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Pride 2019

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Once again we’re hosting an ecumenical prayer breakfast at the start of Pride so we can share news on LGBT related matters from our different churches, and hold all who come to Pride in our prayers before we head out to enjoy the parade (and Soho goes a bit crazy!)

Breakfast (continental/ sausage sandwich/ healthy stuff) available with juice ,tea and coffee from 10.30, prayers at 11.15 , depart 11.45.

All LGBT Christians, their friends, families, vicars, bishops and allies are welcome to come along!

To register that you hope to come please email Mark Godfrey:


Faith and Food

Monday, May 20th, 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. A new programme of speakers and events will resume in September.

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 January 30th ‘Ask the Vicar’ with Frs Keith and Simon.

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.


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.


Coming Up….

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

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

Please pick up or email the office for a copy of the January -March newsletter to see what’s coming up. We have a discussion supper with Jayne Ozanne on God and Sex, a film night, a prayer workshop and much more!

We are also in the process of creating a new electoral roll of the church ( something we are obliged to do every six years). All our regular worshippers and Soho residents are encouraged to join this. Please pick up a form on Sunday or from the office during the week.

Copies of the  2018 APCM report (the review of the previous 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.

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


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


30th      Screening of film about Fr Bill Kirkpatrick 2pm

20th      Admiral Duncan Memorial  in Gardens 6.20pm

Looking further ahead:


12th                 Second Sunday lunch after church

19th                  Prayer and anointing for healing 11am

30th                  Ascension Day Eucharist (in the Chapel of the House of St Barnabas). 7pm


8th &9th            Soho Food Feast – School fundraiser in St Anne’s Gardens

9th                    Second Sunday lunch after church

13th                  Sybils- evening Prayer with the trans community & their friends

30th                  Soho Village Fete in St Anne’s Gardens


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.

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.

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.

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