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Announcement – New Vicar of The Annunciation

We are delighted to announce that The Revd Dr Lincoln Harvey has been appointed as our next Vicar and will take up his post after Easter. Please do see the 'News' section for further details.

For the timebeing the church will be open for private prayer on Sundays 10.30-11.30am. There will be no Parish Mass until further notice. Please note that as per government guidelines, social distancing is in place and face coverings will need to be worn unless you are exempt.

Our weekly virtual prayer group is on Zoom every Wednesday at 7pm. Please join our mailing list to receive the link.

Sunday School is available online each week from 10.30am on our Facebook page and YouTube channel

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCx8zCIRC11ELqLP8ACZwgQ/

We pray that you are keeping safe at this time.

God bless you.

Steve Phillips | Helen White

Churchwardens

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  • Sunday 24 January 2021
    Liturgy Details
    Worship Tag: christmas
    First Lesson: Genesis 14:17-20
    Gospel: John 2:1-11

    Role People
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    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 8+ Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Sunday School Tables Volunteer

    Clearing up

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  • Sunday 31 January 2021
    Liturgy Details
    Worship Tag: christmas
    First Lesson: Malachi 3:1-5
    Gospel: Luke 2:22-40

    Role People
    Clergy
     
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 8+ Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Sunday School Tables Volunteer

    Clearing up

    Keyholder

News

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  • Announcement – New Vicar of The Annunciation

    We are delighted to announce that The Revd Dr Lincoln Harvey has been appointed as our next Vicar and will take up his post after Easter.

    Lincoln brings so much to us: He is a theologian who has been teaching the faith to children and adults for nearly twenty years, as well as being a published author and experienced public speaker. He is a man of prayer, having served in a Franciscan religious order before being ordained in 2010 and is very much at home in our catholic traditions. He is also a skilled leader, having helped to set up and run thriving institutions and participating in strategic groups within the Diocese. And he is a local man, living for many years in the West End, and helping on his family’s fruit stall and then fabric shop in Berwick Street Market when growing up. We are therefore confident that Lincoln is a priest who will come among us as someone who prays and serves and understands us, and who will invite us to join him in following Jesus and proclaiming the good news of the gospel. We believe that we will all, young and old alike, quickly come to know him as a friend.

    Lincoln’s ministry has been primarily focussed on St Mellitus College, one of the largest theological colleges in the UK, where he has helped to train women and men for ministry and mission, including the priesthood. Lincoln served his own curacy at St John-at-Hackney with the now Bishop of Edmonton, whilst also studying theology at King’s College London and teaching at St Augustine’s College of Theology. He then served as Associate Priest at St Andrew’s Fulham Fields, and is currently based at St Cuthbert’s Philbeach Gardens in Earl’s Court. It should also be noted that he has a season ticket at the Arsenal.

    Lincoln is married to Tereza, who works in children services for a local authority. They have four children, all girls (and, in addition, one dog and a cat).

    Of his appointment Lincoln says: “I am absolutely delighted to have been called to serve the people of The Annunciation, and am very excited about the future that now beckons. Despite the challenges we all face during this pandemic, it is a genuine joy to begin to imagine what God is actively calling us to be and do in this remarkable part of town. I can’t wait to start getting to know everyone. I am already praying for you, and ask that you all keep me and my family in your prayers as well.”

    Please join us as we pray for Lincoln, Tereza and their family as they prepare to move to The Annunciation. We look forward to welcoming them in April.


    From Helen and Steve
    Churchwardens

  • Saturday 16th January 2021
    Weekly Newsletter

    Sunday 17 January…

    I’m never quite sure how long one can go on saying "Happy New Year” for, but as it’s still only the Second Sunday of Epiphany, I think it’s still justifiable, so Happy New Year! Alas, things don’t seem to have improved much since I last wrote in mid-December - indeed they seem to be even worse. But the vaccine roll-out is well on its way, and a new year is always an opportunity for reflection and change for the better, and with that comes a renewed sense of optimism.

    In our Old Testament reading, we read of the calling of Samuel, the boy prophet. What is God calling us to do in 2021? Be a support bubble to someone who lives alone? Drop more off to food banks at this critical time? Donate more to charities? Organisations like ours are down financially as giving has dropped (£20,000 fewer donations in our case last year). Each time God calls him, Samuel responds willingly, “Here I am!”, even though he does not know the call is from God. By the fourth time, he is aware, and the High Priest asks him to reply, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening”. We would do well to follow his example.

    WORSHIP

    While we are closed for communal worship, the text of the readings will remain available on our website for each Sunday.

    We will be open for private prayer again this Sunday 10.30-11.30am.

    Virtual prayer group: Wednesday 7pm.

    All Saints Margaret St: the church currently remains open for private prayer Monday-Saturday 11am-12pm, for Said Mass at noon Monday-Saturday, and for Sung Mass on Sundays at 11am. All services are also streamed on their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/allsaintsmargaretstreet

    CHILDREN & YOUTH

    Sunday School will be available from 10.30am on both our Facebook and YouTube pages, with songs, prayers and Bible Story as usual. This week we hear about Jesus choosing his 12 disciples and calming a storm.

    Homeschool curriculum options for Christian families: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/homeschool-curriculum-options

    Westminster Abbey Online Family Day: Grave of the Unknown Warrior. Explore the tale of the Reverend David Railton, whose idea it was to have a permanent memorial to the fallen of the Great War who had no known grave. Saturday 23 January 11-12pm. Free but booking required. Ages 8+ https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-events/family/2021/january/family-day-the-unknown-warrior

    PRAYERS

    Living with cancer: Anna, Melissa, Winston, Norman, Chrisanthy, Brian and Silvia.

    Other medical issues: Michael, Helena (and Katherine & Anna, her carers), Rodney, Alan and Marielle.

    Older age: Robert & Nita, Goli, Eleni, Jeff, Albertina, Jaqueline and Mary.

    Blessings,

    Jasmine

    Jasmine.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

    https://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCx8zCI

  • Monday 11th January 2021
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    Sunday 10 January

    …is the Sunday on which the Church celebrates the Baptism of Christ when Jesus was baptised in the River Jordan by his cousin John who was “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1: 4). Jesus was thus identifying with the Jewish people who were being called to repentance. As he came out from the water a voice came from Heaven “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11). These feelings of hope and love are felt by any parent when their child is baptised. Sadly, in these times of lockdown we cannot have baptisms with all our friends and family gathered around the font as we welcome a child into the Church. We can pray that these times will soon return.

    WORSHIP

    With church not open during the day, you may miss the opportunity to come in and light a candle, but now you can do it virtually! Take a moment to make space to pray for yourself, a loved one or a situation https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/light-candle

    No parish mass this Sunday but the church is open for private prayer from 10.30am-11.30am

    Virtual prayer group is this Wednesday at 7pm on Zoom. All are welcome.

    It is a short meeting of prayers and songs with Steve Phillips on guitar.

    please ask Jasmine to be added to the mailing list for this.

    Annunciation Christmas Appeal - SignHealth: unfortunately our usual Deaf and Deaf-blind Carol Service is not going ahead this year, but we can still keep our friends in the Deaf ministry in our hearts and minds. Please donate generously to SignHealth, a charity that provides medical and mental health support to deaf people in the UK. Deaf people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the government measures taken to combat it https://www.gofundme.com/f/christmas-appeal-signhealth

    CHILDREN & YOUTH

    Christmas letter to children from the Bishop Sarah: https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/christmas-letter-children-bishop-london

    Unfortunately Sunday School cannot resume until further notice, due to the numbers involved and COVID restrictions. But children are very welcome to attend and registration of church attendance will be taken. If you have questions concerning Hampden Gurney School admissions, please contact the school directly.

    PRAYERS

    Please continue to pray for Marielle, our volunteer bookkeeper, banker, and account administrator who was diagnosed with Covid19 but now recovering at home.

    Living with cancer: Anna, Melissa, Winston, Norman, Chrisanthy, Brian and Silvia.

    Other medical issues: Michael, Helena (and Katherine & Anna, her carers), Rodney and Alan, Marion.

    Older age: Robert & Nita, Goli, Eleni, Jeff, Albertina, Jaqueline and Mary.

    Recently departed: Lloyd Monk

    Blessings,

    Helen

    Jasmine.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

    https://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCx8zCIRC11ELqLP8ACZwgQ

  • Friday 1st January 2021
    weekly newsletter

    Happy New Year to you all!

    Sunday 3 January..

    is the Sunday on which the Church celebrates Epiphany and we welcome Fr Luke as our celebrant. The dictionary meaning of an Epiphany means “showing” or “revealing” and today’s Gospel relates the story of the three Wise Men or Magi who arrive with their gifts for the baby Jesus. They were shown the path to Jesus “we observed his star rising” (Matthew 2:2 ) and after a visit to Herod, followed the star until it stopped where “they were overwhelmed with joy” (Matthew 2:10). This is a story of light, much needed during these times. “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1).

    We will be wishing each other “Happy New Year” as we meet on Sunday and after 2020 everybody will be praying for a happier 2021. However, there are some of our congregation with friends and family who follow the Eastern Orthodox Church and they are waiting to celebrate their Christmas on the 7th January. You might ask “why is this?” It is all about calendars. The Eastern Orthodox Churches use the older Julian calendar while we use the Gregorian calendar introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to compensate for a miscalculation in the length of the solar year.

    WORSHIP

    With church not open during the day, you may miss the opportunity to come in and light a candle, but now you can do it virtually! Take a moment to make space to pray for yourself, a loved one or a situation https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/light-candle

    Parish Mass: Sunday 10.30am.

    Virtual prayer group is this Wedsnesday at 7pm on Zoom. All are welcome.

    It is a short meeting of prayers and songs with Steve Phillips on guitar.

    please ask Jasmine to be added to the mailing list for this.

    Annunciation Christmas Appeal - SignHealth: unfortunately our usual Deaf and Deaf-blind Carol Service is not going ahead this year, but we can still keep our friends in the Deaf ministry in our hearts and minds. Please donate generously to SignHealth, a charity that provides medical and mental health support to deaf people in the UK. Deaf people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the government measures taken to combat it https://www.gofundme.com/f/christmas-appeal-signhealth

    CHILDREN & YOUTH

    Christmas letter to children from the Bishop Sarah: https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/christmas-letter-children-bishop-london

    Unfortunately Sunday School cannot resume until further notice, due to the numbers involved and COVID restrictions. But children are very welcome to attend and registration of church attendance will be taken. If you have questions concerning Hampden Gurney School admissions, please contact the school directly.

    PRAYERS

    Please continue to pray for Marielle, our bookkeeper, who was diagnosed with Covid19 but now recovering at home.

    Living with cancer: Anna, Melissa, Winston, Norman, Chrisanthy, Brian and Silvia.

    Other medical issues: Michael, Helena (and Katherine & Anna, her carers), Rodney and Alan, Marion.

    Older age: Robert & Nita, Goli, Eleni, Jeff, Albertina, Jaqueline and Mary.

    Recently departed: Lloyd Monk

    Blessings,

    Helen

    Jasmine.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

    https://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCx8zCIRC11ELqLP8ACZwgQ

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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)