In April’s Newsletter I defined St Cyprian’s Church as a Parish called by God to be a growing family of Christians who serve Jesus Christ by demonstrating His love through our daily lives, service, and worship. I attempted to expand upon this at the May PCC meeting; some thought it too 'religious' apparently. Let me try and explain a little clearer.
How do I see St Cyprian’s? My vision for us is to build a role as a cornerstone in our Marylebone neighbourhood, and the greater community of London (big call eh?) Therefore St. Cyprian’s would be committed to:
Providing a welcoming community that continues to invite and incorporate all people into the life of the parish;
Offering a programme of worshipful liturgy and music that creates Christians, grows disciples and nurtures our community of faith;
Empowering a ministry that serves the people of our neighbourhood and around the world;
Presenting diverse programmes and events that will enhance the spiritual life for all of God's people at St. Cyprian’s and in the greater community;
Maintaining an open communication system that invites, encourages, and mobilises active participation in the fabric of parish life;
Renovating and expanding our facilities to effectively meet the needs of our growing community;
Developing professional and volunteer leadership with appropriate skills and experience;
Being faithful stewards of our resources, and us, responding to St. Cyprian’s present and future needs.
In his address in January Fr Gerald warned against an, ‘Interregnum mentality’, we are no longer in an interregnum, we are in the business of being church, serving God in our community and the wider world.
We are built on the foundation of those saints who have served here from the days when Fr Gutch had a vision of the need of the people of the area and responded by saying, ‘Lord here am I, send me.’ What we are desperately in need of now are those who will make that same response; might that be you?
The great news we have just received is that the Church has confirmed John Blackburne’s call to ministry; the other good news is that the Archdeacon has said that John can stay at St Cyprian’s during his theological formation and training. Please pray for John, he’ll need all the support he can get.
June is, I think, going to be a busy month, here are some of the dates to be held at St Cyprian’s Church, unless stated otherwise: 3rd - 1500hrs Evensong & Benediction for the Feast of Pentecost 4th - 1030hrs Mass for Pentecost 8th - 1200hrs Swearing in of our Wardens at St Mary Le Bow Church 9th - 1830hrs Fr Alan Moses 40th Anniversary, High Mass, All Saints Margaret St. 11th -1030hrs Mass for Trinity Sunday. 12th - 1800hrs Mass for Feast of St Barnabus. 13th - 1830hrs Public Consultation For 133rd Bishop of London at St Alban's Church, 18 Brooke Street, London EC1N 7RD. 14th - 1310hrs Monthly organ recital. 15th - 1830hrs Corpus Christi High Mass, with Oxford Street Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. All Saints Margaret St. 17th - 1900hrs St Cyprian’s Summer concert. 18th - 1000hrs Parish Mass 18th - 1500hrs Our choir sings Choral Evensong at St John the Baptist Church Holland Road, London W14 8AH 25th - 1000hrs Parish Mass 29th - 1310 & 1800hrs Mass for the Feast of St Peter & St Paul. 25th anniversary of Fr Michael being made Deacon. 1st July T S Eliot celebration (See separate notice). 2nd July - at 1000hrs Dedication Festival and licensing to the Parish as Associate Priest, Fr Michael. Guest preacher Venerable Luke Miller Archdeacon of London
Other dates to note: St Cyprian's Singers, Our famed choir will be giving a concert on Saturday 17th June at 7pm in the church. Tickets £15 in advance or £17 on the door. Please sign up at the back of church, contact a member of the choir or go to www.eventbrite.com and search "St Cyprian". This year's music features Walton's 'The Twelve' as well as works by Part, Purcell, Gibbons and Sumsion. A buffet will be served during the interval.
St Cyprian’s Saturday 1 July 2017. Celebration of the 90th Anniversary of T S Eliot’s Baptism With Archbishop Rowan Williams & Bishop Richard Harries. Tickets going fast so get in touch ASAP! T S Eliot was baptized at Finstock, Oxfordshire. At the time and from 1920 – 1932 he lived successively at flats 9, 98, 177 and 68 Clarence Gate Gardens. St Cyprian’s was his parish church where he became a daily worshipper and where Viv, his first wife continued to worship after the marriage ended. Programme for the Day: 10.30am Arrivals and Coffee. 11am Welcome and Introductions. 11.10am Poems read by Pupils of the Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park 11.40am +Rowan William: The Fire and the Rose: Eliot and the Incarnation 12.20pm +Richard Harries: T. S. Eliot’s Conversion and in Conversation with +Rowan 1pm Cold Buffet Lebanese Lunch with Wine 2.40pm. Church open to the public Donations are invited for tea & cake after: 3pm Evensong & Benediction with the Francis Holland School Choir 4pm Tea The morning and lunch is by ticket only (limited to 150). Price £40 – available from Fr Gerald Beauchamp email@example.com. Tickets will be sent by post so please include your mailing address. Cheques to be made payable to ‘St Cyprian’s PCC’ or payment by BACS to 56-00-14/12138126 Ref ’T S Eliot’. Profits from the day will be shared equally between St Cyprian’s Church and Christian Aid. With regret, the church has no sound system or loop and neither are there toilets available for disabled persons.
St Cyprian’s, Sunday 2 July 2017 - Dedication Festival combined with the licensing of Fr Michael to the Parish. Guest Preacher: Archdeacon of London, Fr Luke Miller.
Pilgrimage to Italy, 10 - 18 May 2018 Following on the success of the Parish Pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona a couple of years ago, Fr Gerald Beauchamp and Fr Michael Bowie are planning a pilgrimage to Italy next year. The itinerary includes San Giovanni Rotondo, Loreto, Ravenna & Assisi. Cost £1,400 (approx.) If you are interested in joining the party please contact Fr Gerald (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fr Michael (email@example.com).
Our regular services are listed in the services page of our website; http://stcyprians.weebly.com/ For further information about the life of our Church please contact Fr Michael Fuller on 020 3536 6357