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  • Sunday 28 May 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Seventh Sunday after Easter (Sunday after Ascension Day)
    Hymns:
    128 Eternal Monarch, King most high
    (tune 2)
    130 Hail the day that sees him rise
    134 The head that once was crowned with thorns
    443 Rejoice, the Lord is King
    ((if needed))
    First Lesson: Acts 1. 6-14
    Gospel: John 17. 1-11

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Jennifer Currie


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Margaret Gold


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Martin Cullingford


    Children's Church Attendance
    Jethro Kruger


    Clearing up

  • Sunday 4 June 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Pentecost
    Hymns:
    139 Come, thou Holy Spirit, come
    142 Sing to him in whom creation
    421 O King enthroned on high
    137 Come down, O Love divine
    ((if needed))
    First Lesson: Acts 2. 1-21
    Gospel: John 20. 19-23

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Priya Dhingra


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Niel Pama


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Sunday 11 June 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Trinity Sunday
    First Lesson: Isaiah 40. 12-17 & 27-29
    Gospel: Matthew 28. 16-20

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Julia Duhamel
    Aude Ricci


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Lorraine Schmit


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Rebecca Sebastian


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Sunday 18 June 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email First Sunday after Trinity (Proper 6)
    First Lesson: Romans 5. 1-8
    Gospel: Matthew 9. 35 - 10. 8

    Clergy
    Fr Stephen Flatt
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Julia Duhamel


    Sunday School 8+ Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

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  • Friday 19th May 2017
    print email Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    Last Thursday three children were Confirmed at Hampden Gurney by Bishop Stephen Platten. Congratulations to Claudia, Daniela and Fintan on making their commitment.
     
    In preparing them for the sacrament I was reminded again of the sense of wonder and questioning that the children bring to the faith. Saying what we think and believe to be true demands that we are both open and fearless in responding to the world around us and the world within.
     
    On Sunday, the Sixth Sunday of Easter we will be hearing in the reading from the Acts of the Apostles about St Paul preaching in Athens. He made connections between what God had revealed in Christ and what his audience already knew. It’s a textbook example of the good sermon. I suspect that my effort on Sunday will pale in comparison.
     
    The older children especially will be much involved on Sunday. The children’s choir is singing and I’m asking the 8+ group to greet people on arrival, give out the mass sheets, read the lesson and take up the offertory.
     
    As I said last week, fundraising is moving up the parish agenda.
     
    Parish Giving Scheme forms have been given out and talked about over the last few weeks. I’ve now sent the form to those who haven’t signed up. If it hasn’t arrived please let me know. Thank you to everyone who has responded so far.
     
    I’m sorry to bombard people with this but once the nursery ceases in the crypt there will be a substantial shortfall in our income. I reckon that if everyone gave £20 a week to the church we wouldn’t need to rely on rental income at all. This would make parish finances a lot easier.
     
    Funds are also being raised for the £80,000 of work needed on the boiler later this year. The major event for this is the sponsored walk up Mount Snowden, 15-17 September. Steve Philipps writes:
     
    Dear all
     
    Here is an update for the Snowdon sponsored climb and a call to action for signing up.
     

    We will now leave by coach shortly after school finishes on Friday 15 September and travel to Betws-y-coed for a 2-night stay.
    Accommodation options to be provided shortly.
    We will return to London after breakfast on Sunday 17th.
    The Snowdon climb will be on Saturday 16th. We will shortly be activating the Annunciation fundraising page and will send you all details of that very soon.
    Please think about who that can be sent to. We have a steep climb as well as a steep target of £80,000 for the church boiler.
    We have a great crowd signed up for the trip so far but still have places.
    Please let either of us know by the end of May if you would like to join.
    There is a train going up the mountain for the younger children. They could join on the way down or do the train both ways. Either way we would all meet up at Snowdon summit for a picnic and some cool PR images.

     
    Let us know if you have any questions.
     
    Looking forward to it already!
     
    Steve
     
    For more information please talk to Steve stevejphillips@yahoo.com or Thomas thomasvester@gmail.com
     
    Finally, an informal group has been formed to see how we might progress the major restoration of the church. Sooner rather than later we need to replace the roof and do a lot of work on the fabric both outside and inside the building. The ballpark figure is £2m although there could be considerable variation once we get into detailed costings. I’m grateful to David De Kervern, Michael Mohamed Laura Royde, Sherry Robbins, Vladka Thwaites for getting the ball rolling. If you have experience in or ideas about raising very large sums of money for good causes then we’d like to hear from you.
     
    Looking ahead:
     
    Fr Alan Moses is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood at All Saints Margaret St on Friday 9 June. 6.30pm High Mass. Preacher: Fr Ian Paton (Rector, Old St Paul’s Edinburgh). Reception to follow. All Welcome.
     
    Children’s Formation Day: A study day to look at how we develop the spiritual life of children at St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace NW8 9UT, Saturday 10 June, 10.00am – 3.00pm. Cost: £15. I will be going so please let me know if you are interested. It may be especially helpful to those who lead Sunday School tables.
     
    Oxford Street Transformation. Transport for London is now undertaking a public consultation about Oxford Street. Crossrail/the Elizabeth Line opens next year and this will provide the opportunity for a major rethink about the traffic in Oxford St. The Grosvenor Chapel, the Wigmore Hall and the Salvation Army Regent Hall are all being used next month as exhibition spaces about possibilities and proposals. Please see www.tfl.gov.uk/oxford-street. and make your views known. A good local contact is Tim Carnegie, Chair of the Marylebone Association who has put much thought and effort into the challenges and opportunities that Oxford Street provides.
     
    Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood Road, Monday 19 June at 7pm. Rabbi Alexandra Wright will talk about a Jewish Perspective on singing the Bach Passions with a response by Laurence Hillel of the London Interfaith Centre. This will involve looking at the difficult Gospel texts in the gospels from the Christian and Jewish perspectives.
     
    T S Eliot Day, Saturday 1 July at St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate. Speakers: +Rowan Williams & +Richard Harries. For more information please contact me.
     
    Bentley Car Celebration at St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate in 2019. W O Bentley built his first car in Chagford Street which runs along the side of St Cyprian’s in 1919. Conversations have begun thinking about how the centenary may be marked. There are thoughts about a dinner in the church and a street party. If you know of any keen of Bentley drivers please let me know. Thank you.
     
    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald
    gerald.beauch@btconnect.com
     
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

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  • Friday 12th May 2017
    print email Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    Last Sunday I was put on the spot when I was asked to explain the Ascension in 30 seconds to the people who were leading the Sunday School tables. All I could think of was the beginning of a lecture I heard when I was an undergraduate. Dr Alastair Kee asked: ‘If Jesus ascended into heaven, where did he go to?’

    It puts succinctly the modern-day dilemma of believing. Our cosmology is not the same as it was 2000 years ago. When the bible was written, the notion that heaven was a place - a geographical location (albeit one above the clouds) - was believable. Not so, today. But explaining different realms of being to the under-sixes is a big ask. It’s a big ask for adults, too!

    Suffice to say that the language of religion is essentially poetic. We paint pictures in language to articulate a vision of glory into which are all finally drawn. The Ascension is the hinge that connects the resurrection to the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Jesus has ‘to leave earth’ so that who he is can go cosmic and thereby be available to all. 

    No longer does Jesus just relate to ones and twos, groups of disciples or even crowds of 5000. Christ is all in all. That dawns on us as the season of Easter unfolds. This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Easter and the gospel revolves around ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions’. You’ll see how I get on with that on Sunday!

    Having criticised the church hierarchy for indicating that they would say nothing about the General Election, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have now issued a pastoral letter.
    http://www.archbishopofyork.org/articles.php/3641/archbishops-pastoral-letter-to-the-parishes-and-chaplaincies-of-the-church-of-england . Please read it and let it inform the way that you vote.

    Fundraising is moving up the parish agenda.

    Firstly, Parish Giving Scheme forms have been given out and talked about over the last few weeks. I’m now sending a form and letter to those who haven’t signed up. If it doesn’t arrive please let me know. Thank you. I’m sorry to bombard you with this but once the nursery ceases in the crypt there will be a substantial shortfall in our income. I reckon that if everyone gave £20 a week to the church we wouldn’t need to rely on rental income at all. This would make parish finances a lot easier.

    Secondly, funds are being raised for the £80,000 of work needed on the boiler later this year. The major event for this is the sponsored walk up Mount Snowden, 15-17 September. Steve Philipps writes:

    Dear all 

    Here is an update for the Snowdon sponsored climb and a call to action for signing up. 

    • We will now leave by coach shortly after school finishes on Friday 15 September and travel to Betws-y-coed for a 2-night stay
    • Accommodation options to be provided shortly
    • We will return to London after breakfast on Sunday 17th.
    • The Snowdon climb will be on Saturday 16th. We will shortly be activating the Annunciation fundraising page and will send you all details of that very soon.
    • Please think about who that can be sent to. We have a steep climb as well as a steep target of £80,000 for the church boiler.
    • We have a great crowd signed up for the trip so far but still have places. 
    • Please let either of us know by the end of May if you would like to join.
    • There is a train going up the mountain for the younger children. They could join on the way down or do the train both ways. Either way we would all meet up at Snowdon summit for a picnic and some cool PR images. 

    Let us know if you have any questions. 

    Looking forward to it already!

    Steve

    For more information please talk to Steve stevejphillips@yahoo.com or Thomas thomasvester@gmail.com

    Thirdly, an informal group has been formed to see how we might progress the major restoration of the church. Sooner rather than later we need to replace the roof and do a lot of work on the fabric both outside and inside the building. The ballpark figure is £2m although there could be considerable variation once we get into detailed costings. I’m grateful to David De Kervern, Michael Mohamed Laura Royde, Sherry Robbins, Vladka Thwaites for getting the ball rolling. If you have experience in or ideas about raising very large sums of money for good causes then we’d like to hear from you.

    Looking ahead:

    This week

    The Marylebone Service at Marylebone Parish Church, Thursday 18 May, 7.00pm. The Annual Interfaith Celebration of Life in Marylebone. Everyone welcome. The service is followed by a reception.

    The Martyr's Voices present 'In Paradisum': a Concert for Peace, Friday 19th May at 19:00, King's College London Strand Chapel, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS. Directed by Miles Ashdown. Tickets at £10. Children free.

    June & beyond

    Fr Alan Moses is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood at All Saints Margaret St on Friday 9 June. 6.30pm High Mass. Preacher: Fr Ian Paton (Rector, Old St Paul’s Edinburgh). Reception to follow. All Welcome.

    Children’s Formation Day: A study day to look at how we develop the spiritual life of children at St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace NW8 9UT, Saturday 10 June, 10.00am – 3.00pm. Cost: £15. I will be going so please let me know if you are interested. It may be especially helpful to those who lead Sunday School tables.

    Oxford Street Transformation. Transport for London is now undertaking a public consultation about Oxford Street. Crossrail/the Elizabeth Line opens next year and this will provide the opportunity for a major rethink about the traffic in Oxford St. The Grosvenor Chapel, the Wigmore Hall and the Salvation Army Regent Hall are all being used next month as exhibition spaces about possibilities and proposals. Please see www.tfl.gov.uk/oxford-street. and make your views known. A good local contact is Tim Carnegie, Chair of the Marylebone Association who has put much thought and effort into the challenges and opportunities that Oxford Street provides.

    Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood Road, Monday 19 June at 7pm. Rabbi Alexandra Wright will talk about a Jewish Perspective on singing the Bach Passions with a response by Laurence Hillel of the London Interfaith Centre. This will involve looking at the difficult Gospel texts in the gospels from the Christian and Jewish perspectives.

    T S Eliot Day, Saturday 1 July at St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate. Speakers: +Rowan Williams & +Richard Harries. For more information please contact me. 

    Bentley Car Celebration at St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate in 2019. W O Bentley built his first car in Chagford Street which runs along the side of St Cyprian’s in 1919. Conversations have begun thinking about how the centenary may be marked. There are thoughts about a dinner in the church and a street party. If you know of any keen of Bentley drivers please let me know. Thank you.

    And finally, just a reminder about Aurore and Nete’s business idea:

    Dear All

    We are building The Glee Hive: an e-commerce platform (online furniture/home accessories) with a free interior design service and a visualisation tool, aiming at making restyling your home affordable, visual and hassle free. As we are in the start phase, we would love your valuable insights to furniture purchase and would be grateful if you can please fill in this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DW6FKYG 

    Thank you so much!

    Aurore & Nete.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald
    gerald.beauch@btconnect.com

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

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  • Friday 5th May 2017
    print email Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Easter and the gospel stories now and until the end of the Easter season illustrate the way in which the gospels were written in the light of the resurrection. John’s Gospel especially is full of confidence. It has a number of statements by Jesus during his ministry beginning with ‘I am …’.
     
    On Sunday, we hear Jesus develop the idea of being the good shepherd. He is ‘the door of the sheepfold’. For Jews, the great revelation of God to Moses was in the burning bush. ‘I am who I am’, God declared. For Jews and for us, God is not an argument but a fiery presence. For Christians, that’s manifested at Pentecost (7 June this year) but for now we are like the disciples – working out what the resurrection means for us.
     
    At Pentecost, we are called to mission but to be sent out we have to know that we are cared for. We have that assurance from the Good Shepherd. That’s why the church must have pastoral care at its heart. Those who are not yet drawn into the church will not care about what we say if we are not seen to care for each other.
     
    I think that we have a good track record of pastoral care at the Annunciation. We are generating social capital. Connections are being forged. Relationships made. Children are having sleep-overs. Two members of the congregation have written a screenplay together. Two others are starting a business (see the message from Aurore Martial and Nete Vester below).
     
    Moses turned aside to the burning bush because although it was alight it wasn’t consumed. That’s a model for creative groups: drawing people in without burning them out; growing and developing without exhaustion. As we enter a crucial phase at church with delicate issues around building works and finance I’m keen that we go on being attractive and that those who take on responsibility don’t get worn ragged. Worse still is the martyr complex that overwhelms so many Christians. Please let’s avoid that!
     
    So, if the burning bush, resurrection and Pentecost teaches us anything, let’s keep it ‘light’! Let’s make sure that we’re good news.
     
    If you missed it last week you can go to the link at the bottom of this email to the monthly Bulletin. Given the questions that I’ve been asked recently about prayer I thought I would devote an article to it. Please read it and see if it resonates with you, prompts further questions or encourages you to take a step further. Vincent Forestier and Steve Phillips are talking about starting a prayer group.
     
    Looking ahead:
     
    Children’s Formation Day: A study day to look at how we develop the spiritual life of children at St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace NW8 9UT, Saturday 10 June, 10.00am – 3.00pm. Cost: £15. I will be going so please let me know if you are interested. It may be especially helpful to those who lead Sunday School tables.
     
    Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood Road, Monday 19 June at 7pm. Rabbi Alexandra Wright will talk about a Jewish Perspective on singing the Bach Passions with a response by Laurence Hillel of the London Interfaith Centre. This will involve looking at the difficult Gospel texts in the gospels from the Christian and Jewish perspectives.
    T S Eliot Day, Saturday 1 July at St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate. Speakers: +Rowan Williams & +Richard Harries. For more information please contact me.
     
    Bentley Car Celebration at St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate in 2019. W O Bentley built his first car in Chagford Street which runs along the side of St Cyprian’s in 1919. Conversations have begun thinking about how the centenary may be marked. There are thoughts about a dinner in the church and a street party. If you know of any keen of Bentley drivers please let me know. Thank you.
     
    And finally, as I indicated above here’s a request from Aurore and Nete
     
    Dear All
     
    We are building The Glee Hive: an e-commerce platform (online furniture/home accessories) with a free interior design service and a visualisation tool, aiming at making restyling your home affordable, visual and hassle free. As we are in the start phase, we would love your valuable insights to furniture purchase and would be grateful if you can please fill in this short survey:
    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DW6FKYG
     
    Thank you so much!
     
    Aurore & Nete.
     
    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald
    gerald.beauch@btconnect.com
     
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

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