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  • Sunday 22 January 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Third Sunday of Epiphany
    Hymns:
    451 Songs of praise the angels sang
    483 The Church of God a kingdom is
    200 Jesus calls us! o'er the tumult
    324 Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old
    ((if needed))
    First Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1. 10-18
    Gospel: Mathew 4. 12-23
    Mass Setting: Missa
    Motet: Stella, quam viderant Magi - Peter Philips
    Voluntary: Chorale prelude - Wir Christenleut' - J.S. Bach

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman
    Helen White


    Reader
    Helen White


    Server

    Refreshments
    Meskerem Assefa


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Laure Boizard


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader
    Vladka Thwaites


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Steve Phillips


    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Thursday 26 January 2017 at 10:10am
    print calendar email Hampden Gurney School Mass

    This week's theme is Service. The story of Christ being preented in the Temple and held by the old man Simeon bears out the truth that 'They also serve who only stand and wait'.

    First Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4. 5-6
    Gospel: Luke 2. 22-40

    Clergy
    Fr Barrie Newton
  • Sunday 29 January 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)

    Deaf Chaplaincy

    Hymns:
    156 Sing how the age-long promise of a Saviour
    (tune 404)
    33 Of the Father's love begotten
    338 At the Name of Jesus
    157 Hail to the Lord who comes
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Malachi 3. 1-5
    Gospel: Luke 2. 22-40

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman
    David De Kervern


    Reader
    David Dell


    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Jasmine Cullingford


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader
    Margaret Gold


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator
    Sherry Robbins


    Sunday School Music
    Martin Cullingford


    Children's Church Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Clearing up

  • Thursday 2 February 2017 at 10:10am
    print calendar email Hampden Gurney School Mass

    The theme again this week is Service with the gospel emphasis on serving the Lord first and everything else will fall into place.

    First Lesson: Romans 12. 9-13
    Gospel: Matthew 4.1-11

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 5 February 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Fourth Sunday before Lent (Proper 1)

    Children's Choir

    Deacon - Fr Stephen Flatt

    Hymns:
    433 O worship the King all glorious above
    347 Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove
    464 Thou art the way: by thee alone
    310 We hail thy Presence glorious
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: 1 Corinthians 2. 1-12
    Gospel: Matthew 5. 13-20

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Gran Potter


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader
    Maria Kastani


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Martin Cullingford


    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Thursday 9 February 2017 at 10:10am
    print calendar email Hampden Gurney School Mass

    This week's theme is Endurance - a key value as we begin to think about Lent coming.

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

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 12 February 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Third Sunday before Lent
    Hymns:
    333 All my hope on God is founded
    305 Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast
    335 All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine
    377 Immortal, invisible, God only wise
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: 1 Corinthians 3. 1-9
    Gospel: Matthew 5. 21-37

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Nathan Abbey


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader
    Rebecca Sebastian


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music
    Steve Phillips


    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Sunday 19 February 2017 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Second Sunday before Lent
    Hymns:
    447 Sing praise to God who reigns above
    376 I heard the voice of Jesus say
    294 Just as I am, without one plea
    463 Thine for ever! God of love
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Roman 8. 18-25
    Gospel: Matthew 6. 25-34

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman
    Kit Tsoi


    Reader
    Kit Tsoi


    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader
    Half Term


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

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  • Friday 20th January 2017
    print email Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    This afternoon I was at St Paul's Cathedral. I joined some Year 6 children from Hampden Gurney, a teacher and three governors in attending 'Let's Celebrate' - a service of thanksgiving for the church schools in the Diocese of London. The congregation numbered over 1300 people with many schools taking part in music, dance and prayer. The service was a glorious tribute to the vibrancy of the schools in the diocese. It was presided over by the Bishop of London who is soon to retire.

    At the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting last Tuesday the Council voted to give £250 towards the Bishop of London's Mission Appeal. Bishop Richard has made it known that he doesn't want a personal gift from the diocese as he bids us farewell on 2 February. I hope that there will be a substantial sum raised across the diocese for this cause. The Diocese of London reaches out to everyone in this great city of ours. There are so many opportunities to proclaim the kingdom and show God's love in action.

    Its always interesting to know how others see us. There's a tongue-in-cheek website that posts reports on churches called 'Ship of Fools'. A mystery worshipper came to our Christmas carol service. You can read the full text at http://annunciationmarblearch.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3d30e446f4b27a6b2b243be61&id=b3e324e9e0&e=f7e874f5d0but here's the best bits:

    'Which part of the service was like being in heaven?

    The choir. When they sang, in particular the women, it sent a shiver up the spine that took you straight to the holy throne room of heaven. Such singing is a rare thing, and it was a joy to be able to hear such quality. It was understandable that at the end of the service, the whole congregation broke out in applause.

    What happened when you hung around after the service looking lost?

    We were invited to the basement for mulled wine and minced pies. I stood in a corner, nursing my wine for a short while before Father Gerald came over and introduced himself. We spoke for a short while before he introduced me to one of the readers, and we spoke further about the church.

    How would you describe the after-service coffee?

    No coffee today, as the mulled wine sufficed. Indeed, it was possibly the best mulled wine I've ever had. Many are a bit gritty and overdone on the spices, but this was warming, smooth and tasty.

    How would you feel about making this church your regular (where 10 = ecstatic, 0 = terminal)?

    9 – It was a beautiful service and the welcome was as warm as the mulled wine. I'd happily come back again.

    Did the service make you feel glad to be a Christian?

    Unquestionably.'

    So, thumbs up all round! Many thanks to our musicians and caterers who do such a great job.

    Sunday is the Third Sunday of Epiphany and light continues to be the dominant theme. 'The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light ...'. Now that in Christ the light has come his followers are to go out and be that light of others.

    Thinking ahead a couple of weeks. Chinese New Year starts next weekend. At the Annunciation we'll be marking the celebration on Sunday 5 February. Annie Ee is once again drawing in members of the church who are of Chinese and Mongolian heritage to bring traditional snacks to enjoy after mass. If you would like to contribute and don't have Annie's email address please contact me. It would be very good if the children wore traditional dress that day as well. Its the Year of then Rooster so let's wake everyone up!

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

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald
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  • Sunday 15th January 2017
    print email Baptism of Caspar Ugorji

    A large and international congregation gathered this afternoon for Caspar's baptism. Once again it was interesting to see that even local people don't know that the Annunciation exists!

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  • Saturday 14th January 2017
    print email Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    So the agonies of the last fortnight of signing Supplementary Information Forms for church schools is over for another year. Many thanks to everyone for their cooperation in showing up on time and having the paperwork filled in already. It makes my life much easier. Now comes the anxious wait until April.


    In the meantime I can report the good news that Miles Ashdown has been appointed as the new Director of the Children's Choir. We had three excellent candidates for the auditions on Tuesday. Each one was asked to work with the children for around 15 minutes. The children behaved wonderfully and really rose to the occasion. Congratulations to them. Miles has sung with the adult choir and so knows about life at the Annunciation. That he applied for the post, I regard as a vote of confidence in what we have here.


    The children's choir will continue on Tuesdays with the children gathering at Hampden Gurney school and being walked round to church. Like Hannah, Miles will be involved in this. To enable Miles to settle in the choir won't be taking any new recruits this term but we will advertise for new members for the summer term.


    I'm at St Cyprian's on tomorrow. Fr Flatt will be at the Annunciation. I've included in the service sheet a picture by the seventeenth century Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán entitled 'Lamb of God' which hangs in the Prado Museum, Madrid. This highly realistic picture of a perfect lamb tied up in preparation for sacrifice for me encapsulates the pathos and wonder of the title that John the Baptist ascribes to Jesus in St John's Gospel. As we sing at communion Jesus is 'the Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world'. He is the means by which heaven and earth are united and our sometimes sullied lives are cleansed. I commend it to you for your contemplation this week.


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


    Yours in Christ


    Fr Gerald

    gerald.beauch@btconnect.com

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  • Sunday 8th January 2017
    print email Baptism of Farah Ajenifuja

    Farah now joins her brother Toby as a member of the church. It was good to see members of the local Nigerian community at her baptism thsi afternoon.

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  • Friday 6th January 2017
    print email Fr Gerald's weekly Email

    First of all, a big 'thank you' to everyone who sent the clergy Christmas and New Year greetings. Fr Stephen and I are very grateful for the many cards and gifts. Thanks, too for all the music-making and hospitality offered over the Christmas season. The feedback that I'm getting from the neighbourhood is very positive.

    This Sunday is the first proper day back to church after the holidays for many. Normal life begins with the busy round of home, work and school. The church is celebrating the season of Epiphany characterized by the stories of the visit to the infant Christ by the Magi, the baptism of Jesus and Christ's first miracle at the wedding in Cana when water was turned into wine.

    These stories manifest the light and life of God in our world. They point us to wisdom and the enriching power of God. The public ministry of Jesus as an adult began with his baptism: a washing in the Jordan that symbolized his identification with a fallen race in need of cleansing and redirection.

    Just as we start each day by having a wash so it also needs to begin with our calling to mind the implications of our baptism: a call to prayer for transparency in our lives. In a world that easily slides into darkness and obfuscation this is a mighty vocation. 2017 will be a better year if more people rise to the challenge.

    This Sunday we are starting a new regime for the older Sunday School children. I'm very grateful to Vladka Thwaites for researching this and drawing up a plan. Vladka writes:

    'All children 7 and over will now go downstairs with the rest of Sunday school. However they should go straight into the classroom with their teachers where they will open with their own prayer. (i.e. They do not join the singing.) The 7 year olds will have their own table where they will be read and discuss a storyboard with a weekly volunteer. The 8 years and over will have their own table where they will be studying a curriculum especially designed for 8-11 year olds by Scripture Union. They will have their own teacher rota. ( If anyone would like to join this rota, please let us know. Also please volunteer to take the 7 year olds if you are an experienced parent volunteer. ) Both groups will have new fun craft boxes to keep things creative and interesting. On the Sunday's that the children choir sings in church, children 7 and over will stay upstairs and take part in the service.'

    The Sunday School is a very important part of the life of the Annunciation so please volunteer in whatever way you can to help nurture the children in our community.

    The children's choir begins again on Tuesday. This first practice of the term is especially important because we will be auditioning four people to succeed Hannah Parry. Please pray for them and those who will be involved in the selection process.

    I'm up to my eyes in signing Supplementary Information Forms for church schools. If you have an appointment with me this week to sign forms please make sure that you bring the forms with you and that you have already filled out as much information as possible. If you need forms signed and still have not made an appointment then please note that forms for Westminster schools must be in by 15 January.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Please remember: If you would like to contact me please don't reply to this email but use my own email address. Thank you.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald
    gerald.beauch@btconnect.com


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  • Sunday 1st January 2017
    print email Fr Gerald's weekly Email

    First of all: A Very Happy New Year to you. 2016 was a challenging year in many ways laying the ground for what could be an even more difficult future. The Christian vocation is to be a sign of hope both as individuals and as a church. So this year let's be vocal in making our views known about the myriad of subjects that will concern us. Just tut-tutting never serves the cause of justice.

    Jesus was a man of his time. Tomorrow we celebrate his naming and circumcision. The incarnation doesn't mean that God simply became human but that he inhabited a particular time, place and culture. Its the transcendence of those limitations that we go on to celebrate throughout the church's year and gives the Christian faith its power. The adult Jesus would not submit to the cultural norms of who he could and couldn't mix with. Finally, he would would transcend even death itself. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Tomorrow we can simply think about 'What's in a name?'

    Because many people are away and those who are in town may have had a night of parties we're expecting a smaller than usual congregation tomorrow. So we will have a said mass with hymns. The choir is taking a holiday. If you are at church tomorrow please be ready to speak up and sing. There will also be no Sunday School. The children are welcome to stay in church. If they are restless then there are resources available downstairs. Please bring them back at communion for a blessing.

    If you are traveling back to London this week then I hope that you will do so safely. I came back from Amsterdam in the early hours of Friday morning having gone to visit family in Holland straight after Christmas. I arrived back nine hours late and diverted to a different airport. I hope that you don't have a similar story to tell!

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    gerald.beauch@btconnect.com


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