All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 11th May 2018

Friday 11th May 2018

Fr Michael writes, 

Parish Dinner: Friday 8 June
This is intended to be a relaxed and convivial opportunity for fellowship; our gathered group and limited social space sometimes make that difficult. So this is an experiment (and I'd welcome feedback afterwards). It will be at Conchiglia, 125 Great Titchfield Street, where some of us who live locally often eat. The owner, Giovanni, hopes to accommodate us outside, if weather permits. The cost will be £30 each (including some wine). There will be more details about menu and tickets after I get back from Italy. 

Ascension Sunday
Yesterday's feast of the Ascension is a turning point: we turn to await the coming of the Spirit in the realisation that our Lord could no longer be confined by space and time: the resurrection could not be just a going back to how things were. The exaltation of Jesus in glory after his rising had to lead somewhere new, the presence of the promised Spirit with us. 

At this point it first becomes clear where the story of which we are now part is headed. It is not to be a museum record, a nostalgia cult. Just as Jesus repeatedly challenged and often upset the sensibilities and expectations of his friends and contemporaries during his life and ministry so now he gives a clear signal that the resurrection is not to prompt a sigh of relief and a relaxation into old ways. Nor it is it to herald or support a faith which is devoted to holding to or preserving the past. The logic of his being raised from the dead requires his leaving his disciples to wait for the coming of the Spirit: otherwise, what? Would he live to a great age, avoid further conflict with the Romans, and die again, this time peacefully as the revered founder of a new Jewish sect? 

Everything that did follow, including the startling transformation of this sectarian Jewish faith into good news for all people at the hands of the firebrand convert St Paul, required Jesus’ departure. As the gospel wording puts it, ‘he withdrew from them’, having left them a commission:

‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised;  so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’ 

God entrusting us with his good news requires us to understand that, in his love, he also trusts us with what will happen to it. We have often failed him. But we know that the glimpses of glory that the Christian church can provide, the discipleship which, on her good days, she can instil, have been enabled by God trusting us with the future. So we must not spend our time looking back or holding on to past glories. If we are to be a leaner church we must make sure we are also a fitter church. And we must trust him as he risks the whole enterprise on us. 

The most important proclamation of the Ascension gospel for us, the good news, the gospel, here is that, from this moment in the story, we are adults; now we begin to step out on our own, walking by faith and not in the comforting but transient visible certainties of childhood. At the same time, God gives us his Spirit and promises that he is with us always. We recognise, celebrate and give thanks for that presence in our regular encounter with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. 

Yours in the ascended Christ, 

Fr. Michael Bowie,
Assistant Priest
All Saints Margaret Street

As this week ends groups of parishioners from All Saints, St Cyprians, the Annunciation Marble Arch and further afield set off together on the Parish Retreat to Ely (11-13 May) and on Pilgrimage to Italy (10 – 18 May). We pray for them and all travellers and pilgrims that they may enjoy the journey, meeting new people and sharing experiences; safely reach their destination and return to us once more.

Within our community we pray for those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Jason Dominic Chan, Robert Adams, Brian Carr, Aria Carthy, Vallery Tchukov, Matthew Thompson , Pauline Wayman, Sean Evans, Sarah Vice, Elizabeth Lual, Mary Fast, Brian Prosser, Peter Brentnall, Keith Bevan, Judy Stewart, Jane Gadney, David Eckland,  Dave Kynnersley, Patricia Searle, David Webb, Barbara Schiefer, Rose Smith and Fr Graham Francis. 

Those known to us recently departed:
Arthur Suggett, Jacqui Birt, Hearly Sykes-Charlesworth, Howard Compton, David Edwards Pr , Derek Beaufoy, Dennis Riley, Malcolm Barrow, Faye Chegwidden and Reg Gadney.

Anniversaries of death this week: John Brooke Westcott, Edith Cooke, Douglas Laing, Patrick Spencer, Elsie Rybczk, Peggy Beavan, Muriel Burling, John Carter, Elsie Scott, Charles Simon, Richard Britten, Lucy Heath, Michael White-Cooper Pr. William Crane, Thomas O’Neil, Flora Clutterham, Charles Oram, Frank Biggart Pr and Betty Johnson. 


Saturday11 May (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions  
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

EASTER 7 (after Ascension), Sunday 13 May

HIGH MASS and Holy Baptism of Jonah Westcott, 11am

Preacher: The Rt Revd Allen Shin, Suffragan Bishop, New York
Howells Collegium Regale
Andrew Gant Ascendens Chistus in Altum
Voluntary: Dan Locklair The people respond – ‘Amen!’ *
* Featured in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

There is no Sunday Lunch today due to the Parish Retreat and Pilgrimage to Italy taking place at this time. 

Preacher:  The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Stanford Canticles in B flat 
Attwood Come, Holy Ghost 

Marko Sever, Dr John Birch Organ Scholar
ORGAN RECITAL, 7.15pm (after Benediction)
With soprano soloist Alex Oomens and featuring an organ duet with Michael Butterfield.

Marche Hèroïque Herbert Brewer 
Deux Études Lionel Rogg 
Les Angelus (soprano and organ) Louis Vierne 
Concert Overture No. 3 in F minor Alfred Hollins 
Jupiter, from The Planets (arranged for organ duet) Gustav Holst

Entry is free, but we invite you to make a retiring donation (recommended £5) to support the Choir & Music at All Saints.
The All Saints Licensed Club/Bar below the Church will be open after this recital.

Monday 14 – Friday 18 May
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 

7pm – 8pm Prayer Hour before the Blessed Sacrament with short
readings and prayers every 15 minutes of the otherwise silent hour.

8pm Compline or Night Prayer will be said.

Saturday 19 May (Church opens 11am)

11.30am Rosary and Walsingham Devotions

12 noon Low Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham

5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  

6.30pm First Mass of Sunday


PENTECOST, Sunday 20 May


Preacher: The Vicar Fr Alan Moses

Mozart Missa Brevis in D, K 194

Daniel Knaggs Cáritas Dei diffúsa est – UK premiere *

Voluntary: Paul Spicer Fanfares for Chad *
* Featured in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

SUNDAY LUNCH this week is cooked by John McWhinney and Paul Weston.
Tickets £6 at the All Saints’ Shop before & after Mass. 

Preacher: Julian Browning
Canticles: Brewer Magnificat in D
Elgar The Spirit of the Lord
Te Deum: Howells Collegium Regale 

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


Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Lent Appeal 2018. Together we managed to raise a splendid £5,600 for 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 2018Tackling Homelessness Together (12 small grass—roots church homeless projects).

Thursday 31 May, 6.30pm
FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI 2018 HIGH MASS will be followed by our now well-established Outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament (with choir and brass band), taking a circular route from Church along Oxford Street and back to All Saints Margaret Street.
Mozart Orgelsolomesse K. 259
Messiaen O sacrum convivium

This is one of our major annual public acts of witness to the faith in our parish and we hope that as many members and friends of All Saints will come and take part. As in past years, we will be drawing attention to the plight of Christians suffering persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere. For those unable to join in walking and singing through the bustle of Oxford Circus on Thursday late night shopping night, Fr. Philip Bevan will lead the rosary in church until the procession returns. There will be a party in the church courtyard afterwards.
Stewards for the Procession and Helpers for Hospitality - If you are over 18 and able to help us maintain the safety of the procession, please volunteer as a Steward – briefing with Cedric Stephens is 6pm on the night, before High Mass. And if you could help with catering prep/serving guests & the party clear up please express interest by contacting Dee in the Parish Office: 020 7 636 1788 / or speaking to Chris Self or Janet Drake in the courtyard after Sunday Mass.

ALL SAINTS PARISH DINNER: FRI 8 JUNE, 7.00 for 7.30pm – more details to follow. Tickets £30 (including some wine). 


Now in its third year, participation has grown every year for the Archbishop of Canterbury and York’s annual global time of ecumenical prayer running from Ascension to Pentecost.  Thy Kingdom Come is a simple invitation to pray for friends and family to come to faith. In 2016 – 100,000 Christians pledged to pray. By 2017 – more than half a million had pledged to pray from more than 85 countries including Ghana, Netherlands, Malaysia, Cuba, South Africa, Australia, Korea, Japan and the Philippines. The positive impact of Thy Kingdom Come 2017 continues to unfold as numerous stories of personal and communal transformation pour in from churches, families and whole communities alike.

If you would like to join in, we will be sharing in this world-wide wave of prayer at All Saints and the church will remain open after the evening mass on each weekday during the Novena for an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  While much of this will be in silence, there will be short readings and prayers each 15 minutes. The office of Compline will be said at 8pm. On Thursday evenings during Lent we introduced prayer before the Blessed Sacrament followed by Compline  - as a form of late night prayer rather than shopping! We hope that you will join us again and play your part in “Thy Kingdom Come.” Resources for prayer are available in church for people to use there or take home. Further information and resources are available on the website: 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK this year is 13 – 19 May. Full details can be found at: The related Circle the City Sponsored Walk (21 years old this year) takes place on Sunday 20 May to mark the end of the week and to book a place as a group or an individual go to: or call 020 7523 2363. 

Thursday 17 May 2018 at 7.30pm – JCFL PRAYER VIGIL
Church of Notre Dame de France
5 Leicester Place (off Leicester Square), London WC2H 7BX
The JCFL Prayer Vigil aims to offer Christians from different traditions with a safe space to come together to experience the love of Christ through prayer with readings from the Word of God, music from a variety of Christian traditions, adoration, intercession and silence. The liturgy is contemplative and gentle offering a space to discover that inner stillness and peace that only God can give. All are welcome! 

Sunday 20 May 2018 Churches Together in Westminster is holding its Ecumenical Pentecost Service at 3pm. The service is kindly being hosted by the Regent Hall Salvation Army Church on Oxford Street, a few minutes from All Saints. All are welcome.  

Fr Peter McGeary, Vicar writes: ST MARY'S CABLE STREET was dedicated for worship on 22 May 1850, and on Tuesday 22 May 2018 at 7.30 pm there will be a Solemn Mass to mark this anniversary, to which you would be most welcome. Mass will be followed by a party. It is a great pleasure this year to welcome as our preacher the Vicar of St Michael and All Angels Croydon, Fr Tim Pike. His curate Fr Philip Kennedy will be deaconing the Mass - Fr Philip did a brief placement at St Mary's whilst discerning his vocation. If you are unable to be with us, then please remember the parish in your prayers on that day.

Monday 28 May - THE NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE - A day excursion by coach from All Saints to Walsingham for the National Pilgrimage. Please contact Ross Buchanan (Tel. 020 7221 1312) if you would like to know more or to reserve a place on the coach. 

LAURENCE LONG (former Dr John Birch Organ Scholar at All Saints)
College of Music,
Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS (on the new organ in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall). Thursday 7 June at 10.40 – 11.30am. The programme will include Bach's Toccata and Fugue in F major and Rheinberger's fourth organ sonata in A minor. 

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 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! Contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets continue to be much appreciated.

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:- 
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* 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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