All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 2nd September 2016

All Saints Parish Newsletter 2nd September 2016

Dear Friend,

Trinity 15

Sunday’s gospel is about counting the cost and taking up one’s cross as a follower of Christ.

Today, Friday 2nd September, is marked by a very significant commemoration in Australia and the South Pacific, the Martyrs of Papua New Guinea. During WWII New Guinea and Papua, then both administered separately by Australia were occupied by the Japanese army; 333 Christians of all denominations died for their faith. Among them were a number of Anglican priests, evangelists, nurses and teachers. One, Fr Bernard Moore, was shot while saying Mass on the island of New Britain. During these events the Anglican Bishop, Philip Strong, an Englishman who was a frequent visitor to Christ Church St Laurence in Sydney and later Archbishop of Brisbane, made a notable statement of solidarity with his young church, which was later seen as a turning point in local Christianity:

“My brothers and sisters, fellow-workers in Christ, whatever others may do we cannot leave. We shall not leave. We shall stay by our trust. We shall stand by our vocation. We do not know what it may mean to us. Many already think us fools and mad. What does that matter! If we are fools, we are fools for Christ’s sake.
I cannot foretell the future. I cannot guarantee all will be well — that we shall all come through unscathed.

“One thing only I can guarantee is that if we do not forsake Christ present here in His Body in Papua, the Church, He will not forsake us. He will uphold us; He will sustain us; He will strengthen us and He will guide and keep us through the days that lie ahead.

“If we left all, it would take years for the Church to recover from our betrayal of trust. If we remain — and even if the worst came to the worst and we all were to perish in remaining — the Church would not perish, for there would have been no breach of trust within its walls, but its foundation and structure would have received added strength for the future building by our faithfulness unto death.”

….. “We have made our resolution to stay. Let us not shrink from it. Let us not go back on it. Let us trust and not be afraid.”

Strong’s own courage and his support of those who did suffer martyrdom gave to the subsequently united nation of Papua New Guinea a credible, local and contemporary witness to the Christian faith. As his statement suggests, counting the cost is not just about us, but about all those with whom we are connected by baptism. As Paul would say, if one part of the body feels something the whole Body is affected. The fruits of his and others’ steadfast faith were considerable.

Bishop Strong’s support of and solidarity with those who were martyred was as significant to the subsequent growth of the Church in PNG as the martyrdoms we celebrate today. You and I are unlikely, Deo gratias, to be faced with the sort of cost-counting that was forced upon Bishop Strong and his colleagues. But our steadfastness in faith, our support of our brothers and sisters, and the daily conduct of our lives as people known to be Christians, are all equally important in building the kingdom, in which our common relatedness is all.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Michael Bowie, 
Assistant Priest 
All Saints Margaret Street


Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers: Asia Bibi, Alixe Bainbridge-Spring, Br. Michael OSB, James Cary-Elwes, Jean-Yves Darcel, Fr Andrew Davis, Canon Caroline Dick, Mark Dougly, Kate Down, Bill Edmunds, Maureen Fellows, David Fettke, Ghislain Hamelin, Lewis Harvey, Gwyneth Hopkins, Maria Keen, David Kennett, Raymond King, Andrew Laird, Tom Leader, Colin Menzies, Miriam Nelson, Fr. Robert Norwood, José de Oliveira, Oliver Orr, David Pearce, Agnes Poitevin-Navarre, Canon John Rees, Barbara Reynolds, Bill Rodger, Bishop John Salt, Alma Sheard, Dorothy Skidmore, Stella and Helen Skinner, Rose Stephens,  Judy Stewart, Tony Tomlin, Christine van Dyck, Lynn Van Keulen, Robert Walmsley, Jenny Ward & Baby Emily and Joy Wright. 

For the recently departed:  Gus Bialick, John Barnes (Priest), Cynthia Drury, Michael Hartley, Tom Tudor, Neil Johnson, Danus Skene, Sr Helen Columba, Geoffrey Hughes (All Saints Friend and Benefactor, whose Funeral takes place at Holy Innocents, Fallowfield, Manchester today), Lily Caplin (whose Funeral Mass will take place on Monday 26 September at 2.30pm at All Saints), Gwen Fairchild and Will and Maria Henniker-Gotley (who died following the earthquake in Amatrice, Italy).

Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including: Harold Matts (Treasurer), Joanne, Guy and Alicia Wace, Anne Adams, Sister Jean Margaret ASSP, Edith Senior, Maud Burling, Nell Titley, Annie Harrison, Marion Richards, Elizabeth Barker, Winifred Harland and Annie Pedvin.

For full service information:


Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Missa Ego flos campi – Padilla
Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles – Byrd

There is no Sunday lunch service today. 

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie 
Magdalen Service – Leighton 
Let all the world – Leighton


Preacher: The Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses
Missa O Quam gloriosum – Victoria
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel (Short Service) – Gibbons 

There is no Sunday lunch service today. 

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Canticles in E flat (No 2) – Wood 
Save us, O Lord – Bairstow


FUNERAL MASS – LILY CAPLIN – this service will take place at All Saints on Monday 26 September at 2.30pm. Please pray for all of Lily’s family, friends and carers and for the repose of her soul. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

PARISH DAY CONFERENCE – Saturday 1st October 2016 – all members of the All Saints’ Electoral Roll have been invited and we have heard back from a good number of you – thank you. As this event is now only a month away though, could we have your attendance confirmed or your apologies as soon as possible please for catering and other planning purposes. Please return the tear-off slip from your invitation to the Parish Office (by all means hand it in via a Churchwarden on a Sunday when you come to Church) or email: labelling your email Saturday 1st October.  Thank you.

We now have a large number of photographs taken of the Church and special services over the last couple of years. We have been working with the expertise of congregation member Judith Mather of the National Gallery to select the best images and arrange for high quality/reasonable cost reproduction. We hope to have the new card designs available in September. If you know that you might want to use these, subject to final image/price, perhaps you would let Dee Prior in the Parish Office (Tel: 020 7 636 1788 or e-mail: know of your interest to help us to decide on the number we might want to print.

VICAR’S FUNDRAISING PILGRIMAGE – SPONSORSHIP MONIES RECEIVED NOW UP TO £14,640 – Please send in any last cheques so we can finalise the collection of Gift Aid in September. Fr. Alan completed 566.5 km of his fundraising walking pilgrimage before knee injury called a halt to his heroic endeavours. If you have/would like to sponsor him and help achieve his target of £20k for the Diocese of London’s projects for persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria, please send cheques to: PAROCHIAL CHURCH ALL SAINTS, Parish Office, All Saints, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG. We will process gift aid and forward funds to the Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal 2016. Donations received to date (with applicable Gift Aid) total £14,640 – please help to close the gap with the target. 

PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY IN 2018 – Fr Gerald Beauchamp and Fr Michael Bowie are planning a pilgrimage to Italy in May 2018. Ideas so far include Assisi and Loreto. There will be a meeting on Tuesday 18 October, 7.15pm in the All Saints Margaret Street Parish Room (off the courtyard) to look at possibilities. All welcomeIf you would like to come in 2018 but are unable to attend the meeting please register your interest with Fr Gerald ( Thank you.

** MISSION NEWS** In addition to items of clothing for women, accepted as always by our regular Mission Project – the Marylebone Project – we can now take men’s clothing which is badly needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street, who provide a daily range of services to homeless people. As you prepare for the winter season, if you have men’s or women’s clothes to give away, please bring to Church and leave at the Parish Office so we can continue to help homeless women and also support our neighbour’s efforts predominantly with homeless men.

CELL OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM – at All Saints you will find a new leaflet with details of 2016/17 events. You need not be a member of the Cell to join in these events. They are organised by the Cell members for all to join in as they wish. 

Thursday 8th September, 7.30pm – NATIVITY OF OUR LADY – PATRONAL HIGH MASS AT ST MARY’S CABLE STREET, London E1W 3DP. Our Cell Superior Fr Michael Bowie will preach. All welcome.

Saturday 10 September 11.30am  
WALSINGHAM DEVOTIONS followed by 12 NOON MASS at All Saints. All welcome. 

JOHN LEWIS & WAITROSE ARTS & CRAFTS CLUB EXHIBITION – All Saints’ Parish Room. Free Admission Tuesday 13 –September – Sunday 2 October – open 12 – 6pm daily (Please Note – extended opening period this year). Arts and crafts exhibition with most works being available to purchase – including paintings, drawings, jewellery, sewn goods and cards – a good opportunity to select some early Christmas presents. Purchased art works can be collected after 6pm on Sunday 2 or on Monday 3 October, when the exhibition get-out will take place.

Sunday 18 September, 7.15pm (following Evensong & Benediction) 
CHARLES ANDREWS, Associate Director of Music, All Saints. 
Programme includes works by Byrd, Howells, Pachelbel, Harris and Liszt.  Full programme on a leaflet in Church on the front table. Entry is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Choir & Music at All Saints (recommended donation £5). The Licensed Club/Bar is open after the recital.


ST CYPRIAN’S Clarence Gate, NW1 6AX
Saturday 3 September 3pm
Responses: Ayleward
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: Stanford in G
Anthem: Bairstow – Save us O Lord
With the St. Cyprian’s Singers directed by Julian Collings.

Sunday 4 September 3pm
West London Synagogue,
33 Seymour Place, London W1H 5AU
Churches Together in Westminster have asked us to publicise a wonderful storytelling event being held to celebrate the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage. The organisers say: “There will be two captivating story tellers coming to delve into the shared Jewish and Muslim stories of the women surrounding Moshe/Moses/Musa, in their show ‘Midwives of Freedom’. This is a fantastic performance and it is truly a delight to have Adele Moss and Jumana Moon joining us. As well as the storytelling we will also be providing an exquisite afternoon tea and a guided tour of West London Synagogue.”
Booking essential: RSVP to so that they can ensure enough cakes are provided! The West London Synagogue looks forward to seeing you in September.

, Tuesday 6 September, 6.30-8pm
Nadia Bolz-Weber and Richard Coles are two of the freshest voices in contemporary Christianity and will reflect on what being a saint might mean in the 21st century. To register for free places, please go to Admission is free.

St Cyprian’s Church, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX
Thursday 15 September, 7.30pm High Mass
Preacher: Ven Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London

Friday 16 September, 6.30pm Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas performed by Francis Holland School

Saturday 17 September, 7pm Quiz Night – In a combined event, All Saints and St Cyprian’s annual mental challenge evening. Form a team of 6 people or join a team on the night. Price: £10 per person, to include light refreshments. Contact Chris Self: or 020 7723 2938 for more details or to register your team.

Sunday 18 September, 10.30am Parish Mass – Celebrant: Father Michael Fuller Mass setting: Dove Missa brevis and Motet: Howells – O pray for the peace of Jerusalem

One of London’s principal Anglo-Catholic churches, closely connected with the intellectual thought of the Catholic tradition in the Church of England, will be holding a number of lectures in memory of the distinguished personalities who were instrumental in the life of this church. On Thursday 22 September the talk will be by the Right Rev’d and Right Hon the Lord Williams of Oystermouth, former Archbishop of Canterbury on, when his topic will be, ‘The Malines Legacy: a vision for Anglican – Roman catholic dialogue? Admission is free and the lecture will be held in the church.

ST CYPRIAN’S Thursday 29 September 9pm – Compline
St Cyprian’s Church, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX

Sunday 9 October, 3pm – POETRY TEA at PAMELA’S – Please bring poetry and prose relating to the topic of Autumn. If you would like to attend, please speak to Pamela or Sandra in the courtyard after Mass,or ring Sandra on 020 7 637 8456 and leave your name and phone number. Cost: £6 in aid of the All Saints Restoration Appeal.

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. 
Us (formerly 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.  Certificate of appreciation 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). 

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.** NEWS**In addition to items for women accepted by the Marylebone Project, we can now take men’s clothing which is badly needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street, who provide a daily range of services to homeless people. 

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 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, 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. 

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

If you know of others (near or far) who would like to receive this regular update on what’s happening at All Saints please encourage them to sign up for the email on the All Saints website – see the tab News & Events> Weekly Newsletter

* If you would like prayers offered at All Saints, please email the Parish Administrator Mrs Dee Prior at: Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: 

* If you would like any pastoral assistance, please do not hesitate to contact:

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: