A welcoming and international community centred around a devotional life rich in worship, prayer and music
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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  • Friday 27 May 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 29 May 2022 at 10:30am
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  • Monday 30 May 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Tuesday 31 May 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Wednesday 1 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 2 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Friday 3 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Saturday 4 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 5 June 2022 at 10:30am
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  • Monday 6 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Tuesday 7 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Wednesday 8 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Wednesday 8 June 2022 at 7:00pm
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  • Thursday 9 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Friday 10 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 12 June 2022 at 10:30am
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  • Monday 13 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Tuesday 14 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 7:00pm
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  • Thursday 16 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 16 June 2022 at 5:30pm
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  • Friday 17 June 2022 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 19 June 2022 at 10:30am
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News

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  • Thursday 26th May 2022
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    Sunday 29th May…

    is the 7th Sunday of Easter. Our sung Mass, with Sunday School, begins at 10.30am.

    The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles recounts the adventures of St Paul. Casting out spirits, attacked by crowds, and imprisoned, yet faithful to his calling to share the good news with those he meets: the once dead Jesus is alive.

    With half-term upon us (and a long bank holiday beckoning next week), many of us will use the opportunity to visit family and friends, or perhaps holiday somewhere nice. If you are going away, I hope you have a great time. But none of us leave our vocations behind. May we gently, in word and deed, share the love of Christ wherever we may be.

    Information about forthcoming events in church can be found below. Please also pray for those listed in the “Apostolate of Prayer”. And if you’re around next week, please note that “International Refreshments” are planned for the Feast of Pentecost. Hopefully our international heritage leads to an international feast…. But that depends on us all!

    Best wishes, and prayers ascending,

    Fr Lincoln

    FR LINCOLN AWAY MONDAY-THURSDAY NEXT WEEK

    There will be no midweek Mass next week, Monday-Thursday, as Fr Lincoln is away. There will be no online prayers either on Wednesday evening. Our normal pattern of services will resume on Friday 3rd June.

    NEXT WEEK’S OPENING TIMES

    The building will be open for private prayer Thursday-Sunday next week, offering an “Oasis of Peace” for the crowds that will be gathering to celebrate Jubilee events. Thank you to those who are helping Fr Lincoln over the long bank holiday.

    FRIDAY 17TH JUNE: DRINKS AT THE VICARAGE

    Fr Lincoln and Tereza are hosting an informal evening, giving us a chance to meet fellow members of the community over drinks at the vicarage. If you would like to come along, do email Fr Lincoln to book a place as numbers will need to be capped. Friday 17th June, 7.30pm. Please RSVP.

    BAPTISM: MAIA

    This Sunday we celebrate another baptism at 2pm (outside of Mass). Do please join with Fr Lincoln in praying for Maia in the run up to Sunday and beyond, and for her parents, Anna and Hassan, her godparents, her brother Rafi, and their family and friends. And if you are interested in exploring baptism for yourself or your child, do please contact Fr Lincoln.

    STUDENT PLACEMENT: LUCY BUSH

    Lucy Bush is training for the priesthood at Trinity College, Bristol. As part of her training Lucy will spend a month at the Annunciation so she can experience different aspects of parish ministry. She will join us at Pentecost, Sunday 5th June, and then be around during the week all the way through until Sunday 3rd July. Lucy’s husband Dave and daughter Lydia will also be around on Sundays. Let’s give them all a very warm welcome!

    SUNDAY 5th JUNE, THE FEAST OF PENTECOST

    Sunday 5th June is the Feast of Pentecost. Scripture recounts a multitude of languages, all singing God’s praise on that glorious day. As a result, we want to celebrate the international nature of our own community, as well as Her Majesty’s jubilee. Can you bring along some Canapé-style treats, either sweet or savoury, to represent your own heritage, ideally with a mini-flag and a brief explanation on a card so we know what we’re eating and where it’s from?

    THURSDAY 16TH JUNE: CORPUS CHRISTI AND EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

    Thursday 16th June is the Feast of Corpus Christi when we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Sacrament. We will say Mass to celebrate at lunchtime, 12.30pm. In addition, the church will be open for a period of silent devotion before the blessed sacrament from 5.30pm-6.30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to pray before Our Lord.

    CONFIRMATION CLASSES

    Our penultimate Confirmation Class will be on Monday 6th June, 3.30-4.30 at Hampden Gurney, our parish school. Do please keep the seven children in your prayers as they explore the faith together.

    APOSTOLATE OF PRAYER

    Living with cancer - Chantil, Melissa, Norman, Chrisanthy, Mahilini, Angelos

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

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

    Recently departed – Onnig Ashdijan

    Year’s mind – Barry Campbell, John Gray, Colin Paterick, Alessandra Priorelli, Maria Kerridge, Sheldon, Edward Balsom, Maude Bamforth, Frederick Ashmore

  • Thursday 19th May 2022
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    Sunday 22nd May…

    is the 6th Sunday of Easter. Our sung Mass, with Sunday School, begins at 10.30am.

    Our first reading recounts the way our Lord opened Lydia’s her heart so that her life could be transformed through the teaching of St Paul. Then our Gospel reading will detail the way Jesus healed a man who had been ill for 38 years. Both these stories should encourage us to trust the power of God to transform lives for the good. When we gather this Sunday to sing his praise, let us entrust ourselves to him, praying that the Spirit will be at work in our midst, gently transforming our lives for the good in union with the Risen Christ.

    Fr Lincoln

    THURSDAY 26TH MAY: THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION: SUNG MASS AND RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE CHRISTOPHER SAWARD’S 30 YEARS OF SERVICE

    Thursday 26th May is Ascension Day. We will celebrate Christ’s exaltation as Lord with a Sung Mass at 7.30pm. This Feast also provides an opportunity to celebrate 30 years of faithful service by our Director of Music, Christopher Saward. The evening promises to be a wonderful occasion, with a drinks reception following the Mass. 7.30pm on Thursday 26thMay.

    SUNDAY 5th JUNE, THE FEAST OF PENTECOST

    Sunday 5th June is the Feast of Pentecost. Scripture recounts a multitude of languages, all singing God’s praise on that glorious day. As a result, we want to celebrate the international nature of our own community, as well as Her Majesty’s jubilee. Can you bring along some Canapé-style treats, either sweet or savoury, to represent your own heritage, ideally with a mini-flag and a brief explanation on a card so we know what we’re eating and where it’s from?

    THURSDAY 16TH JUNE: CORPUS CHRISTI AND EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

    Thursday 16th June is the Feast of Corpus Christi when we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Sacrament. We will say Mass to celebrate at lunchtime, 12.30pm. In addition, the church will be open for a period of silent devotion before the blessed sacrament from 5.30pm-6.30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to pray before Our Lord.

    FRIDAY 17TH JUNE: DRINKS AT THE VICARAGE

    Fr Lincoln and Tereza are hosting an informal evening, giving us a chance to meet fellow members of the community over drinks at the vicarage. If you would like to come along, do email Fr Lincoln to book a place as numbers will need to be capped. Friday 17th June, 7.30pm. Please RSVP.

    STUDENT PLACEMENT: LUCY BUSH

    Lucy Bush is training for the priesthood at Trinity College, Bristol. As part of her training Lucy will be spending a month at the Annunciation so that she can experience different aspects of parish ministry. She will be joining us first on Sunday 5th June and then be around during the week all the way through until Sunday 3rd July. Lucy’s husband Dave and daughter Lydia will also be around on Sundays. Let’s give them all a very warm welcome!

    CONFIRMATION CLASSES

    Our next Confirmation Class will be on Monday 23rd May, 3.30-4.30 at Hampden Gurney, our parish school. Do please keep the seven children in your prayers as they explore the faith together.

    MIDWEEK SERVICES

    The building will be open for private prayer and public worship from 11am-3pm, Monday-Friday next week, with Mass being said at 12.30pm in Our Lady Chapel.

    PASTORAL SUPPORT

    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. Your priest is here to support you. Contact Fr Lincoln if you would like any pastoral support.

    APOSTOLATE OF PRAYER

    Living with cancer - Chantil, Melissa, Norman, Chrisanthy, Mahilini, Angelos

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

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

    Recently departed – Onnig Ashdijan

    Year’s mind – Doris Shepheard, Sally Hart, Dorothy Ramsay, Lily Lee, Ernest Clarabut, Peggy Saywell, Leonard Burgess, Hilary Gordon

  • Thursday 12th May 2022
    Weekly Newsletter

    Sunday 15th May…

    is the 5th Sunday of Easter. Our sung Mass, with Sunday School, begins at 10.30am.

    Our first reading this Sunday describes St Peter’s trance-like vision, and the way in which his understanding of God’s ways was reconfigured by the command to eat what he had previously considered unclean. The vision enabled St Peter to welcome “outsiders” into the early church community – a task that continues to this day. We want to share the good news of Christ’s resurrection with one and all.

    Do take a close look at the notices below so you’re aware of forthcoming events at The Annunciation – and even better, invite someone new along to church to join you? Like St Peter, we want to share the joys of our common life in Christ.

    God bless you this coming week, and prayers ascending for you all.

    Fr Lincoln

    ÉLODIE’S BAPTISM

    We have another wonderful baptism this coming Sunday at 2pm (outside of Mass). Do please join with Fr Lincoln in praying for Élodie in the run up to Sunday and beyond, for her parents, Benjamin and Nike, her godparents, and family and friends. The baptism is at 2pm this Sunday. And if you are interested in exploring baptism for yourself or your child, do please contact Fr Lincoln.

    THURSDAY 26TH MAY: THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION: SUNG MASS AND RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE CHRISTOPHER SAWARD’S 30 YEARS OF SERVICE

    A double celebration is in store! Thursday 26th May is the Feast of the Ascension. We will be celebrating Christ’s exaltation as Lord. This Feast also provides us with an opportunity to celebrate 30 years of faithful service by our Director of Music, Christopher Saward. Three entire decades playing the organ and conducting the choir at The Annunciation! The evening promises to be a wonderful occasion, with Sung Mass and a drinks reception. 7.30pm on Thursday 26th May. Spread the word. Everyone’s welcome!

    SUNDAY 5th JUNE, THE FEAST OF PENTECOST

    Sunday 5th June is the Feast of Pentecost. This Feast celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the gathering of the nations into Israel’s realized hope. Scripture recounts a multitude of languages, all singing God’s praise on that glorious day. As a result, we want to celebrate the international nature of our own community in a special way. After Mass we will have mega-refreshments, with food from the numerous countries represented in our wonderful community – or at least we hope we do! It all depends on everyone contributing. So can you bring along some Canapé-style treats, either sweet or savoury, to represent your own heritage, ideally with a mini-flag and a brief explanation on a card so we know what we’re eating and where it’s from? If we all join in, we’ll be able to taste the delights of every continent! Of course, it is also the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, so bells will be ringing, prayers ascending, local crowds gathering, and plenty of us celebrating Her Majesty’s faithful service during Mass. A great day is in store. One definitely for the diary! Sunday 5thJune.

    THURSDAY 16TH JUNE: CORPUS CHRISTI AND EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

    Thursday 16th June is the Feast of Corpus Christi when we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Sacrament. We will say Mass to celebrate at lunchtime, 12.30pm. In addition, the church will be open for a period of silent devotion before the blessed sacrament from 5.30pm-6.30pm. This act of quiet adoration enables us to sit before our Lord in the sacrament. If you’ve never experienced the beauty of this act of devotion, do come along.

    FRIDAY 17TH JUNE: DRINKS AT THE VICARAGE

    Fr Lincoln and Tereza are hosting an informal evening, offering a chance for us to socialise and meet fellow members of the community over drinks at the vicarage. If you would like to come along, do please email Fr Lincoln to book a place as numbers understandably need to be capped. Friday 17th June, 7.30pm. RSVP.

    FLOWERS IN CHURCH

    Our church is beautiful, but more can be done. It would be lovely to have fresh flowers each week in church (except during Lent, when we strip things back). Tradition has it that cut flowers are best, as they signify a beautiful life sacrificed. It would therefore be great to have nice flowers on display, especially by the statue of Our Lady. We are therefore looking for a generous benefactor to contribute a regular sum to pay for flowers each week, with a suggested amount of £10 p/w or £500 pa. Contact Fr Lincoln if you would like to donate money specifically for flowers in church.

    CONFIRMATION CLASSES

    Our next Confirmation Class will be on Monday 16th May, 3.30-4.30 at Hampden Gurney, our parish school. Do please keep the seven children in your prayers as they explore the faith together over the coming months.

    PASTORAL SUPPORT

    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. Your priest is here to support you. Contact Fr Lincoln if you would like any pastoral support.

    MIDWEEK SERVICES

    The building will be open for private prayer and public worship from 11am-3pm, Monday, and Wednesday-Friday next week, with Mass being said at 12.30pm in Our Lady Chapel. Please note: there’s no Mass on Tuesday 17th due to a Diocesan training event.

    UKRAINE EMERGENCY APPEAL

    There are many ways in which we are responding to the war in the Ukraine. London Diocese is supporting the work of the Diocese of Europe in partnership with USPG. Any money donated to the appeal is used to resource churches, charities, and aid agencies who are carrying out urgent humanitarian work in the Ukraine. It also goes to organisations that are responding to the arrival of refugees in neighbouring countries. More details about the emergency appeal can be found here: https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/ukraine-emergency-appeal/

    GENEROUS GIVING

    The Annunciation is a self-standing charity, with no historic trusts or legacies, and we receive no external funding beyond that which we can raise for ourselves. Our astonishing Grade II* building also remains on the at-risk register and requires constant remedial work to keep it open. Nothing comes cheap! Our income has also been seriously impacted by the pandemic. Therefore, do please consider whether you can donate money to support the running costs of our church and our ministry in the local community – or maybe increase what you currently give using the contactless payment device by the entrance? If you can commit to regular giving, please make use of the “Parish Giving Scheme” to support the work of our church, as this scheme enables us to receive Gift Aid payments straight away. We want to respond to God’s call to reach out and serve the people of our neighbourhood and maintain our wonderful building, and money helps make that happen.

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

    CONTACTLESS DONATIONS

    Do please make use of the contactless payment station by the entrance to the church. This device makes it much easier for people to donate to the mission and upkeep of the church, because cash is seldom carried these days. The neat device accepts debit and credit cards, and it allows donors to scroll through various amounts before choosing what to donate. It’s then just a simple matter of tapping the card. Why not give it a go each week? Every additional donation makes a difference!

    APOSTOLATE OF PRAYER

    Living with cancer - Chantil, Melissa, Norman, Chrisanthy, Mahilini, Onnig, Angelos

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

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

    Year’s mind – Maud Bennett, Alexander Lawson, Beatrice Kerridge, Frank Biggart, Betty Moore, Maisy Lewis, Agnes Snefford, Barbara Somerville,

  • Thursday 5th May 2022
    Weekly Newsletter

    Sunday 8th May…

    is the 4th Sunday of Easter. Our sung Mass – with Sunday School – begins at 10.30am.

    At this time of the year, our Easter rejoicing continues. We celebrate the victory of Jesus Christ over death and the gift of abundant life. And during this joyful season of celebration, it’s somewhat fitting that our own community life is being slowly rejuvenated after its long period of demise under lockdowns and restrictions. There’s lots of exciting events coming up in the coming weeks. Hopefully you’ll be able to join in, using these opportunities to deepen the bonds of friendship within our Christian community, as well as to grow in knowledge and love of our Lord. And why not invite a neighbour or friend along? The good news of Christ’s resurrection from the dead needs to be shared.

    God bless you this coming week.

    Fr Lincoln

    ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING: THIS SUNDAY AFTER MASS

    Our APCM will be held this coming Sunday straight after Mass. Our annual meeting receives a report on the church’s activities during the past year. Everyone’s encouraged to attend (although only those on our Electoral Roll can vote on any matters arising). The church report is available in advance. If you would like an electronic copy to read, do email Fr Lincoln who can send it over ahead of Sunday. The meeting itself should last less than an hour.

    THURSDAY 26TH MAY: THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION: SUNG MASS AND RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE CHRISTOPHER SAWARD’S 30 YEARS OF SERVICE

    A double celebration is in store! Thursday 26th May is the Feast of the Ascension when we will celebrate Christ’s exaltation as Lord. And this Feast provides us with an opportunity to celebrate 30 years of faithful service by our Director of Music, Christopher Saward. Three entire decades playing the organ and conducting the choir at The Annunciation! The evening promises to be a wonderful occasion, with Sung Mass and a drinks reception. 7.30pm on Thursday 26th May. Everyone’s welcome!

    SUNDAY 5th JUNE, THE FEAST OF PENTECOST

    Sunday 5th June is the Feast of Pentecost. This Feast celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the gathering of the nations into Israel’s realized hope. Scripture recounts a multitude of languages, all singing God’s praise on that glorious day. As a result, we want to celebrate the international nature of our own community in a special way. After Mass we will have mega-refreshments, with food from the numerous countries represented in our wonderful community – or at least we hope so! It depends on us all contributing. So can you bring some Canapé-style treats to represent your own heritage, ideally with a mini-flag and a brief explanation on a card so we know what we’re eating and where it’s from? Sweet or savoury? If we all join in, we’ll be able to taste the delights of every continent! Of course, it is also the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, so bells will be ringing, prayers ascending, local crowds gathering, and plenty of us celebrating Her Majesty’s faithful service during Mass. So a great day is in store. One definitely for the diary! Sunday 5th June.

    THURSDAY 16TH JUNE: CORPUS CHRISTI AND EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

    Thursday 16th June is the Feast of Corpus Christi when we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Sacrament. We will say Mass to celebrate at lunchtime, 12.30pm. In addition, the church will be open for a period of silent devotion before the blessed sacrament from 5.30pm-6.30pm. This act of quiet adoration enables us to sit before our Lord in the sacrament. If you’ve never experienced the beauty of this act of devotion, do come along.

    FRIDAY 17TH JUNE: DRINKS AT THE VICARAGE

    Fr Lincoln and Tereza are hosting an informal evening, offering a chance for us to socialise and meet fellow members of the community over drinks at the vicarage. If you would like to come along, do please email Fr Lincoln to book a place as numbers understandably need to be capped. Friday 17th June, 7.30pm. RSVP.

    CONFIRMATION CLASSES

    Our next Confirmation Class will be on Monday 9th May, 3.30-4.30 at Hampden Gurney, our parish school. Do please keep the seven children in your prayers as they explore the faith together over the coming months.

    PASTORAL SUPPORT

    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. Your priest is here to support you. Contact Fr Lincoln if you would like any pastoral support.

    MIDWEEK SERVICES

    The building will be open for private prayer and public worship from 11am-3pm, Monday-Friday next week, with Mass being said at 12.30pm in Our Lady Chapel.

    UKRAINE EMERGENCY APPEAL

    There are many ways in which we are responding to the war in the Ukraine. London Diocese is supporting the work of the Diocese of Europe in partnership with USPG. Any money donated to the appeal is used to resource churches, charities, and aid agencies who are carrying out urgent humanitarian work in the Ukraine. It also goes to organisations that are responding to the arrival of refugees in neighbouring countries. More details about the emergency appeal can be found here: https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/ukraine-emergency-appeal/

    GENEROUS GIVING

    The Annunciation is a self-standing charity, with no historic trusts or legacies, and we receive no external funding beyond that which we can raise for ourselves. Our astonishing Grade II* building also remains on the at-risk register and requires constant remedial work to keep it open. Nothing comes cheap! Our income has also been seriously impacted by the pandemic. Therefore, do please consider whether you can donate money to support the running costs of our church and our ministry in the local community – or maybe increase what you currently give using the contactless payment device by the entrance? If you can commit to regular giving, please make use of the “Parish Giving Scheme” to support the work of our church, as this scheme enables us to receive Gift Aid payments straight away. We want to respond to God’s call to reach out and serve the people of our neighbourhood and maintain our wonderful building, and money helps make that happen.

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

    CONTACTLESS DONATIONS

    Do please make use of the contactless payment station by the entrance to the church. This device makes it much easier for people to donate to the mission and upkeep of the church, because cash is seldom carried these days. The neat device accepts debit and credit cards, and it allows donors to scroll through various amounts before choosing what to donate. It’s then just a simple matter of tapping the card. Why not give it a go each week? Every additional donation makes a difference!

    APOSTOLATE OF PRAYER

    Living with cancer - Chantil, Melissa, Norman, Chrisanthy, Mahilini, Onnig, Angelos

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

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

    Year’s mind – Francis Brewer, Margaret Mills, Reginald Smith, Violet Wadeson, Olive Leslie, Jean Ward, Simeon Balaga, William Martin, Michael Burgess, Gordon Thwaites, Elsie Lancaster, Anthony Osb, May Shurvell

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  • Sunday 5th June 2022   at 10:30am
    The Feast of Pentecost - International Lunch
    Sunday 5th June is the Feast of Pentecost. We celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the gathering of the nations into Israel's realized hope. Scripture recounts a multitude of lanagues singing God's praise on that glorious day. As a result, we will celebrate the international nature of our own community in a special way. After Mass, we will have mega-refreshments, with people bringing canape-style treats to represent their heritage - both sweet and savoury! We should be able to taste delights from every continent! Of course, it's also the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weeked, so bells will be ringing, prayers ascending, and all of us celebrating Her Majesty's faithful service. Everyone is welcome!
  • Monday 6th June 2022   3:30pm-4:30pm
    Confirmation Class 5
    Our Confirmation Classes are held at Hampden Gurney school. Email Fr Lincoln for further details.
  • Monday 13th June 2022   3:30pm-4:30pm
    Confirmation Class 6
    Our Confirmation Classes are held at Hampden Gurney school. Email Fr Lincoln for further details.
  • Friday 17th June 2022   at 7:30pm
    Drinks at the Vicarage
    An informal evening at the vicarage, offering us a chance to socialise and meet fellow members of our local communiity over drinks. Numbers are capped, so do please email Fr Lincoln if you'd like to come along. RSVPs needed.
  • Thursday 23rd June 2022   at 10:00am
    Confirmation Service at Hampden Gurney School
    Candidates will be presented to The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Lord Bishop of London, at Hampden Gurney School on Thursday 23rd June 2022 at 10am. If you would like more details or further information, please contact Fr Lincoln in advance.

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)