All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 20th October 2017

Friday 20th October 2017

Dear Friends,

“Grace to you and peace.”  

We will hear that opening greeting of Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians, as we begin reading it at Mass on Sunday. It is probably the oldest Christian document we possess; dating from the mid-40s of the first century.  

Paul then tells them of the constant thanksgiving which he and his fellow-missionaries offer to God for their “work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”  

All this is rooted in their knowledge that God has chosen them to be part of a missionary community. Their understanding of this had sprung not just from the preaching of Paul and his co-workers but from the work of the Spirit in their lives:  “what kind of people we proved to be among you.”  

The Thessalonians' imitation of that example, in spite of difficulties, has made them an example to believers elsewhere, and “in every place where your faith in God has become known.”  

Yesterday evening I was taking part in a training session for new PCC members of the Two Cities Episcopal Area at which All Saints was well represented. In the last session, after those taking part had been bombarded with information about their legal responsibilities as trustees, the Area Dean of Paddington, Fr. Paul Thomas (our preacher on All Saints Day), and I had half an hour of fielding questions.  

We spoke of the importance of fulfilling those responsibilities but also of the need to move beyond them to an active concern for the mission of their parishes.  The PCC's role is not just to stop anything happening; especially anything new.  

Fr. Paul and I are in the midst of a series of Parish Visitations on behalf of our archdeacons. He told us how he had asked the Churchwardens in one parish if they prayed for their parish priest. “Oh, yes,” they said, “every day.”  “Do you tell him that?”  “Oh no,” was the reply.  Paul told the Thessalonians he was praying for them.  

I am made aware, time and again, that All Saints is a church to which many from beyond its regular congregation look for spiritual support, even example.  That is an awesome responsibility; one we might prefer to be without.  Yet we have been called, in the midst of the worship of all sorts of other “gods” to “to serve a living and true God.”  We are not just a random group of people who just happen to use the same “service provider.  We have a common calling to be a Christian community which serves this place and its people; and many from beyond it.   

As we will be reminded at our Festival, we have a heritage from our forebears and an expectation from some at least of our contemporaries, which we should regard as an inspiration and challenge rather than a wearisome burden.  

So, just as for that first generation of Christians in Greece all those centuries ago, our mutual prayer and the quality of our common life are vital if we are to be an example and support to others.  

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Alan Moses 
Vicar, All Saints Margaret Street 


Please pray for Marcus Reddington and Allie Hunter being married at a Nuptial Mass at All Saints at 2pm on Saturday 21 October.

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

Those known to us recently departed: Susan Gill, Vivien Caplowe, Donald Lyon, Jean Kember, Rodney Bickerstaffe (whose Funeral takes place at All Saints on Thursday 26 October at 2.30pm), Anne, John Bubb, Lidia Dragescu, Paul Underhill and Phil Goldring.  

Those whose year’s mind occurs this week: Roy Prince, Eva Dean, Ron Keating, Peter Laister, Reginald Thompson, Gwendoline Freeman, Joseph Harding, Dorothy Gartside, William Lloyd Webber, Phyllis Richards and John Gaskell, Pr.


Saturday, 21 October
12 noon Low Mass   

2pm NUPTIAL MASS for Marcus Reddington and Allie Hunter.
Preacher: Fr Alan Moses
Haydn Missa Sancti Joannis de Deo
Tavener The Lamb
Andrew Lloyd Webber All I ask of you 

6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

22 October ~ 19th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie 
Vivanco Missa ‘Crux Fidelis’
Lassus Ave Verum Corpus 

VICAR’S TEN TO ONE TALK – the significance of The Nave. Please meet in Church.

There is no Sunday Lunch service this week but it will be available again next week.

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses

Purcell Setting in G minor
Day Round me falls the night

This Week’s Services

Monday 23 to Friday, 27 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

Saturday, 28 October
12 noon Low Mass  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 29 October Last Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses 
Rachmaninov Liturgy of St Chrysostom
Arensky Otche Nash 

Sunday Lunch is being cooked by Huw Pryce and Daniel Fielden.  Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop.

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning

Rachmaninov Canticles
Rachmaninov Thou didst rise from the tomb (Troparion), arr Timothy Byram-Wigfield

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.

Full service information: 


Saturday 21 October, 2pm WEDDING of Marcus Reddington and Allie Hunter. Marcus and Allie invite any member of the All Saints’ congregation to join them for a drink after the Nuptial Mass.  

Thursday 26 October, 2.30pm FUNERAL of Rodney Bickerstaffe.  

NEW CHURCH BOILERS - The new boilers and their control equipment have now been installed in the basement of Church. The scaffolding tower in the courtyard this week enabled the new flue lining to be lifted into place on the roof of 8 Margaret Street.  The scaffolding stays in place until the heating has been turned on and we have confirmed that everything is operating properly. It is still intended to turn the heating on in time for the ALL SAINTS’ FESTIVAL. Having been able to view the roofscape up close, some repairs to brick work are being carried out while the opportunity presents itself. 


Preacher: Revd Jonathan Kester, Vicar, Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead
Canticles: Stanford in A


Preacher: Revd Paul Thomas, Vicar of St James’s, Sussex Gardens
Mass Setting:
Mozart Krönungsmesse, K317

Preacher: Right Revd Stephen Conway,
Bishop of Ely
Mass Setting:
  Fauré Requiem


Preacher: Canon Simon Butler, St Mary’s Battersea
Mass Setting: Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor

FESTAL EVENSONG, TE DEUM & BENEDICTION 6pm  Preacher: Revd Simon Buckley, Rector of St Anne’s Soho
Canticles: Francis Jackson Magnificat in G minor 

FESTIVAL APPEAL 2017 - raising funds for THREE important causes:

Church Army-run, THE MARYLEBONE PROJECTempowers homeless women into independent living’. Our money supports the emergency bed unit, providing vital safe accommodation to women escaping domestic violence, financial crisis, sexual exploitation and mental health issues.

USPG’s UMOJA HIV PROJECT. Working in the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland Zimbabwe, this project ‘enables people living with HIV and Aids to live positive lives’ by reducing stigma and boosting HIV prevention. Engaging the local community, in partnership with local churches and HIV services, the programme raises awareness of the lack of care and support for these people and their families. 

DIOCESE OF THE GAMBIA. Continuing All Saints’ work befriending and training Fr Philip Sanneh - ordained to serve in the Gambia - we are appealing for money to establish a rural Gambian community bakery and poultry business. The project is designed to create employment, provide food security and improve the livelihood skills of women and young people. 

Please give generously – gift-aiding your donations wherever you can (so your generosity is increased 25%). If you can’t visit All Saints, please send cheques payable to: Parochial Church All Saints in an envelope marked FESTIVAL APPEAL to: All Saints Church, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG.
Please include your full name and address to allow us to claim Gift Aid. 

Saturday 18 November - PROCESSION OF WITNESS from ALL SAINTS to the ANNUNCIATION The procession is part of the Westminster (St Marylebone) Deanery’s participation in Red Week being held from 19-26 November 2017, in support of persecuted Christians. See Aid to the Church in Need website All churches are invited to participate and a lot of interest has already been shown. Please come and play your part and show your support for his vital cause. Details as follows: Assemble All Saints Church, Margaret Street W1W 8JG at 12.45pm. Depart 1pm to the Church of the Annunciation, Marble Arch, via Oxford Street. Arrive approx. 2.30pm. Together we can demonstrate to the public our solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters in the wider world who are being persecuted and murdered for their faith. Cedric Stephens, Event Co-ordinator (020) 7637 7468 


Tuesday, 31 October, 12pm - 500th Anniversary of the English Reformation, Westminster Abbey
Service - Westminster Abbey marks 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:  

30 October, 6, 13, 23, 28 November - DEMOCRACY LECTURE SERIES, Westminster Abbey Institute - With deference gone, how can trust in those who govern be earned and retained? How can a voice be given to the voiceless? Politicians standing for election must seek and retain power but that can have a corrosive effect on moral character and disposition. How do people seeking election avoid joining the ‘celebritocracy’ or becoming vacillating people pleasers? Has political language coarsened beyond repair?

Westminster Abbey is hosting a series of lectures, dialogues and symposia on the state of modern democracy, with a list of speakers including journalists, academics, and politicians, including the Rt Hon Nick Clegg, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, and the Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH. For further information, as well as tickets, please visit:

Thursday 9 November, 11am SERVICE OF COMMEMORATION, St Martin-in-the-Fields
Every year, Housing Justice organises a service to commemorate all those who died homeless in the past year. This year's service will be taking place at St Martin-in-the-Fields at 11am. Further information can be found here. If you would like to include any names to be read out during the service, please contact 'Alex' at

Thursday 9 November, 7pm CHARITY CONCERT at St George’s Hanover Square, W1S 1FX with pieces for piano (Rev’d Roderick Leece), viola, cello and recorder by Beethoven, Lennox Berkeley, Brahms, Elgar, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Schumann and Shostakovich. Supporting three noble charities: SHELTER LONDON, ST MARY’S CABLE STREET and TARIRO UK. Tickets £15 in aid of the good causes, to include an interval drink. For tickets please visit and search for Charity Concert Mayfair London. Tickets also on sale at the door. 

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:- 
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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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