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Coming Up….

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

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

After another Christmas with increased attendances at our services and as the new year breaks we look forward to continuing to grow together in faith and the service of the Soho community.

Sunday 6th January- 11am Epiphany service followed by panettone and prosecco ( why not?!)

A new copy of our newsletter will be available from Jan 6th with details of news and events through to the end of March.

Events to note in January:

Sunday 13th– we have lunch locally after the service.

Sunday 20th– our service includes prayers for healing together with anointing and laying on of hands.

Please note that the Rector is away from 7th-25th January 2019. The Rev’d Dr Keith Riglin, our assistant priest is ‘in charge’ during that time.


Copies of the APCM report ( the review of last year) can be viewed on the Home page and is  available from the Parish Office.

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

Faith and Food

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

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 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.

Wednesday February 27th ‘God versus Sex- the Divine Tussle?’ with  Jayne Ozanne

Friday March 29th Mary Magdalene – film & pizza night in the Community Hall

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.


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 Sunday service every two months.

The next service with prayers for healing is on:

January 20th 2019 at 11am.

Thinking of Coming to St Anne’s this Sunday?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

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.

A New look for Dean St

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Did you know that our re-designed entrance won the President’s Award (for alterations to a church building) in the 2017 Church Architecture Awards of the National Churches Trust.

The award was presented on October 26th at a ceremony in Kensington by HRH the Duke of Gloucester.

The Judges said: “We are delighted by this small scheme which brings a sense of style and fun to the entrance of St Anne’s Church, Soho. The involvement of architecture students from Central St Martin’s from the start of the project has clearly paid off by bringing, as it has, a fresh artistic eye to the design of this new foyer. The design has a strong idea but has been carefully refined employing subtle geometries in the ceiling and joinery. These elements have been combined with a striking lighting scheme to make a dynamic and inviting entrance to the church”.

We were thrilled by this accolade and divided the £500 prize money between Lina Viluma and Sherief al Rifa’i, who designed the entrance.


Friday, August 10th, 2018

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

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.

Please email the Rector if there’s a specific need or person that you would like to have prayed for.

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


Sermons on the site

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

We now publish sermons preached at St Anne’s on this website- just go to the Home page and click on the button marked ‘sermons’. It’s that simple!

St Anne’s is Open .. Come on in!

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

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

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

We’re closed on bank holidays (except Good Friday and for our service on Christmas Day) and usually for the week after Christmas.

Please forgive us if an event in the adjacent Community 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.

Regular Events:

There is a list of regular events that are open to all, such as AA, Debtors Anon, Tai Chi, Smoking Cessation etc. This can be picked up at the church entrance.

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

Administrator: Nadia D’Ambrosi-Bukhari.

Rector: Rev’d Simon Buckley

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

Please note that the entrance to the Church is at 55 Dean St and not via St Anne’s Gardens on Wardour St.

Fr Bill Kirkpatrick

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Bill Kirkpatrick 1927- 2018

A former curate of St Anne’s Fr Bill Kirkpatrick died on 4th January this year after living with dementia for the last ten years of his life. Fr Bill had lived in a small bedsit at St Anne’s from 1970-1975 and worked extensively with the homeless charity Centrepoint, which had been recently founded there.

Later he developed a courageous ministry in Earls Court working with young rent boys, having been shocked by the death of an 15 year old boy who ‘worked’ the area.  It was during these years that AIDS and HIV was recognised, and Bill was one of the first to see that the co-factors were not promiscuity, irresponsible behaviour, or belonging to ‘risk-groups’, but stigma, oppression, poverty and lack of sexual health education. His book AIDS- Sharing the pain was groundbreaking and led to the present Rector of St Anne’s going to talk to Fr Bill whilst studying issues around bereavement during his time at theological college in the late 1990’s.

Born in Canada Bill had been placed in an orphanage when only one month old, and later took the orphanage’s name as his surname. Coming to London when he was 21 he worked in Selfridges and Foyles before training as a psychiatric nurse.  A contemplative at heart who ministered amidst the noise of the city, he was an exemplary and remarkable priest. We are delighted that a portrait of him by Natalie d’Aberloff has been given to St Anne’s for permanent display along with a few other items which will be archived.

May Bill rest in peace, good and faithful servant of Christ.


with thanks to Martin Pendergast.



Second Sunday Lunch

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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.

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