All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 29th September 2017

Friday 29th September 2017

Dear Friends,  

You are probably reading this on Michaelmas Day, the feast of St. Michael and all Angels.  The Gospel for the feast is the passage from St. John's (1.47-51) in which Jesus speaks of the angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man.  

Those words echo Jacob's dream in another of the readings for the feast (Gen. 28.10-17) of a “ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.”  When Jacob wakes, he says, '“Surely the Lord is in the place- and I did not know it!”  And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place!  This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”'  

This Sunday, we keep as our Dedication Festival, the feast of thanksgiving for the consecration of our church, as do many parishes which do not know the date on which their church was consecrated.  

In fact, we know when All Saints was consecrated but as it was at the end of May, it usually falls in the midst of a number of major feasts, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity and Corpus Christi, and so is difficult to keep on the nearest Sunday to the date.  

Earlier today, I looked out of my study window and saw a group of students from the language school across the street. They were craning their necks to gaze up at the spire of All Saints soaring heavenwards above the church, the courtyard and the street. What did they make of it, I wondered?  

Often when the clergy are in church, praying, preparing for a service or to hear confessions, we see people come in. Sometimes, they know exactly what to do in the house of God: they bless themselves with holy water, bow or genuflect, kneel down to pray, sit in silent contemplation, read their bible, light a candle.  Others come out of curiosity: often they say something like, “I've worked round here for years but never noticed this before.”  Some are clearly amazed, stopped in their tracks by what they see. Some are surprised that it's open and even more astounded to discover that we have services every day. Others, we must admit, give it only a cursory glance and seem unable to leave fast enough.  Do they consider it simply a historical relic of no relevance in their lives? Do they have unhappy memories of church?  Are they “afraid” of what the faith it stands for might mean?  

There is a right sense of awe and fear in the presence of the holy, of reverence, of this place as serious ground, where the words of God are spoken and the deeds of God enacted. We seek, rightly, to preserve that sense of awe. We feel it not just because it’s a great building, but because of what happens in it: that in our worship a ladder is set up between Margaret Street and heaven, and that in word and sacrament the Son of Man is present with us uniting us with the God of heaven and earth.  

Yet Sunday's epistle (Hebrew 12.18-24) reminds us that this is not like Mount Sinai, where even Moses trembled with fear.  This church represents the “heavenly Jerusalem,” where surrounded by the angels and saints, Jesus speaks not of terror but of welcome and mercy.

Our calling is to play our part in making that divine welcome and mercy real; as tangible as the bricks and tiles of our building, as visible as its glorious decoration, as audible as its worship and music.  

Yours in Christ,


Fr. Alan Moses
Vicar, All Saints Margaret Street  


Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Gwyneth Hopkins, Fr Philip Warner, Joao Holanda Cavalcante, Ivone Dias Cavalcante, Letizia Sormani, Roger Williams, Peter Chant, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Maria Magdalena Gedmanaite, Ken Hales, Nancy Gardner, Katie Marko, Andrew Evans, Rodney Bickerstaffe, Ros Tagoe, Beverley Ward, Vivienne Dunne, Catherine Paciullo and Sîan Evans.  

Those known to us recently departed: Cormac Murphy-O’Connor Bp, John Tees, Bill Rodger, Chris Wainwright, Susan Gill, Vivien Caplowe (who’s Funeral takes place at All Saints on Friday 6 October, 11am), Donald Lyon and Jean Kember.  

Those whose year’s mind occurs this week: Edith Fricker, Alice Sexton, Edward Grant, Edna Thompson, John Clayton, Alan Harrison Pr, Sarah Venn, Mabel Moore and Pauline Rolph.


Saturday, 30 September
12 noon Low Mass  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

1 October ~ Dedication Sunday
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Procession, Choir & Sermon
At the start of the Mass, we will dedicate the restoration and renewal of the Lady Altar and the embroidered hangings in memory of Bishop Ambrose Weekes.
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Mozart Spatzenmesse K.220
Wood Expectans Expectavi  

Sunday Lunch service resumes this week in the Parish Dining Room - Robin Clutterham is preparing Roast leg of lamb, roast potatoes, roast root vegetables & green beans followed by Poached pears in red wine & cream and Coffee. Tickets from the Parish shop - £6. Please note the new price. We look forward to welcoming both visitors and regular diners once again.

5.15pm Low Mass

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Blair Setting in B minor
Harris Faire is the heaven

This Week’s Services

Monday 2 to Friday, 6 October
7.30am Morning Prayer 
 8am Low Mass
12.30-1pm Confessions  
1.10pm Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm Low Mass (on Friday 6 October Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham Low Mass with Hymns followed by the Rosary being said from 7pm for approximately half an hour. Followed by light refreshments.)

Friday, 6 October 11am Funeral Service for Vivien Caplowe.  

Saturday, 7 October
12 noon Low Mass  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday


Sunday 8 October 17th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Taverner Kyrie 'Le Roy' 
Tye Missa Euge bone
Bairstow: Let all mortal flesh keep silence 

Ten to One Vicar’s Talk: the Font – please meet in Church. 

Sunday Lunch is served in the Parish Dining Room. Judith Mather is cooking. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop.

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Noble Setting in B minor
Brahms Geistliches Lied

Full service information: 


The OCTOBER PARISH PAPER is now available in Church and on the website, including full details of the All Saints’ Festival 2017 services and music. The Festival Appeal is for our regular Mission Projects – USPG in Zimbabwe, the Church Army’s Marylebone Project for Homeless Women and the American Church’s Soup Kitchen on Tottenham Court Road.  

Wednesday 11 October (11.30am – 7pm) and Thursday 12 October (10am – 6pm) - Parish Room HANDBAG SALE.  

Saturday, 14 October (9am-5pm) – Parish Room – ATELIER MILLINERY CLASS – the first of a series of three Saturday classes this Autumn teaching hat-making skills.  

Wednesday 18 October, 7pm – Standing Committee of the Parochial Church Council meets in the Vicarage.  


Sunday 29 October at 7.15pm ORGAN RECITAL (following Benediction) - Timothy Byram-Wigfield, Director of Music, All Saints. Programme: Bach, Sweelinck,Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Peter Hurford and Wagner. Retiring collection to support music and choir at All Saints (suggested donation £5) – please use Gift Aid envelope wherever possible. All Saints Licensed Club/Bar open afterwards.  


Friday 29 September, Michaelmas: ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL. The Vicar is preaching at the 5pm Sung Eucharist.  

Saturday, 30 September, 10am ANGLICAN CATHOLIC FUTURE NATIONAL FESTIVAL - The annual ACF Festival will be held at St James', Sussex Gardens. The main speaker will be Bishop Philip North, and it promises to be an inspiring day. Further details:  

Saturday 30 September at 3pm - You are invited to a POETRY TEA AT PAMELA’S HOME. You can bring poetry or prose.  The theme will be Gardens and Gardening.  To attend please speak to Pamela or Sandra in the courtyard, or ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456 leaving your name & phone number.  Charge £6.  Proceeds to the All Saints’ Restoration Fund 

Saturday, 14 October, 11.30am - ST EDWARD'S DAY, WESTMINSTER ABBEY
On 14th October the Abbey celebrates the life of St Edward the Confessor with a day of prayer and pilgrimage. The Solemn Mass at 11:30am is the main focus of the festival, and the Bishop of Worcester, John Inge, will preach. See leaflets in Church with full details or the Westminster Abbey website.    

Tuesday, 31 October, 12pm - 500th Anniversary of the English Reformation, Westminster Abbey
Service - Westminster Abbey is to mark the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses and the beginning of the Reformation with a Special Service on Tuesday 31st October 2017 at 12 noon.
This will be an ecumenical service attended by UK Church leaders, Presidents from Churches Together in England, Representatives from the Council of Lutheran Churches and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will give the main address. The service will explore Martin Luther's influence, include a note of repentance and also reaffirm an intention for churches to work together towards greater unity and harmony. Further details, as well as tickets, can be found at

Symposium - Following the 12pm service, there will be a symposium taking place at St Margaret's Church, entitled 'Liberated by God's Grace'. The chair will be the Rt Rev'd Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, and the symposium will bring together leading academics to analyse the ongoing impact of the Reformation. What has been its effect on subsequent generations, not only for our churches but also for our wider self-understanding and social order? Details and tickets available here: 


Our year-round fundraising efforts go to support three charities:

The Church Army hostels and programmes in Marylebone empowering homeless women into independent living through providing a safe refuge, training and employment opportunities.
The USPG-led UMOJA, HIV Project in Zimbabwe, enabling people living with HIV and Aids to have positive lives, and
The Soup Kitchen (American International Church, Tottenham Court Road) feeding up to 80 vulnerable people daily in central London. 

Men’s clothing especially is needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street and also by the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, both of whom provide a daily range of services to homeless people. If you have women’s or men’s clothes to give away, please bring to Church and leave at the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbours’ efforts. The Church Army is now also collecting women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home! Thank you to those who have started recently to bring things in as the weather gets colder – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets have been much appreciated.

The Soup Kitchen specifically calls for:
men's trousers (sizes 32-36) and men's sturdy/athletic shoes (sizes 9-12 especially) and say ‘we also need men's outerwear of all varieties and rucksacks and duffle-bags to help our guests carry their belongings!’

The Soup Kitchen team (only part-time cover) asks: ‘Please drop me a line if you are planning to drop things off here. As always, many thanks for your support.’ Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD T: 020 7580 2791

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:- 
* If you would like to encourage others to take an interest in All Saints/keep up with what is happening here
, please forward this email on to them, or to people you would like to invite to services or tell them about our, which has a full colour 360 virtual tour for viewing the wonderfully restored interior of the Church – tour – before a visit or if unable to travel. 

If you know of others (near or far) who would like to receive this regular update on what’s happening at All Saints please encourage them to sign up for the email on the All Saints website – see the tab News & Events> Weekly Newsletter.  

* If you would like any pastoral assistance, please do not hesitate to contact: 

The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, London W1 W 8JG
Vicar: The Revd Prebendary Alan Moses
T: 07973 878040 E: (Day off: Saturday)

Assistant Priest: The Revd Dr Michael Bowie
T: 07581 180963 E: (Day off: Wednesday)

A priest is available for confessions/counsel Monday – Friday from 12.30-1pm and at 5.30pm Monday - Saturday, or by appointment. (Special arrangements apply in Lent and for Holy Week.)

If you would like prayers offered, or amendments to the prayer list please contact:
Dee Prior, Parish Administrator (020 7636 1788).  E:

Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: 

Safeguarding Officers: Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and: Janet Drake (Children)


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