, Fr Richard was born in Switzerland, educated in England, and studied Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University. He went on to complete a M.A. in Systematic Theology under Colin Gunton at King's College London, and followed that with a PhD, supervised by Dr. Brian Horne and Prof. Christoph Schwoebel, entitled: "Spirit, Freedom, Identity. An account of how the Spirit's agency in Christian transformation is compatible with human freedom and personal identity." During his doctoral studies, research grants allowed him to spend time at the universities of Kiel and Heidelberg in Germany.

 

Fr Richard is also a qualified teacher of Religious Education and has taught at the City of London School and Haberdashers Aske's School for boys, and enjoys ministry to young people.

 

Increasingly drawn to a communal and pastoral expression of his Christian life, Richard was selected for ordination by the Diocese of London and trained at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire. He served as an Assistant Curate at St John the Evangelist, Palmers Green, where with others he set up a youth network for the local deanery and and then the area, organising youth events with innovative alternative worship. As Chair of the Uniting Churches of Palmers Green, he organised their participation in London Soul in the City 2004, gaining lottery funding for an arts-based project involving local schools.

In 2005 Fr Richard offered himself for work overseas and was sent by USPG to teach in the theological colleges of the Anglican Church in Brazil. His role there became increasingly peripatetic, travelling to dioceses around the country to deliver courses, while also assisting pastorally and liturgically at local parishes. He contributed a number of published articles in Portuguese to the church's theological review and assisted with a NGO, "Espaço Vida" working with those who have HIV/Aids in Recife.

 

From Brazil, Fr Richard moved to be Assistant Chaplain at St George's in Paris, which has both an international English-speaking congregation and a French-speaking Malagasy one. During his time in Paris he led two parish pilgrimages, one to the Abbey of Citeaux, in Burgundy, the founding house of the Cistercians, and the other to 'La Grande Chartreuse' in the Dauphiné Alps, the home of the Carthusians (as in the film 'Into the Great Silence').

 

Since 2010, Fr Richard has been the Supervisor of the "Mission and Ministry Programme", of London Diocese's companion relationship with the Diocese of Angola, part of the ALMA link (www.almalink.org). 

Fr Richard is married to Giseli, who he met while in Recife, Brazil. They are both qualified massage therapists and enjoy music, cinema, and dance together, and visiting friends and family in Brazil.

Since his arrival in Mayfair, Fr Richard has tried to re-engage the Chapel in its calling to mission in Mayfair. He has helped organise events for the community from Ventian and Brazilian Carnival nights, to an Opera Gala, St George's and St Nicholas' Day Services for children, a Children's Singing Club, helping to found the Mayfair Community Choir and an art exhibition called "The Book of Life" jointly with the Royal Academy of Arts, the Kids Company and St George's School and the Chapel's participation annually in "The Mayfair Art Weekend" (MAW). He is in his second term as an elected member of the Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum's Steering Group that has drawn up a Local Plan for Mayfair, shortly to go to referendum.

During his sabbatical in 2017, he wrote a mongraph on the Portuguese poet Daniel Faria, "Poet and Pilgrim", for which he translated the bulk of the poetry. The book introduces selected poems and offers a commentary to aid the readers to participate more deeply in the poet's vision.

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