All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 27th May 2016

All Saints Parish Newsletter 27th May 2016

Dear Friend, 

This will be my last letter from home for 6 weeks as I leave for Spain to begin my pilgrimage of 1,000 kilometres from Seville to Santiago on Bank Holiday Monday.  I’m sure Fr. Michael will not want for inspiration during my absence. I will be sending weekly reports from the Camino de Plata which will appear in these newsletters and other Parish communications. Please see sponsorship details in the notices that follow this letter. I am hoping to raise significant funds from across the Diocese of London for persecuted Christians and for refugees from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

We are still basking in the glow of our Corpus Christi celebration last night (see notices below for more information about how well that went and Facebook for the photographs). The weather had finally turned to summer for our impressive outdoor Procession along Oxford Street and the excellent post-service refreshments for a large group of clergy, congregation and friends in the All Saints courtyard.

On Sunday, we will hear Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the Temple in which he speaks of it being a focus of prayer for all people’s, and both epistle and Gospel remind us of the universal mission of the Church, and our calling to be a church for people of many nations and backgrounds who live, work, study and shop around us. 

Yours in Christ,


Fr. Alan Moses 
Prebendary Alan Moses
Vicar All Saints Margaret Street
Area Dean of Westminster (Marylebone)

Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers: John Adams, Asia Bibi, John Bailey, Alixe Bainbridge-Spring, Vivien Caplowe, James Cary-Elwes, Dennis Davis, Mark Dougly, Kate Down, David Fettke, Ghislain Hamelin, Nicholas Harington, Lewis Harvey, Valerie Hawkins, Julia Holland and family, Maria Keen, Julie Knight, Andrew Laird, Tom Leader, Miriam Nelson, Fr. Robert Norwood, Oliver Orr, David Pearce, Agnes Poitevin-Navarre, Canon John Rees, Stella and Helen Skinner, Margaret Spencer, Rose Stephens, Madeleine Storer, Christine van Dyck, Lynn Van Keulen, Robert Walmsley and Joy Wright.   

For the recently departed:  James Coutts (Priest) and Yvonne Harland (whose Funeral Mass will take place at All Saints on a date to be confirmed).

Week commencing 27 May – remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including: Agnes Barry, Brenda Lusha, Dominic Borg, Henry Pelham Clinton, 7th Duke of Newcastle, Constance Porter, Olga Gaunt, Mary Bonar, Edna Hutt, Annie Key, Donald Barnes (Priest) and Ronald Self. 

Week commencing 3 June – remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including: Ada Tomlinson, Robert Terwilliger (Priest), Vyvian Hall, Gwen Rice, Joan Arnold,Cyril Tomkinson (7th Vicar of All Saints), Margaret White-Cooper, Doris Daw, James Binnie, Denise Gerard, Kenneth Needham Ross (8th Vicar of All Saints), Andrew Blackband, Russell Miller, Mark Seymour-Taylor, Hilda Sheppard, Reginald Rawll, Olwen Hajdu, Daphne Marsh, Norah Sweeney, Wilfrid Jennings (Priest), Percy Rees, Philip Sparrow, Alison Hack, Naomi Shaw and Michael Keelan.  

For full service information:


Preacher: The Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses
Missa Quarti Toni – Victoria 
Gloria tibi Trinitas – Händl

There is no Sunday Lunch service this week. Frances O’Neil will be the chef on Sunday 5 June.

There is a meeting of the All Saints Servers after Mass today.

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning 
Service in G – Sumsion   
Gott ist mein Hirt – Schubert 


Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Missa Brevis – Kodaly
How lovely are the messengers (from St Paul) – Mendelssohn 

There is no Sunday Lunch service.

Preacher: Fr Barry Orford 
Harwood in A flat 
I saw the Lord – Stainer 

Please note: The Parish Administrator is on annual leave and so the Parish Office will be closed 1st – 8th June inclusive.  Emails and phone messages will be checked from time to time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to promote, welcome visitors or who attended and participated in the splendid feast of Corpus Christi celebrated at All Saints yesterday night. 

A congregation of some 180 included representatives from far and wide, including All Saints Notting Hill, St James’s Sussex Gardens, the Swedish and Latvian Churches, St Matthew’s Bethnal Green, St Mary Madgdalene Paddington, St John’s Wood, Holy Trinity Church of England School Southwark as well as representatives of the dioceses of Long Island and Philadelphia USA. Thanks especially to the Events and Bar teams for their splendid hospitality and to the many other volunteers who carried the canopy or banners, stewarded or leafleted the procession and to the children for bell-ringing and flower-petal scattering.

For anyone who could not be present at All Saints on this fine early summer evening, Fr Kevin Scully’s sermon is available on the All Saints website and – if you have access to Facebook – there are some excellent photographs that capture the mood of the occasion on the Church’s Facebook page – as a very long procession, with the All Saints choir accompanied by brass and drum, made its public act of prayer and witness along Oxford Street, drawing attention to the plight of fellow Christians in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the world. The looks on the faces of the many late shoppers and those spilling out on the pavements of the restaurants and bars in Market Square as the procession hoved into view were a sight to behold!

Fr. Alan begins his 1000 km walking pilgrimage from Seville to Santiago de Compostela on Tuesday 31 May. If you would like to sponsor him in support of the Diocese of London’s projects for persecuted Christians and for refugees from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, sponsorship forms will be available in church and the parish office. There is a sponsorship form to sign up in church. You can also donate directly online through Give.Net where the specific fundraising page is:

ALL SAINTS’ STEWARDSHIP 2016 & your Regular Giving – Campaign Update 
We would like to warmly thank all who have already responded to the Stewardship Campaign, whether generously to increase their giving (as many have), to confirm their existing commitment (which is helpful as it allows the Church to budget more effectively) or to confirm that they have switched from envelope giving to standing order (which is more cost-effective and efficient for the Church).  Confirmation of Gift Aid payment is also very important as it increases the value of donations by UK tax payers by 25p for every £1 given (at no cost to yourselves). Please make sure we have your up-to-date address in order to be able to claim Gift Aid on your contributions.

The PCC on 24 May received a positive report on the encouraging response to the Campaign so far – achieving approximately a £10,000 uplift in stewardship donations per annum from a 20% response rate, which we are advised is good. However, if you have still to respond (even simply to confirm your existing commitment will be maintained) please do so by 20 June when the Standing Committee meets and will receive an updated report.  

If you are on the All Saints Electoral Roll, we hope you will have received the recent mailshot. Please contact the Parish Office on 020 7636 1788 or if you have not yet had a Stewardship pack and would like one. Also available on the table in Church.


If there are any last Christian Aid envelopes to be returned, please bring in to Church and give to a Churchwarden on Sunday 29 May so that the funds raised can be calculated and passed on to Christian Aid. Thank you for your generosity in supporting those in need in Bangladesh.

WALSINGHAM NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE – reserve list still open….
All Saints will again be running a coach to the Walsingham National Pilgrimage on Monday 30 May. The coach will leave All Saints at 7.30am prompt. Mass at 12 noon in the Abbey Grounds; Preacher: The Revd Andrew Mitcham, Vicar of Walsingham and Guardian of the Shrine. Cost will be approximately £20 for adults. At the moment, all seats are booked, but a reserve list is operating as experience has shown that people do drop out near the date. Please get in touch with Ross Buchanan (Tel: 020 7221 1312) if you would like to go on the reserve list for a seat or to know more.

You are invited to a POETRY TEA PARTY on Saturday 4 June at 3pm, at Pamela’s.  All welcome.  Please bring Poetry and Prose relating to the subject of ‘Europe’.  To accept, or to ask for Pamela’s address, please speak to Pamela or Sandra in the courtyard or ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456 leaving your name and phone number.  Cost £6 towards the All Saints Restoration Appeal.

FITZFEST 2016: 8-11 JUNE
8-11 June 2016 sees the inaugural FitzFest celebrating London’s Fitzrovia with its musical heritage from past generations together with the contemporary diversity that thrives today.

With a programme of music made entirely by musicians who have lived or worked in Fitzrovia over the centuries – and often played on historical instruments made in Fitzrovia – the festival is grounded in the local community. It offers a vast array of community concerts, workshops, social and fitness events to draw the local people into the festival and to celebrate the current community alongside the historical culture of the area. Venues during the festival include unconventional spaces such as shops, bars, pubs, art galleries and community spaces. And All Saints Margaret Street…

Friday 10 June 4pm-4.45pm – All Saints Margaret Street 
ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT WIND QUINTET CONCERT –  Wind players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play Wind Quintets on Fitzrovian Instruments. Programme includes works by Danzi and Weber.

Friday 10 June 8pm-9.45pm
Simultaneously at All Saints Margaret Street and Fitzrovia Chapel 


Half of the concert at All Saints Margaret Street:
Boismortier Flute Music, played by the flautists of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on Fitzrovian Instruments.

At the interval the audiences will swap venues, led through the streets by tour guides, where they will listen to the other half of the concert.

Half of the concert at the Fitzrovia Chapel:
Wind players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and pianist Olga Jegunova play Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds on Fitzrovian Instruments.
Played on historical instruments made in Fitzrovia.

For ticket booking, see: where you can buy guaranteed tickets or register for free events. Half of the total paid-for tickets will be available to buy online at full price shown. The other half will be available on the door on a first come, first served basis.  Any remaining free/donation tickets will also be available on the door.

Sunday 12 June AN INVITATION TO A PICNIC LUNCH – Come and celebrate the QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY at All Saints 
Following the St Paul’s Service of Thanksgiving on 10 June and in parallel with The Patron’s Lunch for 10,000 people in the Mall on 12 June, All Saints is contributing in a modest way to the national celebrations for the Queen with its customary music and hospitality for this auspicious occasion. Director of Music, Tim Byram-Wigfield has chosen music for both High Mass and Evensong on Sunday 12 June especially to mark HM The Queen’s Official 90th Birthday. Works include Walton’s Missa Brevis and the voluntary Crown Imperial, along with Parry’s Offertory Motet I was glad in the morning and Byrd’s anthem O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth with Parry’s voluntary Elizabeth in the evening.

The Events Committee anticipates a glorious day’s weather for a mass picnic with suitable food and drink in a bunting bedecked church courtyard – well suited to a Parish cold collation or an All Saints’ style street party. All are welcome to join in the festivities starting immediately after Mass. Please bring a straw hat to protect from the promised sunshine!


Churches Together in Westminster “Meet the Neighbours”
Westminster is blessed with a large number of churches of all shapes and sizes, but each church is unique. One of the aims of “Meet the Neighbours” visits is to give everyone the opportunity to both respect and be open to experiencing and learning a little more about the worship traditions and ministries of the host churches.

11 am on Wednesday, 1 June 2016.
Our hosts will be THE ROYAL MILITARY CHAPEL, The Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ.  All welcome. The visit includes: Weekday Holy Communion (Anglican) Celebrant: The Senior Chaplain (please advise if you need a gluten free wafer) followed by a talk about the Guards Chapel Silver and coffee. Please see:

St Cyprian’s, Clarence Gate, Saturday 4 June 2016 at 3pm – CHORAL EVENING PRAYER & BENEDICTION – Responses Tomkins, Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis Brewer in D, Anthem Vaughan Williams ‘Valiant for Truth’. Celebrant: Fr Gerald Beauchamp and Director of Music: Julian Collings

The last lecture in the series will be held at Hinde St Methodist Church at 7.30pm.  Admission is free & all are welcome!

Living as Christians in Multi-faith Britain and
the Importance of Religious Literacy

14 June – Michael Wakelin, Religion & Media Consultant


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, providing luncheon vouchers for the West London Day Centre for rough sleepers who apply to the office (and just recently in 2016 donating £1,000 towards the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church in Tottenham Court Road) and allowing a few 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, 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

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: