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  • Sunday 25 June 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Dedication Festival (24 June 1914)
    Hymns:
    334 All people that on earth do dwell
    485 Thy hand, O God, has guided
    205 Christ is made the sure foundation
    (Westminster Abbey)
    272 All for Jesus, all for Jesus
    ((if needed))
    First Lesson: Hebrews 12. 18-24
    Gospel: Matthew 21. 12-16

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Annie Tassinari
    Abi Goldsbrough
    Ken Goldsbrough


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Abi Goldsbrough


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Vladka Thwaites


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator
    Sherry Robbins


    Sunday School Music
    Martin Cullingford


    Children's Church Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Sunday 2 July 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Third Sunday after Trinity (Proper 8)
    Hymns:
    310 We hail thy Presence glorious
    410 My God, how wonderful thou art
    475 Ye holy angels bright
    373 How shall I sing that majesty
    (Coe Fen NEPraise 699 (if needed))
    First Lesson: Romans 6. 12-end
    Gospel: Matthew 10. 40-end

    Clergy
    Fr Stephen Flatt
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Annie Tassinari


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Gran Potter


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Lorraine Schmit


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Sunday 9 July 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Fourth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 9) with the Children's Choir
    Hymns:
    470 To the Name of our salvation
    376 I heard the voice of Jesus say
    626 Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
    ( NEP)
    456 Teach me, my God and King
    ((if needed))
    First Lesson: Zechariah 9. 9-12
    Gospel: Matthew 11. 16-19 & 25-30

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader
    Parmis Azadegan


    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Nete Vester


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Children Stay in Church


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Sunday 16 July 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Fifth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 10)
    Hymns:
    239 Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy
    415 O for a thousand tongues to sing
    ((tune 1))
    388 Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
    431 O thou who camest from above
    ((if needed))
    First Lesson: Romans 8. 1-11
    Gospel: Matthew 13. 1-9 & 18-23

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    (Olu)Funke Ajenifuja


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Fiona Milligan


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

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  • Friday 16th June 2017
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    This Sunday
     
    Once again London has been struck by a tragedy. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. There has been a lot on social media about ways in which we can help but if you wish to do something and would like guidance then I suggest that you look at https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/newsroom/all-council-statements/volunteers-and-donations and https://thekandcfoundation.com/
     
    Because of the additional obstacles in neighbouring streets including the temporary substation in Bryanston Street and the works on the Cumberland Hotel in Quebec Street, the Parochial Church Council had put off doing and emergency evacuation drill on a Sunday but in the light of recent events we will be doing one this Sunday. So please read this carefully.
     

    We won’t be setting off the alarm but after the gospel I will ask everyone to leave the building. Please do so as quickly as you can.
    If you are upstairs leave by the main entrance at the west end. Walk along Bryanston Street to the corner of Quebec Street. Cross the road and assemble outside the casino.
    If you are upstairs and your children are downstairs trust the adults below to bring your children out of the building. If you go down to collect them you may cause a blockage on the stairs. In a real emergency, this may lead to tragedy. Meet your children at the muster point outside the casino.
    Everyone downstairs will be lead through the nursery and out on to Bryanston Street. This is to show people the nursery layout. Again, in a real emergency some people would go up the stairs at the east end and out of the back door into Quebec Street.
    As we don’t take a register of everyone who comes to church there won’t be a name roll call but I will ask if anyone knows of people who may be missing.
    On returning to church we will continue with the Peace so the mass should last the usual length of time. There will be no sermon, creed or intercessions.

     
    I hope that we will never have a fire or serious incident in the building but we must be as well prepared as possible.
     
    As I will be in Sunday School this Sunday while Fr Stephen celebrates the mass I will take the opportunity to emphasise what we are seeking to achieve at the Annunciation.
     
    We have a glorious building and liturgical tradition and we hope that people who are returning to church because they would like their children to grow up in the faith will honour the way we do things.
     
    Please be involved in the worship and set your children a good example. So, no talking when leaders are leading. There’s time to socialise over coffee. Before that we are engaged in something profoundly spiritual and that invites our full and prayerful attention.
     
    The organ voluntary at the end of mass is integral to the worship so I ask that people remain in their seats with their children. Christopher has a wide repertoire and this is one of the few occasions in any week when most of us have the chance to listen to live music and perhaps be exposed to a musical vocabulary with which we are unfamiliar.
     
    The voluntary also gives the servers the chance to clear the altar and the people organising refreshments to get the tables ready. If children crowd around the refreshment table too soon there may be an accident.
     
    Sunday is the First Sunday after Trinity. Because it follows the Feast of Corpus Christi which is held properly on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday it is sometimes called Corpus Christi Sunday. Corpus Christi reminds us in more festive mode the events of Maundy Thursday. Christ gives us the Last Supper and the enduring sign of his presence in bread and wine.
     
    Last Thursday at All Saints Margaret Street we had an outdoor procession. You may see something similar if you are out and about in the neighbourhood on Sunday afternoon when there is a Roman Catholic procession from the Jesuit Church in Farm Street to St James’s Spanish Place.
     
    News
     
    Fundraising. Many thanks to everyone who has responded so far to appeals for funds. 16 people have signed up to the Parish Giving Scheme. Over £16,000 has been either given or pledged for the heating appeal. We still have a journey far to go so if you haven’t responded, please do so. Thank you.
     
    Hampden Gurney School receives the National Association for Able Children in Education Award (NACE). Congratulations to the school!
     
    Baker Street Two Way Scheme. Works on this will start in July and last for around two years. There is likely to be considerable disruption locally. You can keep up-to-date with the details at   https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/major-works-and-events/baker-street-roadworks?cid=baker-street-roadworks
     
    Coming Up
     
    Marylebone Fayre, Sunday 18 June 11.00am onwards in and around Marylebone High Street. Fun & Food for all the Family so do join in with what has become a truly local event. Village London at its best!
     
    The 2017 Mount Street Gardens Summer Fair, Sunday 25 June, 12.00 – 16.00. Live Music & Entertainment | BBQ | Tea Tent | Bar| Ice Cream | Castle| Gladiator Joust| Laser Tag | Arts & Crafts | Games | 2nd Hand Stalls | Tombola | Raffle| Silent Auction http://mountstgardenssummerfair.org/ Please support the event and look out especially for Annunciation children who go to St George’s School in Mayfair.
     
    The 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.
     
    The Hampden Gurney School Summer Fair, Friday 23 June 2017, 4pm-8:30pm. Please look out for details.
     
    Informal Prayer Group, Wednesday 28 June, 6.30pm in church (Lady Chapel).
     
    T S Eliot Day, Saturday 1 July at St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate. Speakers: +Rowan Williams & +Richard Harries. For more information please contact me.
     
    St Marylebone Celebrations Sunday 23 July, 5.00pm Choral Evensong at St Marylebone Parish Church to celebrate the 900th anniversary of Christian worship in Marylebone, the 200th anniversary of Thomas Hardwick’s parish church and the 30th anniversary of the installation of the Rieger organ. All welcome. Do introduce yourself as coming from the Annunciation if you attend. Thank you.
     
    Sponsored Trip Up Mount Snowdon, 15-17 September. Travel & accommodation is being organised by Steve Phillips and Thomas Vester. Please talk to them if you are interested stevejphillips@yahoo.com  / thomasvester@gmail.com
     
    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.
     
    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
     
    Yours in Christ

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

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  • Friday 9th June 2017
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    This Sunday

     

    And so, the first half of the liturgical year begins to draw to a close. We’ve now celebrated Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. God is revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This Sunday we celebrate the Trinity – not a dusty doctrine but a full-blooded image of relationships. God holds together unity in diversity. So can we.

     

    Following the General Election we now need to pray for our leaders as a new government is formed. The stakes couldn’t be higher as the country embarks on Brexit negotiations.

     

    News

     

    Molly Vester has had surgery and is responding well to treatment. Nete, Thomas and Vera are very grateful for everyone’s support and prayers.

     

    At mass on Sunday we will be giving thanks for Christopher Saward’s 25 years as the Director of Music at the Annunciation. Please stay for a glass of fizz.

     

    We had a time of informal prayer on Thursday evening. Those who took part found it a moving and helpful experience. We will have the next one on Wednesday 28 June, 6.30pm in church. In unquiet times, some peace and stillness is a tonic. For more information please talk to Vincent Forestier vforestier@gmail.com or Steve Phillips stevejphillips@yahoo.com.

     

    Many thanks to everyone who has responded so far to appeals for funds. 16 people have signed up to the Parish Giving Scheme. Over £16,000 has been either given or pledged for the heating appeal. We still have a journey far to go so if you haven’t responded, please do so. Thank you.

     

    Coming Up

     

    Course in Christian Studies is a year-long introductory course to explore Christian life and thought run by parishes in Bayswater. It aims to provide participants with the tools to think deeply about, and articulate their Christian faith and to grow in their discipleship. It will help participants grow in knowledge and enjoyment of the Bible and the Christian traditions. The course covers in some depth the Old and New Testaments, Doctrine, Church History and Ethics, and will have two weekends on Spirituality and Sacraments. For more details please contact Helen Sims-Williams hells_79@yahoo.co.uk

     

    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 in June 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.

     

    Corpus Christi High Mass & Street Procession at All Saints Margaret Street, Thursday 15 June 6.30pm. Followed by a party. All welcome.

     

    Marylebone Fayre, Sunday 18 June 11.00am onwards in and around Marylebone High Street. Fun & Food for all the Family so do join in with what has become a truly local event. Village London at its best!

     

    The 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.

     

    The Hampden Gurney School Summer Fair, Friday 23 June 2017, 4pm-8:30pm. Please look out for details.

     

    Informal Prayer Group, Wednesday 28 June, 6.30pm in church (Lady Chapel).

     

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

     

    St Marylebone Celebrations Sunday 23 July, 5.00pm Choral Evensong at St Marylebone Parish Church to celebrate the 900th anniversary of Christian worship in Marylebone, the 200th anniversary of Thomas Hardwick’s parish church and the 30th anniversary of the installation of the Rieger organ. All welcome. Do introduce yourself as coming from the Annunciation if you attend. Thank you.

     

    Sponsored Trip Up Mount Snowdon, 15-17 September. Travel & accommodation is being organised by Steve Phillips and Thomas Vester. Please talk to them if you are interested stevejphillips@yahoo.com  / thomasvester@gmail.com

     

    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 2nd June 2017
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    This Sunday
     
    Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost. It’s a complicated story with all sorts of background. For Jews, Pentecost was a festival celebrated 50 days after Passover. It celebrated the harvest of the first fruits. God’s people were sustained by God’s world. We rely on creation.
     
    It was at this feast that Jesus’ followers were gathered together. They had experienced the risen Christ but they didn’t know what to do with the information. Then came the power of the Holy Spirit: the wind and the flame. Now the apostles knew what they had to do. And they did it – preaching in a way that everyone could understand. The blight caused by the Tower of Babel was overturned.
     
    Pentecost is sometimes called the ‘Birthday of the Church’: the time when the apostles stopped being astonished and began to mobilise. They were given their mission. So, if we’ve lost our believer’s mojo this is the time to recover it. Since Ascension Day ten days ago the worldwide church has had a novena of prayer. Christians have prayed ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Now we look for evidence.
     
    I hope that everyone who had the chance of taking a break during the half term holiday had a change of pace. If you are traveling back this weekend then I hope that you’ll do so safely.
     
    The Parish Giving Scheme
     
    Many thanks to everyone who has responded to the Parish Giving Scheme appeal. If you haven’t yet done so, please send in your form to me as soon as you can.
     
    In case you missed what I said last week about the scheme:
     
    Since the beginning of April I have been pushing the Parish Giving Scheme. The campaign draws to an end this Sunday. Getting across the financial situation of the parish and the church in general is never easy at the best of times. Its particularly challenging when there is such a diverse audience most of whom have never thought about how churches pay their way.
     
    Starting with the big picture. You may have seen recent press reports that the Church Commissioners has made spectacular returns this past year. The Church Commissioners is the central funding body of the Church of England. My monthly stipend (pay cheque) comes from them. But their direct income only funds clergy who are receiving pensions, grants to cathedrals and some limited projects in poor areas. The actual money that’s paid into the bank accounts of people like me comes from the Diocese of London. In turn that money has come from the parish churches through what is called the Common Fund.
     
    For a church with a vicar the annual Common Fund payment to the diocese is now around £80,000. This pays for the clergy stipend, pension contributions, upkeep of vicarages, the training of future clergy and a contribution to keeping the Church of England on the road especially those parishes in places where there’s hardship. I’d like to scotch the rumour that I’m on 80 grand a year!
    In addition to paying the Common Fund the parish also has to pay all the usual utility bills such as heat, light and insurance. Big buildings cost a lot to run. The insurance value of the Annunciation is around £20m so the annual insurance alone is over £10k a year. All in all, we need to find around another £70k/£80k to fund the parish. Something that can vary a lot year by year is the maintenance – clearing gutters etc.
     
    There are two aspects to deciding what we give to the church.
    The first is for each of us to look at our income and expenditure. All of us have money coming in. In this neighbourhood that varies enormously. All of us have outgoings. Some items are essential such as paying the rent. But once we’ve paid the bills there’s usually something left over. It may be a lot. It may not. As Christians, we are invited to spend money not just on ourselves. We are called to be generous and give to good causes whatever our circumstances. When I lived in South Africa I was amazed at how generous people are in the townships
     
    Secondly, there are the needs of the church to which we belong. There is no ‘going rate’ for attending church. A particular problem for the Annunciation at the moment is that for the last ten years the parish has relied on income from the nursery in the crypt. Because the boiler is at the end of its life and needs to be replaced the Parochial Church Council has had to ask the nursery to leave so that a new boiler can be installed.
     
    It’s a double whammy: major expenditure coupled with a loss of income. Once we have a heating system that works and a new tenant in the crypt things should be on a more even keel but until that point the parish is going to struggle financially. The Parochial Church Council is asking the congregation to give whatever they can.
     
    The ballpark figure of £20 per person per week is a rough and ready guide to what it would take not to have to take into account income from the crypt. I realise that saying this has upset some people. I’m sorry about that. I have no wish to give offence or make people feel that they can’t come to church if their financial resources don’t stretch that far. The church is very grateful for every contribution. Everyone is welcome whoever they are and whatever their circumstances. I can’t hide the facts of life from the congregation however. If we don’t have the money then we can’t keep the doors open and the lights on.
     
    One thing I should say is that gaining a place for a child at Hampden Gurney or any church school is not dependent on donations to the church. When I fill out Supplementary Information Forms the information is geared to the attendance of the child. Questions are also asked about whether or not parents are on the parish electoral roll and regular communicants. Money doesn’t come into it. My hope, however is that if people wish their children to go to a C of E school then they will play their part in the life of their church. That takes us back to the importance of contributing to the church if we expect it to be there.
     
    We are going through a major cultural shift in society. Things like churches being part of the landscape and everything at school being paid for out of taxation is increasingly a thing of the past. Churches do close if they run out of money and school budgets will be under a lot of pressure whichever party is elected on 8 June. Hampden Gurney has an active and generous PTA so I hope that its activities will also be well-supported.
     
    It’s a Christian principle that from everyone to whom much is given, much is asked.  But above all I’d like to see a spirit of generosity welling up within each of us. God loves cheerful givers. If joy is missing then we’ve got something wrong.
     
    Thank you to everyone who has made pledges or given to the heating scheme whatever the amount. I hope that more people will catch the vision. If you have any questions or comments please do contact me.
     
    Coming Up
     
    Course in Christian Studies is a year-long introductory course to explore Christian life and thought run by parishes in Bayswater. It aims to provide participants with the tools to think deeply about, and articulate their Christian faith and to grow in their discipleship. It will help participants grow in knowledge and enjoyment of the Bible and the Christian traditions. The course covers in some depth the Old and New Testaments, Doctrine, Church History and Ethics, and will have two weekends on Spirituality and Sacraments. For more details please contact Helen Sims-Williams hells_79@yahoo.co.uk
     
    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 in June 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.
     
    Informal Prayer Group, Thursday 8 June 6.30pm or 7.00pm (time tbc) in church. Please contact me, Vincent Forestier vforestier@gmail.com or Steve Phillips stevejphillips@yahoo.com if you are interested. Thank you.
     
    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.
     
    Corpus Christi High Mass & Street Procession at All Saints Margaret Street, Thursday 15 June 6.30pm. Followed by a party. All welcome.
     
    Marylebone Fayre, Sunday 18 June 11.00am onwards in and around Marylebone High Street. Fun & Food for all the Family so do join in with what has become a truly local event. Village London at its best!
     
    The 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.
     
    The Hampden Gurney Summer Fair is on Friday 23 June 2017, 4pm-8:30pm. Please look out for details.
     
    T S Eliot Day, Saturday 1 July at St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate. Speakers: +Rowan Williams & +Richard Harries. For more information please contact me.
     
    Sponsored Trip Up Mount Snowdon, 15-17 September. Travel & accommodation is being organised by Steve Phillips and Thomas Vester. Please talk to them if you are interested stevejphillips@yahoo.com  / thomasvester@gmail.com
     
    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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