Church of the Annunciation, Marble Arch, London

A welcoming and international community centred around a devotional life rich in worship, prayer and music
 
 
A welcoming and international community centred around a devotional life rich in worship, prayer and music

Services

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  • Sunday 28 April 2019 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    Hymns:
    116 O praise our great and gracious Lord
    117 The day of Resurrection
    119 The strife is o'er, the battle done
    102 A brighter dawn is breaking
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Acts 5. 27-32
    Gospel: John 20. 19-31
    Mass Setting: Missa Brevis - Grayston Ives
    Motet: Surrexit pastor bonus - Orlandus Lassus
    Voluntary: Incantation pour un jour Saint - Jean Langlais

    Role People
    Clergy
     
    Sidesman
    Muminur Choudhury


    Reader
    Muminur Choudhury


    Server

    Refreshments
    Annie Ee (Tassinari)


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Nete Vester


    Sunday School 8+ Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Sunday School Tables Volunteer

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 30 April 2019 at 12:30pm
    Liturgy Details

    Role People
    Clergy
     
    Server

  • Sunday 5 May 2019 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    First Lesson: Acts 9. 1-6
    Gospel: John 21. 1-19

    Role People
    Clergy
     
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Raushan Izimova


    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

  • Sunday 12 May 2019 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    First Lesson: Acts 9. 36-end
    Gospel: John 10. 22-30

    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

  • Sunday 19 May 2019 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    First Lesson: Acts 11. 1-18
    Gospel: John 13. 31-35

    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

News

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  • Friday 19th April 2019
    Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    This Sunday (21 April)

    … is Easter Day, the most important day in the Church’s year.

    No resurrection? No Christian faith. Jesus was a good man but then there are other good people. What marks him out is our belief that he was both human and divine. And that was made apparent by his overcoming death. He ended the fracture that we all dread and so enables us to live in transcendent hope.

    Keep that to ourselves? No way. We are inspired to live out what we believe and share it with others.

    Last Week

    Like many people, I was mesmerised by the pictures of Notre Dame in flames. I was in Paris the previous week and had seen it both close up and from many angles. The cathedral is the heart of the city and France itself.

    Since then I’ve had various emails from French members of the congregation expressing how they feel about the tragedy.

    It’s a reminder of the power of religious buildings and sacred spaces not just to inspire but to hold memories, history and hopes. This is a role both for great cathedrals as well as humbler places like the Annunciation.

    Not a stone’s throw from the church this week, extinction rebels were blocking the traffic. Despite the frustrations, everything so far has been good humoured.

    They protesters pose an important question: How are we going to stop the world going up in flames if we continue to deplete our natural resources and pollute the planet at the current rate?

    We need to look closely again at the faith that creates great buildings. They carry powerful messages. It’s good to know that Notre Dame was not finally lost and all being well, will have its own ‘resurrection’. May we and the whole of creation have ours, too.

    Happy Easter!

    News

    Jaqueline Dyde, who was until recently a regular worshipper at the Tuesday midday mass, is now in a nursing home in Loughton, Essex where she is nearer to her family. Jacqueline is now in her mid-90s and extraordinarily resilient. We wish her every happiness in her new environment.

    Looking Ahead

    The Children’s Choir begins again on Tuesday 30 April, 3.45pm in church.

    The new Parochial Church Council meets for the first time on Tuesday 30 April, 7.30pm in church.

    The next Informal Prayer Group with Taizé Music will be on Wednesday 8 May, 7.00pm in church. More details from Vincent Forestier. If you would like to contact him but don’t have his email address, please ask me for it.

    If there’s an election on Thursday 23 May, the church will be used as a polling station.

    The next Community Dinner will be Tuesday 4 June. The speaker will be Thomas Vester; catering by the Marriott Hotel. Tickets £25 on sale after Easter.

    Pilgrimage to Armenia in May 2020. Please let me know if you might be interested.

    Organ Appeal

    Following the death of a former Churchwarden, Patrick Walker, I have had various conversations about a doing something in the church by way of a tribute and memorial to him.

    Something for which the Parochial Church Council currently has no funds are essential works to the organ. I’m awaiting an updated report from the organ builder but the instrument needs at least £15,000 spent on it and possibly a lot more.

    I’m not asking for any money now but if you would like to make a donation in Patrick’s memory would you please contact me and let me know how much you may wish to contribute and whether or not the money would be gift aided? Thank you.

    Furniture to be Given Away

    The brown sofa currently in the crypt is surplus to requirements. If anyone would like it or knows someone who would then they are willing to take it away. Please let me know.

    Before long will also be disposing of some of the existing Sunday School tables & stools. We won’t need so many when the sharing of furniture with the Bryanston Nursery comes into effect. If you would like to register in interest and having some of these items again, please contact me. Thank you.

    The Diocese of London Looks Forward to 2030

    Capital Vision 2020 was a programme designed throughout the diocese to enable the church to be ‘Confident, Compassionate and Creative’. This is now drawing to an end and Bishop Sarah is asking the diocese to think about the decade beyond next year.

    So, the diocese has set up a listening exercise including an online survey. Please go to https://www.london.anglican.org/about/discerning-our-2030-vision/ and complete it. You aren’t asked to give any specific personal details and it’s an opportunity to be frank about the church and say what direction you think it should go.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

  • Friday 12th April 2019
    Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    This Sunday (14 April)

    … is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week and the most solemn week in the Church’s year.

    Today, we witness Christ entering Jerusalem on a donkey. It is a sign of humility and he goes onward to the humiliation of the cross.

    This week, we see the storm clouds gather as friend turns foe, and foes plot destruction. Jesus is Everyman and all of us see something of ourselves in his fate.

    But through it all, we keep our eyes fixed on the Sunday following.

    Holy Week

    The Maundy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper is at 7.00pm on Thursday (18 April) and the Good Friday Liturgy the following day is at 3.00pm.

    If you are away please observe these days wherever you are. If you are staying in London, do come to the Annunciation. Easter Day doesn’t make a lot of sense without them.

    There are many other Holy Week events at cathedrals and churches across London so do go online and see what is on offer.

    All of the regular groups are now on vacation until after Easter.

    Looking Ahead

    The next Informal Prayer Group with Taizé Music will be on Wednesday 8 May, 7.00pm in church. More details from Vincent Forestier. If you would like to contact him but don’t have his email address, please ask me for it.

    If there’s an election on Thursday 23 May, the church will be used as a polling station.

    The next Community Dinner will be Tuesday 4 June. The speaker will be Thomas Vester; catering by the Marriott Hotel. Tickets £25 on sale after Easter.

    Pilgrimage to Armenia in May 2020. Please let me know if you might be interested.

    Organ Appeal

    Following the death of a former Churchwarden, Patrick Walker, I have had various conversations about a doing something in the church by way of a tribute and memorial to him.

    Something for which the Parochial Church Council currently has no funds are essential works to the organ. I’m awaiting an updated report from the organ builder but the instrument needs at least £15,000 spent on it and possibly a lot more.

    I’m not asking for any money now but if you would like to make a donation in Patrick’s memory would you please contact me and let me know how much you may wish to contribute and whether or not the money would be gift aided? Thank you.

    Furniture to be Given Away

    The brown sofa currently in the crypt is surplus to requirements. If anyone would like it or knows someone who would then they are willing to take it away. Please let me know.

    Before long will also be disposing of some of the existing Sunday School tables & stools. We won’t need so many when the sharing of furniture with the Bryanston Nursery comes into effect. If you would like to register in interest and having some of these items again, please contact me. Thank you.

    The Diocese of London Looks Forward to 2030

    Capital Vision 2020 was a programme designed throughout the diocese to enable the church to be ‘Confident, Compassionate and Creative’. This is now drawing to an end and Bishop Sarah is asking the diocese to think about the decade beyond next year.

    So, the diocese has set up a listening exercise including an online survey. Please go to https://www.london.anglican.org/about/discerning-our-2030-vision/ and complete it. You aren’t asked to give any specific personal details and it’s an opportunity to be frank about the church and say what direction you think it should go.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    vicar.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

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

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

  • Friday 5th April 2019
    Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    This Sunday (7 April)

    … is the Fifth Sunday in Lent. After the jollity of Mothering Sunday, the tone is now more sombre. Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday from the Latin ‘passio’ meaning’ I suffer’.

    From now on we are taking the walk to the cross more seriously. The crucifixion is a ghastly event involving more suffering than we dare contemplate. But we need to face it because ‘crucifixion’ is happening all the time and all over the globe.

    Sometimes, the suffering is physical and mirrors the martyrdom of Jesus. Beyond that however there are numerous crises. The word crisis is rooted a Greek word that means a turning point between life and death or a judgement.

    We find ourselves constantly being changed. Sometimes things happen to us for the worse that are beyond our control. At other times, whether there is ‘life’ or ‘death’ is up to us. Navigating our way through the darkness towards the light requires spiritual progress.

    That’s what the next two weeks in church are designed to do. This Sunday, we prepare ourselves for Good Friday and what lies beyond that. Palm Sunday – Easter Day provides rituals and liturgies that engage all our senses and open our eyes to the glory of the life of God.

    The Annual Meeting

    Many thanks to everyone who came to the meeting on Tuesday.

    Congratulations to Steve Phillips and Helen White who have been elected to serve as Churchwardens for the coming year.

    The Parochial Church Council members are: Funke Ajenifuja, Benjamin Bouchet-Le Bot, Elyas Chowdhury, David De Kervern, Priya Dhingra, Vincent Forestier, Marielle Garland, Abi Goldsbrough, Maria Kastani, Luca Laino, Michael Mohammed, Gavin Monk, Niel Pama, Sherry Robbins, Simon Thwaites, Vladka Thwaites and Anthony Ugorji. In addition, Kevork Ashdjian and Enrico Tassinari continue to serve as the parish’s representatives on the St Marylebone Deanery Synod.

    One unscripted part of the evening was a talk given by Christopher Saward, the Director of Music whop spoke about the condition of the organ. You will see the appeal for funds in memory of Patrick Walker later in this email. Christopher is posting some of his playing on YouTube. Just search for Christopher Saward organist on YouTube and have a listen. Here’s a Bach Fantasia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QzwJkUuo_g

    This Week

    All of the regular groups are now on vacation until after Easter.

    Looking Ahead

    The next Informal Prayer Group with Taizé Music will be on Wednesday 8 May, 7.00pm in church. More details from Vincent Forestier. If you would like to contact him but don’t have his email address, please ask me for it.

    If there’s an election on Thursday 23 May, the church will be used as a polling station.

    The next Community Dinner will be Tuesday 4 June. The speaker will be Thomas Vester; catering by the Marriott Hotel. Tickets £25 on sale after Easter.

    Pilgrimage to Armenia in May 2020. Please let me know if you might be interested.

    Organ Appeal

    Following the death of a former Churchwarden, Patrick Walker, I have had various conversations about a doing something in the church by way of a tribute and memorial to him.

    Something for which the Parochial Church Council currently has no funds are essential works to the organ. I’m awaiting an updated report from the organ builder but the instrument needs at least £15,000 spent on it and possibly a lot more.

    I’m not asking for any money now but if you would like to make a donation in Patrick’s memory would you please contact me and let me know how much you may wish to contribute and whether or not the money would be gift aided? Thank you.

    Furniture to be Given Away

    The brown sofa currently in the crypt is surplus to requirements. If anyone would like it or knows someone who would then they are willing to take it away. Please let me know.

    Before long will also be disposing of some of the existing Sunday School tables & stools. We won’t need so many when the sharing of furniture with the Bryanston Nursery comes into effect. If you would like to register in interest and having some of these items again, please contact me. Thank you.

    The Diocese of London Looks Forward to 2030

    Capital Vision 2020 was a programme designed throughout the diocese to enable the church to be ‘Confident, Compassionate and Creative’. This is now drawing to an end and Bishop Sarah is asking the diocese to think about the decade beyond next year.

    So, the diocese has set up a listening exercise including an online survey. Please go to https://www.london.anglican.org/about/discerning-our-2030-vision/ and complete it. You aren’t asked to give any specific personal details and it’s an opportunity to be frank about the church and say what direction you think it should go.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    vicar.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

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

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

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Safeguarding

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

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