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Monday, September 21st, 2020

Welcome to St Anne’s where our usual pattern of worship on Sundays and weekdays has resumed after the enforced closure of churches due to the pandemic.

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 will be given their own activity case, rather than share resources at a table, and Holy Communion will be distributed in one kind ( bread only).

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.



Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

This meeting, which is the AGM of the Church, will be held on Sunday 4th October at 12.30 pm. All on our Electoral Roll are welcome  (if not actively encouraged!)  to attend.

Prior to this meeting the Electoral Roll is revised and a copy of the revised roll is available for you to check its accuracy after services on Sundays and Tuesdays or via Jake in the Parish Office at other times from the 20th September- 2nd October.

The Annual Report which will be discussed at the meeting will be available from Friday 25th September. This includes reports on the activities and finances of the church Jan- Dec 2019.



Giving to St Anne’s

Friday, July 10th, 2020

The pandemic has affected the finances of people, businesses and churches in different ways.

At St Anne’s we have seen our income fall by over 80% in recent months and the future looks uncertain as people are not hiring our facilities and we, in turn, have needed to give rent breaks to our tenants.

We are therefore even more dependent on the support of those who value what St Anne’s stands for and what, under normal circumstances, it provides.

If you are able to support us financially we would be extremely grateful.

You can send a cheque made out to ‘St Anne’s Church, Soho’ to:

The Administrator, St Anne’s Church, 55 Dean Street, London, W1D 6AF

or make a donation or set up a monthly standing order directly to our bank:

Charities Aid Foundation Bank

Account no. 00022443

Sort code 40-52-40

PCC of Anne with St Thomas and St Peter Soho

Whatever you can give will enable us to keep serving others.

Thank you.

July Newsletter

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

News from St Anne’s as we prepare to re-open.

CLICK HERE for more information.

A Soho Book of Psalms

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Join with the wider Soho Community in an exciting art project based on The Psalms – that 2,000 year old anthology of hymns which is often called the ‘Prayer Book of the Bible’.

To find out more about the project CLICK HERE.

Join us on Wednesdays from home

Friday, June 5th, 2020

All are welcome to join us for an hour’s BIBLE STUDY via Zoom.

On Wednesday at 8pm we reflect on the previous Sunday’s gospel together, understand the context in which the passage was written and consider its message and meaning for us today.

The study is concluded with Night Prayer (Compline) which you will find easy to follow if you download the Church of England Daily Prayer app to your phone, or via the C of E website … or you can just pray as others say the words.

If you are not already known to us and on our mailing list you will need to for the zoom meeting code.

(Please note: These evenings will not happen during August)

Faith and Food

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

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, Coptic Christianity, liturgy, transgender issues, science v religion, faith and disability and the writings of St Paul, and theatre, prison  and college chaplaincies. 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.


March: Wednesday 25th-What does it mean to be an Evangelical? with Rev’d Liz Goddard, Vicar of St James the Less. CANCELLED

April: Wednesday 29th- Faith in Medicine with Dr Daniel Tsang CANCELLED

May: Wednesday 27th- Ending homelessness, rebuilding lives: the work of St Mungo’s with Community Co-ordinator Kirsty Purnell.

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.


Regular events

Tuesday, March 3rd, 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.

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 LGBT Step – 6:30pm
London City Voices – 6:30pm



Smoking Cessation – 5:30pm
AA Soho Sober – 6pm
AA Soho Step – 7:20pm
Tai Chi – 6pm



Tea Time @ St Anne’s 3-4.30  on the second Weds of the month (starting April 8th)

AA Soho Sober – 6pm
Bad Debtors Anonymous – 6:30pm
London City Academy Choir – 7:30pm



Lunch for Over 60’s – 1pm
West End Community Trust Event – 7pm (monthly)



West End Ward Councillors Surgery – 5-6pm (Last Friday in the month)
Night Hub – 10pm-5am



Central London Rough Sleepers Meal – Various dates
Night Hub – 10pm -5am

Bye Bye Ruby

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

St Anne’s tower made an amazing setting for the 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.

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 three months, on the third Sunday in the month.

Services which include this ministry in 2020 are on March 15th, June 21st, September 20th & December 20th.

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