All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 2nd February 2018

Friday 2nd February 2018

Dear Friends,  

On Sunday, the Church of England departs from the ecumenical Revised Common Lectionary. Instead, we will have readings on Creation; a theme felt to have been neglected in the original scheme.  

I have been reading the novelist and historian Rebecca Stott's In the Days of Rain.  In this excellent and moving book she tells of her upbringing in a family which belonged to the sect known as the Exclusive Brethren.  She tells her family's story against the background of that sect's transformation into an oppressive cult.  

The Brethren trace their origins to John Nelson Darby in the 19th century. He was a former barrister and Church of Ireland curate.  Darby believed the second coming of the Lord was imminent.  With his followers he withdrew from churches they believed to be hopelessly compromised with a fallen world. They kept themselves apart from the corruption of that world dominated as it was by the devil who was everywhere. Theirs was a religion without priests and ritual, intermediaries or incense, hierarchy or sacred ground, altar or pulpit. Art and literature and music were all excluded from their worship. Darwin and his evolutionary thought was the enemy.  So about as far removed from the Oxford Movement and All Saints, Margaret Street as it is possible to get!  

Stott reminded me that it was Darby who invented the idea of the “Rapture”; the belief that Christ will come first to take the brethren off to heaven, leaving the rest, the vast majority to endure the Great Tribulation and then final damnation when Christ returns to judge the world.  

If this had remained the eccentric teaching of a small sect, albeit one which, as Rebecca Stott's story shows, has had a toxic effect on the lives of so many of its members, it might not seem that important in the great scheme of things. However, Darby's ideas have taken root far more widely and especially in American evangelicalism. So this is not an arcane theological argument akin to counting angels on pinheads. It provides a religious underpinning to hostility to environmental protection measures and the refusal to accept the overwhelming scientific evidence on global warming.  If the world is nothing more than a waiting room for heaven, and one dominated by evil at that, there is no point caring for it.  Such views can conveniently be exploited to support the interests of those who make their money from the fossil fuels which contribute so massively to the pollution of our atmosphere.  

So, having a proper doctrine of creation, one which affirms God as the Creator who sees everything that he has made as good; which sees humankind's “dominion” over creation in Genesis as a responsibility to care for our world, rather than a license to exploit it, is more important than it has ever been.  

Reading Stott's book reminded me that, for all its failings, I am thankful to have been brought up in the Church of England, to have sung All things bright and beautiful, and been taught by the Prayer Book's General Thanksgiving to bless God for “our creation, preservation and all the blessings of this life.”  

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, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Dave Kynnersley, Clive Wright, Patricia Searle, John Payne, David Webb, Stewart Lyon, Amy Eng, Patience Yartey, Jacqui Birt, Simon Ensor, Maggie Durran, Martin Hale, Jayne Forrester, Joy Wright, Barbara Schiefer, Fr Philip Warner, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Ken Hales, Beverley Ward and Sian Evans.                         

Those known to us recently departed: Eileen Prior, Bill Kirkpatrick Priest, Harry Spellar, George Stokes, Kevin Harford, Mark Rittner, Peter Blackburn Priest, John Sunderland, Destiny Muirhead, Jean Brackston, Victoria Ankrah and Roy Brown Priest.

Anniversaries of death this week: Agnes Theobald, Vera Aspinall, Marjorie Hague, Dorothy Collins, Philip Morrell, George Venn, Sarah Hudson, Iris Harrison, Norman Holden, Rond Pethers, Donald Scott, Beatrice Reed, Jane French, Dorothy Dent, Grahame James, Bernard Anslow, Armorel Griffiths, Robert Streit, Joan Adams, Pamela Brett, Hazel Otway, Eileen Mann, Margaret Booker and Diana Juniper. 


TONIGHT - Friday 2 February 
Candlemas HIGH MASS, 6.30pm 
Preacher: Canon Dennis Stamps, Rector of Harpenden 
Mozart Missa Brevis in C, K258 
Byrd Senex puerum portabat à 5

Saturday 3 February (Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday  

Sunday 4 February, 2nd Sunday before Lent
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Howells Collegium Regale (in English)
Mathias As truly as God is our Father 

SUNDAY LUNCH – Chris Self is cooking Roast Lamb, roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts and carrots. Jan Fielden is making gin and tonic trifle for dessert and coffee will be available. Tickets £6 available from the Parish Shop before and after Mass.   

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Canticles: Howells Setting in G 
Wood Hail, gladdening light 


Monday 5 February – Friday 9 February
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 Friday)

Saturday 10 February (Church opens at 11am)
11.30am Rosary and Walsingham Devotions 
12 noon Low Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham 
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday  

Sunday 11 February, Sunday next before Lent
Preacher: Fr Barry Orford
Grayston Ives Missa Brevis 
Philips – Ave Maria à 5 


Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Canticles: Howells Setting in B minor 
Vaughan Williams Lord, thou hast been our refuge 


All Sunday services and weekday High Masses sung by the Choir of All Saints - full details at



Confessions at the Beginning of Lent
Monday 12 February 12 – 1pm and 5 – 6pm
Tuesday 13 February 12 – 1pm and 5 – 6pm

Low Mass with Ashing           at 8am 
Confessions                             12 – 1pm
Low Mass with Ashing           at 1.10pm
Confessions                             5 – 5.45pm


Preacher:  The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Byrd Mass in Four Parts
Gibbons O Lord, in thy wrath  

Lenten Sermons at Evensong
The sermons at Evensong on the first four Sundays of Lent will be on the Lenten practices to which the Church calls us:

“Brothers and sisters in Christ, since early days Christians have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord's passion and resurrection and prepared for this by a season of penitence and fasting.

By carefully keeping these days, Christians take to heart the call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the Gospel, and so grow in faith and in devotion to our Lord. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting and self-denial, and by reading and meditating on God's holy word.”     The Liturgy of Ash Wednesday, Common Worship

Lent 1 Self-Examination and Repentance  Fr. Julian Browning

Lent 2 Prayer                                        Fr. Michael Bowie

Lent 3 Fasting and Self-Denial            The Vicar

Lent 4 Reading and Meditating on God's Holy Word  The Vicar  

Late Night Praying on Thursdays
In a new initiative this year, Church will stay open later each Thursday in Lent for anyone to participate in the ancient office of Compline (Late Night Prayer) at 8.30pm. Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning 'completion' (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. All welcome.  

Fridays:  Stations of the Cross 7pm, after the Evening Mass, starting on Friday 16 February

The PCC decided that the proceeds of our Lenten Collections will be shared equally between our three regular Mission Projects (the Marylebone Project, the Soup Kitchen at the American Church, Tottenham Court Road and USPG - UMOJA - HIV Project) and the Bishop’s Lent Appeal Tackling Homelessness Together (for a dozen small grass—roots church homeless projects). Two of our own projects already chime particularly well with the theme of the Bishop’s Appeal, as does our practical support for the neighbouring Jesus Centre through gifts of warm clothing. The collections gathered at the services of Tenebrae and Good Friday along with the contents of individual Lent boxes (to be available from Church on Ash Wednesday) will be shared equally between the four charities.


Weekly meetings until Easter (excluding 14 Feb & 28 March). Next meeting on Wednesday 7 February at 7pm (after Evening Mass) in the Vicarage. Bishop Stephen Platten will conduct the confirmations at the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil on Saturday 31 March.  

Sunday 4 March, 7.15pm (after Benediction)

ORGAN RECITAL - TIM BYRAM-WIGFIELD, Director of Music All Saints
Programme: Bairstow, Mozart, Franck and Harris. Retiring collection to support the Choir and Music at All Saints (suggested donation £5).  

Saturday 24 March, 3pm POETRY TEA at PAMELA’S The theme will be ‘Life’. You can bring poetry or prose. To attend, please speak to Pamela or Sandra in the church courtyard, or ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456, leaving your name and contact number. Charge £6 – proceeds to the All Saints Restoration Fund.


Monday, 12 March, 6.45pm Churches Together in Westminster - Meet the Neighbours
The Jesuit Church of the  Immaculate Conception (Farm Street) 114 Mount Street W1K 3AH
The Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception are opening their doors to all who would like to find out more about this fascinating church. The visit will include a welcome and introduction to 'Farm Street today', a talk on the Mount Street Jesuit Centre, as well as on the history of English Jesuits, a tour of the church, and a service of Evening Prayer in the Roman Rite. The evening will finish with a buffet, and there is a Roman Catholic Mass at 6pm to which all are also welcome. If you would like to attend, please contact Scott McCombe at  


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, which provides a regular drop-in and 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 also collects women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home! Thank you to those who have brought things in during the cold weather – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets continue to be much appreciated.

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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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