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Welcome to The Annunciation

Parish Mass takes place at The Annunciation on Sundays at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend. Midweek services are listed here as well, with Mass usually said at 12.30pm each day during the week. Details for the coming week are posted below. The church is also usually open Monday to Friday from 11am-3pm for private prayer.

Do please take a look at the various pages on this website to discover more about the life of our church and sign up for our weekly newsletter for all the latest information about events. And if you need to speak with our priest about anything, do please contact Fr Lincoln by pressing this link. Thank you.

Services

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  • Monday 6 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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    Sunday School Session Leader

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    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

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  • Tuesday 7 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Wednesday 8 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 9 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Friday 10 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Friday 10 December 2021 at 6:30pm
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  • Sunday 12 December 2021 at 10:30am
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  • Sunday 12 December 2021 at 5:30pm
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  • Monday 13 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Tuesday 14 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 16 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Friday 17 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 19 December 2021 at 10:30am
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  • Monday 20 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Tuesday 21 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Wednesday 22 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 23 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Friday 24 December 2021 at 12:30pm
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  • Friday 24 December 2021 at 5:30pm
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  • Friday 24 December 2021 at 11:00pm
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  • Saturday 25 December 2021 at 10:30am
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    Sunday School Session Leader

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  • Sunday 26 December 2021 at 10:30am
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News

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  • Thursday 2nd December 2021
    Weekly Newsletter

    Sunday 5th December…

    is the Second Sunday of Advent. Mass will begin with the beautiful Advent Prose again. And the bell will sound at 10.30am.

    It’s been another good week in church, with our sacred space open for visitors. Many people drop in to say a prayer, light a candle, and sometimes seek counsel, confession, or a listening ear. And there’s a steady stream attending the lunchtime Mass each day. God is clearly working quietly in our midst, drawing people into his merciful presence.

    And one nice surprise this week: Trees have just been planted along Bryanston Street, right across from our church at the back of the Hard Rock hotel. They’re “Amelanchiers”, otherwise known as the “Serviceberry”.

    Legend has it, the tree is named “Serviceberry” because the flowers bloom at a time when the snow melts. The old roads therefore became passable for travelling preachers to attend services. Let’s hope their arrival in our street signals the revival of religion in our neighbourhood too.

    Of course, Advent is a season when we prepare for the return of Jesus at the end of time. Luther was once asked what he would do if he knew that the world was ending tomorrow. He replied that he would plant a tree. A strange response in some respects, but it does signal how good things are simply a delight in themselves. Whatever lies ahead of us, good things are to be enjoyed in the moment for their intrinsic beauty.

    I do hope Mass provides you with a space to delight in the intrinsic beauty of God, and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

    Fr Lincoln

    COVID-19: UPDATE

    Clearly, the pandemic continues. The government has therefore reintroduced some restrictions. At this point nothing has changed in the guidance for churches. We will therefore continue with our current practices: pews spaced out, singing reduced, hand sanitizers available, and communion in one kind, etc. Do please respect the space anyone needs, as well as test regularly and do not attend if we have any symptoms. Parents should also return upstairs for Mass as soon as possible once the children are settled in, rather than remaining downstairs with the Sunday School. And let’s all keep praying for an end to this perpetual threat, and of course for all those who suffer from Covid and those who care for them.

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: DECORATING THE CHURCH

    It’s this Saturday! We need volunteers to help decorate the church for a couple of hours from 9am, so we can get the church looking festive. And we definitely need some strong volunteers to help carry the Christmas tree over from Hampden Gurney. The more the merrier – and easier! Please help if you can.

    WALK ‘N TALK: MONDAY 6th DECEMBER

    Our “Walk and Talk” will be running again – I mean walking again – on Monday. Children and four-legged friends are welcome. Do invite your neighbours and friends as well. It’s a great way to get to know people at The Annunciation and gives us a chance to chat about everything that’s going on within a safe and supportive environment. Meet at Speakers’ Corner at 9.30am, and the walk will finish 10.30am - 11am (though everyone is free to leave anytime).

    MIDWEEK MASS AND OPENING TIMES

    Our doors will re-open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday next week, with Mass said each day at 12.30pm. On Wednesday, we celebrate The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so do join our midweek congregation for this special service, which will last about 20-25 minutes. It’s ideal for people on a lunchbreak, so spread the word.

    CHURCH SCHOOLS: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FORMS (SIFs)

    If you’re applying for a church primary school place to start in September 2022, Fr Lincoln will be signing SIFs for children at The Annunciation in the first two weeks of January. Please email him to make an appointment to meet in church w/b 3rd January or 10th January, so that your child's attendance record can be printed out in advance. Please also note what’s said about Christmas attendance below.

    CHILDREN’S ATTENDENCE AT CHRISTMAS

    Boxing Day falls on a Sunday this year. With people heading off to see family, we have decided that children’s attendance for the 27th December will also be recorded at the Christmas Eve Crib Mass and Christmas Day Mass. This means that if you can only make one of the services over the three days, your child will still be registered for that week. If you’re not sure which service will be best for children, I suggest the “Christmas Eve Family Crib Mass” at 5.30pm on the 24th. See details below as it’s going to be very special!

    CHRISTMAS SERVICES AND VOLUNTEERS

    You have hopefully seen the beautiful A5 flyer in church, which details Christmas services this year. Do please begin to spread the news to your friends and neighbours, taking flyers and distributing copies to neighbouring flats. Take a handful because Christmas is too good to keep to ourselves – just imagine how astonished any newcomer would be to discover the beauty of Christmas at The Annunciation. It’s enough to change a life!

    Friday 10th December, 6.30pm: Chaplaincy Among Deaf & Deaf Blind People Carol Service.

    This popular annual event returns, with our friends in the Deaf Chaplaincy coming on a Friday evening. Helpers will be needed for refreshments from about 5pm. We will also need singers for the hearing choir - no previous choir experience needed. And a joyous event is guaranteed! Please let Fr Lincoln know if you can help.

    Sunday 12th December, 5.30pm: Our Carol Concert

    A beautiful traditional candlelight service with congregational carols and music sung by our stunning choir. Children welcome.Helpers still needed for refreshments, so contact Fr Lincoln if you can assist with that.

    Friday 24th, 5.30pm Christmas Eve Family Crib Mass

    This is one for all the family to enjoy! With the magic of a Midnight Mass, this is an early Crib Mass for families. There will be children's music and much more in this joy-filled, candle-lit occasion. And it will allow children and parents to celebrate the birth of Christ, just like a midnight Mass, but specially designed and tailored for child friendly bedtimes! Helpers will be needed and a children’s orchestra is being formed. Let Fr Lincoln or Steve Phillips know if you’re able to help.

    Friday 24th, 11pm Midnight Mass

    A beautiful service, where we gather in the dark of night to celebrate Christmas in the traditional way. Splendid music from The Annunciation's choir will announce the Christmas feast. This will be stunning!

    Saturday 25th, 10.30am Christmas Day Sung Mass

    A shortened sung Eucharist to celebrate the birth of Our Lord on Christmas morning. With choir.

    Sunday 26th, 10.30am 1st Sunday of Christmas

    On Boxing Day, there will be a short, spoken Mass, without organ or choir. This will provide a chance to ponder the mystery of Christmas in a quiet, stripped-back setting.

    GENEROUS GIVING

    We are so grateful for everyone’s generosity, not least because the church depends on it! The Annunciation is a charity, with no historic trusts or legacies, and receives no external funding beyond that which we can raise for ourselves. Our astonishing Grade II* building also remains on the at-risk register, and requires constant remedial work to keep it open. Therefore, please seriously consider whether you can donate money to support the running costs of our church and our ministry in the local community – or maybe increase what you currently give? If you can, please make use of the “Parish Giving Scheme” to support the work of our church, as this scheme enables us to receive Gift Aid payments straight away. We want to respond to God’s call to reach out and serve the people of our neighbourhood and maintain our wonderful building, and money helps make that happen.

    https://www.parishgiving.org.uk/donors/find-your-parish/marble-arch-the-annunciation-marble-arch/

    PASTORAL SUPPORT

    Do contact Fr Lincoln if you need any pastoral support. If you’ve recently moved, you might want your new home blessed. If you’re exploring the Christian faith, you might want to discuss it. If you’re sick, you might want to receive anointing with oil. Or you may carry a burden and need to make your confession. Whatever your circumstances, do get in touch if you have a pastoral need.

    APOSTOLATE OF PRAYER

    Finally, please pray for those....

    Living with cancer - Chantil, Melissa, Norman, Chrisanthy, Brian, Mahilini, Onnig, Angelos

    Other medical issues - Winston, Michael, Helena (and Katherine & Anna), Rodney, Marielle, Natalie, Joyce, Antonis, Johnnie Charles

    Older age - Robert & Nita, Goli, Eleni, Jeff, Albertina

    Recently departed - Mary Webster, Ruth, Elsie, Sam, Vilma Bacani, Eric

    Year’s mind Barbara Baker, Basil Rigby, Leontios Aristotelous, Rosa Twining, George Briggs, Bradbridge White, Patrick Lasseter, Nancy Eastwood, Vera Penfold, Joan Russell, Nora Hadley, Hilda Duggate, Gertrude Tyrer, Victoria Kemp, Charlotte Golightly, Ellen Bishop, Chua Seong Kow

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Events

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  • Sunday 12th December 2021   at 5:30pm
    Christmas Services: Lessons and Carols
    A beautiful, traditional, candlelight service with congregational carols and music sung by our stunning choir.
  • Friday 24th December 2021   at 5:30pm
    Christmas Services: Family Crib Mass
    With all the magic of a Midnight Mass, a Crib Mass for all the family. Children's music and much more in this joy-filled candle-lit occasion.
  • Friday 24th December 2021   at 11:00pm
    Christmas Services: Midnight Mass
    A beautiful service where we gather at night to celebrate Christmas. Splendid music from The Annunciation's choir will announce the Christmas feast.
  • Saturday 25th December 2021   at 10:30am
    Christmas Services: Sung Mass
    A sung Eucharist, with choir, to celebrate the birth of Our Lord on Christmas morning.
  • Sunday 26th December 2021   at 10:30am
    Christmas Services: Boxing Day Mass
    The First Sunday of Christmas. Join us for a simple and short spoken Mass.

Safeguarding

The Annunciation Marble Arch is committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Adults at Risk of Harm.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Niel Pama 07843 663 431

You can also obtain more information from Childline: 0800 1111
and Westminster City Council (Safeguarding children & Safeguarding vulnerable individuals)