All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 16th February 2018

Friday 16th February 2018

Dear Friends, 

I am delighted to be back home in Margaret Street after a month in my other home, Sydney. I was welcomed into my old pulpit at Christ Church S. Laurence for three High Masses – Epiphany, The Baptism of the Lord and Candlemas, so I had the opportunity to cover nearly all the Christmas season in my old stamping ground. It is pleasing to report that Christ Church S. Laurence is flourishing under the able leadership of Fr Daniel Dries and that this flourishing includes a continuing commitment to significant financial support: just after I left Fr Daniel was in touch to report a record-breaking legacy, one which surpasses anything we've ever received. I wouldn't ordinarily want to encourage competitiveness, but perhaps we are lagging behind our slightly older sister church in Sydney (1845)...? 

The origin of that wandering train of thought was that this Sunday's Gospel reprises the Baptism of the Lord for us: St Mark's lapidary narrative presents in quick succession the Baptism, the Temptation in the Wilderness and the Proclamation of the Gospel. The last of these three events is among the 'Luminous Mysteries' of the Rosary, the five additional subjects for meditation added by S. John Paul II which our Walsingham Cell offered last Saturday in its monthly Devotion, and I am glad to be reminded of the link to this season. The first of them, the Baptism, is part of the Christmas/Epiphany Cycle, and my sermon for it in Sydney on 7th January was memorable to me because the temperature was 43 degrees; I had forgotten the experience of salty perspiration blinding me while I'm trying to preach. But you will read so much more about all that if you subject yourself to my next travelogue in the Parish Paper... 

The middle term of these three events in Mark 1.9-15, the Temptation in the Wilderness, is where we start Lent. Mark is very sparing in his account of this which is why, I assume, the lectionary has padded it out a bit. But the context, too often missing in our Sunday Gospels, helpfully reminds us that Lent is not an end in itself or a stand-alone event. It is part of a life-story, ours as well as Jesus': it leads us from commissioning (which we share with him, in our baptism) to proclamation (to which our lives in Christ are to witness). 

Mark's stark treatment of the story concentrates our attention on the few details he gives us. The location – the wilderness – suggests that he is thinking of the testing of his people Israel, who repeatedly failed; the presence of wild beasts and the reference to angels suggests that he may be thinking of Adam, who succumbed to Satan's temptation and so lost dominion over the animals. And Mark is already hinting at Jesus' preferred self-designation, 'Son of Man' (Adam being the Hebrew for 'Man'), the one who reverses Adam's sin because of his obedience to God, and so exercises the authority which God intended men and women to have. The wilderness experience clarified Jesus' understanding of his relationship with his Father and proposed to him the most fruitful trajectory of his life. 

May our Lent be a time of refreshment in our relationship with our heavenly Father and a time of fresh commitment to the proclamation of the Good News of his Kingdom by our lives. 

Yours in Christ,

Fr Michael Bowie

Assistant Priest
All Saints Margaret Street



Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Mark Moroney, Wyn McHenry, Yvonne Burgess-Jones, Frances Goodchild, Dave Kynnersley, Patricia Searle, 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: John Sunderland, Destiny Muirhead, Jean Brackston, Victoria Ankrah, Roy Brown Priest, Brian Shillito, Tony de Vere, George Dickson, Caroline Farrer, Claire Cullinan Brown, Bill Cullinan and Harry Yardley.

Anniversaries of death this week: Alice Mackay, Angela Thomson, Mavis Symes, Guida Crowley, Joan Williams, John Vickery Priest, William Butterfield, Thomas Skeffington-Lodge and James Keen.


Saturday 17 February (Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 18 February, 1st Sunday of Lent
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Victoria Missa Quarti Toni
Tallis Purge me, O Lord 


SUNDAY LUNCH – Daniel Fielden is cooking Beef casserole with mashed potato and green beans followed by Surprise Pudding. Coffee will be available. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop before or after Mass. 

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
(Lent 1 Sermon theme: Self-Examination and Repentance)                                          
Byrd The Short Service
Byrd Salvator Mundi


Monday 19 February – Friday 23 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 

Saturday 24 February (Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

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


TONIGHT and all Fridays in Lent please join us in walking the way of the Cross:
Stations of the Cross 7pm,
after the Evening Mass at 6.30pm. 

Sunday 18 February is ‘National Visit a Mosque Day’ when many Mosques throughout the country will be open all day to welcome visitors. 

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 from 22 February
In a new initiative this year, Church will stay open later each Thursday in Lent for private prayer concluding by participating in the ancient office of Compline (Late Night Prayer) at 8.30pm. Compline comes from the Latin completorium – meaning completion. It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. All welcome. 

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 our neighbours in Margaret Street – the 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 (now available in the Baptistery) will be shared equally between the four charities. If you can’t get to All Saints but would like to contribute to these very worthy causes, please make out a cheque to Parochial Church All Saints and send it to the Parish Office, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG in an envelope marked LENT APPEAL. If you are a UK tax payer and would like us to claim Gift Aid on your donation, please include a note to say that, supplying your full name, address and post code. Thank you.


Weekly meetings until Easter (excluding 28 March). Next meeting on Wednesday 21 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. 


This year the Parish Retreat will be from 11-13 May at Bishop Woodford House in Ely. It will be conducted by Fr Philip Bevan. If you want to come, or would like further information, please contact Martin Woolley on 07976 275383 or at Rooms will be allocated in the order in which bookings are received.


Pope Francis calls for a Worldwide Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on 23 February
Pope Francis has invited Christians, members of all faiths, women and men of goodwill to join him in praying for an end to violence and conflict, especially in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Can we respond to his appeal?
Perhaps we can invite other Christian Churches, members of different religions to join us in praying and fasting for peace on Friday 23 February, which falls during the first full week of Lent, when fasting from food and extra acts of charity are encouraged as a sign of penitence. It’s also Family fast Day. 

Pope Francis specifically asked members of other faiths to join in the initiative in any way they can. He highlighted the vital role that religions play in achieving and consolidating peace and urged members of other faith communities to take up the appeal and to join in “moments of prayer, fasting and reflection, according to their own traditions and in their own places of worship”. 

No to violence
The Pope added: “Everyone, in their own conscience, before God, should ask: What can I do for peace? We certainly can pray, but not only: each one of us can say concretely “no” to violence in their own way. Because the victories obtained with violence are false victories while working for peace does everyone good!” 

Swiss Church in London Art Exhibition - Mary Branson - "A Conversation with my Mother"
23 & 
24 February 10am – 9pm. Admission free.
Her first large installation since the iconic New Dawn in the Houses of Parliament (a contemporary light sculpture celebrating Women's Suffrage. It is sited at the entrance to St Stephen’s Hall, Houses of Parliament and is a permanent addition to the Parliamentary Art Collection, as well as the first piece of abstract art commissioned for permanent display in the historic Palace of Westminster).

A Conversation with My Mother explores the notion of loss through dementia and the power of the subconscious to offer insights into the nature of grief.
Opening night: Thursday 22 February, 6-9pm. Artist’s talk and discussion: Sat 24 February, 6pm.
For further details about the artist click here. 

'Keeping Faith at Work' ~ Lent Addresses 

St Matthew's is teaming up again with St Stephen's, Rochester Row to deliver a series of talks exploring faith in areas of public or professional life, including what it is like to practise a faith while working in various arenas, and how the two may inspire each other. The talks will take place every Wednesday through Lent at 7pm. Doors open for refreshments at 6.30pm.

Keeping Faith in Broadcasting
21 February ~ St Matthew's Westminster
Mark Friend & Andrew Caspari, BBC

Keeping Faith in Politics
28 February ~ St Stephen's Rochester Row
Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker

Keeping Faith in Business
7 March ~ St Matthew's Westminster
William Morris, PWC

Keeping Faith in Public Service
14 March ~ St Stephen's Rochester Row
Paula Vennells, Chief Executive, The Post Office

Keeping Faith in Justice
21 March ~ St Matthew's Westminster
Brian Gill, former Lord Justice General of Scotland 

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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