All Saints Margaret Street | Parish Email 31 January

Parish Email 31 January


It is a delight to be welcoming an old friend, Fr Bill Scott, to preach for Candlemas this Sunday, when we celebrate the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple and the Purification of his Blessed Mother, which took place forty days after his birth (Luke 2: 22-39)  as the Jewish Law required (Leviticus 12: 1-4).

The Orthodox Churches call this Feast “The Meeting” because, in the Temple, Christ is met and recognised by Simeon and Anna. They represent us as God’s people responding to him in faith and worship. Since Simeon declared that Jesus would be “a light to lighten the Gentiles” we light candles to symbolise the coming of Christ to the Temple, and his promise to abide with us for ever.

And, as I said on Sunday, I am also very much looking forward to welcoming Bishop Rowan Williams as our Holy Week Preacher this year. When I invited him to come I thought we would wait several years before he would be free, so his ready acceptance of the invitation for 2020 was a special delight. I was fortunate enough to be taught by him at Oxford, having first met him at the altar of St Mary Magdalene’s in mid 80’s. Since then our paths have crossed several times in three countries and two hemispheres; everyone knows him as a considerable scholar and former Archbishop of Canterbury, but it is as a gentle and humble pastor with a love of God’s people and a joy in friendship that I have come to know him. I am sure we will enter into the Great Week of the Christian year nurtured and enriched by what he will bring to it. Please do make sure you are here for the Masses of Holy Week and bring your friends.

Yours in Christ,

Michael Bowie


The Walsingham Cell will visit Notre Dame de France, Leicester Sq, on Friday 14th February: we look forward to singing Evensong of the BVM at 7pm and enjoying the Marists’ generous hospitality. All welcome.



Holy Week Preacher:

The Right Reverend Rowan Williams

From Palm Sunday 5th April to Easter Day 12th April


Parish Retreat

The 2020 parish retreat will be from May 22-24  at Bishop Woodford House in Ely. It will be conducted by Fr Luke Miller, who is the Archdeacon of London. 

If you want to come, or would like further information, please contact Martin Woolley at 

or on 


Rooms will be allocated in the order in which bookings are received.




For the foreseeable future the Parish Office will not always be staffed.
James Sherwood will usually be in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Peter Little will also be in and around the church working as sacristan / verger.

The best way to get in touch with the parish is by email:

E:         (T: 020 7636 1788)



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Those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers: 

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Mayshee Eyob, Belinda,Victor Sharp, David Fettke, Joan Cooper, Jenni Black,

Ondina Brash, Elizabeth Dennis, Sian Evans, Helen Mannion,

Vallery Tchukov, Hilary Anne, Sara Vice, Lenore Kimbrough,

Jane Kirton, Fr Ron Swan, Darryl d’Souza, Katherine Lee,

Chris Gudgeon, Clive Wright, Fr Kevin Hunt, Nicky Yeo, Margaret Clark, James Shrimpton

Those known to us recently departed:

Ros Tagoe, Graham Francis Pr, James Nagenda


Anniversaries of death this week:  


Florence White, Pamela Powis, Alfred BuhagiarSydney Barradell, Cecilia GambleAgnes Theobald, Vera Aspinall, Marjorie Hague,

Dorothy Collins, Philip Morrell, George Venn, Sarah Hudson,

Iris Harrison, Norman Holden, Rond PethersDonald Scott,

Beatrice Reed, Jane Twinch, Dorothy Dent, Grahame James,

Bernard Anslow, Armorel Griffiths, Robert Streit


Sunday 2 February Candlemas

8am Low Mass

11am Candle Ceremonies and HIGH MASS  

Preacher: Fr Bill Scott

 Missa Brevis in D K.194 – Mozart

 When to the temple Mary went – Eccard


 5.15pm Low Mass

6pm Evensong and Benediction Preacher: Fr Julian Browning

 Setting in G – Stanford

 Senex puerum portabat – Byrd 


WORSHIP at ALL SAINTS this week   


Monday 3 February – Friday 7 January

7.30am Morning Prayer   8am Low Mass (except Wednesdays)

Daily: 12.30pm Confessions   1.10pm Low Mass

5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm Low Mass

Saturday 8 February 
(Church opens at 11am) 

1130am Walsingham Devotion (Rosary)

12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday


Sunday 9 February 3rd before Lent
8am Low Mass

11am HIGH MASS    Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie

 Missa Brevis – Ives

 Steal Away – trad., arr. Tippett


5.15pm Low Mass 

6pm Evensong and Benediction      Preacher: Fr Jack Noble

 Service for Trebles – Weelkes  

 My shepherd is the living Lord – Tomkins


The best way to get in touch with the parish is by email:

E:         (T: 020 7636 1788)



below the Parish Room is open after High Mass and Evensong.

The bar has a members’ only licence; (membership £5). 

Club members are reminded that annual subscriptions for 2020 

are due for renewal  from 1st January. 

New members are welcome.


THE PARISH SHOP is open in the Parish Room before High Mass and in the courtyard afterwards. On sale this week:


Full service information: 



Discussion and decision on sacramental ministry and the appointment of a new Incumbent at All Saints Margaret Street – the process. 

(information pack available on the parish website:

From Fr Adam Atkinson

When Bishop Sarah and Bishop Jonathan were both at All Saints in November we started a discussion on a review of the Resolution about the episcopal oversight of the parish to precede the appointment process for a new Incumbent at All Saints.

The Resolution the parish has in place at present was agreed upon before Bishop Sarah became the Diocesan Bishop. The Bishops were encouraging us to review our position on it and have delegated Fr Adam Atkinson to lead us through discussion and decision, the annual meeting and to the appointment process. These three phases will take about 6 months.

Discussion on the Resolution

The Bishops are keen to allow the parish time and space for discussion and the PCC to take responsibility for the health of the whole and the future ministry of the parish. Given the strong feelings in the parish about the nature of episcopal and priestly sacramental ministry, it seems wise to allow a process of listening to start in January after the PCC meeting on 13thleading to a decision before Easter to take place.

Fr Neil Bunker will be joining Fr Adam Atkinson in this listening exercise. They will be holding private one to one meetings and enabling people to book times through the church office. They intend to commit sufficient hours to this over January and February as to satisfy the appetite among the congregation for discussion.

A pack of background information for discussion on a Resolution under the House of Bishops Declaration has been put together under the instruction of the Bishops. It is available in hard copy and online (on the Parish website, via the link to the January 2020 Parish Paper). Informed by the listening exercise the PCC will take responsibility for a decision on the Resolution by Passiontide. It is seen as important that this step is concluded before Bishop Rowan comes to lead us through Holy Week.

Appointment of Incumbent

The Annual Meeting (APCM) is currently scheduled for 26 April, at which a new PCC will be elected. It is time to elect Deanery Synod representatives as well as five other places on PCC, plus the annual election of the two churchwardens. It is this new PCC from which the two parish representatives will be selected to join the panel with the Bishop and those who are tasked with appointing a new Incumbent. 

Because important elements of the parish profile cannot be concluded until a decision on the Resolution has been reached, the process of appointment of a new Incumbent will not begin until after the APCM. In line with common practice, the PCC may wish to revisit their decision on a Resolution at that point. The Bishops are content to endorse this timing and this process.

We expect an advertisement to be published in May and interviews take place in June, for an Autumn appointment. Until that point the priestly cover will be offered by a number of friends of All Saints who have permission to officiate by the Diocesan Bishop.

How to play your part

Every one of us at All Saints Margaret Street is involved. St Paul’s image of the Church as one Body with many parts applies to us as a parish: We all have different gifts and different functions in the body but each one is to be honoured. The life of the whole is dependant on the health of each member. Christ is the head of the body. Please do consider under God how you can contribute to the health and life of the whole body:

Prayer – Please intercede for the life of God in and though us, pray for our leaders for the future ministry of the church, pray for wisdom from above.

Speaking – Let us speak well of one another, taking care how we use the tongues with which we praise God, building one another up, telling of His love.

Participation – Sign up for a private one to one conversation in January/February, read the information, enjoy serving at and giving through All Saints.

If you would like to sign up for a conversation with Fr Adam (dates available from 10 January), please speak to Chris Self or contact him by email at


OR by telephone:

020 7723 2938 (where you can leave a message).


If you have any questions please do approach members of the PCC and the Priests at All Saints and you may also contact Fr Adam in person or on





Donations of warm clothing are gratefully sought at this time of year by our neighbours the Jesus Army. Women’s clothing and men’s, particularly shoes, are appreciated. Please leave donations in the Parish Office, or the vicarage hallway.



New data protection laws mean that we need your consent to communicate with you by post/email/phone/SMS. 

If you have NOT already responded to an email from us 

in May 2018 and wish us to continue or start to send you 

weekly e-newsletters, please go to our website  www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.or… 

and click on the ‘Sign up here’ link to give us your consent. 

View All Saints’ Privacy Notice at:

If you know of others 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 – www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.or… and click on the ‘Sign up here’ link to give us their consent.  

If you would like pastoral assistance, please contact:

The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, 

London W1W 8JG 

T: 020 7636 1788.  E:

Assistant Priest: Fr Michael Bowie 

T: 07581 180963  E: 

(Day off: Wednesday) 


Safeguarding Officers: Please raise any concerns you have with:

Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and Janet Drake (Children) 

If you would like prayers offered, amendments to the prayer list or to obtain an Electoral Roll form please contact the office:   



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.)


The ministry of All Saints costs £1,070/day. 

Visitors, tourists & photographers are invited to contribute, reviewing the experience on All Saints’ Trip Advisor entry. 

THANK YOU for all donations supporting the Church’s work and worship, choir & music and care of its heritage buildings.  

The Government reports an £600m annual shortfall in take-up of Gift Aid tax relief for UK charities – so All Saints doesn’t lose the extra 25%, please always GIFT AID! 

PARISH GIVING leaflets – about how to set up regular giving to All Saints – can be found on the church table. 

Donations for general Church purposes: 

To give by BACS please use the following details, 

advising the Administrator to collect Gift Aid:  

PCC All Saints (Charity # 1132895)

Sort Code 60-09-15. A/C # 04559452 

Parish Legacy Policy 

We are always delighted to hear from anyone who wants to support us with a donation. Our PCC Legacy Policy though is to encourage people to leave bequests specifically to one of our two related charities to be used for purposes of lasting value (rather than day to day costs): 

All Saints Choir & Music Trust (Charity # 802994) or 

The All Saints Foundation (Charity # 273390). 

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