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

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  • Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 24 February 2019 at 10:30am
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    Hymns:
    263 All creatures of our God and King
    338 At the Name of Jesus
    285 For the beauty of the earth
    ((Tune 2))
    466 Thou, whose almighty word
    First Lesson: Revelation 4
    Gospel: Luke 8.22-25
    Mass Setting: Missa 'Douce memoire' - Orlandus Lassus
    Motet: Salve Regina - Josquin Desprez
    Voluntary: Ciacona in E minor - Dietrich Buxtehude

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    Refreshments
    Mandeep Ashdjian


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Laymon Thaung


    Sunday School 8+ Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Sunday School Tables Volunteer

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 26 February 2019 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 3 March 2019 at 10:30am
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    Hymns:
    336 Angel voices ever singing
    339 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
    234 Christ, whose glory fills the skies
    389 Jesus, these eyes have never seen
    First Lesson: 2 Corinthians 3. 12 - 4.2
    Gospel: Luke 9. 28-36

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    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Priya Dhingra


    Sunday School 8+ Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Sunday School Tables Volunteer

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 5 March 2019 at 12:30pm
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  • Wednesday 6 March 2019 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

  • Sunday 10 March 2019 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    Hymns:
    68 Jesus, Lord of life and glory
    67 Forty days and forty nights
    64 Be thou my guardian and my guide
    ((if needed))
    357 Father, hear the prayer we offer
    First Lesson: Romans 10. 8b-13
    Gospel: Luke 4. 1-13

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    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson


    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 12 March 2019 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 17 March 2019 at 10:30am
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    Hymns:
    439 Praise to the Holiest in the height
    (tune 1)
    76 Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
    476 Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim
    238 New every morning is the love
    First Lesson: Philippians 3.17 - 4.1
    Gospel: Luke 13. 31-end

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    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Laure Boizard


    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 15th February 2019
    Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    This Sunday (17 February)

    … is the Third Sunday before Lent.

    The reading from Luke’s Gospel sets out the manifesto of Christ’s ministry. It’s focused on people who are poor. Although similar in vein to Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, Luke’s Sermon on the Plain is darker and spells out woes as well as blessings. It is however cautionary and encouraging not simply condemnation. All the same, ‘those who have ears to hear …’!

    Sunday School

    We are experimenting with the downstairs layout which is leading to some excitement so please enable the children to be calm and collected as they come up for communion or a blessing.

    Please don’t take food downstairs. Allergies are a big issue these days and we need to protect the space that is shared with the Bryanston Nursery.

    Also, please keep children with you until the end of the organ voluntary and enjoy the music.

    Ken Goldsbrough is registering the children’s attendance this week and next.

    It is half term and many people are away. At the time of writing there’s no one who can work with the 8+ group so the older children will stay upstairs on Sunday unless anyone is able to come forward at the last minute. Any offers?

    Thank you

    … to everyone who contributed to putting on the community dinner on Tuesday. It was a great success. There were over 60 adults and 15 children. The Marriott Hotel did a great job catering for the grownups and Vladka was superb at feeding the children. The presentation by the Smend family was both memorable and moving. I’ll include in the next edition of The Bulletin their texts and some photos of the evening. Many thanks to everyone who came and made one of the best dinners that we’ve had.

    Sad News

    Jan Van Bussell, Arjan’s father and Margaret Gold’s father-in-law died earlier this week. Please pray for the family at this time and we send them our condolences.

    This Week

    There are no events in church this week as it is half term.

    Looking Ahead

    Confirmation classes for children will begin after half term. If your child would like to be prepared for Confirmation and goes to Hampden Gurney there will be a Confirmation in School after SATs in the summer term. Children in Years 5 & 6 are welcome to start classes. These will be in school on Wednesdays, 3.30pm – 4.15pm. If you have a child who is at another school, I’ll make a separate arrangement with classes probably on Saturdays. If your child would like to be confirmed please contact me. Thank you.

    Ash Wednesday, 6 March. Please start bringing back your palm crosses from last year so that ash can be made. Thank you.

    The Feast of the Annunciation, Monday 25 March 2019. 7.30pm High Mass & Procession. Celebrant & Preacher: The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London.

    The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be on Tuesday 2 April, 7.30pm in church.

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

    Electoral Roll Revision

    The Roll is revised every year in preparation for the Annual Meeting (2 April).

    Every seven years everyone comes off the Roll and those who wish to stay on must reapply. 2019 is one of the years for a major revision.

    The parish is also be updating the data protection information. When you fill in this form please make sure that you fill in both pages. Thank you.

    If you have any questions about this please contact me or Abi Goldsbrough who is the Electoral Roll Officer. Thank you.

    I look forward to being with you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    vicar.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

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

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

  • Saturday 9th February 2019
    Family Baptism

    Today a family of newcomers to the Annunciation was baptized. Berik Otemurat & Raushan Izimova were baptized along with their children, Sophia and Alan. In due course, Berik & Raushan will be confirmed.

  • Friday 8th February 2019
    Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    This Sunday (10 February)

    … is the Fourth Sunday before Lent.

    Last Sunday as we celebrated Candlemas we looked back to Christmas. Now we’re looking forward to Easter. This year, Easter is late so there’s a bit of a time lag before we come to Ash Wednesday on 6 March.

    Today’s gospel shows Jesus at the beginning of his ministry drawing large crowds and bringing together words and actions. The miraculous draft of fish caught by the disciples prefigures the missionary success of the early church.

    We are celebrating Chinese New Year this Sunday. Please wear traditional dress if you have it and enjoy Chinese snacks after mass.

    Sunday School

    We are experimenting with the downstairs layout which is leading to some excitement so please enable the children to be calm and collected as they come up for communion or a blessing.

    Please don’t take food downstairs. Allergies are a big issue these days and we need to protect the space that is shared with the Bryanston Nursery.

    Also, please keep children with you until the end of the organ voluntary and enjoy the music.

    Sad News

    Patrick Walker, a long-standing member of the congregation and onetime Churchwarden, died this week in America.

    Patrick had been in failing health for some weeks and had gone to the US with his wife, Mavis before Christmas. Patrick died in a hospice surrounded by his family and having been given the last rites by a local Episcopalian priest.

    Patrick and Mavis have been unfeignedly generous to the church for many years and we offer our condolences to Mavis and their children, Nicholas and Joanne. If you would like to email or write to the family please let me know. I have permission to pass on the contact details.

    The family would like to organize a memorial service for Patrick at the Annunciation later in the year. I will publicize the details once I have them.

    This Week

    Tuesday, 3.45pm Children’s Choir in church.

    Tuesday, 7.15pm for 7.30pm Community Dinner in church. The event is now sold out but if you would like to come and haven’t let me know please send me an email and I will let you know if anyone drops out at the last minute.

    Thursday, 9.30am A Capella Music Group in church.

    Looking Ahead

    Confirmation classes for children will begin after half term. If your child would like to be prepared for Confirmation and goes to Hampden Gurney there will be a Confirmation in School after SATs in the summer term. Children in Years 5 & 6 are welcome to start classes. These will be in school on Wednesdays, 3.30pm – 4.15pm. If you have a child who is at another school, I’ll make a separate arrangement with classes probably on Saturdays. If your child would like to be confirmed please contact me. Thank you.

    Ash Wednesday, 6 March. Please start bringing back your palm crosses from last year so that ash can be made. Thank you.

    The Feast of the Annunciation, Monday 25 March 2019. 7.30pm High Mass & Procession. Celebrant & Preacher: The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London.

    The Annual parochial Church Meeting will be on Tuesday 2 April, 7.30pm in church.

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

    Electoral Roll Revision

    The Roll is revised every year in preparation for the Annual Meeting (2 April).

    Every seven years everyone comes off the Roll and those who wish to stay on must reapply. 2019 is one of the years for a major revision.

    The parish is also be updating the data protection information. When you fill in this form please make sure that you fill in both pages. Thank you.

    If you have any questions about this please contact me or Abi Goldsbrough who is the Electoral Roll Officer. Thank you.

    I look forward to being with you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    vicar.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

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

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

  • Friday 1st February 2019
    Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    This Sunday (3 February)

    … is the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. It marks the end of a 40-day period in the church’s calendar that begins on Christmas Day.

    In the Jewish tradition at the time of Jesus, boys were taken to the Temple after 40 days as their formal induction into the life of their community. Their mothers were ritually cleansed from what was thought to be the defilement of childbirth.

    It’s interesting to contemplate the changes that we’ve seen in attitudes to women and how we understand the human body.

    The Book of Common Prayer (1662) which is the benchmark for worship and doctrine in the Church of England provides a service for the ‘Churching of Women’ (after childbirth). I was asked to provide this sometimes when I was first ordained nearly 40 years ago but I haven’t used it for ages.

    An aunt by marriage who grew up in Northumberland told me that new mothers in her neighbourhood weren’t allowed back home after leaving hospital with a baby before first going to the vicar for ‘churching’. To do otherwise was bad luck.

    These gloomy overtones are partly a function of a time when infant mortality was high and the risk to mothers giving birth was much greater than now. But it’s important not to become complacent.

    Bringing a child into the world carries risks and there’s always a sense of a relief when a baby is born. In a culture that is more used to celebration than the dark side it can be more difficult to cope however when things go wrong.

    When I was a vicar of church in Earl’s Court 20 years ago a new born baby was abandoned in the churchyard. It was the trigger for a number of older women in the congregation to talk about their own experiences of miscarriages, stillbirths and loss. Mercifully, the baby survived and the mother was traced.

    I don’t want to take anything away from the joy of a new baby but I think that the Church has to be a place where the more solemn aspects of life are addressed. When there are no easy words it’s ritual that can carry the day.

    The feast is sometimes called Candlemas. The origin is in the words of Simeon who takes the child in his arms and proclaims that Jesus is ‘a light to lighten the Gentiles’. It became a custom of the Church on this day to bless the candles that would be used throughout the coming year. A single light can roll back no end of darkness.

    Sunday School Norms

    With a new layout downstairs, the children were more wound up than usual coming back from Sunday School last week. So, please encourage them to be quiet as they come to communion.

    We have a problem with food being taken downstairs. Please don’t, and make sure that children are fed before coming to church.

    Keep children with you until the end of the organ voluntary.

    The mass ends with the organ voluntary so remain in the spirit of worship until coffee time. That means: no chatting and no mobile phones. Thank you.

    This Week

    The Children’s Choir is on Tuesday, 3.45pm in church.

    The A Capella Music Group is on Thursday, 9.30am – 10.30am with Miles D’Cruz. £8 per session.

    Looking Ahead

    Chinese New Year is being celebrated on Sunday 10 February. People of Chinese and Asian heritage are especially invited to wear traditional dress but everyone is welcome to wear this beautiful style if you have it. There will also be snacks after mass. If you would like to participate please let me know and I’ll pass on your details to the organisers.

    Community Dinner on Tuesday 12 February, 7.30pm in church. The speakers will be Axel & Percy Smend. The event is now full but if you would like to come pleased let me know. I have started a waiting list in case people drop out.

    Confirmation classes for children will begin after half term. If your child would like to be prepared for Confirmation and goes to Hampden Gurney there will be a Confirmation in School after SATs in the summer term. Children in Years 5 & 6 are welcome to start classes. These will be in school on Wednesdays, 3.30pm – 4.15pm. If you have a child who is at another school, I’ll make a separate arrangement with classes probably on Saturdays. If your child would like to be confirmed please contact me. Thank you.

    The Feast of the Annunciation, Monday 25 March 2019. 7.30pm High Mass & Procession. Celebrant & Preacher: The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London.

    The Annual parochial Church Meeting will be on Tuesday 2 April, 7.30pm in church.

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

    Electoral Roll Revision

    The Roll is revised every year in preparation for the Annual Meeting (2 April).

    Every seven years everyone comes off the Roll and those who wish to stay on must reapply. 2019 is one of the years for a major revision.

    The parish is also be updating the data protection information. When you fill in this form please make sure that you fill in both pages. Thank you.

    If you have any questions about this please contact me or Abi Goldsbrough who is the Electoral Roll Officer. Thank you.

    I look forward to being with 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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