All Saints Margaret Street | Newsletter 28 December 2019

Newsletter 28 December 2019

Christmas 1

The Christmas story, in all its original gritty realism (as well as in its romanticized greeting card tinsel), says simply this to us all: God is as close to us as birth and death, and everything good in between comes from him.

This involvement with us is very simple: God did not become like us as we are likesome animals. He became the same as us, to give us back our self-respect. Christianity was not intended to make us guilt-wracked, fearful creatures: on the contrary, the gift of Christmas was the first sign of the many which Jesus gave us that God wants us to be free from fear and to flourish.

That is wonderful, literally a miraculous thing. It is something for which we rightly give thanks at this season. But it extends far beyond the crib and the manger and the shepherds and the kings. It extends to our death – for the Son of God went there too – and it extends to what is good, what is right and how we find that and do it.

Our humanity, our distinctive consciousness of who we are and of the created order in which we spend our lives, was not just shared by God in Jesus, it came from God in the first place. The birth of this child and, more importantly what he did with his life (and what he did with his death, too) shows us how much we matter; it is a pure act of love, because it is a concrete sign of acceptance and faithfulness. It cannot be taken away. The relationship is forged for ever.

Celebrating the Christmas festival is meant to kick-start us in the same direction: to use our consciousness to seek, prefer and promote love, which is stronger than death and which always finds the good. As with Jesus, and as he came to show us, that is what will give meaning to our lives.

Yours in Christ,

Michael Bowie


below the Parish Room is open after High Mass.

The bar has a members’ only licence; (membership £5).

Club members are reminded that annual subscriptions for 2020

are due for renewal  from 1st January.

New members are welcome.

Sunday 5 January 2020 6pm EPIPHANY CAROL SERVICE

Featuring music by Mendelssohn, Elgar, and Poulenc

Monday 6 January


Preacher: The Rev’d Anna Matthews, 

 Vicar, St Bene’t’s Cambridge

Missa Brevis – Kodaly

Three Kings – Cornelius


For the foreseeable future the Parish Office will not always be staffed.

James Sherwood will usually be in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Peter Little will also be in and around the church working as sacristan / verger.

The best way to get in touch with the parish is by email:

E:         (T: 020 7636 1788)

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Those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers: 

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Mashee Eyob, Belinda, Victor Sharp, David Fettke, Elaine Faulkner, Joan Cooper, Jenni Black, Sr Elizabeth, Ondina Brash, Elizabeth Dennis, Sian Evans, Fr Graham Francis, Peter Jewkes, Helen Mannion, Simon & Mary Edsor, Vallery Tchukov, Hilary Anne, Sarah Vice, Lenore Kimbrough, Jane Kirton, Fr Ron Swan

Those known to us recently departed:

David Paton Pr, Ros Tagoe, Jean Stirling Smith, Anthony Holmes.

Anniversaries of death this week: 

Katherine Mundy, Dn Brian Lee, Elsie Boyton, Mona Crompton, John Freebairn-Smith, Malcolm Melville Pr, Ethel de Rougemont, Trevor Burnett-Brown, Nicholas Luff, Hugh Glaisyer Pr, Berdmore Compton Pr, Eileen Prior, Henry Howell, John Wylde Pr, Joan Banyard, John Auton.


Sunday 29 December Christmas 1

8am Low Mass

11am SUNG MASS  Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie

Missa ad Praesepe  – Malcolm (1917-97)

There is no rose  – Britten (1913-1976)


5.15pm Low Mass

No sung Evensong


Monday 30 – Friday 3 January

(except New Year’s Day – 12 noon Mass only)

7.30am Morning Prayer   8am Low Mass (except Wednesdays) Daily: 12.30pm Confessions   1.10pm Low Mass

5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm Low Mass

Saturday 4 January (Church opens at 11am) 12 noon Low Mass 5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer 6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 5 January  Second Sunday after Christmas

8am Low Mass

11am HIGH MASS Preacher: Fr Julian Browning

Missa O Magnum Mysterium  – Victoria

O Magnum Mysterium  – Villette



Featuring music by Mendelssohn, Elgar, and Poulenc

THE PARISH SHOP is open in the Parish Room before High Mass and in the courtyard afterwards. On sale this week:

Full service information: 



Donations of warm clothing are gratefully sought at this time of year by our neighbours the Jesus Army. Women’s clothing and men’s, particularly shoes, are appreciated. Please leave donations in the Parish Office, or the vicarage hallway.


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If you would like pastoral assistance, please contact:

The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, 

London W1W 8JG


T: 020 7636 1788.  E:

Assistant Priest: Fr Michael Bowie 

T: 07581 180963  E:

(Day off: Wednesday)

Safeguarding Officers: Please raise any concerns you have with:

Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and Janet Drake (Children)

If you would like prayers offered, amendments to the prayer list or to obtain an Electoral Roll form please contact the office:  

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A priest is available for confessions/counsel

Monday – Friday from 12.30 -1pm and at

5.30pm Monday – Saturday, or by appointment.

(Special arrangements apply in Lent and for Holy Week.)


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THANK YOU for all donations supporting the Church’s work and worship, choir & music and care of its heritage buildings.

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advising the Administrator to collect Gift Aid:

PCC All Saints (Charity # 1132895)

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Parish Legacy Policy 

We are always delighted to hear from anyone who wants to support us with a donation. Our PCC Legacy Policy though is to encourage people to leave bequests specifically to one of our two related charities to be used for purposes of lasting value (rather than day to day costs):

All Saints Choir & Music Trust (Charity # 802994) or 

The All Saints Foundation (Charity # 273390). 

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