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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 15 June 2021 at 12:30pm
    Liturgy Details

    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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  • Wednesday 16 June 2021 at 12:30pm
    Liturgy Details

    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

  • Thursday 17 June 2021 at 12:30pm
    Liturgy Details

    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

  • Friday 18 June 2021 at 12:30pm
    Liturgy Details

    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

  • Sunday 20 June 2021 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    Introit: Almighty and everlasting God - Orlando Gibbons
    First Lesson: Job 38.1-11
    Gospel: Mark 4.35-41
    Mass Setting: Missa octavi toni - Orlandus Lassus
    Motet: Offertory: Unam petii a Domino - William Byrd, Communion: Salve Regina - Josquin Desprez
    Voluntary: Sonata no. 2 in C minor (1st movt) - J.S. Bach

    Role People
    Clergy
    Fr Lincoln Harvey
     
    Sidesman
    Simon Mee


    Reader
    Simon Mee


    Server
    Joshua Chua


    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 8+ Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance
    Gavin Monk


    Sunday School Tables Volunteer

    Clearing up

    Keyholder

  • Sunday 27 June 2021 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details

    Role People
    Clergy
    Fr Lincoln Harvey
     
    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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  • Funding News: Culture Recovery Fund

    We were thrilled to hear we have received funding thanks to the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund so that we can continue to be here for you and #HereForCulture! Visitors can come and admire the beauty of our sacred space on weekday mornings 9am-1pm and all are welcome to Parish Mass on Sundays at 10.30am where the service is sung by members of our fine choir.

  • Friday 11th June 2021
    Weekly Newsletter

    Sunday 13 June…

    is the Second Sunday after Trinity, and we continue to make our way through “Ordinary Time”. With restrictions possibly lifting soon, the coming weeks could begin to feel more ordinary. For a start, we can re-launch our Sunday School. And we can begin to run various social activities in church. Though a question mark must remain until the government confirms its plans, it’s still worth getting out the diaries to plan ahead. As a result, I won’t take up your time with further reflections this week, but instead encourage you simply to take a close look at the parish notices to see if there’s something that you can join in with – or everything! It will be great to be together in new ways. And it’s always good to get involved in church life. We’ll open things up slowly, but it is exciting that future freedoms are getting more tangible.

    God bless you this coming week, and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

    Fr Lincoln

    MIDWEEK OPENING AND SERVICES

    It’s a joy to open up our astonishing church to visitors, and we continue to welcome a good number of people into The Annunciation midweek. The church is usually open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday, so do pop in if you need some peace and quiet in which to pray, and remember that Mass is said daily. Do also mention it to neighbours and friends, as well as colleagues at work. But also note the slightly revised service times listed below, with Mass now being said in the Lady Chapel at 12.30pm each day. That makes it easier to remember!

    Monday: 12.30pm Said Mass

    Tuesday: 12.30pm Said Mass

    Wednesday: 12.30pm Said Mass and 7pm Prayers Online

    Thursday: 12.30pm Said Mass

    Friday: 12.30pm Said Mass

    EVENTS AND GROUPS

    Walk ‘n Talk: Monday 14 June 2021, 9am

    With everything going on around us, walking in an open space can be uplifting. The experiences of recent times will have impacted us all in different ways, but everyone will have found it tough. Therefore, do please join Tereza and Abi to walk and talk, and give each other some strength! Children and four-legged friends are welcome, and do invite neighbours and friends as well. This is a great way to get to know new people at The Annunciation. Meet Tereza and Abi at Speakers’ Corner at 9am, and the walk will finish 10.30am - 11am (though everyone is free to leave anytime). 14th June, 9am, Speakers’ Corner.

    Church Picnic: Sunday 27th June

    We are planning a church picnic in Portman Square after Mass on Sunday 27th June (guidelines and weather permitting). Do save the date, and begin to think about what youll bring for your lunch. Further details will follow nearer the time.

    Study Group: The Apostle’s Creed

    It is a joy to discuss our faith together in good company, thereby growing in knowledge and love of the Lord through patient study. To that end, a new study group will launch on Wednesday 23rd June, 8pm-9.30pm. It will run for four weeks only, and thereby allow us to read a wonderful book together: Ben Myers, The Apostles’ Creed. This book is very short and easy to read, yet full of rich insights which help us wrestle with the big questions of our faith. Because of the possibility of ongoing restrictions, you will need to let Fr Lincoln know if you’re interested in joining the group. Venue to be confirmed once numbers are known. Please email Fr Lincoln this week if you are interested in joining, and further details will then be shared. First session, Wednesday 23rd June.

    Children’s Preloved Clothes Sale: 10 July 2021, 2-5pm

    We are organizing a “children’s preloved clothes sale”, and donations are therefore needed. Please bring any good quality clean clothes and shoes (0 – 12 years) to Mass at The Annunciation Marble Arch on preceding Sunday mornings or drop them off at church on 10th July, 10-12.30pm. All proceeds will go to the work of the church. If you can help on the day please speak to Tereza (Fr Lincoln’s wife). And please put the date of the sale in your diary: 10th July, 2-5pm. Thank you!

    NOTICES

    Volunteers Needed

    Our church depends on volunteers. Are you able to help? We are still recruiting for various teams at The Annunciation, including:

    · Sunday School: helping to lead within a team.

    · Servers: assisting in the liturgy

    · Sacristy: looking after our candles and sacred ornaments

    · Finances: counting the collection, and basic bookkeeping

    And there’s more! Contact Fr Lincoln if you are able to help in any way. Remember: many hands make light work!

    AND FINALLY, PLEASE PRAY FOR....

    Living with Cancer: Ruth, Anna,Melissa,Winston, Norman,Chrisanthy & family,Brian, and Mahilini

    Other Medical Issues: Michael, Helena & carers Katherine & Anna,Rodney, Alan, Marielle, Joyce, and Natalie

    Older Age: Robert & Nita,Goli,Eleni, Jeff,Albertina, Jacqueline, and Mary

    Recently Departed: Sandrine, Chris, and Tim

    Year’s Mind: Anthony Chard, Peter Baylis, Alice Zelasko, Anna Chambers, Gertrude Ironside, Cyril Yule, Marjorie Leslie, Mabel Rainbow-Putnam, John Moore, Wally Baylis, Alan Newham

  • Friday 4th June 2021
    Weekly Newsletter

    Sunday 6 June…

    is the first Sunday after Trinity. We have now entered a long stretch of the church’s calendar. It runs right through until Advent. It’s often referred to as Ordinary Time.

    Of course, the word “ordinary” makes us think of the humdrum and run-of-the-mill. And in a sense, that’s right. The coming months aren’t designated as either a feast or a fast, like the seasons of Lent and Easter are, for example. However, “Ordinary Time” has more to do with order than the humdrum. It signifies how all time is ordered towards Jesus. Just so, the ordering of our time together is something we must consider carefully as a church.

    We experience time intensely at The Annunciation. For a start, we enjoy the reception of the “past”. Our stunning building, with all its relics, statues, paintings, and icons, as well as its ornate architectural splendours, is astonishingly historic. And our liturgical tradition and choral settings are rich seams of our inheritance. As a result, the past is beautifully “present” every time that we meet – and may that continue!

    But the past does not define life at The Annunciation. We are also incredibly futuristic. Not many churches enjoy the company of so many children in their pews. And children are the oncoming future, tangibly present today. Our children pose a question to their elders: What lies ahead? What will we become tomorrow?

    As one clever Christian said, the Christian community is called “to rhyme the past and future”. We are not to cut one off or hold one back, jettisoning the past or ignoring the future. We are instead to find a way to live in a present that is rich with the past and rich with the future. I think God has given us an opportunity to live the fulness of time together within his encompassing Eternity by making our community the way that it is.

    And so here’s the point. Time at The Annunciation is never “ordinary”. Our time together is ordered to Jesus Christ, so that young and old alike – and all things ancient and modern –can rhyme to his praise and glory. I therefore look forward to our time together again this coming Sunday.

    Fr Lincoln

    NOTICES:

    Volunteers Needed

    Are you able to help? We are recruiting volunteers for various teams at The Annunciation, including:

    · Sunday School: helping to lead within a team.

    · Servers: assisting in the liturgy

    · Sacristy: looking after our candles and sacred ornaments

    · Finances: counting the collection, and basic bookkeeping

    And there’s more! Contact Fr Lincoln if you are able to help in any way. Remember: many hands make light work!

    Parish Giving Scheme

    We are grateful for all that people contribute financially to the life of the parish. Clearly, the pandemic is having an enormous impact on the economy, with many of us struggling as a direct result. Our church’s income has therefore been hit in a number of ways. Do please consider whether you’re able to contribute more financially to our common life. The best way is through the “Parish Giving Scheme”, as this reduces the administrative burden on the church whilst enabling us to receive Gift Aid payments right away. Please look at their website, and do please 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:

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

    EVENTS

    Prayers for Healing

    These are dark times. Covid-19 has impacted our world in terrible ways. So many people have died, so many now grieve, and countless numbers are feeling isolated, lonely, and faraway from family, or simply exhausted as we struggle through these times. Jobs have also been lost, businesses ruined, and our children’s education threatened. And this dark litany could go on. Each of us will feel the weight of sorrow in different ways, but we are all united in our grief for what has been lost during this pandemic. Therefore, as our society gets ready to remove its restrictions, we have opened up a “Book of Consolation” in the Lady Chapel. This book allows us to record the impact of the pandemic in a sacred space, craft a prayer, leave a testimony, before lighting a candle before the Lord. We will incorporate the book into our Parish Mass on Sunday 20th June, when we will offer up our sorrows to God and pray for healing as we enter the next stage of the roadmap. Please visit the Lady Chapel on Sundays (or pop in one morning during the week) to add to the book, and put this date in your diaries for the “Healing Mass”: Sunday 20th June, 10.30am.

    Church Picnic

    Current guidelines still prevent us from organising large scale events outside, which means we’re unable to enjoy each other’s company outside of Mass. Hopefully that will soon change. We are therefore planning to have a picnic-in-the-square after Mass on the 27th June, guidelines permitting (and weather, of course!). Do save the date, and begin thinking about what you will bring for your lunch. Further details will follow nearer the time.

    MIDWEEK SERVICES

    Times for midweek Mass are listed below. Please note there will be no Mass on Wednesday 9th June:

    Monday: 8.30am Said Mass

    Tuesday: 12.30pm Said Mass

    Wednesday: 7pm Prayers Online

    Thursday: 12.30pm Said Mass

    Friday: 8.30am Said Mass for “Barnabas the Apostle”

    AND FINALLY, PLEASE PRAY FOR....

    Living with Cancer Ruth, Anna, Melissa, Winston, Norman, Chrisanthy, Brian, Silvia

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

    Older Age Robert & Nita, Goli, Eleni, Jeff, Albertina, Jaqueline, Mary

    Year’s Mind Lydia Ranvaud, Edith Harris, Ellen Ashley, S Galea, Simon Anderson, Margaret Clarabutt, Anthony Chard

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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)