Posted: Monday 4th January 2021


With a heavy heart we have taken the decision that, with the nation in lockdown again, public worship at St Anne’s should cease for the time being- a move supported by the majority of the Parochial Church Council and the Bishop of London. Services on Sunday will continue to be held behind closed doors and live-streamed on youtube (see link on the Worship page), and we will continue to create...

Posted: Friday 1st January 2021

Can’t get to church?

There are now two ways to join St Anne’s in worship from your own home:

Through our live-streamed Sunday Morning Service on Youtube (click on the word ‘HERE’ on the Worship page)  or through our emailed (or printed and posted) Prayers to Say at Home.

To join the mailing list and receive Prayers to say at Home each...

Posted: Sunday 8th November 2020

Remembrance Sunday 2020

Remembrance Sunday 2020. The Rector, Fr Simon.

This Sermon followed the gospel reading : Matthew 25: 1-13, The parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids.

The parable is a call to readiness; a summons to live not in fear, but in anticipation of the arrival of the bridegroom. The only thing to fear is of not being ready and missing...

Posted: Sunday 25th October 2020

The authority to serve

Proper 21 Year A 2020

A sermon preached by the Rector on the day after our curate Paul Gurnham’s Ordination as a Deacon. Gospel : Matt 21. 23-32


Through a peculiar, happy or Spirit led co-incidence one of the reflections we read at Morning prayer this week included the words with which I had planned to open this...

Posted: Sunday 11th October 2020

Thursday Lunches

Usually each Thursday around 35 senior citizens meet at St Anne’s to enjoy a hot cooked lunch with desert, tea and coffee, prepared and served by volunteers. There is always a raffle (£1 a ticket) and a great deal of laughter. There is a modest charge of £4 for the lunch.

At the moment...

Posted: Sunday 11th October 2020


St Anne’s is currently open Monday to Friday from 12.30-1.30 as a place for quiet prayer and reflection. On Tuesdays there is a service of Holy Communion at 1.05. We apologise that current restrictions mean we are unable to be open all day as we would normally be.

Please email the Rector if there’s a specific need or person that you would like us to keep in our intercessions here.

Morning Prayer is usually said Tuesday- Wednesday...

Posted: Sunday 11th October 2020

Join us on Wednesdays from home

All are welcome to join us on Wednesdays at 7.30pm for the following events on-line

14th October – Bible Study: The Passion Narrative in St Matthew’s Gospel.

28th October -Discussion: Hospitals and the Coronavirus- with Hospital Chaplain       Rev’d Frances Nestor

11th November- Bible Study: The Resurrection Narrative in St Matthew’s Gospel

25thNovember- Discussion: Schools and the Coronavirus-...

Posted: Friday 10th July 2020

Giving to St Anne’s

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,...

Posted: Wednesday 1st July 2020

A Soho Book of Psalms

This project is a work in progress. Entries have been received and collated and its publication will be announced soon. Watch this space for more details!

To find out more about the project CLICK HERE.

Posted: Tuesday 14th April 2020

Holy Week 2020

With Public worship suspended the Rector has included a short reflection each week to accompany the service that people are being encouraged to use at home. Here are the reflections for Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Day:

PALM SUNDAY (The Rector)

I was listening to the Archbishop of Canterbury the other day reflecting on the fact that on Palm Sunday Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem as a stranger, just one of thousands of pilgrims...

Posted: Saturday 4th January 2020

Regular Events & Meetings

Outside of lockdown, our usual pattern of worship is:

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. This event is currently taking place on-line. Enquire for details.

See the ‘Wednesdays’ post on the the News...

Posted: Monday 30th December 2019

First Sunday of Christmas 2019

I haven’t counted the exact number of Christmas cards that I’ve received this year, but there are an awful lot of them. Some of them were from some of you- so thank you very much!

I’ve noticed several trends amongst the Christmas cards I’ve received in recent years. Firstly, the rise in personalised ones- photographs on the front bearing pictures of people’s children or dogs (Not guilty- the picture of my dog was on the back this...

Posted: Tuesday 10th September 2019

The Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of the Virgin Mary with Admission of Churchwardens.

8th September 2019.

Whilst Mary, the mother of our Lord does get a special mention on one of the Sundays in Advent it struck me that we hadn’t routinely observed an annual feast in her memory here at St Anne’s. We’ve given Jesus’ granny about whom there is no scriptural information more prominence over his own mother for whom there is plenty. Of course, whilst some...

Posted: Monday 15th July 2019

The Good Samaritan

Fourth Sunday After Trinity (14th July 2019)

I think that every sermon I have heard on the subject of the parable of the Good Samaritan has begun with the question put to Jesus “who is my neighbour?”. That is the question which the  story seems to address. But the parable is actually told in order to explain an earlier question, “teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” . And it is easy to rush past this question...

Posted: Sunday 16th June 2019

Trinity Sunday 2019

Mountains have been in the news a lot recently, or rather one mountain in particular – Everest. This year an unprecedented number of people have died trying to climb it. In one sixteen-day period eleven people died trying to reach the 8,849 metre-high summit. Indian officials have denied that giving too many passes out to climbers has resulted in over- crowding causing the excessive queuing which, at that altitude, is extremely dangerous. But...

Posted: Thursday 30th May 2019

Speaking from the heart…

Sermon for Sixth Sunday after Easter 2019.

When I was preparing for ordination I was warned on several occasions about the danger of not preaching a sermon on a Sunday morning but inadvertently of preaching several sermons rolled into one. A veritable dog’s dinner dished up from the pulpit.

As I was reminded at a preaching seminar last year “it’s much better within a sermon to say the same message in three different ways than...

Posted: Friday 26th April 2019

Easter Day 2019

Death, New Life and Hope – Rev’d Simon Buckley

I read the story the other day of a woman who was part of the interviewing panel for a Christian organisation that had a vacancy for an evangelist. To each candidate who sat before the panel she asked “suppose you’re standing at the bus stop and the person next to you says “what do you mean by the resurrection?… and by the way my bus will be here in three minutes”....

Posted: Monday 18th February 2019

If Christ is not raised…

3rd before Lent Year C 2019- 17th Feb 2019.

If Christ is not raised…..

Some churches put a one-line summary of the scripture readings next to the Bible reference in their service sheets. It can be a useful thing to prepare you for what you’re about to hear and, especially, to have when the passage is a complicated one – one with the potential to leave you thinking “what was that about?”. If I was writing a summary for today’s...

Posted: Tuesday 29th January 2019

Jesus, my brother.

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany Year C 2019.

Rev’d Simon Buckley

(Gospel reading Luke 4:14-21: Jesus returns to Nazareth and reads in the synagogue)


It was good to have Jesus back home with us. We hadn’t seen him for a while, though we’d heard reports. Someone told us that he’d been to see our cousin John who was baptizing people in the river Jordan, a ‘baptism of repentance’ they called it. Which we...

Posted: Friday 4th January 2019

Christmas day 2018

Christmas Day Sermon 2018- Rev’d Simon Buckley

After our carol service on Thursday evening I popped into the Parish Office to find Jake, our new and very diligent administrator correcting a couple of typos he’d spotted in the service sheet we’d just been using. “I thought I may as well make these corrections now, so I don’t repeat them next year he said”….. Next year’s Christmas bonus is already assured!

Yes, there...

Posted: Friday 4th January 2019

I am Blessed… a sermon for the First Sunday of Christmas 2018.

Sermon for 30th December 2018- Rev’d Simon Buckley

You often hear it said that children grow up too quickly these days. Well, going by today’s gospel that’s nothing new. Born only five days ago Jesus is now twelve, but just to confuse you further in next Sunday’s reading he’ll only be two, a week later an adult of about 30, and then a month later, the Feast of the Presentation, he’ll be twelve days old again! We flip...

Posted: Tuesday 13th November 2018

Remembrance Sunday 2018

Remembrance Sunday 2018.

Rev’d Simon Buckley.

What have the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw and the author of War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy- got in common? Apart from being writers of course, it is that they both became pacifists after fighting in the Crimean war of the mid 19th century. For them both it was a reaction to the futility and carnage of war that they had witnessed when combined with the vision of the new world order...

Posted: Monday 8th October 2018

“Do not be like the Gentiles…”

A sermon preached by the Revd Simon Buckley

19th Sunday After Trinity (BCP Lectionary)- Ephesians 4:17, Matt 9:1


Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the gentiles live.

The opening verse from today’s first reading from one of the letters of St Paul.

Paul, though now a Christian following his conversion to Christ on the road to Damascus, still regarded himself as being...

Posted: Thursday 20th September 2018

A New look for Dean St

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...

Posted: Thursday 6th September 2018

In Word and Deed

Proper 17 year B 2018

James 1:17-27

Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Rev’d Simon Buckley.

There are occasions when the connection between the two readings set for our Sunday service can be rather tenuous. However, that can’t be said of today’s readings which hammer home to us that true faith results in good actions. Belief should blossom into righteous activity.

From the letter of James we heard:

Be doers...

Posted: Sunday 22nd July 2018

Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene

22nd July 2018

I’m very pleased that the Church calendar which gave us the opportunity to celebrate the lives of two of the greatest male Saints two weeks ago – Peter and Paul, this week gives us an opportunity to celebrate one of the most important female Saints- Mary Magdalene. But mention her to many people and you will get the response- “was the one who was a prostitute?”. To which the answer is “well,...

Posted: Wednesday 18th July 2018

The Woman at the Well

The Samaritan Woman at the Well.

15th July 2018

(Adapted from a sermon I preached at Westminster Abbey. 8th July 2018)

Rev’d Simon Buckley

The story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well is a particular favourite of mine. It doesn’t have the drama of Jesus calming a storm or healing someone of a lifelong illness, it lacks the spectacle of the transfiguration and it contains nothing that might be traditionally...

Posted: Monday 28th May 2018

The Trinity

Trinity Sunday Year B 2018- Rev’d Simon Buckley

Isaiah 6: 1-8; John 3:1-17

The first of the readings set for today –  the one from the prophet Isaiah – happens to be a favourite of mine from the Old Testament. I heard it again only a couple of weeks ago at the installation of Bishop Sarah as she became the 133rd Bishop of London and the first of them to be a woman. It’s a reading that, as some of you may have heard...

Posted: Wednesday 25th April 2018

The Gift of Diversity- Talk to Deanery Synod 24th April 2018.

The Gift of Diversity.

A Talk given to Westminster (St Margaret’s) Deanery Synod

24th April 2018 in the Speaker’s House of the House of Commons.


I’ve been asked to say something about diversity from the local perspective – that of St Anne’s Soho. Let me begin in 1895, or there about. The Rector was John Henry Cardwell a man who did something that, if they’d been broadcasting Round the Horne in those...

Posted: Wednesday 11th April 2018

Sermons on the site

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!

Posted: Monday 9th April 2018

Can the Christian faith be a private matter?

Easter 2, Year B, 2018

Acts 4: 32-35 & John 20: 19-31

Rev’d Simon Buckley


“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe”

That verse, many biblical scholars contend, was the original final verse of John’s gospel. Giving as it does the ‘last word’ of the gospel to Jesus and spelling out, very simply, that faith does not depend...

Posted: Sunday 1st April 2018

Easter Day 2018.

Easter Day 2018

Acts 10: 34-43 & John 20: 1-18

Rev’d Simon Buckley.

“Who do people say I am?” ……No, your Rector is not having a senior moment and forgotten who he is (though the frequency with which I walk into rooms and think “now what did I come in here for?” has increased recently!). I’m simply repeating the question Jesus put to the disciples whilst they were walking between villages in Caesarea (Mark...

Posted: Sunday 25th February 2018

Good News not Easy News, 2nd Sunday of Lent, 2018

Romans 4.13-25/ Mark 8.31-38 Rev’d Simon Buckley, St Anne’s Soho

Reading today’s gospel passage reminded me a bit of a scene in a soap opera: a family gathering at some kind of celebration, maybe a wedding or a post-Christening knees-up in the Queen Vic at which someone says something out of turn, lets some cat out of the bag and the mood turns ugly as the event quickly descends from being a joyful party into brawling in the street.


Posted: Thursday 25th January 2018

Made in God’s Image, 2nd Sunday before Lent, 2018

Colossians 1: 15-20/ John 1:1-14 Rev’d Simon Buckley, St Anne’s Soho

“He is the image of the invisible God”.

Words from St Paul’s letter to the Colossians which we heard a few minutes ago and which I think are perhaps some of the most wonderful, succinct, profound and seemingly audacious words in all scripture.

I know how like my own father I am- people tell me I’m the image of him, even though he was bald by the...

Posted: Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Fr Bill Kirkpatrick

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...

Posted: Sunday 31st December 2017

A sermon is for life, not just for Christmas, Christmas 1 / New Year’s Eve 2017

Luke 2: 15-21 Rev’d Simon Buckley, St Anne’s Soho

After our packed carol service a week last Thursday I was having a drink with a couple of parishioners and mentioned that amongst the things I probably wouldn’t get done before Christmas was writing a sermon for today. One of them suggested that I do a ‘Christmas Special Sermon’, in other words follow the pattern set by many TV series whose ‘Christmas Special’ contains no new...

Posted: Monday 5th January 2015

What Does it Mean to be a Priest in Soho?

A five minute film by Jacob Harbord.

Both Soho and St Anne’s have changed since this film was made in 2014, but it remains a window into the life of this church and into the ministry of its rector….

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