All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 30th March 2018

Friday 30th March 2018

Dear Friends, 

Death can be a huge challenge to our faith for we see beyond it now only, as St Paul says, ‘through a glass darkly’. Good Friday, the day of darkness and death comes to everyone. So does Holy Saturday, the day of emptiness and sorrow. On days like those in the detail of our lives it can be hard to believe. But Easter Sunday, the day of life and joy, will come as surely as the dawn, because on the cross evil has been shown openly to be overcome and in Jesus’ breaking out of the tomb death is indeed the last enemy, the last thing of which we need not be afraid (‘do not be afraid’ is the most frequent commandment in the Bible). 

Christ gathering us all into this feast of new life is symbolised in each of our lives by baptism, in which we enter into the waters of death and are raised to the new life of Christ by God. That is a reminder that life is not merely the prolonging of physical existence, at which medicine is becoming horribly competent, but the knowledge that our true life, the meaning of our existence, lies in the love of God, the absence of fear, the triumph of love. 

This year our renewal of baptismal vows at Easter is further refreshed by our opportunity to welcome newly confirmed (and in one case newly baptised and confirmed) Christians during the Easter Vigil. Please pray for Alice Dickerson, Francesca Baldry, Isabel Waters, Kiril Dashkovskiy, Mika Mochizuki and Richard Blurton as they come to full participation with us in the Body of Christ, and join with us in keeping the great Feast.

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, David Evans, Keith Bevan, Luiz-Antonio Neto, Judy Stewart, Jane Gadney, Sister Margaret Anne OHP, Roger Walker, David Eckland, Peter Brentnall, Hannah Laura, 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, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Ken Hales, Beverley Ward and Sian Evans.                      

Those known to us recently departed: Mark Moroney, Michelle Hanson, Matthias Winter, Janet White, Sr Marian Eva OHP, Joy Wright (Funeral at All Saints Tuesday 10 April 11am), Alphonso Casarini, Andrew Core, Jim Dowell and Ian Stewartby. 

Anniversaries of death this week: Alexandra Burnett-Brown, Harold Gaunt, John Wallace, Sr Mary Estelle ASSP, Grace Trembath, John Gaskell, Beryl Harding, Patrick Scott Pr, Elizabeth Usherwood, Margaret Roche, Christopher Ryan, Iolo Davies, Stanley Eley Pr, Peggy Monk and Margaret Leech.


TONIGHT Friday 30 March - 6.30pm Stations of the Cross 

HOLY SATURDAY 31 March (Church opens at 11am) 

12 noon Liturgy of the Day 

9pm HIGH MASS of the Easter Vigil, with Baptism and Confirmation
- Bishop Stephen Platten.
Jonathan Dove Missa Brevis


11am Procession, Blessing of the Easter Garden and HIGH MASS
Preacher: Canon Hugh Wybrew
Mozart Krönungsmesse, K. 317      
Mascagni Easter Hymn

There is no Sunday Lunch this week, but Easter eggs and Easter cake will be available with coffee after Mass.

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Tippett St John's Service    
Tavener Dum transisset sabbatum 

Monday 2 – Friday 6 April

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 7 April (Church opens 11am)

12 noon Low Mass

5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

EASTER 2, Sunday 8 April
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Stanford Communion Service in F and B flat 
Holst This have I done for my true love 

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Tavener Collegium Regale
Mendelssohn Ave Maria

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


EASTER FLOWERS – thank you to Shawn Welby-Cooke for arranging these for the Altar of Repose and Easter Sunday and to all those members of the congregation who kindly contributed to the fund for their purchase. If anyone would like to donate flowers for Church on future occasions – perhaps in thanksgiving, to commemorate an anniversary or to remember a loved one - please contact Dee Prior in the Parish Office on 020 7 636 1788.

LENT APPEAL 2018 – please give generously by 29 April
The proceeds of our Lenten boxes, Tenebrae and Good Friday Collections will go to four good causes, being 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. If you can’t get to All Saints but would like to contribute to these very worthy causes, please donate by BACS to All Saints Nat West Account: 04559452, Sort Code 60-09-15, with APPEAL and your surname as the reference or 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. 

Joy Wright’s Funeral will be at All Saints on Tuesday 10 April, 11am. 

Sunday 15 April, 6pm EVENSONG & BENEDICTION – Dyson in D and S.S. Wesley Blessed be the God and Father - will mark the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the All Saints Choir School and the Vicar will be preaching. Former choristers have been invited to attend the service and it would be good to give them a warm welcome as we celebrate the great choral tradition of All Saints. 

Sunday 22 April 2018, 12.45pm MEETING OF PARISHIONERS and ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING - A Meeting of Parishioners will be held in Church, at which Churchwardens for the year 2018 - 2019 will be appointed. All persons whose names are entered on the church electoral roll of the parish and all persons resident in the parish whose names are entered on a register of local government electors by reason of such residence are eligible to attend. Any person wishing to be considered for the Post of Churchwarden must be (a) 21 years of age or over, (b) on the Electoral Roll and (c) an actual communicant member of the Church of England. Nominations must be proposed and seconded, and candidates must indicate their willingness to stand. In addition, candidates are asked to submit a short typed or clearly written statement giving the reasons for their wishing to stand, and the benefits they could bring to the post if appointed. Nominations for the post of Churchwarden MAY NOT be made at the meeting.                                   

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will follow immediately. Only persons whose names are entered on the church electoral roll are eligible to attend. At the meeting FIVE members of the laity will be elected to serve on the Parochial Church Council for the years 2018 – 2021. Retiring members of the Council are: Patrick Hartley, Elaine Norman, Huw Pryce, Christopher Swift and Colin Symes. Of these, all are eligible for re-election except Patrick Hartley who has completed two consecutive three-year terms. Candidates for election must be (a) on the Electoral Roll, (b) at least 16 years of age, and (c) actual communicant members of the Church of England. All nominations must be proposed and seconded by persons on the Electoral Roll and all candidates must indicate a willingness to stand. In addition, candidates are asked to submit a short typed or clearly handwritten statement giving their reasons for standing for election. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Parish Administrator.  Although nominations may be made at the meeting, it would be helpful if completed nomination forms, together with statements, are returned to the Parish Administrator at the Parish Office by Friday 13 April to enable the papers to be available one week before the Annual Meeting. The Sidesmen and Independent Auditor for the year 2018 – 2019 will be appointed at the meeting.

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 who writes: In our Parish Retreat this year we will explore the meaning of spirituality, and look at how we can mature in our spiritual life. In medieval England there was a great devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, we will take some time thinking about where this came from, and how this devotion can change the way we live.  

St Paul encourages us to “pray continually”, and we will look at how this can happen by studying and praying “The Jesus Prayer”. We will also take a look at “time”, and how the Church sanctifies it, and what this could mean for us in our own lives. 

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. 


The Council of Christians and Jews’ Central London branch and St Martin-in-the-Fields extend a warm invitation to everyone to attend an interfaith event at St Martin’s on Monday 23 April, 7pm to 8.30 pm. The Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger CBE will be speaking on Forgiveness in Text and Life and fielding questions. It promises to be a fascinating evening. This is a chance to meet with old friends and make new ones as well as to reconnect with this important interfaith initiative.


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 STILL 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 already 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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