Archive for October 11th, 2020

Can’t get to church?

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Not everyone feels able to travel or go to church at the moment, and not everyone is able to watch services that are live streamed or held on zoom.

Since the end of March we have produced a simple 15- 20 minute service to say at home. It contains readings, prayers and the texts of two hymns to read ( or sing along to the links provided) and a reflection from whoever is preaching at St Anne’s. Many people have found this really helpful- whether they are St Anne’s regulars or not.

To join the mailing list and receive this each week contact:

We’d be delighted to send it to you for as long as we produce it.

News & Stuff

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

In common with  many churches, organisations and individuals we have had to make a few changes to the way we normally operate. But we’re doing our best to keep things as normal as possible and continue to be faithful in witnessing to the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ through our service to the community as best we can.

Joining the Rector, Fr Simon and Revd Keith Riglin our Assistant Priest is Revd Paul Gurnham, newly ordained deacon and the first full time curate at St Anne’s in decades. He serves also as Chaplain to the House of St Barnabas in Soho. It’s great to have him on board working with the ‘old’ clergy and Jake Lee our terrific administrator.

Our short newsletter will add a bit more about what been happening, though it doesn’t mention that we are now hosting a class most days (& sometimes two) from Soho parish School, a staggering 17 12-step groups a week, and open each lunchtime 12.30- 1.30 for private prayer.

We hope to see you soon,

Fr Simon Rector of St Anne’s.



Thursday Lunches

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Usually 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 (£1 a ticket) and a great deal of laughter. There is a modest charge of £4 for the lunch.

At the moment we are unable to host these lunches. However the Rector is scheduling weekly ‘Tea for Six’ parties in the Rectory  for those who usually attend and at Christmas a very special Christmas Tea Party will be held in accordance with social distancing regulations. 

Regular events

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

There’s a regular pattern of worship:

Sunday Eucharist at 11am, Tuesday communion at 1.05pm, Morning Prayer Tuesday-Thursday at 8.30am

Thursdays 6pm (second Thursday of Feb/ April/ June/ Aug/ Oct/ Dec) Evening Prayer with the Sybils, a group for Trans Christians, their friends and allies. This event is currently taking place on-line. Enquire for details.

See the ‘Wednesdays’ post on the the News page for details of on-line Bible studies and discussion groups.

In addition to many individual events there are lots of regular activities that take place here. Contact Jake Lee the administrator for details about how to attend.


AA-7.30am         NA – 11am            AA- 5pm         AA (LGBT+)  Step – 6:30pm
London City Voices – 6:30pm


AA 7.30 am        NA  11.30 am             ACA 2.30pm        AA Soho Sober – 6pm
AA Soho Step – 7:20pm              Tai Chi – 6pm


AA 7.30 AM       NA   1oam       AA Soho Sober – 6pm

London City Academy Choir – 7:30pm


(Our usual Lunch for Over 60’s – is currently unable to be held)

AA 7.30 am


AA 7.30 am   NA  (LGBT+) 7.30 pm

West End Ward Councillors Surgery – 5-6pm (Last Friday in the month)


AA 10.30     ACA   12pm

AA-Alcoholics Anonymous.      NA – Narcotics Anonymous   ACA- Adult Children of Alcoholics



Sunday, October 11th, 2020

St Anne’s is currently open Monday to Friday from 12.30-1.30 as a place for quiet prayer and reflection. On Tuesdays there is a service of Holy Communion at 1.05.

We apologise that current restrictions mean we are unable to be open all day as we would normally be.

Please email the Rector if there’s a specific need or person that you would like us to keep in our intercessions here.

Morning Prayer is usually said Tuesday- Wednesday -Thursday at 8.30am


Join us on Wednesdays from home

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

All are welcome to join us on Wednesdays at 7.30pm for the following events on-line

14th October – Bible Study: The Passion Narrative in St Matthew’s Gospel.

28th October -Discussion: Hospitals and the Coronavirus- with Hospital Chaplain       Rev’d Frances Nestor

11th November- Bible Study: The Resurrection Narrative in St Matthew’s Gospel

25thNovember- Discussion: Schools and the Coronavirus- with Louise Ritchie, Headteacher of Soho Parish Primary School

9th December- Bible Study: The Birth Narrative in St Matthew’s Gospel.

Zoom code: 893 8126 0017

The evening lasts an hour and ends with a short form of Night Prayer ( Compline).



Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Welcome to St Anne’s where our usual pattern of worship on Sundays and weekdays has resumed.

Sundays: Eucharist at 11am

Tuesday: Holy Communion at 1.05

Tuesday -Wednesday- Thursday: Morning Prayer 8.30 am

Weekdays 12.30- 1.30 Usually open for Private Prayer

Situated on Dean St, just off Shaftesbury Avenue, St Anne’s has  step-free access throughout the church and probably the largest hand sanitiser dispenser you’ve ever seen!

In order to resume worship safely a few things are different to how they usually are here (including turning the church round to maximise the space) but we have done our utmost to limit the impact of these on our worship and on you.

On Sundays at 11am:

On arrival your temperature will be taken along with your name and phone no (for purposes of track and trace- along with your consent under GDPR)

We will require everyone to exercise social distancing, and the Government has now made it mandatory that everyone attending worship should wear a face covering, though there are exemptions.

We are not allowed to sing at present, but our superb organist will enhance the service with some beautiful music. Children’s materials are available, and Holy Communion will be distributed in one kind ( bread only). We are not allowed to serve coffee afterwards, but we will send you on your way with a chocolate biscuit!

So a few changes, but our welcome will be sincere, the atmosphere remains relaxed but reverent, and we look forward to gathering in this small and friendly church with you among us ( at a social distance!).

Every blessing, Fr Simon

Rector of St Anne’s.



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