All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 15th November 2013

All Saints Parish Newsletter 15th November 2013

Dear Friends,

Remembrance and Expectation
Remembrance has been much in our minds in these November days.

Expectation and hope are major themes in our worship as we move towards Advent.

For Christians “remembrance” was part of our language and practice long before it was adopted to commemorate the dead of the Great War. Nor is it limited to days in November.

We celebrate the Eucharist day by day to remember Christ as he has commanded.

But this differs significantly from secular remembrance. Ours is not a wistful memory of a tragic death. Nor is it merely a psychological aide-memoire to remind us of the cross.

Our remembrance is an expectant one. We expect that Christ will be present with us in word and sacrament; not as someone long-dead but as risen and alive. 

Sacraments are not to be dismissed as “mere symbols.” They are effectual signs – they make real what they signify.

The sacrament we celebrate is also an expectation and anticipation of the future fulfilment of the kingdom in the heavenly banquet.

So, we can say that as we celebrate the Eucharist we “remember the future.” And in that remembrance God works to make our future.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Alan Moses

Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers:
Harry Allan, Peter Burbidge, Margaret Campbell, Rachel Clayton, Sheena Cruse, Rosie Davis, Arthur Fearns, Charles Forker, Denise Inge, Mason Jacobsen, Rachel Jackson-Stevens, Jill, Katherine Lee, Joshua Levy, Marimar Perez Fabo,  Celia Shore, Stephen Short, Kate Thomas, Andrew Tillyard, David and Jo Vincent, Paolla Vincentin, Heather Walker, Wendy Wall, Fr Stephen Williams.

For the recently departed: Bryan Rixon, John Tavener.

At the anniversary of their death (during the coming week): Jonathan Walker, Nadine Olivey, Norman Caplin (2011), Clifford Doyle, Joan Roberts, Donald Page, Florinco Searle, Helen Clayton, Douglas Cudmore, Emma Stephens, John Harrington, Kingsley Stansfield, David Voy (2009), Elizabeth Marychurch, George Ebbs, Joyce Harvey, Winifred Brough, Mary Buchanan, Timothy Lawford, Josephine Fletcher, Robert Walker, Ailsa Critchley, Ann Swanton.


Sunday 17 November, 11amSECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT HIGH MASS Preacher: The Vicar Prebendary Alan Moses. Music: Missa super Sancta Maria – Handel. Hymn to the Trinity – Tchaikovsky.  

6pm – CHORAL EVENSONG & BENEDICTION – Preacher: Fr Gerald Beauchamp. Music: Service in G minor – Purcell   Round me falls the night – Day. 

TEACHING THE FAITH AT ALL SAINTS – Ten-to-One Sunday Talk Series by the Vicar: WHY DO YOU DO THAT? – Chanting. The bell is rung at the start.


ALL SAINTS RESTORATION APPEAL – Phase IV Lighting & Electrical Renewal –
We are delighted to announce that within the first two weeks of the Appeal, launched by the Vicar on Festival Sunday 3 November, we have already raised £13,926 (with anticipated Gift Aid this is £17,400).  Adding this to the existing £100,000 makes £117,400 towards our total of £250,000.
The balance we still need to fund-raise for is £132,600. Thank you to everyone who contributed donations both large and small; we are most grateful for the excellent start and continued progress with the Restoration Appeal.

If you have still to contribute, please make cheques payable to: All Saints Margaret Street PCC Restoration Account and send to Restoration Appeal, All Saints Church Parish Office, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG. If you are a UK tax payer and have signed/will sign a Gift Aid declaration with us, your donation to the Appeal is increased by 25%. Please indicate that you wish your contribution to be Gift Aided and ensure we have your full name (with initial/s), address and postcode. If you are unsure if you have signed a Gift Aid declaration form, please pick one up from the table in church, complete and return to Mrs Dee Prior, Parish Administrator.

The Vicar is attending General Synod Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 November and on Wednesday 20 November – the Parish Office will be closed.


The book for names of those to be remembered at Requiem Masses on Tuesday 26th November at 6.30pm is on the lectern in the Baptistery in Church. Please print names clearly. If you are unable to come into Church to add names to the list – please email or telephone Dee Prior, Parish Administrator on 020 7636 1788 as soon as you can.

EVENTS THIS WEEK AT ALL SAINTS, THE ANNUNCIATION AND ST CYPRIAN’S: (Events take place at All Saints unless indicated otherwise.)

Monday 11 November (OPENS) – Sat 21 December (CLOSES)CARD AID SHOP in the Parish Room, opening times: 11am – 3pm Monday – Saturday (closed Sunday). Card Aid shops offer an unrivalled range of cards, together with the assurance that ALL profits from the cards sold are going to charity. Award winning Peace Oil will also be available here at All Saints.

FUTURE EVENTS AT ALL SAINTS, THE ANNUNCIATION AND ST CYPRIAN’S: (Events take place at All Saints unless indicated otherwise.)

Monday 18 November, 7pmMEETING OF THE ALL SAINTS PCC in the Dining Room (please note venue altered due to Card Aid in Parish Room). 

Sunday 24 November, CHRIST THE KING – following High Mass at 11am there will be a short ceremony of dedication of the Lamps at the Church Gate – renewed in memory of Geoffrey Constable.

Sunday 24 NovemberTen-to-One Talk Series: WHY DO YOU DO THAT? Processions.
7/12 talks given by the Vicar. The bell is rung at the start.

Sunday 24 November, 7.15pm (following Benediction) – ORGAN RECITAL – CHARLES ANDREWS, Associate Director of Music. Programme includes: Bach, Widor and Reger.
Retiring collection to support the Choir and Music at All Saints (suggested donation £3.50).
All Saints Licensed Club/Bar below the Church will be open afterwards.

Thursday 28 November, 7.15pm – CHARITY CONCERT by COLIBRI GUITAR DUO (Rod Faulkner and Howard Bryant). In aid of TRACKS AUTISM (patron Jane Asher) Colibri has raised approx £2,000 for Tracks in the last year.
45 minutes of music – both serious and some lighter – from the 16th century to the present day. Composers from Dowland and Granados to U2. Admission by programme, suggested donation £6.

Friday 29 November, 7pm after the 6.30pm Low Mass with Hymns, All Saints Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham – A REFLECTION by DR COLIN PODMORE who will speak about his recent editing of the writings on Our Lady of prominent Anglo-Catholic Canon Roger Greenacre. Talk to be followed by light refreshments. All welcome.

Sunday 1 December 2013, 6pm – ADVENT SERVICE of READINGS AND MUSIC by Candlelight
, with the Choir of All Saints. After the service the All Saints Licensed Club/Bar will be open. All welcome – bring some friends!

Thurs 5 December, 7pm ANGLICAN CATHOLIC FUTURE event – AN INTRODUCTION TO ADVENT, a Talk by Fr Anders Bergquist, Vicar of St John’s Wood. Talk to be followed by light refreshments. All welcome.

Saturday 7 December, 3pm
CHRISTMAS POETRY TEA at Pamela’s. Please bring ‘Seasonal’ poems or prose – stretch your imagination! To accept, or to find out Pamela’s address, please speak to Pamela or Sandra Wheen in the courtyard after High Mass or ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456 (leaving your name and phone number). Cost £6 in aid of the All Saints Restoration Fund. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 December, 6.45pm – MEETING OF THE ALL SAINTS CHOIR AND MUSIC TRUST AND 7.30pm – THE FOUNDATION, in the Vicarage.

Monday 16 December 2013, 6pm – FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS and CAROLS with the Choir of All Saints. After the service mince pies and mulled wine will be served. All welcome – bring some friends!

Friday 20 December 2013, 12.30pm – LUNCHTIME CAROL SERVICE. Afterwards mince pies and mulled wine will be served. Take a break from work and come and join us! 


Wednesday 20 November CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WESTMINSTER – Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP. 6pm Classical Music Recital and 7pm ‘Meet the Neighbours’ Talk and refreshments. Please contact Isobel Owen for further information:

Saturday 23 November, 10.30am – 4pm VOCATIONS DAY WITH THE BISHOP OF CHELMSFORD, St Matthew’s Westminster – for men and women exploring vocation to the priesthood. Please register your interest on the Anglican Catholic Future website.