Friends of All Saints
Dom Bernard Clements OSB, the sixth vicar, created the Friends of All Saints in the 1930s. Its purpose is to help a wider community to stay in touch with us and to support and encourage the life and mission of All Saints by prayer, companionship and giving. Friends in their turn can draw strength from the church’s daily round of sacraments and prayer and in knowing they have a spiritual home at the heart of London.
Many Friends are regular parishioners of All Saints. However, Friends also include people who are committed to the life of the church in their home parishes but worship at All Saints on special occasions or during the working week. They may be former regular worshippers who have moved away or clergy who value their link with All Saints as an inspiration in their own ministry. Many Friends live overseas and keep connected to the liturgical life of our parish through online worship.
The Friends of All Saints scheme includes several tiers of commitment and membership.
- The first tier of the scheme is described as the Friends of All Saints Margaret Street. Membership of this tier costs £25 per year. The Friends of All Saints Margaret Street receive the Parish Paper twice a year, they are remembered at the altar by name each month during the 12 noon daily Mass, and are invited to attend a celebration of the life of the Friends on our Dedication Sunday, which in 2022 falls on Sunday 29th May 2022.
- There is a second tier of membership called the Benefactors of All Saints. Membership of this tier is available to anyone who wishes to donate regularly at least £10 a month, or at least £120 a year to the Friends of All Saints. Benefactors of All Saints receive the Parish Paper, they are regularly prayed for by name at the 12 noon daily Mass and are invited to the Dedication Sunday Friends festival. In addition, however, they are personally invited to a special lunch or dinner organised each year to thank them for their support.
When you follow the donation link, if you live in the UK, it is best to choose the ‘I’d like to give regularly’ option. This can be set to make a repeat payment each year by direct debit, so that your membership is automatically renewed.
If you live outside the UK, you will probably find it easier to follow the link and choose the ‘Just one donation’ option and pay by credit card. This is because direct debit payments from overseas accounts can cause problems. If you make a one-off donation by credit card, you will need to remember to renew your membership each year.
Our parish is so grateful for the support we have received from the Friends over so many years. The experience of COVID has shown how important it is to keep in touch with our wider family of supporters and has drawn many new people to know and love All Saints even though they do not live in London. We look forward to the Friends being a renewed way in which we can stay in touch, support each other, and keep each other in prayer.
If you have problems or questions concerning the link above, please contact our parish office.