What Needs Doing - Can you help?
We aim to have at least one flower arrangement in church each week, but we don't take money for flowers from general church funds.
If anyone would like to donate an arrangement in memory of a loved one, or for any other reason, please write your name in the 'flowers donated by' box for that week on the Flower Rota (on the board by the door), and give the money to Ann or Jenny. Money towards the cost of flowers can also be placed in the 'flowers' slot in the wall safe. (As a guide, we usually need to spend about £15 on flowers for the High Altar, and £10 on those at Mary or Joseph, which are smaller - although if you want specific flowers they could cost more.)
Flowers are now arranged on a Wednesday when the working party meets so that there will be more people about and no problem with keys for access. (Please note that there are no flowers in church during Advent or Lent.
Easter Flowers: -
This year, the price of lilies has again been kept at £3 each. If you would like a lily placed in church at Easter in memory of a departed loved one, please put the money and name of the person, together with your name, into an envelope and give it to Ann or Jenny, preferably on Sunday 11th March, but by Sunday 18th March at the very latest. The names of all those remembered will be displayed in church, on the Paschal candle
We would also be grateful to receive donations towards the cost of the Easter flowers. This money should also be given to Ann or Jenny by Sunday 25th March. We need to know how much money has been donated before we can order the flowers, as money for flowers is never taken from church funds and at present the flower fund is almost empty.
We also need help arranging the flowers to decorate the church. Flower Arrangers will be needed from 10.00 am on Holy Saturday.
Church Working Party
The Wednesday Working Party has been going for many years - ever since a small group of 3 or 4 decided to meet on a Wednesday morning to tidy up the church garden and (later) to carry out simple maintenance tasks around the church. Since most of the work was done outside, inside was quiet, and the group seldom met when it was raining.
But recent weeks have seen a change.
Nowadays, if you were to wander in on a Wednesday, you would find it a hive of industry. Work in the garden continues (weather permitting!!) - there is always grass to cut, shrubs to prune, weeds to pull up, rubbish to remove .... - and the 'simple maintenance' carries on. But it doesn't stop there. In the church, you would find a small group dusting or vacuuming, while others are cleaning brass in the hall. And from September, we hope to be joined by flower arrangers (see Ann's 'Flowers at All Saints' above.) The only thing you wouldn't find is silence! Nobody works on their own - the work seems far less of a 'chore' when others are around!
The working party runs from 9.00 am to 12 noon - some can only spend an hour, others spend the morning. Some come along every week, others just come when they can. However short the time - every little helps!.
But it's not all work. There is also a social side. Around 10.30 am we all 'down tools' and retire to the hall for a cuppa (tea or coffee) and a biscuit, a sit down and a chat. There's no 'clock watching' - we simply return to our work 'as and when'!
If you find yourself free on a Wednesday morning - why not come along. Many hands make light work - so the more, the merrier! Everyone is made very welcome, and I'm sure you'd find something you could to do.
P. S. When we have a Working Party, and after Jumble Sales, we often have bags of rubbish which need taking to the dump. Rather than leave it to one person every time, we could do with a rota of people we can call on. If you have a car, and would be willing to take rubbish to Garth Road from time to time - especially if you could take it during the week - please have a word with Chris.
Income: - £5220.27
Expenditure: - £2948.23
Church Hall Fund: - £997.60
You will see there is a rather large amount of tax refund on this month's income. This was actually paid in January but too late for me to include in January's report. I am able to reclaim income tax on all giving from those now able to claim tax back from non -taxpayers! But there is a limit on this, and I claim it at a different time.
The money sent to the Children's Society was the amount in your Children's Society boxes, plus the money raised over the Christmas period by carol Singing and the Crib / Christingle service collection.
Jumble Sales are a good source of income. and we have another one coming up in a couple of weeks, which we hope will be well supported.
Mothering Sunday is our next festival, which we hope to celebrate in the usual way with flowers. We shalt then be preparing for Easter, and will welcome donations for lilies in memory of loved ones - who are remembered on the Paschal Candle - and also for flowers to decorate the church.
We have ordered a new Paschal Candle this year, which should arrive shortly, so this expense will be given in next month's report.
You will see Palm Crosses are on the expenditure. Our thanks to Jenny for trawling the internet then going up to London to get them rather than having them sent with the candle order from our usual supplier; which saved on the cost of the crosses and no charge for postage and packing.
My thanks to all for your constant support
Ann Wasielewska - Treasurer
Dates for your Diaries
Our next Jumble Sale will be on Saturday 10th March at 12 noon.
Lots of bargains to be had so don't miss out!!
As March is so busy, with a Jumble Sale one Saturday and Holy Week and Easter coming at the end, there will not be a parish walk in March. The next Parish Walk will be in April. The date and other details will be published in our April News.
Fr. David Chislett's Collation & Induction
Many of you will remember Fr. David Chislett, who took our services when Fr. Christopher was away in September (and more recently, one Tuesday evening in January). Fr. David is to licensed as Parish Priest of All Saints' Church, Benhilton, on Monday 19th March (S. Joseph's Day) at 7.30 pm
British Summer Time
British Summer Time begins on Sunday 25th March (Palm Sunday) : so put your clocks forward 1 hour on the Saturday night.
Bishop Jonathan's Chrism Mass
Bishop Jonathan's Chrism Mass is at 11.00 am on the Tuesday of Holy Week - 27th March, at St. Andrew's, Holborn.
St. Andrew's Church is in St. Andrew Street, by Holborn Circus - a short walk from City Thameslink Station, up St. Bride Street and Shoe Lane. (you can catch the Thameslink train from Haydons Road Station.) Alternatively, you could go by train to Waterloo, and catch a bus to Holborn Circus - either the 341, which goes up Fetter Lane and turns left into Holborn, or the 521.
The Church Working Party hope to give the Church it's annual 'Spring Clean' on the last two Wednesdays in Lent - 14th and 21st March. Many Hands make light work! So if you can spare an hour or so between 9 am and 12 noon on either or both of these days keep make a note of the dates in your
diary and come along - we will be pleased to see you.
HELPERS WILL BE WANTED from 9.30 am on Holy Saturday, 31st March, to clean and put everything back into Church after Good Friday. We will be looking for people to dust, polish, clean, etc
Walsingham Table-Top Sale
S. Saviours' Church Hall, Grand Drive SW20 9DL
Saturday 14th April 2018 - 10.00.a.m. - 1.00.p.m.
Tables £6.00 - phone 020 8540 2493
Lent at All Saints
Mondays - 12.30 pm (starting 19th February) Lent Lunch, in the Church Hall (Soup, cheese roll with pickle, & a piece of fruit - £1-50)
Tuesdays - 7.30 pm (starting 20th February) Stations of The Cross. 8.00.p.m. Said Mass. 8.30 - 9.00.p.m. Lent Study Group.
Thursdays - 11.00 a.m. - Said Mass.
Details of services for Holy Week and Easter will be published next month.
All Saints' Lent Appeal
This year we will be supporting the Bishop of Southwark's Lent Appeal and you can find all the details here
Please put your donations in the Lent Box which is on the table at the back of the church. It will be opened on the Sunday after Easter - 8th April. If you are a tax payer please take an envelope to use for the whole Lent, and fill in the form for the Diocese to claim back the tax paid on your Lent Call donations. (Envelopes should be put in the collection bag as the slot in the box is too small to take them .)
Holy Week & Easter 2018
Palm Sunday - 25th March Solemn Mass with Blessing and Procession of Palms 11.00.a.m.
Monday in Holy Week - Low Mass 7.30.p.m.
Tuesday in Holy Week - Stations of the Cross 7.30.p.m. Low Mass 8.00.p.m.
Wednesday in Holy Week - Low Mass 7.30.p.m.
Maundy Thursday - 29th March Solemn Mass of the Lord's Supper & Watch until Midnight 8.00.p.m.
Good Friday - 30th March Walk of Witness 10.30.a.m. Stations of the Cross 12 noon. Liturgy of the Day 1.00.p.m.
Holy Saturday - 31st March Easter Vigil, Lighting of the New Fire and 1st Mass of Easter 8.00.p.m.
Easter Day - April 1st Procession & Solemn Mass 11.00.a.m. Solemn Evensong & Benediction 6.30.p.m.
The Weekly Prayer List has become quite long. We don't want to remove anyone who is still in need of our prayers (either in special need or long term) but it may be that you asked for a name to go on the list, and have forgotten to let us know that they can now be taken off, or moved down from Special Need to Long Term. At present, we don't keep a record of who asks for a name to be added, so please have a look at the list over the next 4 weeks, and if you have up-to-date information about anyone on the list, please let Jenny know.
The revision of our Church Electoral Roll takes place from 25th February - 25th March, after which it will be closed until after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday 15th April.
You must be on the roll to stand for election - as a Sidesperson, or on the PCC - and only those on the Church Electoral Roll may vote at the APCM. But there are no 'strings'! If you are a regular worshipper, baptised, aged 16 and over, and are not already on the Church Electoral Roll, you can get a form from Pauline Brooking, our Electoral Roll Officer - who will also be pleased to answer any questions.
After the APCM, the number on our roll has to be sent to the Diocese, which gives them an indication of the strength of our church - so we hope that all those entitled to go on the roll will want to do so. (Those already on the roll do not need to fill in another form - but please let Pauline know if you have changed your address.)
In order to raise funds towards new chairs for the church, Jane and Rita are organising a monthly Social Evening for church members and their families and close friends. There is Pool, Table Tennis and Table Games (if you have any games you would like to play with friends - feel free to bring them) or you can just sit and chat over a drink. Come for just part of the evening if you prefer.
The charge is £2 a head (school children £1) which includes a cup of tea, coffee or squash, and a biscuit. Other items are on sale. You may bring a bottle - but you must take it away with you afterwards.
Light Lunches in the Hall on Mondays
Following the success of the Lent Lunches, the Monday Pensioners asked whether they could continue - but to raise funds for a specific Church project. So all profits will go towards getting new chairs for the church. Open to all - you don't have to be a member of the club to come along.
Mondays in All Saints' Church Hall - come for 12.30 / 12.45 pm
A mug of Soup, A Roll with Cheese and Pickle, and A piece of Fruit - all for £1 - 50.
Church Open on Friday Mornings
All Saints' Church is open on Friday mornings from 9.00 am - 12 noon.
Tables are set out at the back of the church and Tea and Coffee is available for those who want somewhere warm and dry to sit and chat. This is also an opportunity for people to come in and sit quietly or to light a candle - and there is a prayer board by Mary for any who would like someone with a special need remembered in our prayers.
A board outside Church lets people know the church is open - but we also rely on word of mouth, so please help us 'spread the word'. And if you are free one Friday - why not come along.
Fr. Christopher hopes to celebrate Mass followed by a Cell meeting on one Saturday every other month, starting at 12 noon
You do not have to be a member of The Society of Our Lady of Walsingham, (which makes you a member of the Cell) to come to the meetings, so it is hoped many members of the congregation - especially those who regularly come on Pilgrimage to Walsingham - will feel able to give it their support.
If anyone is interested in joining The Society of Our Lady of Walsingham, just let me know and I can give you a copy of the leaflet which tells you about it, and includes the application form. There is also some information about Walsingham on the round tables at the back of the church.
Jenny Hardy (Cell Secretary.)
WEEKEND PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM 2018
The 2018 Weekend Pilgrimage to Walsingham, which (all being well) will be led by Fr. Christopher, will take place from Friday 27th - Monday 30th July 2018.
At least 15 of those who went this year have said they would like to go again next year. If YOU would be interested in coming on the Pilgrimage, please let me know as soon as possible.
The names of those wanting to come will be put on the list on payment of an initial £10 deposit per person. It will be 'first come, first served', because once all the places have been taken, I will be unable to secure any more.
At this stage I don't know exactly how much the weekend will cost as Walsingham will send me their charges in December, and I will be 'shopping around' for coach prices rather than relying on the firm we have used for the past few years.
The cost will cover transport there and back and all meals from Friday supper to Monday breakfast - 8 meals in all.
July may seem a long way off, - but if you pay the £10 deposit to reserve a place, and put by just £5 a week between now and then, you should have saved enough to cover the cost when the time comes.
Jenny Hardy (Pilgrimage Organiser)
News From All Saints' School
This year, Ash Wednesday fell during the Half Term break so on the following Wednesday (21st February) Fr. Christopher came into school during the afternoon to lead an Ash Wednesday assembly in each building during which he 'ashed' those children who wanted to go up. Judging by the numbers seen leaving the school with a black ash cross on their foreheads, at the end of the day, he must have 'ashed' quite a few.
On Thursday 1st March it was World Book Day - we joined with schools across the country, dressing up as our favourite book characters. We had an assembly with guest speaker Alex Christofi which we all really enjoyed.
World Book Day also kickstarted a two week, whole school topic of poetry. We are all learning a Michael Rosen poem and will be performing them as a class in a few weeks time.
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