News from St Anne’s Soho

All of the latest news and information from St Anne’s, Soho

Thinking of Coming to St Anne’s this Sunday?

If you are… you’d be very welcome! You’ll find step-free access throughout the church, the whole service printed in one easy to follow booklet and a table with some books and activity sheets for children.

The service starts promptly at 11am, and we try and precede this with about ten minutes of quiet as we still our hearts and minds in preparation for worship. We encourage people to be here for the start of the service but we won’t make you feel guilty if you don’t manage that.

As well as space and quiet in worship we value singing with gusto, thoughtful preaching and like being in the company of people who take God and their neighbour more seriously than they may take themselves. We do enjoy a bit of fun here!

After the service we serve refreshments and everyone is welcome to share in these, most of the congregation stays for coffee, but we’ll understand if you’re daunted by the prospect of ‘having to mingle’ and would prefer to slip away.

But don’t just think about coming to St Anne’s…. do it! We’d love to welcome you here.

Coming Up….

At St Anne’s we continue to welcome people whatever their age, ethnicity, intellect, ability, marital status or sexuality.

Our quarterly newsletter gives details of events at St Anne’s which have recently happened as well as news of what’s coming up….pick one up in church or email us for an electronic copy. Our new April- June edition is out now.

Quiz Night hosted by Lady Lambrini – Friday 5th May at 7pm £10 includes supper. Email the Rector or Administrator to reserve a place.

Faith and Food Supper with Christian Aid worker Kathy Childress. Weds 24th May 7 for 7.15. £5 min donation. Email the Rector to reserve a place

Parish Away Day to beautiful Oxfordshire Countryside and Cuddesdon College on Saturday 27th May.

Pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey– a private tour on Wednesday 14th June beginning at 6pm ending with Compline at 7.30… ask the Rector for details.

Soho Food Feast on 10th/11th June in St Anne’s Gardens. Our annual gastronomic festival and epic school fundraiser. See www.sohofoodfeast.co.uk for details.

The Soho Village Fete is on July 2nd from 12 noon in the Gardens, the Soho Society’s annual afternoon of fun with cream teas courtesy of St Anne’s!

We welcome everyone to share in our life here.

Faith and Food

This monthly venture gives members of St Anne’s an opportunity to eat together and have a facilitated discussion lead by a guest speaker.

Starting at 7pm in the Rectory at 55 Dean St and ending with night prayer at about 9pm. Recent evenings have discussed the nature of belief, prison ministry, liturgy, transgender issues and science v religion, faith and disability and reading St Paul. Guest speakers have included representatives from charities such as The Samaritans and Centrepoint, along with a mixture of clergy and lay people with insights to share. Always relaxed and informative these hugely enjoyable evenings are a particularly good way for people new to St Anne’s to get to know others, and for those new to faith to think about different aspects of the Christian life.

Our next Faith and Food is on Weds 24th May with Christian Aid worker, Kathy Childress.

It is essential to reserve a place for these evenings.

There are no faith and food suppers in August or December.

 

A New look for Dean St

People routinely found the entrance to our church uninviting and even dreary… and that’s if they could find it in the first place.  So students from Central St Martins were invited to create a striking design to engage the passers by, invite attention and welcome all who come here.

Our newly designed entrance by Lina Viluma and Sherief Al Rifa’i was chosen by a cross section of church and community members and was formally unveiled by the Bishop of London on the 8th December in a terrific celebration which drew together a large cross-section of the Soho community and friends of St Anne’s.

If you’re coming to Soho please do come and inspect the new entrance… you won’t be able to miss us!

St Anne’s is Open!

St Anne’s is usually open as a place of quiet and prayerfulness:

Monday to Friday 9-5 and sometimes on Saturdays from 10am and on Sundays after the morning Service until late afternoon.

Please forgive us if an event in the hall means the church is not completely quiet when you come.

Regular services are:

Sunday Eucharist at 11am

Morning Prayer: Tue- Thur at 8.30am

Tuesday Communion at 1.05pm

We welcome all to come and share in worship here and hope you leave refreshed and resourced for the day ahead.

The Parish Office is usually open Monday – Friday from 9- 5.30

Administrator: Lynn Cochrane

Assistant Priest of St Anne’s: Rev’d Dr Keith Riglin

Second Sunday Lunch

Refreshments are served every Sunday at St Anne’s after our morning service. On the second Sunday in the month some members of the church move on to have lunch together in one of our local (and less expensive!) restaurants. It’s very informal and anyone is welcome to join the party – regulars, visitors, newcomers alike.

Prayer

St Anne’s is open Monday to Friday from 9-5 as a place for quiet prayer and reflection.

There are aids to prayer available in church and the opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one, and to record a name or prayer request which we will keep in our prayers here for a few weeks.
You may email Fr Simon if there’s a specific need or person that you would like to have prayed for.

Morning Prayer is usually said Tuesday-Friday at 8.30am

Thursday Lunches

Each Thursday around 35 senior citizens meet at St Anne’s to enjoy a hot cooked lunch with desert, tea and coffee, prepared and served by volunteers.There is always a raffle and a great deal of laughter. There is a modest charge for this of £3.50 WE REGRET THAT THE LUNCHES ARE CURRENTLY OVERSUBSCRIBED.

What Does it Mean to be a Priest in Soho?

A five minute film by Jacob Harbord.

Click on the title for a window into the life of this church which is set in one of London’s most diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods; and into the ministry of its rector.

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