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  • Thursday 23 February 2017 at 10:10am
    print calendar email Hampden Gurney School Mass

    With Lent now only a week away we think about Forgiveness.

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

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 26 February 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Sunday next before Lent
    Hymns:
    440 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
    494 Christ is the world's true Light
    285 For the beauty of the earth
    ((Tune 2))
    287 Glory, love, and praise, and honor
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: 2 Peter 1. 16-21
    Gospel: Matthew 17. 1-9

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson
    Meskerem Assefa


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Emily Laino


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Half Term


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Martin Cullingford


    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Wednesday 1 March 2017 at 10:10am
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    Today is Ash Wednesday. All of the children receive the mark of the ashes as a sign of our mortality and need of forgiveness.

    First Lesson: Isaiah 58. 6-9
    Gospel: Matthew 6. 16-21

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Wednesday 1 March 2017 at 12:30pm
    print calendar email Ash Wednesday Said Mass with Imposition of Ashes
    First Lesson: Isaiah 58. 1-12
    Gospel: Matthew 6. 1-6 & 16-21

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 8+ Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Sunday 5 March 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email First Sunday of Lent

    Children's Choir

    Celebrant - Fr Gerald Beauchamp

    Deacon - Fr Stephen Flatt

    Hymns:
    461 There's a wideness in God's mercy
    (tune Corvedale NE Praise 700)
    507 Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us
    ((Lent Prose - Motet))
    304 Once, only once, and once for all
    67 Forty days and forty nights
    64 Be thou my guardian and my guide
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Romans 5. 12-19
    Gospel: Matthew 4. 1-11

    Clergy
    Ven Luke Miller
       
    Sidesman
    Ken Goldsbrough


    Reader
    Ken Goldsbrough


    Server

    Refreshments
    Ken Goldsbrough
    Abi Goldsbrough


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Abi Goldsbrough


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Vladka Thwaites


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Thursday 9 March 2017 at 10:10am
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    We continue the Lenten theme of Forgiveness. It is the example that we are given in Christ.

    First Lesson: Ephesians 1. 3-8
    Gospel: Matthew 18. 21-26

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 12 March 2017 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
    337 As pants the hart for cooling streams
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Romans 4. 1-5 & 13-17
    Gospel: John 3. 1-17

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Meskerem Assefa


    Sunday School Session Leader
    (Olu)Funke Ajenifuja


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Niel Pama


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Thursday 16 March 2017 at 10:10am
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    The forgiving Christ shares in our darkest moments of life.

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

    Clergy
    Fr Alan
  • Sunday 19 March 2017 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
    379 In the Cross of Christ I glory
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Romans 5. 1-11
    Gospel: John 4. 5-42

    Clergy
    Fr Stephen Flatt
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Jean Earle


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Fiona Milligan


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

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  • Friday 17th February 2017
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    I hope that those with children have had a good half-term. If you are yet to travel back, then have a safe journey. Oxford Street this week has been buzzing with families making the most of the break.

    Although I sometimes wonder if we need yet more retail I’ve been thinking about the additional outlets that will be coming onstream in roads that lead into Bryanston Street. 

    The pedestrianised part of Quebec Street will soon have shops lining the Cumberland Hotel side. Landscaping should make this a more attractive area to walk along. Once the Marble Arch Tower site on the corner the Edgware Road and Oxford Street is redeveloped there will be another short shopping arcade leading out into the western end of Bryanston Street. 

    When these projects are completed the Annunciation should be easier to stumble upon. It would be good to see an increase in the number of people popping into the church. Reading the comments written in the visitors’ book folk appreciate the church being open and standing as a silent witness to the something other making a profit.

    This Sunday is the Second Sunday before Lent. The gospel is another section of the Sermon on the Mount. Now Jesus is addressing anxiety. Most of us would admit to feeling anxious about something some of the time. There’s no magic bullet but I will say something about how we may address anxiety from a spiritual perspective.

    Thinking of Lent: Please bring your palm crosses back so that ash can be made for Ash Wednesday (1 March).

    In my email last week, I said that the General Synod of the Church of England would be asked to receive a report from the House of Bishops concerning marriage arising out of ‘shared conversations’ about gay partnerships and marriage.

    As you may have seen from the press the synod decided to send it back to the bishops and asked them to think again. I’m glad about that. I’m all for tradition but not at the expense of justice.

    Going forward I think that there needs to be two elements in the debate. 

    One is the use of the bible. Scripture is often quoted as forbidding this, that and the other. Indeed, it does but why do we act on some prohibitions and not others? St Paul insisted that women should cover their heads and not speak in church. Why aren’t these insisted on by people who say that they are biblically orthodox and against gay marriage?

    Secondly, (and I may get into trouble for saying this) but I’d like to give up references to pain. I’m a cradle Anglican and I’ve never known a time when the church wasn’t agonising about human experience – divorce, the ordination of women, gay marriage. The debates are painful because the struggle isn't just about belief its also about belonging. Suffering in one person should illicit compassion in another but in the church ‘my pain is bigger than yours’ generates more heat than light.

    Jesus taught that his followers should not be anxious. A few ‘shared conversations’ with him about pain might help.

    Looking ahead:

    Children’s Choir practices resume on Tuesday, 3.45pm in church.

    Confirmation Classes for Hampden Gurney School children in Years 5 & 6 start on Wednesdays after school on 22 February. I've now got five takers. If you would like your child to be prepared for Confirmation at the school in May please let me know.

    Sunday 5 March. The preacher will be Ven Luke Miller, the Archdeacon of London. It will be his first visit to the Annunciation since taking office last year so please turn up that day and make him welcome.

    Saturday 11 March. There are still places on the First Aid Course. Dr Sharon Man has kindly arranged a three-hour session run by St John's Ambulance at church. The cost is £42 per person. Please contact Sharon for more details and/or sign up. If you don't have Sharon's email address please contact me.

    Saturday 25 March is the Feast of the Annunciation. There will be a High Mass & Procession that day at 12.00 noon. The preacher will be a friend of mine, the Revd Canon Leanne Roberts who is on the staff of Southward Cathedral. Do come that Saturday. We don't always give our Feast of Title the celebration it deserves.

    Tuesday 4 April, 7.30pm. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting & Launch of the Revenue Campaign.
     
    On Sunday Gavin is away so Carl Lyons is kindly recording the children’s attendance. There will probably be no one to lead the 8+ group. So, if there are no last minute volunteers, the older children will stay in church.

    Also remember: If you would like to contact me please don't reply to this email but use my own email address. Thank you.

    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 10th February 2017
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    The word 'broken' seems to be much in the news at the moment. The NHS is broken we're told. So is the housing market. And the sight of the majority of MPs voting for Brexit Article 50 this week when most of them think that this will damage country shows that we have a broken democracy as well.

    Most of us get sad when things are broken. Sometimes even heartbroken. But what we celebrate at mass Sunday by Sunday is that what is broken always contains the seeds of new life. As we say just before we receive communion: 'We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.' There's no point being broken; only broken open. Faith will become increasingly important as we face many a challenge going forward.

    The bishops of the Church of England recently produced a report that will be put before General Synod next week. Over the last three years there have been conversations about the place of same-sex marriages in the life of the church. This is made more acute because the state now sanctions gay marriage. 

    The bishops say that they should be no change to the church's teaching. I disagree. There are many same-sex marriages in this part of London and as far as I can see if are every bit as life-giving as the straight ones. 

    The bishops are out of touch and I hope that Synod will ask them to think again. The Church of England has a choice. It either develops a breadth of vision that enables it to be a church for the nation or it increasingly becomes a narrow-minded sect. This is a turf war that's been going on throughout church history so no change there but it undermines the proclamation that the church is about good news.

    Thinking about this Sunday. The countdown to Lent continues and we are now on the Third Sunday before Lent. In preparation please bring your palm crosses back to church so that we can make ash in preparation for Ash Wednesday (1 March)

    Sunday's gospel is again from the Sermon on the Mount. No anger. No lust. And no swearing. These are counsels of perfection but most of us would own up to at least one of them if not all three at some point in our lives. So just how do we live well? I don't pretend to have the answer but I have an answer. Come on Sunday and I'll tell you about it.

    Last Sunday, Miles Ashdown lead the children's choir in singing at mass. The children did a great job. If there are any children who would like to join the choir after half term please let me know.

    The two events hosted in the Annunciation this past week went well. 

    The Francis Holland Schools in Regent's Park and Sloane Square had a joint concert on Tuesday. The music was of a wonderfully high standard. I particularly enjoyed a song by Faure and a jazz setting of the mass. The Head of Music at the Sloane Square school is someone that I knew as a teenager. She always did show promise on the piano!

    On Thursday, the company that is redeveloping the Marble Arch Tower site on the corner of the Edgware Road and Oxford Street held a public consultation on plans that they are drawing up in conjunction with Westminster City Council to improve the Marble Arch traffic island. If it happens, blocked up underground spaces will be converted into a performance area and there will be a cafe at ground level that looks a bit like the Pizza in the Park.
    As the Annunciation develops its relationship with the neighbours its good to see that businesses look to the church as a place and space where there can be fruitful listening. Bishops please take note!

    You may already have gone away for half term week. If so, I hope that you travel safely. If you're staying put, enjoy all that London has to offer. Have seen the film 'Lion'? If you love the movies and haven't seen it, then do - and take a hankie! 

    Looking ahead:

    Confirmation Classes for Hampden Gurney School children in Years 5 & 6 start on Wednesdays after school on 22 February. I've got four takers so far. If you would like your child to be prepared for Confirmation at the school in May please let me know.

    Sunday 5 March. The preacher will be Ven Luke Miller, the Archdeacon of London. It will be his first visit to the Annunciation since taking office last year so please turn up that day and make him welcome.

    There are still places on the First Aid Course. Dr Sharon Man has kindly arranged a three hour session run by St John's Ambulance at church on Saturday 11 March. The cost is £42 per person. Please contact Sharon for more details and/or sign up. If you don't have Sharon's email address please contact me.

    Saturday 25 March is the Feast of the Annunciation. There will be a High Mass & Procession that day at 12.00 noon. The preacher will be a friend of mine, the Revd Canon Leanne Roberts who is on the staff of Southward Cathedral. Do come that Saturday. We don't always give our Feast of Title the celebration it deserves.

    Also remember: If you would like to contact me please don't reply to this email but use my own email address. Thank you.

    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 3rd February 2017
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    This week has been a week of 'good-byes'. Last Sunday we wished David Dell 'God Speed' as he moved to his new home in Winchester on Tuesday. David kindly provided the wine after mass. Many thanks to him for that. He read the lesson magnificently. We will miss his thoughtful and polished style. On Thursday the Bishop Richard Chartres celebrated and preached at St Paul's Cathedral for the last time as Bishop of London. It was a glorious occasion with a full cathedral: a great tribute to his over 20 years as bishop. It may be a year before his successor is enthroned. So in the meantime please pray for the senior staff of the diocese especially Bishop Pete Broadbent (Bishop of Willesden) who is the Acting Bishop of London during the interregnum. Pray, too for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the appointment of Bishop Richard's successor. Churches are famous for their Byzantine procedures so please don't ask me how its done. There must be a website somewhere out there that can help.
     
    This Sunday we turn our backs on the upbeat season of Epiphany and move into the more sober numbering of the Sundays as 'before Lent'. This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday before Lent. In 2017 Lent begins on Wednesday 1 March, Ash Wednesday. In preparation for this please bring back your palm crosses so that we can make the ash for Ash Wednesday.

    The gospel readings for the first three Sundays of February concentrate on Christ the Teacher. We will hear some of the famous passages from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chs 5-7). On Sunday we  reflect on what it means to be 'salt' and 'light' - 'a city set on a hill'. This latter image will have a particular resonance for Americans. John Winthrop, one of the Pilgrim Fathers famously used it in a sermon on board ship destined for the New World. He saw it as the destiny of the land that his followers would create. In his farewell address President Ronald Reagan said “...in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with peoples of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity.  And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.” In the Trump era the light seems to be flickering a bit.

    The doors of the Annunciation are proudly open however as much as possible. Apart from Mondays I now get down to church much earlier as I'm no longer saying Morning Prayer at St Cyprian's. I hope that more people will become aware that the church is here. Its central position calls for the Annunciation to be a shrine where everyone can offer their prayers.

    The church is also being used more often as a venue. On Tuesday, the Francis Holland Schools in Chelsea and Regent's Park are putting on a short joint concert at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome. On Thursday, Almacantar (the developer working on the Marble Arch Tower site) is staging a public consultation in the Annunciation on proposals for a small events pavilion on the Marble Arch Traffic Island. Marooned by traffic and with unused underpasses it would be good to see the area brought back to life. There will be an exhibition from 1.00pm until 7.00pm so do look in if you can and offer your opinion.

    The children's choir is singing on Sunday. The numbers are a bit lower at the moment to enable Miles Ashdown, the new Director of the Children's Choir to find his feet. I hope that we will be able to build the children's choir up again as the academic year unfolds.

    This Sunday there are special refreshments again after mass as we are rounding off Chinese New Year. Many thanks to Annie Ee for coordinating the snacks. Children, especially those of Chinese heritage are welcome to wear traditional costume although I would advise some wool under the silk. The heating is on its last legs.

    Don't forget the First Aid Course. Dr Sharon Man has kindly arranged a three hour session run by St John's Ambulance at church on Saturday 11 March. The cost is £42 per person. Please contact Sharon for more details and/or sign up. If you don't have Sharon's email address please contact me.

    Also remember: If you would like to contact me please don't reply to this email but use my own email address. Thank you.

    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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