All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 27th October 2017

Friday 27th October 2017

Dear Friends,

In writing what we know as the First Letter to the Thessalonians, Paul began something which has been a feature of church life ever since. Bishops have written pastoral letters, Popes encyclicals, missionaries reports of their activities. At the lowest level of church life, parish priests have penned their thoughts in parish magazines and nowadays, on-line.

Paul wrote to the Thessalonian converts, both to keep in touch and to encourage them in their faith as they faced the challenges and opportunities of their situation.  

This modest electronic equivalent which Fr. Michael and I take turns in writing is unlikely to endure as St. Paul's has, but our intention is to do the same with the extended family of All Saints –dispersed around the country and even across the world.  It is one of the means, along with prayer, by which we maintain the links which bind together our particular section of the communion of saints across the boundaries of geography. These electronic communications are not just one way for they allow you to keep in touch with us; to let us know how things are with you, to ask for prayers when needed; and all this with a speed which Paul could not have imagined.  

That communion transcends time as well as space. The link across time is maintained by commemoration, celebration and prayer throughout the year, on saints' days and anniversaries and with a particular intensity of focus at All Saints and All Souls.  

In Sunday's passage, Paul describes the mission he and his companions had carried out in Thessalonica in terms which still speak to our situation. “We had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition.”   The source of that courage was not in themselves but in God, and it is to God not humans that the missionaries are accountable.  Our mission, our love of neighbor - in terms of Jesus's summary of the law in Sunday's Gospel (Matt. 22.34-46) - grows out of our love of God.  

Paul then speaks of how they did not exercise their ministry:  “we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals....whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.”  

The Church is not built by pandering to popular opinion. Its missionaries are neither to court popularity, no personality cults, nor seek to enrich themselves by their work. Paul took this last issue - a feature of the activities of some pagan teachers - so seriously that he did not take the financial support he might have claimed as an apostle.  

Then he reminds them they had been “gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.”  

There are places in Paul's letters where he seems anything but gentle but the reason for that is usually some serious misconduct or doctrinal error, but even that springs from his passionate concern for them. The maternal care, the passion to share the gospel by word and deed, the real affection for fellow-believers, are his preferred option and they should be ours.  

With best wishes and prayers for All Saintstide,  

Yours in Christ,   

Fr. Alan Moses 
Vicar of All Saints  


Two years ago, a resolution in support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East from St. Marylebone Deanery was adopted by the Diocesan Synod. The Bishop also accepted the Vicar's suggestion that the Bishop's Lent Appeal 2016 should be for this cause. Many of you will recall that Fr. Alan undertook a sponsored walking pilgrimage to Santiago which raised £20,000.  Synods are quite good at passing resolutions on issues and then forgetting about them. In this case, our own Cedric Stephens, who has been the driving force behind all this, has not allowed us to forget.  

One of the charities working with Christians in the Middle East which the Diocese of London supported was the Roman Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.  

ACN organizes Red Week 19-26 November 2017 to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians. See Aid to the Church in Need website Church buildings will be illuminated in red.     

PROCESSION OF WITNESS from ALL SAINTS to the ANNUNCIATION - As part of this initiative, an ecumenical Walk of Witness on Oxford Street will take place on Saturday 18 November. 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. The procession will begin at All Saints at 1245 - after the Noon Mass – and conclude at the Church of the Annunciation, Marble Arch. 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. Cedric Stephens, Event Co-ordinator (020) 7637 7468 says: ‘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.’ 

We hope as many people as possible from All Saints and the Deanery will take part.  You can always do some Christmas shopping afterwards!  AM  


Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Yvonne Craig, Fr Gerald Reddington, Thomas Vucetic, 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: Donald Lyon, Jean Kember, Rodney Bickerstaffe), Anne, John Bubb, Lidia Dragescu, Paul Underhill, Phil Goldring and Scilla Woolley.  

Those whose year’s mind occurs this week: Sr Dorothy Hilda ASSP, David Trendell, Tharu Tharakan, John Todd, Marian Ross, Frank Leeman, Dilys Thomas, Br Bernard Dawson Hospital of St Cross, Jane Pollard, Cecil Mead, Carol Searles, Janet Reid, Harold Wilson Pr, Gilbert Pickering, Jack Fallon and Rosemary Crawley.  


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

Please Note: Clocks change over-night Saturday 28/Sunday 29 October – falling back one hour.

29 October ~ 20th 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  

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

Sunday Lunch is being prepared by Huw Pryce and Daniel Fielden. The menu is: Beef Bourguignon, mashed potato and green beans. Dessert is homemade Tiramisu, with coffee. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop before and after Mass.

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning 
Rachmaninov Canticles 
Rachmaninov Thou didst rise from the tomb (Troparion), arr Timothy Byram-Wigfield

Following Benediction, 7.15pm ORGAN RECITAL - 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. 

This Week’s Services

Monday 30 to Friday, 3 November (including special All Saints’ Festival services – see below)
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 except when the special All Saints’ Festival evening services take place as follows:  

Tuesday 31 October 6.30pm Eve of All Saints
Preacher: Revd Jonathan Kester, Vicar, Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead
Canticles: Stanford in A
Bairstow Blessed city, heavenly Salem

Wednesday 1 November 6.30pm

Preacher: Revd Paul Thomas, Vicar of St James’s, Sussex Gardens
Mozart Krönungsmesse, K317
Philips Gaudeamus omnes

Thursday 2 November 6.30pm
Preacher: Right Revd Stephen Conway,
Bishop of Ely
Fauré Requiem

Saturday, 4 November
12 noon Low Mass  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

8am Low Mass   
10.20am Morning Prayer 


Sunday 5 November 11am
Preacher: Canon Simon Butler, St Mary’s Battersea 
Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor
Stanford Beati quorum via  

Celebratory drinks in the courtyard after Mass.

Sunday Lunch is being cooked by Patrick Hartley and Rebecca Hirst. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop. 

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: Revd Simon Buckley, Rector of St Anne’s Soho 
Francis Jackson Magnificat in G minor
Harwood How glorious is the kingdom

Full service information:


NEW CHURCH BOILERS - The new boilers, their control equipment and flue have now all been installed and testing of the boiler operation has been underway this week. We are currently on schedule to turn the heating on in time for the ALL SAINTS’ FESTIVAL. The scaffolding stays in place until we have confirmed that everything is operating properly. Having been able to view the roof-scape up close, some repairs to brick work are being carried out while the opportunity presents itself.  

Church collections during the Festival are donated to the FESTIVAL APPEAL 2017 - raising funds for THREE important causes:

1. 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.

2. 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.  

3. 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 the appropriate Gift Aid. 


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:- 
* 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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