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Taize in a Soho Gem

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Join us for a 45 minute service in the style of the Community of Taizé, where silence and meditation mingle with chants and prayers in the beautiful and candle-lit chapel of the House of St Barnabas.

Thursday 27th February – the day after Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.

Faith and Food

Monday, December 30th, 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.


January: Wednesday 29th –  Rev’d Jarel Robinson Brown- a Methodist based at an Anglican church explores his love of Coptic Christianity.

February: Wednesday 19th- Black Sheep and Prodigals with Rev’d Dave Tomlinson

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, November 12th, 2019

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



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

In 2020 we are looking to provide regular events for people affected by dementia, along with a weekly ‘drop in’ tea for all ages.



Thinking of Coming to St Anne’s this Sunday?

Thursday, November 7th, 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.

Coming Up….

Tuesday, October 1st, 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                      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)

23rd                    Faith and Food Discussion Supper


3rd                      All saints Sunday

9th                      Evensong and Private Gallery Tour (Westminster Abbey)

10th                    Remembrance Sunday service starts at 10.55 in St Anne’s Gardens.

Followed by ‘Second Sunday’ lunch

17th                    Eucharist includes anointing for healing



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 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.

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!

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