All Saints Margaret Street

Parish email 21 February

Monday 24th February 2020
All Saints' Newsletter - Sunday before Lent  

The Sunday before Lent


Sunday's second reading and Gospel both describe Jesus' Transfiguration. This was clearly a high point of the disciples' time with Jesus, but also an uncomfortable, even disturbing moment.


We know that this event was remembered and recorded long before the stories of the Annunciation, Christmas and Epiphany. But like those moments, though even more like Our Lord's Baptism (which it echoes), it was remembered as a moment at which Jesus' true identity was revealed. It is not surprising that it made such an impression on the three disciples present (Peter, James and John): unlike the events around Jesus' birth, they were actually there, as Peter insists. This vivid and memorable experience helped them go on walking in the Way and sharing the Good News with others years and decades after Jesus' life, death and resurrection.


Most of all, this was a moment which helped them to understand the Resurrection. It was a preview of everything that lay beyond the cross for Jesus: it was a glimpse of Glory, the distinctive scriptural attribute of God. Moses and Elijah are present because they represent 'the Law and the Prophets', Jewish shorthand for all of scripture. But even more important than their presence is their timely disappearance. Sunday's gospel should really finish a verse earlier than it does. We should be left with 'they saw no one except Jesus himself alone'. Once Jesus is confirmed as God's Son by this appearance, Moses and Elijah are not there any more. He is as much greater than Moses and Elijah as the Spirit which gives life is more valuable than the written code which kills. So they give way to him - 'Jesus only'


That's the message of this strange preface to Lent: we are called to refocus on Jesus and examine our lives in light of him, with a clear sense that we are headed for Resurrection and Glory, not death and destruction.


We all have high points, in our spiritual lives as elsewhere, that we need to hang on to: the things that changed us and made us who we are, or would like to be. The most important thing about this one is that 'Jesus only', God's Son, is the core of our faith. Everything else is detail.


Yours in Christ,

Michael Bowie




Haydn Missa brevis in F "Jugendmesse"

Bruckner Ave Maria


This pivotal celebration in the Calendar, celebrating the turning point in the story of our salvation, has not been celebrated at All Saints with a High Mass for some years. 

As we are no longer linked with the Annunciation Bryanston St we have restored this celebration to our Liturgical programme this year.

Please keep the date free and be at All Saints for this day off from Lent!




We look forward to welcoming

Bishop Rowan Williams

as our Holy Week preacher this year



 Bishop Rowan will be with us from

Palm Sunday to Easter Day as follows

Palm Sunday                                         11am High Mass


Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday   6.30pm Mass


Maundy Thursday                                6.30pm High Mass


Good Friday                                          12 Noon 

                                                                Preaching the Passion

                                                               1pm Solemn Liturgy


Holy Saturday                                      9pm Easter Vigil


Easter Day                                            11am High Mass



Advice from the diocese of London about the reception of Holy Communion:


Holy Communion 

While it is our faith that the sacraments are means of grace and not of sickness, they are physically ministered, and we should take physical care. As well as the specific concern about Coronavirus, this advice is generally applicable for all infectious disease. 


1. Wash Hands. Priests presiding at the Eucharist, communion administrators and servers are reminded to wash hands. 


 2. Do not intinct. Because hands can be as much a source of pathogens as lips, intinction is no safer than drinking and can introduce germs into the cup.
Intinction (dipping the bread into the wine) can also threaten those with certain immune or allergic conditions. For instance, those with gluten intolerance for whom traces of gluten can be hazardous are at greater risk when other communicants have dipped their communion wafer into the wine. 


3. Consider receiving Holy Communion in one Kind. It is Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind only (ie. just the bread) is to receive the sacrament in its entirety. The celebrant should always receive from the Chalice. Should a communicant feel ill or not wish to drink from the chalice then he or she ought to receive the consecrated bread alone. There is no need at this stage to cease offering the chalice to the congregation. 


Parish Retreat

The 2020 parish retreat will be from May 22-24  at Bishop Woodford House in Ely. It will be conducted by Fr Luke Miller, who is the Archdeacon of London. 

If you want to come, or would like further information, please contact Martin Woolley at 

or on 


Rooms will be allocated in the order in which bookings are received.




For the foreseeable future the Parish Office will not always be staffed.
James Sherwood will usually be in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Peter Little will also be in and around the church working as sacristan / verger.

The best way to get in touch with the parish is by email:

E:         (T: 020 7636 1788)



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Those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers: 

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Mayshee Eyob, Belinda, Victor Sharp, David Fettke, Joan Cooper, Jenni Black,

Elizabeth Dennis, Sian Evans, Helen Mannion, Vallery Tchukov,

Hilary Anne, Sara Vice, Lenore Kimbrough, Fr Ron Swan,

Darryl d'Souza, Katherine Lee, Chris Gudgeon, Fr Kevin Hunt,

Nicky Yeo, Lorna Smith, Margaret Clark, James Shrimpton


Those known to us recently departed:

James Nagenda, Clive Wright, James Adam, Robert Lane


Anniversaries of death this week:  




William Butterfield, Thomas Skeffington-Lodge, James Keen, Eleanor Alaway, Derek Beavan, Diana Stonebanks, Yoskyl Brackley,

Ian Searle, Lionel Ryan, Catherine Thomas, Judy Stewart, Alexander Finnis, Martin Mogridge



Sunday 23 February Sunday before Lent

8am Low Mass

11am HIGH MASS  

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie

Mass in C major K.259 - Mozart

Motet: Laudate Dominum - Mozart


 5.15pm Low Mass

6pm Evensong and Benediction 

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie

Canticles: Murrill in E

Anthem: Thou wilt keep him - Wesley 



WORSHIP at ALL SAINTS this week   


Monday 24 February - Friday 27 February

7.30am Morning Prayer   8am Low Mass (except Wednesdays)

Daily: 12.30pm Confessions   1.10pm Low Mass

5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm Low Mass   


Wednesday 26 February Ash Wednesday 6.30pm HIGH MASS    Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie Missa emendemus in melius - Palestrina    Emendemus in melius Byrd


Fridays in Lent: 7pm Stations of the Cross


Saturday 29 February (Church opens at 11am) 

12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer

6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 1 March  Lent 1

8am Low Mass

11am HIGH MASS    Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie

Western Wind Mass - Sheppard

Motet: In ieiunio et fletu - Tallis 


5.15pm Low Mass 

6pm Evensong and Benediction      Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie

Canticles: Byrd short

Anthem: Ne irascaris - Byrd 

The best way to get in touch with the parish is by email:

E:         (T: 020 7636 1788)



below the Parish Room is open after High Mass and Evensong.

The bar has a members' only licence; (membership £5). 

Club members are reminded that annual subscriptions for 2020 

are due for renewal  from 1st January. 

New members are welcome.

THE PARISH SHOP is open in the Parish Room before High Mass and in the courtyard afterwards. On sale this week:


Full service information: 



Discussion and decision on sacramental ministry and the appointment of a new Incumbent at All Saints Margaret Street - the process. 

(information pack available on the parish website:

From Fr Adam Atkinson

When Bishop Sarah and Bishop Jonathan were both at All Saints in November we started a discussion on a review of the Resolution about the episcopal oversight of the parish to precede the appointment process for a new Incumbent at All Saints.

The Resolution the parish has in place at present was agreed upon before Bishop Sarah became the Diocesan Bishop. The Bishops were encouraging us to review our position on it and have delegated Fr Adam Atkinson to lead us through discussion and decision, the annual meeting and to the appointment process. These three phases will take about 6 months.

Discussion on the Resolution

The Bishops are keen to allow the parish time and space for discussion and the PCC to take responsibility for the health of the whole and the future ministry of the parish. Given the strong feelings in the parish about the nature of episcopal and priestly sacramental ministry, it seems wise to allow a process of listening to start in January after the PCC meeting on 13th, leading to a decision before Easter to take place.

Fr Neil Bunker will be joining Fr Adam Atkinson in this listening exercise. They will be holding private one to one meetings and enabling people to book times through the church office. They intend to commit sufficient hours to this over January and February as to satisfy the appetite among the congregation for discussion.

A pack of background information for discussion on a Resolution under the House of Bishops Declaration has been put together under the instruction of the Bishops. It is available in hard copy and online (on the Parish website, via the link to the January 2020 Parish Paper). Informed by the listening exercise the PCC will take responsibility for a decision on the Resolution by Passiontide. It is seen as important that this step is concluded before Bishop Rowan comes to lead us through Holy Week.

Appointment of Incumbent

The Annual Meeting (APCM) is currently scheduled for 26 April, at which a new PCC will be elected. It is time to elect Deanery Synod representatives as well as five other places on PCC, plus the annual election of the two churchwardens. It is this new PCC from which the two parish representatives will be selected to join the panel with the Bishop and those who are tasked with appointing a new Incumbent. 

Because important elements of the parish profile cannot be concluded until a decision on the Resolution has been reached, the process of appointment of a new Incumbent will not begin until after the APCM. In line with common practice, the PCC may wish to revisit their decision on a Resolution at that point. The Bishops are content to endorse this timing and this process.

We expect an advertisement to be published in May and interviews take place in June, for an Autumn appointment. Until that point the priestly cover will be offered by a number of friends of All Saints who have permission to officiate by the Diocesan Bishop.

How to play your part

Every one of us at All Saints Margaret Street is involved. St Paul's image of the Church as one Body with many parts applies to us as a parish: We all have different gifts and different functions in the body but each one is to be honoured. The life of the whole is dependant on the health of each member. Christ is the head of the body. Please do consider under God how you can contribute to the health and life of the whole body:

Prayer - Please intercede for the life of God in and though us, pray for our leaders for the future ministry of the church, pray for wisdom from above.

Speaking - Let us speak well of one another, taking care how we use the tongues with which we praise God, building one another up, telling of His love.

Participation - Sign up for a private one to one conversation in January/February, read the information, enjoy serving at and giving through All Saints.

If you would like to sign up for a conversation with Fr Adam (dates available from 10 January), please speak to Chris Self or contact him by email at


OR by telephone:

020 7723 2938 (where you can leave a message).


If you have any questions please do approach members of the PCC and the Priests at All Saints and you may also contact Fr Adam in person or on



Donations of warm clothing are gratefully sought at this time of year by our neighbours the Jesus Army. Women's clothing and men's, particularly shoes, are appreciated. Please leave donations in the Parish Office, or the vicarage hallway.


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If you would like pastoral assistance, please contact:

The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, 

London W1W 8JG 

T: 020 7636 1788.  E:

Assistant Priest: Fr Michael Bowie 

T: 07581 180963  E: 

(Day off: Wednesday) 

Safeguarding Officers: Please raise any concerns you have with:

Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and Janet Drake (Children) 

If you would like prayers offered, amendments to the prayer list or to obtain an Electoral Roll form please contact the office:   



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.)


The ministry of All Saints costs £1,070/day. 

Visitors, tourists & photographers are invited to contribute, reviewing the experience on All Saints' Trip Advisor entry. 

THANK YOU for all donations supporting the Church's work and worship, choir & music and care of its heritage buildings.  

The Government reports an £600m annual shortfall in take-up of Gift Aid tax relief for UK charities - so All Saints doesn't lose the extra 25%, please always GIFT AID! 

PARISH GIVING leaflets - about how to set up regular giving to All Saints - can be found on the church table. 

Donations for general Church purposes: 

To give by BACS please use the following details, 

advising the Administrator to collect Gift Aid:  

PCC All Saints (Charity # 1132895)
Sort Code 60-09-15. A/C # 04559452 

Parish Legacy Policy 

We are always delighted to hear from anyone who wants to support us with a donation. Our PCC Legacy Policy though is to encourage people to leave bequests specifically to one of our two related charities to be used for purposes of lasting value (rather than day to day costs): 

All Saints Choir & Music Trust (Charity # 802994) or 

The All Saints Foundation (Charity # 273390). 

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