Church Closed for Public Services

During the current lockdown, the church is once more closed to public worship. However, we are allowed to remain open for private prayers as long as we maintain social distancing and record our visits as we have been doing.

Rev'd Jim will be attending to office business within the main body of the church as much as he is able, so if you see the South Door open (the one facing the street) do feel free to pop in to say a prayer, light a candle or just sit quietly for a while. 

In the meantime, below is a letter from Rev'd Jim, with links to prayers, aids to worship and couple of colouring sheets for the young ones. 

Worship during November Lockdown

Keeping in Touch

We have introduced a new - and temporary - section of the website called

Keeping In Touch 

to try and help us through this difficult time.

Here are prayer booklets, videos, updates and ways to pass the time. See the links on the right and please let us have your suggestions for what to include. This should be your space too. We continue to produce our parish Magazine, Sydenham Life, as an online publication. See right also. 

We pray that you stay safe and healthy until this crisis is over. 


Services Prior during Tier Two Restrictions

SUNDAYS (from 9 August)



Holy Communion (Prayer Book)

Parish Eucharist

WEDNESDAYS (from 12 August)


Prayer for Wholeness & Healing (1st Wednesday of the month)

Holy Communion (other Wednesdays)





Cafe Church (1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month)

Click Here for more information and guidelines

St. Bartholomew's is a Grade 2* listed parish church in the Church of England, based in Sydenham, London. There are about 200 people in the congregation, from diverse backgrounds, and our worship combines all the main traditions of the Anglican Church.

We welcome all Christians and those enquiring into Christianity, and communicant members of other churches are invited to take Communion with us.

We usually have services every day (except Mondays) and two Eucharists on Sunday at 8am and 10am.

We seek to:

  • be an inclusive, family-friendly place for the community
  • be somewhere people can be in touch with the spiritual
  • offer worship to God
  • find new purpose in life

We offer:

  • a place of prayer where all can feel at home
  • a place of shelter where the lost can know themselves found
  • a place of pilgrimage where we learn and grow on our journey together
  • a place of support for and challenge to the community

St. Bartholomew's has also established itself over the years as a formidable music venue and this is something we wish to expand upon in the future and as part of our major restoration plans. 


Quite apart from during periods of restoration, it takes a lot of money to keep this beautiful building open so we always welcome donations.

By BACS: CAF Bank Account, PCC of St. Bartholomew Sydenham, Sort Code 40-52-40, Account No 00030572. Please contact us re Gift Aid.

Cheque payable to PCC of St. Bartholomew Sydenham, posted to Peter Stubbs, PCC Treasurer, 7 Doctor's Close, Sydenham SE26 6DL.


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Services on YouTube

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Resources for Prayer November 20

Kingdom Season Daily Prayer

Kingdom Season Readings

Resources Summary

National Prayer Booklet

Thy Kingdom Come

Staying at Home

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Sydenham Life



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Follow our Services and Sing Along to Hymns Here

Liturgy etc
Letter From Revd Jim 
Morning & Evening Prayer
Spiritual Communion
Palm Sunday
Easter Sunday: The Feast of the Resurrection

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Contact Us 

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All events are currently postponed until 

17/24 October Jumble Sale

28 November Christmas Fair

Click here for details

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Thank You to all those who made this happen!

Conserving the upper levels and re-instating Vulliamy's clock, supported by




The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers


Vestry & Sacristy Roofs previously restored