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  • Sunday 23 November 2014 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Christ the King
    Hymns:
    345 Christ is the King, O friends rejoice
    352 Crown him with many crowns
    499 Thy Kingdom come, O God
    First Lesson: Ephesians 1. 15-23
    Gospel: Matthew 25. 31-46
    Mass Setting: Missa "Petre ego pro te rogavi" - Alonso Lobo
    Motet: Alleluia, I heard a voice - Thomas Weelkes
    Voluntary: Allegro maestoso and fugue (Sonata 2) - Felix Mendelssohn

    Clergy
    Preb Alan Moses
       
    Sidesman
    Kit Tsoi


    Reader
    Vladka Thwaites


    Server

    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Chris Nelson


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader
    Margaret Gold


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator
    Sherry Robbins


    Sunday School Music
    Steve Phillips


    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 25 November 2014 at 12:30pm
    print calendar email Tuesday Low Mass

    Clergy
       
    Server

  • Thursday 27 November 2014 at 10:00am
    print calendar email Hampden Gurney School Mass

    This coming Sunday is Advent Sunday. The season of Advent marks four weeks of preparation for Christmas.

    Being prepared is an excellent lesson in life and the church thinks of two groups and two individuals who prepared the way for Jesus: the Patriarchs/Matriarchs and the Prophets; and John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    First Lesson: 1 Peter 3. 15-16
    Gospel: Luke 14. 15-24

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 30 November 2014 at 10:30am
    print calendar email First Sunday of Advent
    Hymns:
    9 Lo, he comes with clouds descending
    11 O come, O come Emmanuel
    8 Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates
    (128 ii)
    First Lesson: Isaiah 64. 1-9
    Gospel: Mark 13. 24-end

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman
    Simon Mee


    Reader
    Simon Mee


    Server

    Refreshments
    Donna Tully


    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Martin Cullingford


    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Monday 1 December 2014 at 18:30pm
    print calendar email Springboard Charity Carol Service

    Clergy
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 2 December 2014 at 12:30pm
    print calendar email Tuesday Low Mass

    Clergy
       
    Server

  • Thursday 4 December 2014 at 10:00am
    print calendar email Hampden Gurney School Mass

    This week in our Advent themes we are thinking about John the Baptist.

    First Lesson: Isaiah 52. 7-10
    Gospel: Mark 1. 1-8

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Thursday 4 December 2014 at 15:00pm
    print calendar email Wetherby School Junior Natvity Play

    Clergy
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Saturday 6 December 2014 at 15:00pm
    print calendar email Chaplaincy Among Deaf and Deaf Blind People Christmas Service & Licensing of the New Chaplain, Rev C

    Clergy
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Sunday 7 December 2014 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Second Sunday of Advent
    Hymns:
    10 Long ago, prophets knew
    7 Hills of the north, rejoice
    3 Come, thou long-expected Jesus
    ((Tune 2))
    First Lesson: Isaiah 40 : 1 - 11
    Gospel: Mark 11. 1-10

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Martin Cullingford


    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Monday 8 December 2014 at 19:00pm
    print calendar email Wetherby School Carol Service

    Clergy
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 9 December 2014 at 12:30pm
    print calendar email Tuesday Low Mass

    Clergy
       
    Server

  • Thursday 11 December 2014 at 10:00am
    print calendar email Hampden Gurney School Mass

    As we approach Christmas and tell the story of Christ's birth we think this week of those who visited the infant Jesus especially the shepherds

    First Lesson: Micah 5. 2-5
    Gospel: Luke 2. 1-20

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Saturday 13 December 2014 at 19:00pm
    print calendar email A Service of Lessons & Carols for Christmas

    Clergy
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Sunday 14 December 2014 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Third Sunday of Advent
    Hymns:
    12 On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
    (Winchester New)
    17 When came in flesh the incarnate Word
    5 Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding
    First Lesson: Isaiah 64. 1-4 & 8 - end
    Gospel: John 1. 6-8 & 19-28

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Donna Tully


    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Steve Phillips


    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 16 December 2014 at 12:30pm
    print calendar email Tuesday Low Mass

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  • Thursday 18 December 2014 at 09:30am
    print calendar email Hampden Gurney School Mass in Church

    As the term comes to any end we think of the second group of visitors who came to see the baby Jesus - the Magi. Many people travel far away to be with their families and friends at Christmas. May we all be a gift and a blessing to each other.

    First Lesson: Isaiah 9. 1-2
    Gospel: Matthew 2. 1-12

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 21 December 2014 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Fourth Sunday of Advent
    Hymns:
    185 Sing we of the Blessed Mother
    186 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
    6 Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes
    First Lesson: Romans 16. 25-end
    Gospel: Luke 1. 26-38

    Clergy
    Fr Stephen Flatt
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Martin Cullingford


    Sunday School Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

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  • Saturday 1st November 2014
    print email Fr Gerald's Email to the Congregation

    In the church’s calendar 1 November is All Saints Day and 2 November is All Souls Day. All Saints celebrates the great and good of the church down the years and All Souls is an opportunity to remember family members and friends who have died.

     

    Commemorating the dead is a basic human instinct. We are blessed with memory but we also fear death. No wonder that death rituals have always been among the most powerful elements of religion. In Britain before the arrival of Christianity the Celts celebrated Samhain. The dying of the year and the onset of winter was seen as indicative of the human condition.

     

    Christianity overlay this culture with its own version emphasising hope and the joy of heaven. The old religion with an injection of modern commercialism has made something of a comeback in recent years with the resurgence of Hallowe’en. The ghoulish costumes and the trick or treating are rehashes of ancient practices.

     

    Some Christians get a bit twitchy about this. Paganism is seen as a threat. I’m more relaxed about it. There is always a tension in religion between the old and the new. St Paul kicked over the traces when he turned from being a persecutor of the church to being its most ardent missionary. The catholic tradition however sees grace as perfecting nature. What exists before is not all bad.

     

    Death and dying are facts of life. Introducing children to this through play begins to give them a narrative that will take them into adult life. It is one of the key functions of fairy stories. To grow through fear to acceptance and then be able reason why and how people die is part of maturity and provides the ground for human progress.

     

    Generating a desire for peace and well-being are some of the most important gifts we can give our children. Too many people in our world die needlessly or at the hands of others. Religion isn’t blameless. Our prayer should be that the world into which today’s children are growing will be one in which they succeed where we have failed.

     

    Hope is eternal and a joyous sign of this is baptism. On Sunday we will be baptising Elizabeth Exten-Wright during the mass. Just as Jesus placed a child in the midst of his hearers as an example of what the Kingdom is like so we are wonderfully challenged by the presence of children.

     

    This leads me on to think about school supplementary forms (SIFs)! If you are making an application to a school in 2015 that requires a form signed by the parish priest then I usually complete these early in the New Year. The deadline for applications in normally 15 January.

     

    As I am asked to fill in a large number it is easiest if people make appointments to see me. In my diary I have set aside the following times in January: Tuesday 6th 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Thursday 8th 5.00pm – 8.00pm, Friday 9th 5.00pm – 8.00pm and Saturday 10th 11.00am – 4.00pm. If you would like a form signed please make an appointment.

     

    The process is that you bring in the form. I complete it showing you your child’s church attendance on the parish computer. I then give it back to you to hand in to the school. This does not constitute an interview. It is not up to me who is given a place in a church school. The method has the advantage that parents know what I have written and it ensures that the completed form is less likely to get lost. The governors of Hampden Gurney have approved my signing SIFs this way.

     

    If you have been on half term this week I hope that you have had a pleasant holiday. Travel safely.

     

    Yours in Christ

     

    Fr Gerald Beauchamp

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  • Sunday 9th November 2014
    print email Fr Gerald's Email to the Congregation

    This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and strikes a solemn tones in the life of both church and nation. The Act of Remembrance will take place after the sermon. Weather permitting we will go outside to the calvary war memorial on the corner of Bryanston and Quebec Streets. The creed and Intercessions will be omitted so the mass will not last longer than usual. The children who are downstairs will not come up for this.
     
    The big event this coming week is the Marylebone Interfaith Service on Thursday 13 November, 6.45pm. The Lord Mayor of Westminster will be with us again and if all goes according to plan members of the Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu communities will be participating as well as Methodists and Roman Catholics.
     
    There are various events at which help is needed during this month and next. Vladka Thwaites (vladkaoriana@yahoo.com) very kindly organizes teams to assist so please let her know if you can be involved in the following:
     
    13 Nov at 6.45pm  Interfaith Service - serving refreshments
    30 Nov at 11.30am  Decorating Christmas Tree after Mass
    6 Dec at 3pm - Deaf Carol Service - serving refreshments
    13 Dec at 7pm - Carol Service - serving refreshments
     
    Vladka is also collecting men’s clothing for the West London Day Centre especially jeans, jackets, and coats. So if you have items in good condition please bring them along and place them in the box at the back of the church. This appeal will last through November.
     
    As its getting chilly its perhaps appropriate that Tim Carnegie has organized a whisky tasting event at church on Friday 21 November, 7.30pm. Tickets are limited so please contact Tim (tim.carnegie@gmail.com) if you would like to come. Proceeds will go to the Restoration Fund.
     
    A reminder of what I said last week about signing Church School Supplementary Information Forms:
     
    As I am asked to fill in a large number of forms it is easiest if people make appointments to see me. In my diary I have set aside the following times in January: Tuesday 6th 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Thursday 8th 5.00pm – 8.00pm, Friday 9th 5.00pm – 8.00pm and Saturday 10th 11.00am – 4.00pm. If you would like a form signed please make an appointment.

    The process is that you bring in the form. I complete it showing you your child’s church attendance on the parish computer. I then give it back to you to hand in to the school. This does not constitute an interview. It is not up to me who is given a place in a church school. The method has the advantages that parents know what I have written and it ensures that the completed form is less likely to get lost. The governors of Hampden Gurney have approved my signing SIFs this way.

    A number of people have now contacted me and the diary is filling up so please get in touch soon if you know that you will want me to sign a SIF. Thank you.
     
    I realise that this is an expensive time of year as Christmas approaches but the church lives hand-to-mouth financially so please be as generous as possible and join the Stewardship Programme if you have not already done so. You can get further details from me. Thank you.
     
    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
     
    Yours in Christ
     
    Fr Gerald

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  • Sunday 16th November 2014
    print email Fr Gerald's Email to the Congregation

    A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported the Marylebone Interfaith Service last Thursday. It was a splendid event. Christopher showed off the musical tradition here with great aplomb and it was very moving to see people honouring and respecting each other’s traditions when in other parts of the world those of different faiths are at each other’s throats. We all have a responsibility to make sure that the same doesn’t happen here.

    Tomorrow is the Second Sunday before Advent. As we are almost at the end of the church’s year the readings have an urgency about them. Its decision time. Why either use our talents in the service of God’s kingdom or we don’t. And if we don’t then a certain froideur awaits us.

    Sunday School is growing apace. To help ease congestion on the stairs I’d like to suggest that children who are five and over go down to Sunday School unaccompanied. With fewer people going downstairs and fewer adults returning this should ease the traffic.

    This coming week I am inviting anyone who would like to follow up questions that arose out of the centenary dinner to my home (4 Wyndham Place W1H 2PS) on Tuesday 18 November, 8.00pm. If you could let me know that you ae coming in advance that would be helpful. Thank you.

    The next big event is Saturday 6 December, 3.00pm when the Chaplaincy Among Deaf & Deaf Blind People is having a Christmas Service at which the new chaplain, Rev Catherine Carlyon is being licensed by the Archdeacon as she begins her ministry.

    If you are coming would you like to sing in the ad hoc choir? This is one of those occasions when its more about quantity than quality. Vladka would also like help with serving refreshments. So if you would like to sing please email me (gerald.beauch@btconnect.com) and if you can serve food and drink please contact Vladka (vladkaoriana@yahoo.com).

    My diary has filled up with requests for appointments for me to sign Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs). So if you need forms signed please contact me soon. I have availability on Friday 9 January before 3.00pm and after 1.00pm on Saturday 10th.

    I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald


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  • Friday 21st November 2014
    print email Fr Gerald's Email to the Congregation

    This Sunday is the last Sunday in the church's year and is called Christ the King. This feast was first promulgated in the Roman Catholic Church in 1925 as a response to growing nationalism especially in Europe. In World War 1 national churches had tended to back national governments.

    The Roman Catholic Church saw more clearly than most that this was wrong and only intensified conflict. If Christ is King then he puts into perspective all other forms of authority and we are more likely to be critical of decisions made by others in our name. Christ's peace is delivered through us.

    I am away this weekend and so is Fr Stephen. The celebrant and preacher will be Fr Alan Moses, Vicar of All Saints Margaret St. Fr Alan is also Area Dean of Westminster St Marylebone. Please make him welcome. As I said last week: Sunday School is growing apace. Please let children who are five and over go down to Sunday School unaccompanied. With fewer people going downstairs and fewer adults returning this should ease the congestion. We had an interesting discussion last week on the questions that arose out of the panel at the centenary dinner. There were just five of us although the same number again expressed an interest but were unable to come. We will have another evening like this next March. In the meantime Steve & Anya Phillips are kindly putting on a parenting course in January/February next year. Details soon. We have a brilliant Sunday Sunday School but adult education is proving to be more of a challenge. Life-long learning is something we all need to do in every aspect of our lives. Growing in faith and spiritual depth is not an optional extra but a necessity because it is the thing that outlasts this life. If you have ideas on topics and timings please let me know. This Sunday and next we are collecting good quality men's clothing to pass on to the West London Day Centre. Please place items in the box at the back of the church. The next big event is Saturday 6 December, 3.00pm when the Chaplaincy Among Deaf & Deaf Blind People is having a Christmas Service at which the new chaplain, Rev Catherine Carlyon is being licensed by the Archdeacon as she begins her ministry. If you are coming would you like to sing in the ad hoc choir? I have two volunteers so far. More are needed. Vladka would also like help with serving refreshments. So if you would like to sing please email me (gerald.beauch@btconnect.com) and if you can serve food and drink please contact Vladka (vladkaoriana@yahoo.com). Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs). If you need forms signed please contact me asap. I have availability on on Saturday 10th after 2.30pm. Sunday 30 November is Advent Sunday. If you are buying Advent calendars for your children may I suggest that you get them without chocolates and candies? There's a good paperless calendar from the Bible Society at http://www.i-church.org/gatehouse/index.php?page=13 If you are thinking of visiting a charity Christmas Fair there is an excellent event planned at St Cyprian's Clarence Gate that will run from the afternoon of Friday 5 - Saturday 6 December in aid of a cancer charity. Have a good week Yours in Christ Fr Gerald

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  • Tuesday 25th November 2014   at 3:45pm
    print calendar email Children' Choir Practice
    The After School Music Club has now been renamed the Children's Choir. Hannah Parry-Ridout continues her splendid work in developing music with children at the Annunciation. If you have a child who is in Year 1 or older and would like to join please contact Fr Gerald. The session lasts an hour.
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  • Tuesday 2nd December 2014   at 3:45pm
    print calendar email Children's Choir Practice
    The After School Music Club has now been renamed the Children's Choir. Hannah Parry-Ridout continues her splendid work in developing music with children at the Annunciation. If you have a child who is in Year 1 or older and would like to join please contact Fr Gerald. The session lasts an hour.
     
    The new term begins on 13 January 2015.
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  • Wednesday 3rd December 2014   at 11:00am
  • Tuesday 9th December 2014   at 3:45pm
  • Tuesday 13th January 2015   at 7:00pm