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Sunday 6th October

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

On Sunday the 6th October we will welcome Bishop Sarah Mullally, the Bishop of London to St Anne’s for the very first time. She will preside and preach at our Sunday Eucharist which, unusually, will be at 6pm (rather than the usual 11am). Everyone is warmly invited to the service and reception afterwards.

On that Sunday there will be a said service of Morning Prayer at 11 am.


Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

After a limited cinema release at Easter this captivating film is released on DVD on 23rd September. For just £5 you can watch it at St Anne’s and enjoy a pasta and salad supper beforehand.

Pre-registration essential : or sign up after services from September 1st.


Taizé in the House

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

All welcome to a reflective service in the style of the ecumenical community of Taizé in France, where silence and chant mix with readings and prayer. The chapel is accessed via the House of St Barnabas on Greek St or directly from Manette St. People attending the service are welcome to be guest members of the House – a private members’ club- after the service.

Thursday 17th October 6.30pm

Faith and Food

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

These, usually monthly, events give members of St Anne’s an opportunity to eat together and have a facilitated discussion lead by a guest speaker. 

We meet at 7pm  in the Rectory at 55 Dean St and end 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 the writings of 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 or of ‘life in general’ from a Christian perspective.

September: Wednesday 25th- Faith, Food and Film– ‘Breakthrough’ ( please note this evening is in the Allen Room at St Anne’s and starts slightly later than usual at  7.30)

October: TBA

November: Tuesday 26th- In Sickness and In Health with Rev’d Jennie Hogan. (please note the new date for this event)

It is essential to reserve a place for these evenings:

Min donation towards food costs- £5.

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


Children’s Summer Play Days

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

On Fridays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd August we are holding ‘Friday Fundays’ for Primary School aged children at St Anne’s. Games, craft and other activities will be held in St Anne’s Community Hall and St Anne’s Gardens, and will be organised and run by staff from Soho Parish School with support from St Anne’s staff.

Breakfast available from 8.30am

Activities start at 9.15 and end at 4pm with lunch (provided) in the middle.

£10 per child per day.

To register a place email

Coming Up….

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

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

We welcome everyone to share in our life at St Anne’s, Soho.

Special events coming up at St Anne’s that are open to all:


6th                    Pride Prayer Breakfast. 10.30 am

14th                  Second Sunday lunch after church

21st                  Prayer and anointing for healing 11am

28th                  Patronal Festival & lunch: Guest Preacher the Dean of St Paul’s 11am.


2nd                  Friday Funday Children’s playclub begins ( continues 9th, 16th and 23rd)

4th                  Congregational Conversations (Summer series of sermons begins at 11am)

8th                   Thursday 6pm : Evening Prayer (with trans Christians and their friends)


15th                   Prayer and anointing for healing at 11am

29th                   Guest celebrant and preacher: Rev’d Raymond Baudon (our ordinand)


6th                      Morning prayer ( said with a hymn) at 11am.

6th                      Eucharist with the Bishop of London here at 6pm

10th                    6pm Evening Prayer with the Sybils ( trans Christians and friends)

13th                    Harvest service followed by lunch 11am

17th                    Taize service in the Chapel of the House of St Barnabas. ( 6.30 tbc)

Please pick up a copy of our July- September Newsletter or email the office for an electronic copy.





Bye Bye Ruby

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

St Anne’s tower looked when it became the setting for a farewell firework display to Ruby Venezuela after a wonderful Soho Society Village Fete on Sunday 30th June. Ruby (real name Brian Pearce) loved performing in Soho and after her death last year this was her final bow- as always topping the bill at the Village Fete in St Anne’s Gardens.

Thinking of Coming to St Anne’s this Sunday?

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

If you are thinking of making a ‘first visit’ to St Anne’s this week, you’d be very welcome.

Situated on Dean St, just off Shaftesbury Avenue, St Anne’s has  step-free access throughout the church. You will be greeted with a smile and be given the order of service which is printed in one easy to follow booklet.

There is a table reserved for children and their parents with some books and activity sheets for children to enjoy. We do try and involve younger members in the  service in different ways. There are baby changing facilities too.

Our service begins promptly at 11am and we normally precede it with about ten minutes of quiet as we prepare to worship. We do encourage everyone to be here for the start of the service at 11, but try not to make you feel bad if you don’t manage that. We’ll just be pleased to see you!

As well as times of peace and quiet before and during worship we value singing with gusto, thoughtful preaching and being in the company of people who take God and their neighbour more seriously than they may take themselves.

Our service is a Eucharist ( Holy Communion / Mass) in  which we gather round the altar to receive Christ in bread and wine, or to receive a prayer of blessing. Anyone who would usually receive communion in their home church, or feels moved to receive here is welcome to do so.

After the service most people stay for refreshments and (usually) on the second Sunday in the month some of us go out for lunch together locally. All are welcome to share in these.

We’d love to welcome you to St Anne’s – a church that welcomes anyone who feels in any way ‘at home’ in Soho.

Admiral Duncan 20th Anniversary

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019


3oth April 2019

Having led a procession of over 600 people down Old Compton Street, the site of the homophobic bomb attack in 1999, to St Anne’s Gardens the Rector, Rev’d Simon Buckley opened the Act of Remembrance with the following words:

Welcome to St Anne’s Gardens on the 20th Anniversary of the bombing of the Admiral Duncan Pub. We commemorate a beautiful April evening in 1999 when the streets were alive with the sound of people enjoying the company of their friends only for the laughter and music to be silenced by a loud explosion that none who heard it have said they will never forget. A horrific attack that took the lives of three beautiful and much-loved people: Andrea Dykes, Nick Moore and John Light and which wounded and scarred both physically and emotionally many more. I know from conversations in previous years, that many of you who are present this evening will have been in Soho that evening and I welcome you all as you come both to remember and to try and lay to rest the horror of that night.

It is a particular honour to have with us Councillor Ian Adams, Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster, The Lord Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Baroness Williams of Trafford, our Ward Councillors and Louise Ritchie the Headteacher of Soho Parish Primary School (who created the lovely windmills and rainbow bunting). And, with senior members of the police, particularly the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Cressida Dick. Whilst it was the ordinary citizens of Soho that were first on the scene to help that night, all three emergency services played their customary roles with the dedicated professionalism, calm and courage we often take too easily for granted.

They are the ones trained and dedicated to the task of going into areas of danger in order to get the rest of us out. In an age where so many institutions have lost the respect they once had, Commissioner, can I take this opportunity to say that what I repeatedly hear in Soho is that we want to see more of your officers on our streets, and you and they should take that as a compliment and a sign of our appreciation. And perhaps those elected to serve us will hear that as a heart-felt plea from the people of this community.

This year has again been one in which, from Sri Lanka to New Zealand, we have seen vile acts of hatred wreak havoc on innocent people’s lives. Hatred is built on discrimination and yet is applied without discrimination. April 30th 1999 affected far more than the LGBT community alone which was its primary target. And it is easy to lose hope and faith in humankind when we watch repeated scenes of carnage on our news and hear the racist and homophobic rhetoric that is being openly and even proudly declaimed in diverse places across the globe. But I take comfort from this: that whilst one man caused carnage here 20 years ago tonight, a great many more instinctively rushed to the aid of the total strangers he had attacked. So, let us say loudly to all those who continue to hate their fellow men and women- you are outnumbered.

Just a week after Easter when Christians have celebrated and proclaimed the victory of Christ over suffering and death, let us be joined together whatever our religion, our race, our gender identity, sexuality or disability, joined in faith that love is stronger than hate, goodness is more plentiful than evil and that nothing can separate us from those we love but see no more.


Closing Prayer at the end of the service:

God who made humankind in your image to reflect your beauty in all its diversity. We pray for those we have remembered this night, for one another gathered here and for all who face persecution and live in fear. Turn the hearts of the blinkered, ignorant and intolerant to recognize themselves in the faces and lives of those who are different: to exchange animosity for understanding and hatred for harmony. And begin with us, that together we may live out what we long for, and be agents for peace and justice in this community of Soho and the diverse communities from which we come. Give rest to the departed, comfort to the bereaved and hope and faith to us all.


Prayers for healing

Monday, November 12th, 2018

The practice of praying for the sick, laying hands on them and anointing them with oil goes right back to the early church and commended by the Apostle James in the New Testament. Its practice continues to be valued by those who receive it. It can be a source of comfort and strength and a chanel for the Christ who healed to extend his healing touch again.

This ministry is available upon request and also offered within our 11am Sunday service every two months, this year on:

January 20th, March 17th, May 19th,

July 21st, September 15th, November 17th.

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