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  • Sunday 17 November 2019 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    Hymns:
    401 Light's abode, celestial Salem
    234 Christ, whose glory fills the skies
    287 Glory, love, and praise, and honor
    286 From glory to glory advancing, we praise thee, O Lord
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: 2 Thessalonians 3. 6-13
    Gospel: Luke 21. 5-19
    Mass Setting: Missa Brevis (1640) - Claudio Monteverdi
    Motet: O salutaris hostia - Jean Langlais / Jesu, dulcis memoria - T.L. de Victoria
    Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria - Benjamin Britten

    Role People
    Clergy
     
    Sidesman
    Muminur Choudhury


    Reader
    Muminur Choudhury


    Server

    Refreshments
    Annie Ee (Tassinari)


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Freya Shankar


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Maria Kastani


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Sunday School Tables Volunteer

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 19 November 2019 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 24 November 2019 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    Hymns:
    345 Christ is the King, O friends rejoice
    258 O Christ the same, through all our story's pages
    447 Sing praise to God who reigns above
    296 Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendor
    (tune 1)
    First Lesson: Colossians 1. 11-20
    Gospel: Luke 23. 33-43
    Mass Setting: Communion Service in E minor - Harold Darke
    Motet: Hosanna to the Son of David - Thomas Weelkes
    Voluntary: Fugue in D major (S. 532) - J.S. Bach

    Role People
    Clergy
     
    Sidesman
    Simon Templeton


    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Laure Boizard


    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Vladka Thwaites


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance
    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Tables Volunteer

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 12:30pm
    Liturgy Details

    Role People
    Clergy
     
    Server

  • Sunday 1 December 2019 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    Hymns:
    9 Lo, he comes with clouds descending
    11 O come, O come Emmanuel
    7 Hills of the north, rejoice
    8 Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates
    (tune 128 ii if needed)
    First Lesson: Isaiah 2. 1-5
    Gospel: Matthew 24. 36-44

    Role People
    Clergy
     
    Sidesman
    Rose Izim


    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Tahereh Shariaty


    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

  • Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 12:30pm
    Liturgy Details

    Role People
    Clergy
     
    Server

  • Sunday 8 December 2019 at 10:30am
    Liturgy Details
    Hymns:
    10 Long ago, prophets knew
    14 The advent of our God
    3 Come, thou long-expected Jesus
    (tune 2)
    7 Hills of the north, rejoice
    First Lesson: Isaiah 11. 1-10
    Gospel: Matthew 3.1-12

    Role People
    Clergy
     
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 8+ Leader
    Jennifer (Jenny) Milligan


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Sunday School Tables Volunteer

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 12:30pm
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News

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

    This Sunday (10 November)

    ... is Remembrance Sunday.

    We call to mind those who have died in past wars and have given us the freedoms that we enjoy today. We desire to learn the lessons of history so that the same mistakes and waste of human life may not be repeated. And we pray for those who are engulfed by the wars that are currently raging and for the peacemakers who are seeking to end the suffering.

    We will have the traditional Act of Remembrance at the memorial outside the church on the corner of Bryanston and Quebec Streets, weather permitting.

    Monday – Wednesday this past week, I was on a conference for the clergy in the City of London and the City of Westminster lead by our Bishop in a small town just outside Lille. Behind the conference centre where we were staying there was a large cemetery. The headstones of several hundred British soldiers who died during World War 1 stand in neat rows in various parts of the cemetery.

    It was a salutary reminder of what the past has cost our forebears and a warning to this and future generations.

    Thank You

    … to everyone who helped in so many ways at the Thanksgiving for the Life of Priya Dhingra last Saturday. We thought that around 110/150 people would come. On the day 250 people came to give thanks for her life.

    Renu, Priya’s mother who has now returned to India asked me in an email to convey the family’s gratitude:

    ‘Once again thank you for your advice and help with regard to planning the “celebration of Priya’s life”. We miss her so much. Life will never be the same for us.

    Please convey my special thanks to the church organist for the beautiful music we heard as he played before, during and after the service.

    My sincere thanks to church members who volunteered with the making of cakes / cookies and help in cleaning up the place.’

    Safeguarding

    To be as compliant as possible with best practice we need to have a list of people who have had First Aid training in the event of anyone being taken ill or having an accident when at church.

    If you are medically qualified and/or are a First Aider, would you please let me know? Thank you.

    Sunday Night

    7.00pm Concert in church with the American pianist and composer Burnett Thompson (http://www.pianojazz.com/history.htm /http://www.pianojazz.com/reformation.htm). Entrance £10 on the door (cash only please) and donations towards wine afterwards.

    This Week on Tuesday

    The Children’s Choir after school at Hampden Gurney. Many thanks to Michele Lyons for being the second person in the room last week. I’m glad that all of the children got home safely.

    Edgware Road Christmas Lights Switching on Reception at 6.00pm in the Victory Services Club Trafalgar Room. If you would like to go to this please register your interest at getinvolved@marble-arch.london. The Victory Services Club only admits people that are on a guest list.

    The Parochial Church Council meets at 7.30pm in church.

    Volunteers Please

    … for the Carol Service at church for members of the Chaplaincy Among Deaf & Deaf Blind People on Friday 6 December, 6.30pm. It is one of the most events of the year at the Annunciation.

    We try to provide a hearing choir for the service and catering afterwards. Please let me know if you can take part. Thank you.

    Looking Ahead

    Wednesday 20 November, 7.30pm Community Dinner in church. Speaker: Paul Gibson DSO, MBE (Hampden Gurney School parent) ‘Navigating the Moral Maze - The complexities of being a soldier in the modern era’. Catering by the Marriot Hotel. Tickets: £25. Please let me know if you are coming and tell me whether you would like the vegetarian or meat option.

    Saturday 30 November, 9.00am – 4.00pm Paediatric First Aid Course run by the Bryanston Nursery in the nursery/church space. The free places offered to the church have now been taken. church is being offered three free places by the Nursery. Two have now been taken. But if you would like to go please contact Claire Berridge, the Nursery Manager bryanstonnursery@tbnc.co.uk to see if there places are still available. You will probably need to pay.

    Sunday 1 December: Fr Alan Moses will be the preacher. By then he would have retired as Vicar of All Saints Margaret St and Area Dean of Marylebone. There will be an opportunity to say ‘thank you and farewell’ to Fr Alan & Theresa Moses after mass. If you would like to contribute to farewell gift as he leaves the West End and moves to Lincolnshire please make a BACS payment to: The Church of the Annunciation; Sort Code: 40 05 29; Account Number: 2023 2173; Ref: ‘Fr Alan’ or let me have a cheque payable to ‘The Annunciation PCC’ with ‘Fr Alan’ written on the back.

    Friday 6 December, 6.30pm Chaplaincy Among Deaf and Deaf Blind People Carol Service

    Saturday 7 December, 10.00am – Noon: Bryanston Nursery Craft Fair. Proceeds to the Great Ormond St Hospital and the London Food Bank.

    Wednesday 11 December, 6.00pm – 9.00pm Vicarage Prosecco Party

    Saturday 14 December, 6.30pm Lessons & Carols for Christmas

    Christmas

    Besides the usual Christmas services, it has been suggested that we have an additional upbeat short carol service for local people and visitors to the West End or some other activity that brings people into the church. It isn’t easy starting these things from scratch so if you have ideas about what the church might do and when we might do it please let me know. Thank you.

    Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) for Admission to Church Schools

    I’ve now opened the diary after Christmas to sign clergy forms for applications to church nurseries and reception. Please email me if you would like to make a time.

    When you come please make sure that you have signed the parts of the forms for parents and carers already. Thank you.

    My Retirement

    As many of you know, I plan to retire at the end of January next year. My final Sunday will be 26 January so I hope that you will join me on that day to say ‘good-bye’. I then have a few weeks grace to clear the vicarage and I plan to move out of the area in April.

    During 2020 I will be traveling and reconnecting with family and friends as well as going on pilgrimage to Armenia. During next year I will decide where to settle finally.

    The Parochial Church Council is now putting together a Parish Profile which will assist the Bishop and others in thinking about the sort of person who might be the next Vicar. Steve Phillips is heading this up so if you have any thoughts please let him know. If you need his email address, please ask me. Thank, you.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    vicar.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

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

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

    Parish Office Manager: Jasmine Cullingford jasmine.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

    Booking the Church: bookings.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019
    Baptism of Abi Vester

    Abi was baptized today. So she joins her sisters, Vera and Molly in Thomas and Nete's children being baptized at the Annunciation. Sadly for the church, the Vester are soon to return to Denmark but the family has been a blessing to the Annunciation during therir time in Marble Arch.

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

    Today (2 November)

    … at 2.00pm. Celebration of the Life of Priya Dhingra. Everyone welcome, including children.

    This Sunday (3 November)

    ... we keep as All Saints’ Sunday.

    We’re familiar with stylised images of saints in stained glass windows and such windows provide the best definition of a saint. Saints are people who let the light through.

    The light comes through many colours of course and each one of us has our own particular gifts to bring to the party. Because no saint has every gift it’s only in the communion of saints – saints together - that heaven’s full rainbow is on display.

    So, let’s light up the world!

    Emergency Escape Drill

    I forgot to say last week a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who participated in the escape drill on Sunday 20 October. We were out of the building in 2 mins 30 secs. This is excellent.

    I’ll be circulating to those adults who regularly take part in the Sunday School the protocols that we need to observe to ensure that everyone is as safe as they can be if the worst comes to the worst.

    Safeguarding

    To be as compliant as possible with best practice we need to have a list of people who have had First Aid training in the event of anyone being taken ill or having an accident when at church.

    If you are medically qualified and/or are a First Aider, would you please let me know? Thank you.

    This Week

    I’m away on a clergy conference, Monday – Wednesday so there will be no 12.30pm mass on Tuesday. If you need secondary school Supplementary Information Forms signed soon then please arrange to see me this weekend. I know that the deadline for some secondary school is imminent.

    The Children’s Choir is on Tuesday after school at Hampden Gurney. Michele Lyons is kindly deputizing for me on Tuesday. Next term, Rose Izimova will be the second person in the room with the children.

    Looking Ahead

    Sunday 10 November, 7.00pm Concert in church with the American pianist and composer Burnett Thompson (http://www.pianojazz.com/history.htm /http://www.pianojazz.com/reformation.htm). Entrance £10 on the door (cash only please) and donations towards wine afterwards.

    Tuesday 12 November, 6.00pm Edgware Road Christmas Lights Switching on Reception in the Victory Services Club Trafalgar Room. If you would like to go to this please register your interest at getinvolved@marble-arch.london. The Victory Services Club only admits people that are on a guest list.

    Wednesday 20 November, 7.30pm Community Dinner in church. Speaker: Paul Gibson DSO, MBE (Hampden Gurney School parent) ‘Navigating the Moral Maze - The complexities of being a soldier in the modern era’. Catering by the Marriot Hotel. Tickets: £25. Please let me know if you are coming and tell me whether you would like the vegetarian or meat option.

    Saturday 30 November, 9.00am – 4.00pm Paediatric First Aid Course run by the Bryanston Nursery in the nursery/church space. The church is being offered three free places by the Nursery. Two have now been taken. So, if you would like to apply for the last remaining place please email me asap and I’ll forward your request to the Nursery.

    Sunday 1 December: Fr Alan Moses will be the preacher. By then he would have retired as Vicar of All Saints Margaret St and Area Dean of Marylebone. There will be an opportunity to say ‘thank you and farewell’ to Fr Alan & Theresa Moses after mass. If you would like to contribute to farewell gift as he leaves the West End and moves to Lincolnshire please make a BACS payment to: The Church of the Annunciation; Sort Code: 40 05 29; Account Number: 2023 2173; Ref: ‘Fr Alan’ or let me have a cheque payable to ‘The Annunciation PCC’ with ‘Fr Alan’ written on the back.

    Friday 6 December, 6.30pm Chaplaincy Among Deaf and Deaf Blind People Carol Service

    Saturday 7 December, 10.00am – Noon: Bryanston Nursery Craft Fair. Proceeds to the Great Ormond St Hospital and the London Food Bank.

    Wednesday 11 December, 6.00pm – 9.00pm Vicarage Prosecco Party

    Saturday 14 December, 6.30pm Lessons & Carols for Christmas

    Christmas

    Besides the usual Christmas services, it has been suggested that we have an additional upbeat short carol service for local people and visitors to the West End or some other activity that brings people into the church. It isn’t easy starting these things from scratch so if you have ideas about what the church might do and when we might do it please let me know. Thank you.

    Supplementary Information Forms for Admission to Church Schools

    If you are hoping that your child be offered a place at a church school nursery or reception class in September next year, then I sign these forms after Christmas and into the New Year. The deadline for admissions in Westminster is 15 January.

    If you are applying for a place in a church secondary school then the deadline varies from school to school. I’m happy to see parents who would like me to sign these forms on an ad hoc basis at any time during the autumn.

    When you come to see me please make sure that you have filled out the parent’s part of the form. I’m confirming the information that’s on that as well as adding details of the child’s attendance. If your child wasn’t baptized at the Annunciation, please bring their baptism certificate. Thank you.

    Because school forms are such a live issue it is very important that you register your child each Sunday that you come. As it says on the mass sheet: attendance cannot be registered retrospectively.

    My Retirement

    As many of you know, I plan to retire at the end of January next year. My final Sunday will be 26 January so I hope that you will join me on that day to say ‘good-bye’. I then have a few weeks grace to clear the vicarage and I plan to move out of the area in April.

    During 2020 I will be traveling and reconnecting with family and friends as well as going on pilgrimage to Armenia. During next year I will decide where to settle finally.

    The Parochial Church Council is now putting together a Parish Profile which will assist the Bishop and others in thinking about the sort of person who might be the next Vicar. Steve Phillips is heading this up so if you have any thoughts please let him know. If you need his email address, please ask me. Thank, you.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    vicar.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

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

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

    Parish Office Manager: Jasmine Cullingford jasmine.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

    Booking the Church: bookings.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

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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)