All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 11th November 2016

All Saints Parish Newsletter 11th November 2016

Dear Friend,

Today is Armistice Day, and the nation will keep silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day in remembrance, as we will do again on Sunday.  We know, of course, that “the war to end all wars” did not turn out to be that. The armistice brought no lasting peace but only a ceasefire before the conflict would resume, and on an even more horrific scale, fueled by poisonous resentments and ideologies and irrational hatreds. 

The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, of which Jesus speaks in Sunday’s Gospel, was a cataclysm for the Jews. Was this, asked his disciples, a sign of the end of the world? 

He gives them no direct answer. Instead, he tells them how they are to behave in times of war, rebellion and persecution, of anger and fear.   They are to remain fixed on their one main purpose, which is to testify faithfully and to trust in Jesus, both for the immediate words they are to use, and for their own long term salvation. Jesus’ words are reflected in his actions: even in the midst of the rising tension of his impending passion, he continues to preach, to teach, and to heal. 

In fevered and fractious times, when intemperate voices appeal to fears and resentments, when opinions are taken as facts and lies as truth, the Church is to continue steadfastly in Jesus’ mission. Rather than washing its hands of a dangerous and frightening world, it must witness in its worship and prayer, its teaching and service, to God’s kingdom of justice, peace, truth and love.  We must all seek to build communities and work for a society in which all are recognized and respected as God’s children.

Yours in Christ,


Fr. Alan Moses 
Prebendary Alan Moses 
Vicar, All Saints Margaret Street
Area Dean Marylebone

Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers:
  Asia Bibi, Bishop Michael Perham, Doris Saunders, Antony O’Connor, Paul Curno, Agnes Poitevin-Navarre and José de Oliveira.

For the recently departed:   John Lippiatt, John Hudson (Priest), Frank Owen, Bernardina Pontoglio, Dilys Thomas (former All Saints’ PCC Secretary for a great many years, who died on the Eve of All Saints and whose Funeral Requiem will take place on Tuesday 22 November at 3.30pm), Barbara Reynolds, Patrick Phelan (Priest) whose Funeral takes place on Monday 14 November, and David Pearce. We also remember those who died this week in the Croydon tram derailment.  

Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including: Arthur Hutchings (composer of Church Music), Sidney Dines, Annie Searles, George Scott (Server), Ethel Rawll, Sam Thorpe, Graham Hawkes (PCC member and Trustee of the Choir & Music Trust), Rachel Clayton, George Genge, Herbert Brockley, Jannette Brierly, William Foster, Alfred Stephens, Elizabeth Marychurch, Jonathan Walker, Nadine Olivey (Friend of All Saints), Norman Caplin (All Saints’ Honorary Assistant Organist and composer), Clifford Doyle (Priest), Joan Roberts and Donald Page.      

For full service information:



Saturday 12 November 2016 at All Saints

11.30 am       Rosary and Walsingham Devotions

12 noon         Low Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham

Saturday 12 November at 3pm
EVENSONG & BENEDICTION in celebration of Dr Harry Bramma’s 80th Birthday [All Saints Director of Music 1989 – 2004]  
Stanford in G
If the Lord had not helped me – Bairstow

We hope that friends old and new, from All Saints and further afield, will join us to help Harry to celebrate this milestone. The Very Revd. Nicholas Frayling, Dean Emeritus of Chichester, who has an unrivalled fund of Bramma anecdotes, will speak after the service, when refreshments will be served.

HIGH MASS, 10.58am 
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning 
Darke in F 
Thou knowest, Lord, the secret of our hearts – Purcell

There is no Sunday lunch service today and until the new cookers can be fitted in the kitchen. 

Preacher: The Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses
Dyson in F
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem – Howells


CHRIST THE KING (Sunday next before Advent)  
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Credomesse – Mozart
Alleluia, I heard a voice – Weelkes

There is no Sunday lunch service today and until the new cookers can be fitted in the kitchen. 

Preacher: The Vicar, 
Prebendary Alan Moses 
The Second Service – Leighton
Hallelujah (Messiah) – Handel

Following Evensong & Benediction at 7.15pm:-

ORGAN RECITAL on the four-manual Harrison & Harrison (1910)
Associate Director of Music, All Saints

Prelude & Fugue in F minor BWV534; 
Gottes Sohn ist kommen
BWV600  J. S. Bach (1685-1750):

Sonata no. 4 op. 98 – J. Rheinberger (1839-1901)

  1. Tempo Moderato
  2. Intermezzo
  3. Fuga cromatica

Slumber Song – W. Lloyd Webber (1914-1982)
Choral no. 3 in A minor – C. Franck (1822-90)

Free entry with retiring collection to support the Choir and Music at All Saints (suggested donation £5). The All Saints Licensed Club/Bar below the Church will be open after this recital.

Please find more organ recitals at 

The ALL SAINTS FESTIVAL APPEAL 2016 which ran over the period of the Festival, collecting at each service and running a bottle raffle (which raised £406) and was drawn on Festival Sunday looks on first calculations immediately after Allsaintstide to have raised a splendid £7,250 (with applicable Gift Aid). Many thanks to everyone who contributed so generously. We are still happy to accept further donations should they be forthcoming:-

The Appeal is raising funds for
THREE important causes:

The Marylebone Project (run in London NW1 by the Church Army) –‘empowers homeless women into independent living’. Our money supports the emergency bed unit, providing emergency accommodation for women escaping domestic violence, financial crisis, sexual exploitation and mental health issues.

THE SOUP KITCHEN (run by the American International Church in Tottenham Court Road) ‘helping the homeless in central London’, providing 17,000 meals a year, to some 400 people, with an average of 70 people being fed each day.


UMOJA HIV PROJECT, (run by USPG – the United Society Partners in the Gospel) working in the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland Zimbabwe.  This project ‘enables people living with HIV and Aids to live positive lives’ by reducing stigma and boosting HIV prevention. The programme mobilizes the local community, in partnership with local churches and HIV services, raising awareness of the lack of care and support for these people and their families.

Please give generously – gift-aiding your donations wherever you can (so that your generosity is increased 25%). If you can’t visit All Saints, please send cheques payable to: Parochial Church All Saints in an envelope marked FESTIVAL APPEAL to: All Saints Church, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG.



Please print the name of anyone you would like to have remembered at the last of the November Requiem Masses in the black folder in the Baptistery: Monday 21 November 6.30pm Mass

Urgent Appeal by WRAP UP LONDON – collecting old winter coats to redistribute directly to the people who need them most. If you can donate a coat to the Parish Office in the next five days, by Friday18 November, Allie Hunter has kindly offered to deliver them to the central collection point. Give a coat, warm a heart.  

NEW ALL SAINTS GREETINGS CARDS SELLING WELL – Over £1250 worth of the beautiful new cards have been sold in aid of All Saints in the first few weeks, with more stocks ordered.  
The images are: the traditional Tile Nativity Scene; a new and dramatically lit shot of Our Lady of Margaret Street and a new and beautifully coloured image of the Sanctuary. Cards can be bought from the Parish Shop on Sundays and from the Parish Office in packs of 6 cards (all one design in each pack) for £5.  Fridge magnets are also available of the image of the Sanctuary, which we hope will prove a popular small memento for visitors to the Church at £3 each (£4 with P&P). If you are with us this Sunday, they will be on sale in the courtyard after Mass.  

NEXT PCC MEETING – the next regular meeting of the PCC is to be held on Monday 14 November at 7pm in the Parish Room and an outline agenda of its business will be published in church about a week beforehand. The meeting now rescheduled from Monday 28 November to Tuesday 29 November at 7pm in the Parish Room will only consider the matter of the Resolutions in place at All Saints.

All Saints will NOT be carol singing around the parish this year as the Plaza shopping precinct, our main venue, is being reconstructed and the shops are closed.  However, the following extract from the website of the London Churches Refugee Fund gives details of their carol singing at Oxford Circus so anyone wanting to sing to help raise money should contact the organiser.  

Friday 25th November, 3-8pm, Oxford Circus Underground. We are always under cover, down in the ticket hall. Best way to find our “pitch” is to go down the steps by Benetton at the south-western corner of Oxford Circus. Choose a shift: 3-4.30pm, 4.30-6pm, or (the heroes’ shift) 6-8pm. Bring an instrument to swell the volume. Wear sparkly clothes to draw people’s eyes. Come even if you can’t sing well, because we need people to shake buckets and give out leaflets as well. Contact Maggie at, 020 7372 1765. She is organising the rota and will be glad to hear from you.  

Bishop Stephen Platten will be leading a pilgrimage from the City Deaneries to the Holy Land in the autumn of 2017 not only visiting the Holy Places, but also meeting with the Christian community who face daily difficulties in living their faith. Travelling from 30 October to 6 November the cost of the pilgrimage is £1400 per person sharing a twin room. For more details or to book, please contact Pilgrimage People on 0800 6123423 or email: or join us on Monday 28 November at 6pm for an information evening at St Michael’s Cornhill ECV3 9DS.

Thursday 8 December 2016 – Conception of Our Lady at St Mary’s Bourne Street – 7pm High Mass
You need not be a member of the Cell to join in this event. They are organised by the Cell members for all to join as they wish.  

Saturday 10 December, 3pmCHRISTMAS POETRY TEA at Pamela Botsford’s home – the theme for which is Seasonal. Tickets: £6 sold in aid of the All Saints’ Restoration Appeal. Please see Pamela or Sandra Allan in the courtyard to obtain further details.  

** MISSION NEWS** Men’s clothing is badly needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street and also by the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, both of whom  provide a daily range of services to homeless people. As you prepare for the winter season, if you have men’s clothes to give away, please bring to Church and leave at the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbour’s efforts predominantly with homeless men.

The Soup Kitchen specifically calls for: men’s trousers (sizes 32-36) and men’s sturdy/athletic shoes (sizes 9-12 especially) and say ‘we are also beginning to need men’s outerwear of all varieties and we always need rucksacks and duffle-bags to help our guests carry their belongings!’

Miranda Suit, Director of the Soup Kitchen (part-time, usually in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays) says: Please drop me a line if you are planning to drop things off here. As always, many thanks for your support. Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD  T: 020 7580 2791


CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WESTMINSTER remind us of their forthcoming “Meet the Neighbours” event which, by kind invitation of Westminster Quakers, will be from 7-9pm on Monday, 14 November 2016 at Westminster Quakers Meeting House, 52 St. Martins Lane, WC2N 4EA. All are very welcome to attend. (These events are always very enjoyable, and are an excellent opportunity to visit other Westminster churches and find out more about their ministries, style of worship, and buildings. The opportunity to socialise is, of course, also an important feature).  The event starts at 7pm with light refreshments in the Library – there will be two short talks and a period of worship and reflection and the event concludes with tea, coffee and biscuits. Enquiries please contact: Olivia Hewitt | Phone: 07914633887.

Thursday 24th November – 9pm Compline at St Cyprian’s, Clarence Gate


The charities we had agreed to support through the Lent Appeal 2016 (and including applicable Gift Aid) received the following sums:-  

Marylebone Project – £2,666.67 – emergency refuge and rehoming project for homeless women. 
USPG – £2,666.67 – 
work with those experiencing Aids and HIV in Zimbabwe.  
London Diocese Lent Appeal – £3,001.66– 
this year supporting Syrian and Iraqi refugees through charities Open Doors and Aid to the Church in Need.  The certificate of appreciation is on the Church noticeboard. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this great achievement – a significantly enhanced total collected through the Lent Appeal compared with recent years – of £8,335 (including some late funds generated by the Queen’s 90th Birthday Raffle). To this sum must now be added the further £20k raised by the Vicar’s Pilgrimage of earlier this year.


MARYLEBONE PROJECT run by the CHURCH ARMY – A Day Centre, Residential and Transitional accommodation provider, re-settlement project and Educational and Training Unit for women. The Emergency Bed Unit – for which we have for some years helped to provide the funds for one of the 4 beds – offers a safe haven and refuge for women escaping domestic violence, financial crisis, sexual exploitation and mental health issues. 

Year Round Support
 – we also support the Marylebone Resettlement Project with non-perishable food and toiletries or household necessities like cutlery or bed linen/blankets. Thank you to everyone who contributes food and household essentials via the basket in Church or handed in to the Parish Office. Please continue to donate these so we can help more people in need.

Day-to-day Support
 – we respond to the needs of homeless people who visit the church allowing them to sleep there in the daytime and signposting them to other agencies who can offer help and donating £1,000 towards the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church in Tottenham Court Road this year. We also allow individuals, who need a place to shelter or sleep during the day, to rest in the back of the church. We have created an information resource for Church Watchers, giving useful advice to homeless and vulnerable people seeking particular support or services. In the face of a rising tide of homelessness in London and as the cold weather starts to bite, please help us fund and support people in need through our Mission activities.

Want to help someone sleeping rough but don’t know how? 
Call Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 and they will get a visit from the local Street Team who can put them in contact with the services they may need. 

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The Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses:

Or Assistant Priest Fr Michael Bowie:


On major weekday feasts, High Mass is sung at 6.30pm 

SUNDAYS in Church 
Low Mass 6.30pm (Saturday), 8am and 5.15pm. Morning Prayer 10.20am
HIGH MASS and SERMON, 11am and   


Morning Prayer 7.30am
Low Mass – 8am, 1.10pm and 6.30pm
Evening Prayer 6pm
(Except Bank Holidays – 12 noon Mass only)


Morning Prayer 7.30am
Low Mass – 12 noon and 6.30pm (First Mass of Sunday) 
Evening Prayer 6pm


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.) and e-mail: