All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 8th June 2018

Friday 8th June 2018

Dear Friends 

Some parts of the New Testament are described as recording a 'dangerous memory' about Jesus, 'dangerous' because it can be interpreted in ways which subvert our expectations of the Gospel. In Sunday's Gospel it is shocking to learn that people in Jesus home town thought he'd 'gone out of his mind'. Worse was to come, for Mary and his family seem to agree and want to 'restrain' him. Disappointed, he seems to disown his family in favour of those who will listen to him, which could seem like further evidence of delusion. 

Jesus has moved rapidly from being the latest new thing to being a worryingly odd irritant. He will go on to reflect on that experience in his Parable of the Sower, the Gospel for Sunday week: recording that parable, Mark explains that from then on Jesus always taught in parables (which we've come to understand includes all he did as well as all he said, prime among the acted parables being the Cross itself). 

There's a stern warning as well as a generous promise here. Even those closest to Jesus, the members of his own family, misunderstood who he was, the origin of his power and goodness. The scribes willfully misunderstood him, which is worse, and literally demonized him. If we claim kinship with Jesus – a claim which he invites in his riposte to his family – we are urged to be 'whole', not dividing ourselves, splitting our personalities to avoid facing the truth, refusing to admit inconvenient truths. The Gospel is that the truth will set us free. It is a life's-work, against the human grain, to act on that, but it is our calling. 

Fr Michael Bowie
Assistant Priest
All Saints Margaret Street 

Within our community we pray for those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Martin Jarvis, Raymond King Penny Farrell, Adrienne Newson, Mary Goodman, Jason Dominic Chan, Robert Adams, Brian Carr, Aria Carthy, Vallery Tchukov, Pauline Wayman, Sian Evans, Sara Vice, Elizabeth Lual, Mary Fast, Brian Prosser, Peter Brentnall, 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: Roy Meadowcroft, Malcolm Barrow, Faye Chegwidden, Reg Gadney, Dulcie John, Connie Coote, Norma Lewis, Richard Beckford, Matthew Thompson, Martin Banks, Michael Screech Pr and Colin Gay Pr.   

Anniversaries of death this week;Hilda Sheppard, Reginald Rawll, Olwen Hajdu, Daphne Marsh, Norah Sweeney, Wilfrid Jennings Pr, Percy Rees, Philip Sparrow, Alison Hack Pr, Naomi Shaw, Michael Keelan, Iris Podmore, Karl Bekker, Philip Harland, Roy Foster Pr, Eric Johnson, Miriam Yates, John Gadney, Eric Stedman, Roualeyn Cuming-Bruce, Clare Prince, William Upton Richards (First Vicar), Ida Jones, Geoffrey Roundtree and Eric Davidson.  

Please Note: on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June, if you visit Church, preparations will be underway for a London Fashion Week show taking place during the afternoon of Saturday and you will see that the main body of seating has been rearranged. All Masses will take place as usual.

Saturday 9 June (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 

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie 
Rheinberger Cantus Missae, Op 109     
Elgar O hearken thou 

Sunday Lunch is available this week - cooked by Geoffrey Woodcock and Philip Payne. Roast Lamb, new potatoes and fresh vegetables. Dessert is Tiramisu. Tickets £6 available at the All Saints' shop before and after Mass. 

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Harwood Setting in A Flat        
Stainer I saw the Lord 

Monday 11 - Friday 15 June
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 16 June (Church opens 11am)

12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
A. Gabrieli Missa Brevis      
Palestrina Exsultate Deo  

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Purcell Setting in G minor  
Purcell I was glad  

For full information about all services at All Saints – see


Sunday 10 June and Sunday 17 June - VOLUNTEERING AT ALL SAINTS 
Parish Room after High Mass with coffee/tea
- a chance to meet a range of volunteer team leaders here and find out about the many ways of becoming involved in helping at Church – from bar tending to Church Watching via flower arranging, with many roles and opportunities for different talents and availability of time.

The PCC is also currently renewing its varied Committees, looking for those keen to help and with skills/experience in generating income; managing buildings, health & safety, assessing the risks we face and developing our use of modern communication methods.

Please come along and see how you could join in, get to know All Saints better and make a valuable contribution to the life of the Church while meeting people. We hope you can join us on one of those two Sundays.

ORGAN RECITAL (following Benediction) - Sunday 8 July at 7.15pm

TIMOTHY BYRAM-WIGFIELD, Director of Music, All Saints
“Hallelujah! Welten singen Dank und Ehren”
(from the oratorio ‘Mount of Olives’) - Ludwig van Beethoven, transcr. W.T.Best

6 variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 56 - Johann Rinck

Angel-scene, from ‘Hansel and Gretel’ - Englebert Humperdinck, transcr. E.H.Lemare

Phantasie über den Choral “Halleluja! Gott zu loben” - Max Reger

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


The Revd Dr Simon Woodman, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP, 020 7240 0544/ invites everyone to a screening of:  

Saturday 23 June 5pm
During the 1960s, Dr. King made several visits to the UK and in 1961 he visited and preached at Bloomsbury Baptist Church. As part of these 2018 commemorations, Baptists Together Justice Hub partnering with Tipping Point North South are honoured to be hosting at Bloomsbury a special screening of an extraordinary film made in 1970 called From Montgomery to Memphis.

A rarely-seen documentary, the film traces King’s life and accomplishments from the 1955 bus boycott to his 1968 assassination. Following on from the film screening, we will have a post-film panel discussion with leading contributors coming from a range of backgrounds, and which, combined, will reflect to the scope of Dr. King’s own theology and activism. Panel contributors will include Dr.David Muir, Dionne Gravesande, Richard Reddie, Neil Jameson, Selina Stone, Eleasah Louis and Dr.Robert Beckford

Tickets are free from: 

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:- 
* 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 – see tour – before a visit or if unable to travel. 

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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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