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All Saints Parish Newsletter 19th May 2017

Friday 19 May 2017 at 12:42

Dear Friends,

As we are reminded on Sunday, and in next week’s feast of the Ascension, Jesus, though risen from the dead, must leave his friends; yet from now on God is present in every detail of our lives. The gift of the Spirit which we celebrate the following week at Pentecost, is offered freely to us in Baptism and Confirmation and nourished in the Eucharist. It is activated on our part by love: for Jesus, for God, for one another. ‘God is love, and those who love live in God and God lives in them’ as we read in 1 John 4. Sunday’s Gospel, from John’s report of the final discourse of Jesus, has Jesus reminding us that ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments.’ During the same meal, John tells us that Jesus says, ‘love one another as I have loved you’, ‘by this shall people know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’.  

That reminds us that we are a church together, not Christians on our own. And the Eucharist is the centre of that communal Christian life. This is timely for various of us who are looking forward to or recalling ordination to the priesthood, for whom the Eucharist is our raison d’etre.  

This Sunday, 21st May, at 3pm the Bishop of Gambia will ordain our friend Philip Sanneh to the priesthood in All Saints. I am very sorry that, because I am leading the parish retreat this year, I will be unable to join in that liturgy; I hope many of you, will be there for this joyful occasion. I have been involved in the preparations for the ordination and look forward to hearing about it when I return. But this is just the beginning of what I am calling the Summer of Priesthood at ASMS. Fr Alan will be celebrating his 40 years in priestly orders with a High Mass on the evening of Friday 9th June with Fr Ian Paton, his successor as Rector of Old St Paul’s in Edinburgh, as preacher. And, at the end of June I will celebrate my Silver Jubilee of priesthood. On Friday 30th June (8pm) I have engaged my favourite traditional jazz band, Digby Fairweather and his Half Dozen, to play a concert in All Saints (I suspect this may be a first, not only for Digby but for the musical genre in our building). I have asked them to play for me, because this is the music I love best and because I believe that improvising on traditional themes is also an excellent metaphor for priestly life. Though they are playing for me, you are all welcome. A donation to the ASMS Foundation will be invited but not required. There will also be refreshments. On the following Sunday, 2nd July, the preacher at High Mass will be my friend and contemporary Fr Robin Ward, now Principal of St Stephen’s House, from which we both joyfully escaped into the diaconate 26 years ago. The soundtrack will be by Vierne and Verdi and the refreshments by the Veuve Clicquot and some of her siblings.

As some of you know, I have little family and very few of those few are in this country; I suspect Fr Philip is in a similar position, at least here in London. But, as Jesus repeatedly teaches, we are all brothers and sisters together with him in the Christian Community as children of one heavenly Father. You are my family, and Fr Philip’s family, and, in Christ, you augment the vast Moses clan as well. These anniversaries can seem ego-centric. I hope you will join me in seeing them instead as familial community events which we all celebrate together.  

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 John Rick III, Bishop Geoffrey Rowell, Nancy Gardner, Tyrell, Andy O’Connor, Colin White, Pearl Baker, Katie Marko, Andrew Evans, Joan Cook, Rose Stevens, Rebekka Norvik-Smith, Neli Dias, Sarah Payne, Rodney Bickerstaffe and Tony Hawkins. 

Please pray for parishioners taking part in the All Saints’ Parish Retreat led by Fr Michael Bowie this weekend at Bishop Woodford House in Ely and Philip Sanneh as he prepares to be ordained at All Saints this Sunday.

Pray for the recently departed:  Rachel Boulding and Russell Ingham (Priest) whose Funeral takes place on 22 May.   

Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including: Alan James, Wendy Johnson, Basil Kiernander, Francis Irving, Rita Hodgetts, Frederick Searles, John Davies, Yvonne Harland, Clare Jackson, Percy Aspinall, Elsie Davies, Betty Scott, Ivan Sutton and Joy Cooch.

For full service information: 


HIGH MASS, 11am 
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning 
Missa Brevis – Ives 
This have I done for my true love – Holst  

Sunday Lunch is being prepared by Robin Clutterham. The menu is: Brisket with potato salad and coleslaw, followed by dessert and coffee – £5/ticket, on sale at the Church shop before and after Mass (subject to availability). Please join us. 

PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF PHILIP SANNEH by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese of the Gambia, 3pm. All welcome – please come and support Philip and his family on this very special occasion, which Churchwarden John Forde advises is the first ordination at All Saints for 94 years. Back then, on St James’ Day, Wednesday, 25 July 1923, the Bishop of Nassau, by permission of the Bishop of the diocese, held an Ordination at All Saints.  

Fr Gerald Beauchamp
Magnificat – Buxtehude
Nunc Dimittis à 8 – Palestrina
Ecce vicit Leo –

Preacher: Canon Dr John Gibaut, 
Director of Unity, Faith and Order, the Anglican Communion Office.
Missa Brevis in B flat – Mozart   Coelos ascendit hodie – Stanford

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie 
Missa ‘Ascendo ad Patrem’ – Palestrina 
O clap your hands – Vaughan Williams

Fr Julian Browning
Gloucester Service – Howells
O clap your hands – Gibbons 


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK – Until Saturday 20 May 2017 
This year is the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Christian Aid by British churches, supporting refugees, who had lost their homes and possessions in the Second World War. Twelve years later, they launched Christian Aid Week to help fund this ongoing work. Tens of millions of people worldwide are in the terrible position of fleeing, often with small children, conflict and disaster, making dangerous journeys in search of safety. Compassion has no borders. So Christian Aid invites you to help relieve the suffering of refugees and build a world where everyone has a safe place to call home. Please take a Fundraising envelope from those on the table in Church and give what you can.

**DATE CORRECTION: TOMORROW – POETRY TEA, SATURDAY 20 MAY 3pm at Pamela’s home.  ** You can bring poetry or prose.  The theme will be Summertime but there is no need to stick to it.  Feel free to bring whatever you like.  To accept the invitation please ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456 leaving your name and phone number.  Charge £6.  Proceeds go to the All Saints Restoration Fund.

2017 LENT APPEAL FINAL TOTAL – we are pleased to report that this achieved a final collection (including applicable Gift Aid) of £6,490. Thank you very much for the generosity of the 70 individual donors and those who gave cash to the collection plate on Good Friday. This will allow us to send £1,622.50 to each of our four nominated charities:-
fundraising for Sowing Seeds for Tomorroweducation & training projects with ALMA, the Diocesan Partnership with Angola and Mozambique
2. Our Parish Mission Projects: USPG
– support and training for those experiencing HIV and Aids-related stigma in Zimbabwe.  
3. THE MARYLEBONE PROJECT – the Church Army’s emergency refuge/rehoming service for homeless women in London NW1.
4. THE SOUP KITCHEN – tackling food poverty with the American International Church on Tottenham Court Road, feeding up to 70 vulnerable people a day.

The sermons preached by our Holy Week guest preacher Fr Jim Walters, Chaplain LSE have been gathered together into a booklet, now available for sale in Church, priced £2. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please get in touch with Dee in the Parish Office on T: 020 7 636 1788.  

“THY KINGDOM COME” – 26 May to Pentecost, 3 June We are invited to join in Thy Kingdom Come, a global wave of prayer, starting at Ascension. The nine days between Ascension and Pentecost have traditionally been devoted to prayer for the Holy Spirit, and in recent years the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited church communities and individuals, in this country and beyond, to join in this time of prayer. At All Saints throughout this period, the first Mass of the day will be offered with this intention. If you would like to join in, please see Nine Days of Prayer 2017Conversations in the In-Between, copies of which are available on the table in Church or viewable online:

The WALSINGHAM NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE takes place on Monday 29 May. The preacher will be Padre Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap, Preacher to the Papal Household. As in previous years, a coach will leave All Saints at 7.30 am. Please contact Ross Buchanan, Assistant Secretary to the Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham, ASMS Mob: 07905 863578 or email: if you would like to book a place.

Friday 9 June St Columba of Iona – FR ALAN MOSES 40TH ANNIVERSARY, 6.30pm HIGH MASS 
Preacher: Canon Ian Paton, Rector of Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh 
Communion Service (Collegium Regale) – Howells
Love bade me welcome – Vaughan Williams 

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.
Missa Brevis in G – Mozart
O sacrum convivium à 5 – A. Gabrieli
Ave verum corpus – Mozart

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.

Following on the success of the Parish Pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona a couple of years ago, Fr Gerald Beauchamp and Fr Michael Bowie are planning a pilgrimage to Italy next year. The itinerary includes San Giovanni Rotondo, Loreto, Ravenna & Assisi. Cost £1,400 (approx). If you are interested in joining the party please contact Fr Gerald ( or Fr Michael ( Thank you. 

BEYOND ALL SAINTS and of interest…

ST MARY’S CABLE STREET, corner of Cable St and Johnson St, E1.
Monday 22 May, 7.30 pm DEDICATION FESTIVAL 2017 – SOLEMN MASS with Confirmation
In thanksgiving for the founding of St Mary’s in 1850. Celebrant: The Bishop of Stepney. Preacher: Revd Tony Kyriakides-Yeldham, Priest Vicar Westminster Abbey &Chaplain, Marie Curie. Mass is followed by a party.Shadwell DLR and Underground Stations are three minutes’ walk from the church.Further details: 020 7790 0973.

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 CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX – Saturday 1 July 2017 – CELEBRATION OF THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF T S ELIOT’S BAPTISM (29 June 1927) 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. 

Men’s clothing
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 are also beginning to need men’s outerwear of all varieties and we always need rucksacks and duffle-bags to help our guests carry their belongings!’

The Soup Kitchen team (only part-time) 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: