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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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  • Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 12:30pm
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    Sidesman

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    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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  • Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 12:30pm
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    Sidesman

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    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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  • Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 7:00pm

    Please join our mailing list to receive the Zoom link for this short act of worship and intercession.

    Liturgy Details

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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

    Keyholder

  • Thursday 23 September 2021 at 12:30pm
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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

    Keyholder

  • Friday 24 September 2021 at 12:30pm
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    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

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  • Sunday 26 September 2021 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    Hymns:
    475 Ye holy angels bright
    464 Thou art the way: by thee alone
    First Lesson: Numbers 11.4-6, 10-16, 24-29
    Gospel: Mark 9.38-50
    Mass Setting: Communion Service in C - John Ireland
    Motet: Offertory: Factum est silentium - Peter Philips, Communion: Cantate Domino - Orlandus Lassus
    Voluntary: Toccata in B minor - Eugène Gigout

    Role People
    Clergy
    Fr Lincoln Harvey
     
    Sidesman
    Bob Jones


    Reader
    Bob Jones


    Server
    Joshua Chua


    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

  • Monday 27 September 2021 at 12:30pm
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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

    Keyholder

  • Tuesday 28 September 2021 at 12:30pm
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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

    Keyholder

  • Wednesday 29 September 2021 at 12:30pm
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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

    Keyholder

  • Wednesday 29 September 2021 at 7:00pm

    Please join our mailing list to receive the Zoom link for this online act of worship and intercession.

    Liturgy Details

    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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  • Thursday 30 September 2021 at 12:30pm
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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

    Keyholder

  • Friday 1 October 2021 at 12:30pm
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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

    Keyholder

  • Sunday 3 October 2021 at 10:30am
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    Christina Botelho


    Reader
    Christina Botelho


    Server

    Refreshments
    Tereza Harvey


    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 10 October 2021 at 10:30am
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    Role People
    Clergy
    Fr Lincoln Harvey
     
    Sidesman
    Helen White


    Reader
    Helen White


    Server

    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson


    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 17 October 2021 at 10:30am
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    Fr Simon Cuff
     
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Tereza Harvey


    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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News

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  • Friday 17th September 2021
    Weekly Newsletter

    Sunday 19th September…

    is the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. Of course, that’s now a sizeable number of Sundays. And our church feels very different to how it did back in May (when we celebrated Trinity Sunday). Our common life has gained momentum.

    For example, it’s been great to see our school Mass up and running again at Hampden Gurney, as well as the Wetherby assemblies being back in the building after a long pause. Our own Sunday School also goes from strength to strength as we dust down all the activity boxes and get those action songs going again. And there’s now lovely refreshments after Mass, which there wasn’t back in May. Thanks be to God!

    The church has also been a hive of activity during the week. Recently, people have gathered to sort out donations and purchases, which have then been distributed to the new Afghan families in our neighbourhood. And the church’s open door sees many visitors dropping into our astonishing building to pray in wonder. Everyone is struck by the oasis of peace that we offer amidst the hustle and bustle of the West End. And don't forget, Mass is said each day at 12.30pm, where prayers ascend for one and all. The angels rejoice, whilst the Lord sits enthroned in our tabernacle.

    And this only catches a part of what’s been going on, because I've focussed on activities within the building. As you all go about your weekly business, I know you are offering a faithful witness to the grace of God in your homes, schools, offices, and on your travels. Our church genuinely overflows, and that is very good news.

    Do join us for Mass at 10.30am this Sunday,

    Fr Lincoln

    PARISH NOTICES

    WELCOMING OUR NEW NEIGHBOURS: THANK YOU!

    It has been astonishing to see our church respond to the plight of our new neighbours. So many of us have befriended, donated, and helped onsite at the hotel. Buggies, shoes, clothes, and other essentials have all been purchased and distributed. It is making a huge difference to people’s lives. We are all deeply grateful from the bottom of our hearts to everyone that’s helped in whatever way, with particular thanks to Lisa, Paul, Emily, and Tereza, who have been at the forefront of our response. Thank you!

    I am also aware that people have donated clothes for our “children’s preloved clothes sale”, which was going to raise funds for the work and mission of the church. Having spoken to a number of donors, we’ve now decided to cut out the middle man, using these donations to help clothe the refugees. This seems sensible to me, but do be in touch if you’d like your donation to be used for the original purpose.

    As we respond to the refugees’ arrival, it has been good to work with neighbouring churches, and Bishop Sarah visited St Paul’s Rossmore Road on Wednesday to hear about the work being done. Revd Clare Dowding, our Area Dean, hosted the occasion, and gave thanks for our contributions as a church. You can read more here about the Bishop’s visit to St Paul’s: https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/bishop-of-london-and-capitals-churches-welcome-afghan-refugees/

    HARVEST FESTIVAL

    Do add this date to your diaries: our Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday October 3rd. Further details to follow.

    MINI GRAND PIANO

    As the church continues to re-open, events begin to get planned. For example, we are wanting to launch a series of piano concerts. As part of that planning, one of our congregation is trying to source a mini-grand piano. If you know of anyone who is looking to sell one, do let Fr Lincoln know.

    MIDWEEK MASS AND OPENING TIMES

    The Annunciation’s doors will be open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday next week. Mass is said daily at 12.30pm in the Lady Chapel. This is a short service, lasting about 20-25 minutes, so it’s ideal for those on a lunch break who will value some peace. And Tuesday is the Feast of St Matthew, so do try to join us if you can.

    AUTUMN BIBLE STUDY: COLOSSIANS

    We are planning to run an autumn Bible Study, with a focus on The Letter of St Paul to the Colossians. This is a short letter in the New Testament, and rich in content and ideal to study together as we seek to grow in knowledge and love of God. The evenings will run from 8pm-9pm for four weeks, beginning on Wednesday 29th September and concluding on Wednesday 20th October. It will probably be held in the vicarage, though that depends on numbers. If you’re interested in joining this group, do please email Fr Lincoln for details about signing up.

    PASTORAL SUPPORT

    Do contact Fr Lincoln if you need any pastoral support over the coming week. 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.

    AND FINALLY, PLEASE PRAY FOR....

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

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

    Older age: Robert & Nita, Goli, Eleni, Jeff, Albertina, Luke, Laura

    Recently departed: Freddie Forbes Adam, Mary Webster

    Year’s mind: Augustus Cresswell, Cecil Fortesche (former Vicar of this church), Annie Angell, Edith Le Doré, Walter Tapper (Architect of this church), James Wright, Philip Foster, Georgiana Egerton-Warburton, Brian Masters (Bp), Edward Harris

  • Friday 10th September 2021
    Weekly Newsletter

    Sunday 12th September…

    is the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity. Both our readings make us focus our attention on the crucifixion and the way in which Jesus approached his death on the cross. We will again give thanks to God as we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death, so do come and join us. Mass begins at 10.30am.

    It has been wonderful to see The Annunciation spring back into action over recent weeks now that social restrictions have lifted. Sunday School has been relaunched, and it’s also good to enjoy refreshments together after the service. But it has been especially inspiring this week to see so many of us respond to the refugee crisis. I know many of you are doing all you can to make our new neighbours feel welcome after their arrival from Afghanistan. I am ever so grateful for all that you have given to these families. The tragedy is unfathomable, their suffering real, and so I pray we will continue to do all you can to help make them feel welcome in our community.

    God bless, one and all,

    Fr Lincoln

    PARISH NOTICES

    HELP FOR REFUGEES

    Hopefully you received the email earlier this week, which detailed ways in which you can volunteer through Westminster Council to help the many Afghan refugees who have arrived in our neighbourhood. People from our congregation are befriending, donating, and helping on-site at the Hilton Metropole, along with other churches. There has also been lots of immediate activity on the ground as the Council gets its systems into swing, and I know children from our church have been making new friends in our parks, whilst adults buy or dinate necessary goods, and much more besides. One of our congregation – Lisa Attenborough – has been very much involved, working with families and helping to meet their needs. Lisa has now set up a “gofundme” page which is designed to raise money to provide clothes, shoes, toys, and buggies. You can support Lisa’s campaign by clicking this link, where further details are given: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bskv5-help-for-refugees

    HARVEST FESTIVAL

    Date for your diaries: our Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday October 3rd. Further details to follow soon.

    SUNDAY SCHOOL

    Our Sunday School is up and running, thanks to the leadership of Gavin and Steve. But it remains dependent on parents volunteering to assist during the sessions. Do please arrive in church by 10.30am, so we can get enough assistants to get the school running on time.

    MIDWEEK MASS AND OPENING TIMES

    The Annunciation’s doors will be open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday next week. Do make use of our sacred space to pray, and don’t forget that Mass is said daily at 12.30pm in the Lady Chapel. This is a short service, lasting about 20-25 minutes, so it’s ideal for those on a lunch break who will value some peace. This coming Tuesday is Holy Cross Day, so do try to attend if you can.

    AUTUMN BIBLE STUDY: COLOSSIANS

    We are planning to run an autumn Bible Study, with a focus on The Letter of St Paul to the Colossians. This is a short letter in the New Testament, and rich in content and ideal to study together as we seek to grow in knowledge and love of God. The evenings will run from 8pm-9pm for four weeks, beginning on Wednesday 29th September and concluding on Wednesday 20th October. It will probably be held in the vicarage, though that depends on numbers. If you’re interested in joining this group, do please email Fr Lincoln for details about signing up.

    PASTORAL SUPPORT

    Do contact Fr Lincoln if you need any pastoral support over the coming week. 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.

    AND FINALLY, PLEASE PRAY FOR....

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

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

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

    Recently departed Freddie Forbes Adam

    Year’s mind Thomas Salmon (pr), Sam Varghese, Benjamin Fisher, Percival Hilton, Violet Heasman, Leonard Hill, John Arrowsmith (pr), Alison Talonpoika, Alice Burkett

  • Thursday 2nd September 2021
    Weekly Newsletter: Sunday School Returns!

    Sunday 5th September…

    is the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. We will celebrate the generosity of God, calling on the Spirit to transform the elements of bread and wine into the tangible presence of the Risen Lord in our midst. With the organ bellowing, the choir singing, and the people of God surrounded by candlelight and clouds of incense, it promises to be another startling occasion. We’re a flash mob of glorious praise! So do come and join us this Sunday.

    And we’re particularly excited to announce that our Sunday School will be re-launching this coming Sunday! I am ever so grateful to Gavin and Steve for heading this up, although the running of the school will remain dependant on additional volunteers assisting with the sessions each week. Without enough supervising adults present, the re-launch will need to be delayed. Therefore, please drop me an email in advance of Sunday to let me know if you’re available to help this coming week. It would be wonderful to get the Sunday School going again. What joys await!

    As usual, Mass begins at 10.30am. And – here’s some more exciting news – this week will also see the return of an opening hymn. Thanks be to God!

    Fr Lincoln

    PARISH NOTICES

    SUNDAY SCHOOL

    As noted above, our Sunday School re-launches this coming Sunday, but it is dependent on parents volunteering to assist the leaders during the session. Do please contact Fr Lincoln to indicate your willingness to contribute to this vital element of our church life. And arrive in church by 10.30am, so we can set the new year in motion.

    WALK AND TALK: MONDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

    Our “Walk and Talk” has proved to be very popular, so do please join us if you haven’t yet been on one. Children and four-legged friends are always welcome and do invite your neighbours and friends as well. It’s a great way to get to know new people at The Annunciation and it gives us a chance to chat about everything that’s going on within a safe and supportive environment. Meet at Speakers’ Corner at 9am, and the walk will finish 10.30am - 11am (though everyone is free to leave anytime). 9am, Speakers’ Corner. Monday, 6th September.

    HAMPDEN GURNEY SCHOOL MASS

    The weekly Mass begins again on Thursday 8th September at Hampden Gurney school, starting at 10.10am each week during term time for the pupils. It’s wonderful that the school’s building rises up so high from the chapel’s altar, and it is even more wonderful that all the children gather for Mass each week. Worship is the foundation of our school, so let’s recommit to praying for our school this coming year, especially as we enter a new phase without “bubbles” and restrictions. Why not put a reminder on your phone for Thursday mornings when the children will be gathering in the school’s chapel, and pause to ask God to bless the staff and pupils over the coming week?

    MIDWEEK MASS AND OPENING TIMES

    The Annunciation’s doors will be open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday next week. Do make use of our sacred space to pray, and don’t forget that Mass is said daily at 12.30pm in the Lady Chapel. This is a short service, lasting about 20-25 minutes, so it’s ideal for those on a lunch break who will value some peace. Or why not pop in to light a candle and say a prayer? Time spent in our astonishing space always lifts the spirits!

    CHILDREN’S PRELOVED CLOTHES SALE

    We’re still planning our “children’s preloved clothes sale”. Donations are therefore welcome, and the proceeds will go to the mission and work of our church. Do please bring any good quality clean clothing and shoes (0 – 12 years) to Mass at The Annunciation Marble Arch and give them to Tereza or leave them in the parish office.

    AUTUMN BIBLE STUDY: COLOSSIANS

    We are planning to run an autumn Bible Study, with a focus on The Letter of St Paul to the Colossians. This is a short letter in the New Testament, and rich in content and ideal to study together as we seek to grow in knowledge and love of God. The evenings will run from 8pm-9pm for four weeks, beginning on Wednesday 29th September and concluding on Wednesday 20th October. It will probably be held in the vicarage, though that depends on numbers. If you’re interested in joining this group, do please email Fr Lincoln for details about signing up.

    PASTORAL SUPPORT

    Do contact Fr Lincoln if you need any pastoral support over the coming week. 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.

    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

    We now have a profile on Twitter, where you can access and broadcast news about forthcoming events in church. Do follow us if you use Twitter, and spread the word about upcoming services, etc, in your netwoork. The church's profile is: @AnnunciationW1

    PARISH GIVING

    Do please make use of the “Parish Giving Scheme” to support the work of our church, as this reduces our administrative burden whilst enabling us to receive Gift Aid payments straight away. Please look at their website and give as generously as you can so that we can respond to God’s call to reach out and serve the people of our neighbourhood and maintain our wonderful building. We depend on your generosity!

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

    AND FINALLY, PLEASE PRAY FOR....

    Living with cancer Peter Critten, Ruth, Melissa, Norman, Chrisanthy, Brian, Mahilini, Chantill, and Onnig

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

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

    Year’s mind: Francis Fox, Sidney Cook, Francis Debenham, Frederick Peasley (pr), Kay Osburn, Charles Sumner (pr), John Gibbs

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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)