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  • Sunday 14 February 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email First Sunday of Lent
    Hymns:
    461 There's a wideness in God's mercy
    (tune Corvedale NE Praise 700)
    304 Once, only once, and once for all
    67 Forty days and forty nights
    310 We hail thy Presence glorious
    First Lesson: Romans 10. 8b-13
    Gospel: Luke 4. 1-13
    Motet: Lent Prose

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman
    Oliver Dixon


    Reader
    Oliver Dixon


    Server

    Refreshments
    Annie Tassinari


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Jennifer Currie


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator
    Sherry Robbins


    Sunday School Music
    Martin Cullingford


    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Sunday 21 February 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Second Sunday of Lent
    Hymns:
    76 Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
    376 I heard the voice of Jesus say
    333 All my hope on God is founded
    310 We hail thy Presence glorious
    First Lesson: Philippians 3.17 - 4.1
    Gospel: Luke 13. 31-end

    Clergy
    Fr Stephen Flatt
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Annie Tassinari


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Jasmine Cullingford


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Martin Cullingford


    Sunday School Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 23 February 2016 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 25 February 2016 at 10:10am
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    This week's theme is endurance. Just as Christ spent 40 days in the wilderness so Lent encourages us to develop the stamina needed for adult life.

    First Lesson: Colossians 1. 9-12
    Gospel: John 6. 25-29

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 28 February 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Third Sunday of Lent
    Hymns:
    378 Immortal love for ever full
    353 Dear Lord and Father of mankind
    374 How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
    310 We hail thy Presence glorious
    First Lesson: 1 Corinthians 10. 1-13
    Gospel: Luke 13. 1-9

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Annie Tassinari


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Luca Laino


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Steve Phillips


    Sunday School Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 1 March 2016 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 3 March 2016 at 10:10am
    print calendar email Hampden Gurney School Mass

    Forgiveness is essential to Christian living. In the Lord's Prayer we are taught to pray 'Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us'. So today we think about how prayer helps us develop this key value.

    First Lesson: James 5. 13-16
    Gospel: Matthew 6. 7-14

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 6 March 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Mothering Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

    Children's Choir

    Hymns:
    188 Ye who own the faith of Jesus
    (omit vv 5 & 6)
    185 Sing we of the Blessed Mother
    161 For Mary, Mother of the Lord
    186 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
    First Lesson: Colossians 3. 12-17
    Gospel: John 19. 17-18, 23-27

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Mi Boden


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Sunday School Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 10 March 2016 at 10:10am
    print calendar email Hampden Gurney School Mass

    Jesus was par excellence a man of prayer. As he prayed so he acted. On the cross he forgave those who put him there. Forgiveness is central to the Passion story that we tell again during Holy Week & Easter.

    First Lesson: Ephesians 4.29- 5.2
    Gospel: Luke 23. 32-38

    Clergy
    FR Gerald
  • Sunday 13 March 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passiontide Begins)
    Hymns:
    79 The royal banners forward go
    ((tune 128 ii))
    84 It is a thing most wonderful
    95 When I survey the wondrous Cross
    310 We hail thy Presence glorious
    First Lesson: Philippians 3. 4b-14
    Gospel: John 12. 1-8

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Priya Dhingra


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Sunday School Attendance

    Clearing up

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  • Saturday 13th February 2016
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    While the world is whooping it up on Valentine's Day, killjoy Christians are looking miserable on the  First Sunday of Lent - or at least that's how some people see us. Quite how an obscure early Christian martyr became associated with romantic love is shrouded in mystery although some of it is down to the early English writer Geoffrey Chaucer. Suffice to say that Sundays aren't included in the 'forty days and forty nights' so having fun with loved ones isn't frowned on by the church.


    Tomorrow's gospel however is a serious one. Jesus is tempted by the devil. Just as well are. We don't have to believe in strange creatures with horns to know that there are forces in our world which are wreaking havoc on the lives of so many people. And if we turn the gaze inwards we see something of the same is at work. So Lent is a time to recover some will power. Saying 'no' can be as important sometimes as saying 'yes'. 


    With a growing number of children over seven coming to church furniture has been moved around a bit this week to accommodate the  larger tables for the older children in the vestry. Many thanks to Gavin Monk for sourcing and putting together the new furniture.


    Thanks also to the Chinese and Mongolian members of the congregation for sharing their New Year celebrations with us last Sunday . The snacks were great and the children looked wonderful in their traditional outfits.


    Last week I asked if children who are very late for Sunday School should not be registered as present in church. I've had six or seven people say to me that they think this is a good idea. Any other comments?


    Many people are away this week and next for half term so if you are traveling I hope that you have a good time.


    If you are on public transport in London you should become aware of Prayers on the Move  http://prayersonthemove.com . Its a campaign to encourage people to give prayer a go. The main focus is on posters on the underground and on buses. To accompany these posters there is also a free app, booklet, website and merchandise. It would be interesting to know what you think.


     If you are following the Pilgrim Course then go to http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/audio-and-video. Scroll down to Book 3 and watch video 1.


     I look forward to being with you on tomorrow.


     Yours in Christ


     Fr Gerald


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  • Friday 5th February 2016
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    It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas but sooner than usual this year we will be celebrating Easter. Easter is the greatest festival in the church's calendar. To prepare for it we need a season of reflection. Lent is the Great Forty Days that enables us to withdraw a little from the world and think about the core of our faith. 
     
    Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (10 February) so now is the time to start thinking about what we might do to observe the season. Give up chocolate or alcohol? Take something up like walking to work instead of using transport and spending the time looking at the world around us instead of having our heads buried in our mobiles? 
     
    Besides the Hampden Gurney School Mass on Ash Wednesday at 10.10am there is a Low Mass at the Annunciation at 12.30pm. In the evening there is a Sung High Mass at St Cyprian's at 7.30pm.
     
    The Bishop of London's Lent Appeal this year is for Christians in Iraq and Syria. We will have a Bring & Share Lunch on Mothering Sunday (6 March) with a special collection that day for this very important cause.
     
    Back to this Sunday. Before the rigors of Lent we have a celebration. Sunday's Gospel is the account of Christ's Transfiguration. It is a mystical experience. Peter, James and John see Jesus for who he truly is: glorious in both his humanity and his divinity flanked by two pillars of the Jewish tradition, Moses and Elijah. The gospel sets us up for Lent. Victory is guaranteed.  
     
    The children's choir is singing this Sunday so please be ready to give them a big hand.
     
    After mass some of the Chinese members of our community will be offering traditional snacks to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Monkey. Perhaps our Chinese folk could explain the relationship between the monkey and pop music. I read recently that Diana Ross, Celine Dion and Mick Jagger were all born in a Year of the Monkey. Any thoughts?
     
    There are a couple of issues on which I would like some feedback:
     
    Firstly, there are quite a lot of latecomers to mass. If people arrive late with children this can interrupt the flow downstairs in Sunday School. I realize that getting to church on time with children in tow is a challenge especially if you are single-handed at home. But with such a large number of children we need to run a tight ship. One sanction would be to say that children will not be registered as present if they arrive more than 10 minutes late. Is this too draconian? 
     
    Secondly, the Annunciation is blessed with a growing number of older children. Some serve at the altar, others sing in the children's choir and the sevens and over who are in the congregation stay in church until after the sermon before going downstairs to talk about what they have heard. Are there other things that the older children might do? Might they be trained to be greeters and sidemen, read lessons and take up the offertory? Is there anything else that you think may be appropriate? Most of us experienced being bored by church when we were young. For many, this was the time when they were turned off religion for good. Can we do better? If you think that we can, please let me know.
     
    I attach the January Bulletin. My apologies that it is a week late. It contains a resume of the Bishop of London's sermon at my collation as vicar and some great photos by Maja Smend.
     
    If you are following the Pilgrim Course then go to http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/audio-and-video. Scroll down to Book 2 and watch video 6.
    I look forward to being with you on Sunday.
    Yours in Christ
    Fr Gerald
     
     
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