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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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  • Wednesday 19 January 2022 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

  • Wednesday 19 January 2022 at 7:00pm
    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 20 January 2022 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 21 January 2022 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 23 January 2022 at 10:30am
    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

  • Monday 24 January 2022 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

  • Tuesday 25 January 2022 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

  • Wednesday 26 January 2022 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

  • Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 7:00pm
    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 27 January 2022 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 28 January 2022 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 30 January 2022 at 10:30am
    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

  • Monday 31 January 2022 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

News

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  • Thursday 13th January 2022
    Weekly Newsletter

    Sunday 16th January…

    is the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany. We will gather to sing God’s praise, breaking bread and lifting the cup of salvation as we recount God’s mighty work in Christ. Mass begins at 10.30am.

    During this season of Epiphany, we are encountering the miraculous acts of Jesus in our readings at Mass. This week’s gospel focuses our attention on the wedding feast at Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine. Of course, there are many ways in which this event can be understood, but everyone’s understanding is eventually overtaken by the sheer splendour of our Creator’s power to transform. Jesus can take the everyday and humdrum elements of life and enrich them to his glory. We must therefore keep alert for the everyday miracles in our midst and be thankful. May all our lives be enriched this week by his grace.

    Fr Lincoln

    PCC TUESDAY

    Our next PCC meeting is at 8pm on Tuesday 18th January. We are holding it on Zoom to mitigate risk. Agenda and Zoom link will be circulated to Trustees in advance.

    WELCOME AND READERS

    Everyone is welcome at the Annunciation. Like other churches in central London, we experience a regular ebb and flow of people, as they move into or away from the area. We also get lots of people stay in the local hotels, who then visit on Sundays. As a result, each week someone arrives in our church for the first time. It’s therefore great that we all look out for any newcomers and make them feel at home in our wonderful community. Of course, the role of “sidesman” is vital in this, as our sidesmen greet people with a smile and offer directions as they come through the door. We are grateful to those who exercise this ministry, but we are always looking to recruit more volunteers to help. It’s a great way to serve our church community, so do please let Fr Lincoln know if you’re able to join the team. Men and women, old and young, are welcome, and children can always help their parents greet others at the door! Do think whether you can help in this way.

    COVID: A REMINDER

    With the pandemic ongoing, our existing risk assessment remains in operation, thereby adjusting the way we worship accordingly. Alongside the use of masks, we will also ensure that social distancing is possible, with hand sanitizer available and ventilation increased. But with the schools now back, cases will likely increase, and we are already aware of positive tests among the congregation (children as well as adults). Therefore, it remains vital that we all test regularly. And let me remind everyone that children are always welcome to remain upstairs in the church, rather than attend Sunday School, if the family prefers them to maintain social distance from other children. We want everyone to feel both safe and welcome, whatever their age!

    STUDY GROUP

    Lent is now on the horizon. We will be launching a new study group which will meet five times during the season to enable us to read scripture together and explore our faith. Further details soon to follow…. But do begin to consider if you want to make this coming season of Lent a time for learning and discovery. Collegial study is a holy discipline!

    CHURCH OPENING TIMES NEXT WEEK

    Our doors are open each day next week, with our normal midweek provision of daily Mass and private prayer. Doors open 11am-3pm each day. Mass is at 12.30pm. Let me again encourage everyone to make use of the weekday Mass. This short 20-minute service provides a beautiful space for pray and ensures that we intercede for our community’s school, neighbourhood, and all our work and travel. Why not make one day each week a regular pattern in your devotional life?

    PASTORAL SUPPORT

    Do contact Fr Lincoln if you need any 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 if you have a pastoral need.

    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!

    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/

    APOSTOLATE OF PRAYER

    Finally, please pray for:

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

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

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

    Recently departed - Vilma Bacani, Eric, Brian Hilton

    Year’s mind – Theresia Ferstl, John Twisaday, Carol Bishop, Lucy Kerridge, David Shearme, Herbert Allsopp, Percy Gill, Marjorie Blake, Harry Thornton, Clara Edwards, Thomas Dix, Dorothy King, Kathleen Cresswell, Annie Waggett, Hugh Evans, Richard Kannaqara, Doris Leslie.

  • Thursday 6th January 2022
    Weekly Newsletter

    Sunday 9th January…

    is the Feast of the Baptism of Christ. Sung Mass begins at 10.30am, with Sunday School.

    Sunday promises to be a wonderful occasion. I am delighted Fr Luke Miller, the Archdeacon of London, will be visiting us. Fr Luke is well known at The Annunciation, having helped us so often following Fr Gerald’s retirement. It will be lovely to have him preach and preside at our Sung Mass again, not least because it will allow me to venture downstairs to join in with the fun at Sunday School.

    At this time of year, as the church celebrates the incarnation of the Eternal Son, it is good for us all to give thanks for the many children who bring so much life to our church community. The Christian gospel demands that we take children seriously, marvelling at the way each child enjoys a unique and unrepeatable role in God’s marvellous work with us. Let us rejoice in all that the children teach us, and let’s pray that each one of them discovers the beauty of the infant Christ in our midst. May Jesus bless them, and Mary pray for them.

    Fr Lincoln

    FUNERAL OF BRIAN HILTON

    The funeral of Brian Hilton will take place at The Assumption of Blessed Mary & St Nicholas in Etchingham at 11am on Monday 10th January. Brian was Chair of Governors at Hamden Gurney until the time of his death, as well as a former church warden here. We have already celebrated the remarkable nature of his life and rejoiced in all that Brian contributed – from very beginning to very end – to our school and church. There is so much to give thanks for. Therefore, do please contact Fr Lincoln for further details if you would like to come to the funeral on Monday. And please put a reminder in your diaries to pray at that time for Brian and all who grieve. Thank you.

    CHURCH OPENING TIMES NEXT WEEK

    Our church building will be closed on Monday, with no lunchtime Mass due to Fr Lincoln attending Brian’s funeral. Our doors will re-open on Tuesday 11th January, with our normal midweek provision of daily Mass and private prayer. Doors open 11am-3pm each day. Mass is at 12.30pm.

    PCC MEETING

    Our next PCC meeting is at 8pm on Tuesday 18th January. We will hold it on Zoom to mitigate risk. Agenda to be circulated to Trustees next week, so do let Fr Lincoln know if there's anything you think should be included.

    PASTORAL SUPPORT

    Do contact Fr Lincoln if you need any 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 if you have a pastoral need.

    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!

    GENEROUS GIVING

    Sorry to mention money again, but our church depends on it! 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/

    APOSTOLATE OF PRAYER

    Finally, and most importantly, please do pray for:

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

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

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

    Recently departed - Vilma Bacani, Eric, Brian Hilton

    Year’s mind – Michael Barnes, Douglas Alder, Frank Rimmington, William Barrell, Eric Anderson, Frank Harrison-Barker, Francis Beresford-Peirce, Alfred Slattery, William Boddington-Smith, Cecily Clarke, Emily Newman, Douglas Blake, Mervyn Stockwood, Allan Augustin de Vere

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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)