All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 9th June 2017

All Saints Parish Newsletter 9th June 2017

Dear Friend,  

The Russian iconographer Rublev used the story of Abraham meeting the Lord at Mamre to depict the Trinity. If you need a reminder of the image you can find one at this link:

One of the intriguing things about that story in Genesis is how the visitor is sometimes described as one person and sometimes as three people. Rublev saw in that the Christian understanding of God as three persons and yet one God, which we celebrate on Sunday, so he wrote his icon in such a way as to depict the three while giving a sense of oneness. The three persons are sitting at a table. A dish of food lies on the table. But on our side of the table there is a vacant place, conveying openness, hospitality and welcome towards the stranger and outsider. That vacant place is meant for each of us, and for all the human family. It signifies God’s invitation to us to share in the life of the Trinity. God wants to share his life with us. And, in the words of Sunday’s gospel, he wants us to go out and share that life with others as well, to go out and draw more people to the table, in his name.

The Trinity is not an obscure academic doctrine. God shows himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit in order that we can be closer to him, to signal that unity in relationship is a divine gift and a human aspiration. God has already given us a place at the banquet of earthly life. But he wants us to join him in the banquet of eternal life also, that feast of which Mass and Holy Communion are a glimpse and foretaste. Only at God’s altar-table can we find nourishment which has the quality of eternity.

God is love; the Trinity shows forth the relationship of love within God himself, which Rublev tried to portray in his famous icon. God issues an invitation; he hopes that it will prompt us to respond with love for him and for one another.

Yours in Christ,  

Fr. Michael Bowie
Assistant Priest, All Saints Margaret Street  

Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers:  Asia Bibi, Fr Giles Fraser, Gulzari Babber, John Hughes, Ron Capon, Patricia Capon, Rosaria Trupea, Emma and Colin, Fr John Rick III, Bishop Geoffrey Rowell, Nancy Gardner, Andy O’Connor, Katie Marko, Andrew Evans, Sarah Payne, Rodney Bickerstaffe and Tony Hawkins.

Pray for the recently departed:  All the people of Manchester impacted by the terrorist attack on 22 May 2017, Russell Ingham (Priest), James Roach, Roy Jenkins, Teyah, Jeff Ezell (whose Funeral took place on 1 June), Bill Cullinan, Sue Hawes, Roger Goff, Stephen Goff , Carole Capel-Bradford and Sister Margaret Dewey SSM.  

Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including: Olwen Hajdu, Daphne Marsh, Nora Sweeney, Wilfrid Jennings (Priest), Percy Rees, Philip Sparrow, Alison Hack (Priest), Naomi Shaw, Michael Keelan, Karl Bekker, Philip Harland, Roy Foster (Priest), Eric Johnson, Miriam Yates, John Gadney, Eric Stedman, Roualeyn Cuming-Bruce, Clare Prince, William Upton Richards (Priest and First Vicar of All Saints Margaret Street), Ida Jones, Geoffrey Roundtree, Eric Davidson.  

For full service information: 


FRIDAY 9 JUNE – St Columba of Iona
Preacher: Canon Ian Paton, Rector of Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh
Schubert Mass in G
Vaughan Williams Love bade me welcome
Please do come to this special Mass and help the Vicar celebrate his significant anniversary. 

Saturday 10 June -Walsingham Devotions 11.30am and 12 noon Mass.


Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Stanford Communion Service in F and B flat
Rachmaninov Hymn of the Cherubim  

Sunday Lunch is being cooked by Chris Self and Jan Fielden. The menu is: Roast Lamb, roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts and mixed vegetables followed by Lemon Crunch, coffee & mints. Tickets £5 each from the Church Shop before and after Mass. Please join us.


Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie 
Wood Collegium Regale
Stainer I saw the Lord


Thursday 15 June, 6.30pm CORPUS CHRISTI HIGH MASS with Oxford Street Procession of the Blessed Sacrament
Preacher: Fr Aidan Platten, Vicar of St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace, Canon Precentor, Norwich Cathedral designate.
Mozart Missa Brevis in G
A. Gabrieli O sacrum convivium à 5
Mozart Ave verum corpus

If anyone would like to assist with stewarding the procession or carrying the canopy, please get in touch with Cedric Stephens, Head Server or Dee Prior, Parish Administrator Tel: 020 7 636 1788. 

SUNDAY 18 JUNE – Trinity 1

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Lassus Missa Ecce nunc benedicite
Sweelinck Laudate Dominum


Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses 
Wood Canticles in E flat, No 2 
Mendelssohn Verlieh uns frieden


LAURENCE LONG (All Saints’ Dr John Birch Organ Scholar) will give his last recital as Organ Scholar on SUNDAY 2 JULY, 7.15pm after Benediction. The programme will be: J S Bach’s Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528 (Adagio – Vivace, Andante, Un poco allegro); J. Alain’s Deux danses à Agni Yavishta, AWV 61 and J. Rheinbergers Organ Sonata No. 16 in G# minor, Op. 175 (Allegro moderato, Skandinavisch, Introduction – Fuge). Entry is free, but we invite you to make a retiring donation (recommended £5) to support the Choir and Music at All Saints. The All Saints Licensed Club/Bar below the Church will be open after this recital.


We are pleased to have Gonzalo de Pablo Fernández, a Spanish project architect with Grimshaw Architects here in London, painting in the Church throughout the month of June 2017. We look forward to seeing the results of his labours in the coming weeks.

As part of the consultation for the 133rd Bishop of London a public consultation will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 13 June at St Alban’s Church, 18 Brooke Street, London EC1N 7RD. Anyone who would like to share their views on the needs of the Diocese or the wider Church with the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments and the Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary would be most welcome to come along. Any person wishing to comment on the needs of the Diocese or the wider Church, or who wishes to propose candidates, can also email before 30 June to Any emails received will be shared by the two Secretaries.

The ALL SAINTS PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM will take place from Friday 21 – Monday 24 July. Places are limited. So if you would like to book place and have not already done so or would like to know more, please also contact Ross Buchanan (Mob: 07905 863578 or email: as soon as possible.

BEYOND ALL SAINTS and of interest…

HUGH PRICE HUGHES 2017 LECTURES – “Speaking of God in Public”
All lectures at Hinde St Methodist Church, London W1. Admission is free. All welcome.
Tuesday 13 June at 7.30pm
What is the ‘Forward Movement’ today?
How would Hugh Price Hughes face the mission challenge of 2017?
Revd Steve Wild [President of the Methodist Conference, chair of the Cornwall District overseeing Fresh Expressions of Church]
The Methodist ‘Forward Movement’ aimed to reduce the distance between the Christian gospel and the poor working classes. In consequence, from the 1880s it opened many Wesleyan Missions as centres for reaching thousands of people. It was high risk, sacrificial gospel outreach marrying together Wesley’s emphasis on both personal and social holiness. This lecture explores how the principles of the Forward Movement might find form and tone today.

ST CYPRIAN’S SINGERS, ST CYPRIAN’S CHURCH CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX. The famed choir will be giving a concert on Saturday 17 June at 7pm in the church. Tickets £15 in advance or £17 on the door. Please sign up at the back of church, contact a member of the choir or go to and search “st cyprian”. This year’s music features Walton’s ‘The Twelve’ as well as works by Part, Purcell, Gibbons and Sumsion. A buffet will be provided in the interval.

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WESTMINSTER have asked us to circulate this item. If you pray the Rosary, you may be interested in taking part in the following:
For the second year, the Rosary Shrine at St Dominic’s, Haverstock Hill, has been invited to participate in the annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests. The idea of the relay is a simple one. Each of the 120 participating shrines in 50+ countries prays a particular mystery of the Rosary at a particular half hour on the day in thanksgiving to God for our priests and to implore the protection and loving care of Our Lady, Mother of all priests, for all her priestly sons. With the coming of midnight on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, 23 June 2017, the entire world will have been encircled in prayer for our priests on this The Annual Rosary Relay Day. The Rosary Shrine has been allocated the half hour from 16:30-17:00 (BST) to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries. You are invited to join us at that time, whether in the church or wherever you are in the world, to join us in this great relay of prayer.

Both the Anglican and Roman Catholic Shrines at Walsingham are also taking part.  For further information please see

ST CYPRIAN’S CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX – Saturday 1 July 2017
with Bishop Rowan Williams & Bishop Richard Harries. Tickets going fast so get in touch ASAP!
T S Eliot was baptized at Finstock, Oxfordshire. At the time and from 1920 – 1932 he lived successively at flats 9, 98, 177 and 68 Clarence Gate Gardens. St Cyprian’s was his parish church where he became a daily worshipper and where Viv, his first wife continued to worship after the marriage ended.

Programme for the Day:
10.30am Arrivals and Coffee. 11am Welcome and Introductions.
11.10am Poems read by Pupils of the Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park 
11.40am +Rowan William: The Fire and the Rose: Eliot and the Incarnation 
12.20pm +Richard Harries: T. S. Eliot’s Conversion and in Conversation with +Rowan  
1pm Cold Buffet Lebanese Lunch with Wine 
Church open to the public from 2.40pm. Donations are invited for tea & cake after: 
3pm Evensong & Benediction with the Francis Holland School Choir 
4pm Tea

The morning and lunch is by ticket only (limited to 150). Price £40 – available from Fr Gerald Beauchamp Tickets will be sent by post so please include your mailing address. Cheques to be made payable to ‘St Cyprian’s PCC’ or payment by BACS to 56-00-14/12138126 Ref ’T S Eliot’. Profits from the day will be shared equally between St Cyprian’s Church and Christian Aid. With regret, the church has no sound system or loop and neither are there toilets available for disabled people.

ST CYPRIAN’S CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX – Sunday 2 July 2017 

DEDICATION FESTIVAL combined with the licensing of Fr Michael Fuller to the Parish. Guest Preacher: Archdeacon of London, Fr Luke Miller.


We have received warm thanks from all three of the subjects of our Lent Appeal 2017:

Firstly a letter from the Bishop of Edmonton for our generous support to the Bishop’s Diocesan Lent Appeal 2017 – £1,622.50 to help extend church schools in Angola; help to build a new Seminary in Lebombo and a regional training hub with accommodation in Nampula.

Secondly a letter of thanks from the Soup Kitchen which also received £1,622.50 saying: 

At the Soup Kitchen, we feed and clothe approximately 80 people each day. Your donation will go directly to our guests and we really, genuinely appreciate it. It means a lot for us.’

Thirdly a letter from USPG thanking us for ‘our very generous gift of £1,622.50 towards our community engagement and health work (UMOJA) with the Church of Zimbabwe’.

Our regular year-round fundraising efforts go to support three charities:

The Church Army hostels and programmes in Marylebone empowering homeless women into independent living.
The USPG-led UMOJA, HIV Project in Zimbabwe, enabling people living with HIV and Aids to have positive lives, and
The Soup Kitchen (American International Church, Tottenham Court Road) feeding up to 80 vulnerable people daily in central London.

Men’s clothing especially is 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. If you have women’s or men’s clothes to give away, please bring to Church and leave at the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbours’ efforts. The Church Army is now also collecting women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home! 

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 also need men’s outerwear of all varieties and rucksacks and duffle-bags to help our guests carry their belongings!’

The Soup Kitchen team (only part-time cover) asks: ‘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

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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)

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: