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.
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: - £1534.24
Expenditure: - £2642.36
Church Hall Fund: - £755
I am pleased to report that the collection for the Children's Society has, in total, raised £290.13 (including £108 - 09 raised by the choir carol-singing in the Sultan) and, by the time you read this a cheque for this amount will have been sent off.
The Jumble Sale held on 19th January was successful, raising £294 - 22 plus a £20 donation. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the running of this event and who helped to support it in any way. The event is always a valuable additional source of income.
Our quota for this year will remain at £17,000, the same as 2018. Our monthly payment will continue to be £ 1,416 - 67.
Sadly, I have to report that it has been another month where our expenses have exceeded our income. We have also had the annual service of the gas heaters recently. Unfortunately, one of the heaters also needed repairs, and therefore the total bill will likely be in the region of £1 ,500 - £1,600.
The next much-needed fund-raising event is another Jumble Sale to be held on March 9th. Please help support the event in any way you can.
Thank you for your continuino hard work and support.
Allison Scandrett - Treasurer
This year, the church electoral roll will be completely revised. No names will be carried forward from the present roll, so everyone will have to re-apply.
All those whose names are on the present roll will be sent a new form, in a named envelope, which can be collected from the back of the church from Sunday 10th February. Forms will also be available for other members of the congregation who may wish to apply. If you see a letter for someone not at church, and would be able to deliver it for us, we would be grateful.
All regular worshippers who have been baptised and are aged 16 and over are encouraged to fill in a form. (Anyone who will become 16 during the next 12 months may also complete a form, and their name will be added to the roll on their sixteenth birthday.)
When you have filled in your form, please leave it in the box labelled "Church Electoral Roll" - which will be on a table at the back of the
Please fill in your form as soon as possible. All forms must be returned to church by Saturday 23rd March at the very latest.
You must be on the roll to stand for election - as a Churchwarden, a Sidesperson or on the PCC - and only those on the Church Electoral Roll may vote at the APCM .. But there are no 'strings'!
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. If you have any questions, please have a word with Fr. Christopher, or with any of the Church Officers.
Dates for your Diaries
Teddy Bear Church
On the Second Sunday of each month at 10.00 am there will be a short, 30 minute service for the Under 6's. The service will be a mix of stories, prayers, songs and dance. The service themes will not necessarily be the same as the Mass of the Day, but will explore aspects of a Christian life - love, witness, forgiveness, Bible Stories, etc. ....
Everybody is welcome to join us - you do not have to be under 6, and you do not have to bring a Teddy Bear - you just need to be full of joy, and young at heart.
The next service will be on Sunday 10th February
(If you know any families with young children please tell them about the service and encourage them to come.)
For one reason and another, it was not possible to organise a Parish walk in January, and Saturdays in February are not much better. So, as the November Walk had to be cancelled due to the bad weather, there has not been a Parish Walk since October. But, for those who enjoy them - watch this space (or look in the weekly sheets.) Roger's walks will hopefully return in March. (Probably on a Saturday early in the month - weather permitting!!)
The walks are always enjoyed by those who go. An opportunity for some exercise in the fresh air with a friendly group. If you have never been on one, why not resolve to come and join us in 2019
Jumble Sale - Saturday 9th March
Our next Jumble Sale is on Saturday 9th March at 12.00.noon. Please advertise this event as widely as possible and, if you are able to help, please sign the list at the back of the church
Walsingham Table Top Sale
Saturday 23rd February
This will take place in S. Saviour's Church Hall, Grand Drive, Raynes Park. 10.00.a.m. - 12.30.p.m. Tables £6.00 (to book phone 020 8540 2493)
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.
It would be good to see more support from church members in 2019.Perhaps you could make a resolution to drop in - for lunch on a Monday or, more importantly, for coffee on a Friday - at least once a month.
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
WEEKEND PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM - FRIDAY 2nd - MONDAY 5th AUGUST 2019
The 2019 weekend pilgrimage to Walsingham, led by Fr. Christopher, will take place from Friday 2nd - Monday 5th August 2019. We don't yet know how much the weekend will cost - Walsingham will send us their charges for accommodation towards the end of the year, and to this has to be added the cost of transport - but I hope to make it not more than £250 - 00 per adult (less for children.) (This covers transport there and back, and all meals from Friday supper to Monday breakfast: 8 meals in all) In a lump sum, this may seem a lot to find, but if you put by £5 a week between now and the end of July, you will have saved almost enough to cover it.
It may seem a long way ahead, but (as with any other holiday) it has to be booked well in advance, and I have already had to pay an initial deposit of £300 to secure places on the weekend we want. So I am already asking for names and a £10 deposit per person from those who would like to go. I am happy to receive the rest of the money at any time - in installments, or a lump sum. (I keep careful records!)
We have reserved 30 places, so there should be room for all who would like to go - but if you are interested in going, please don't leave it too long before expressing an interest. It will be 'first come first served' - and when the 30 places are filled, I will be unable to get any more.
If you would like to find out what the Pilgrimage entails, have a word with Fr. Christopher, or with one of those who have been on Pilgrimage before. If you have never been to Walsingham, why not think about going next year?
If you would like your name added to the list, please have a word with me as soon as possible.
Jenny Hardy (Cell Secretary I Pilgrimage Organiser)
News From All Saints' School
All Saints' Parent, Teacher, Friend Association.
All parents and guardians with a child at the school arewelcome to get involved with PTFA (All Saints' parent,Teacher, Friend association.) PTFA's aim is to raise additional funds to provide facilities and equipment not normally covered by the school budget, to enhance the learning and happiness of the children at All Saints' C of E Primary School. They do this through organising different fundraising events and activities throughout the school year. These include running a 'Christmas Shop' (each class has an allotted time when the children can select and buy inexpensive gifts for members of their family) in December, and in June, the School Summmer Fair.
On 19th January, the PFTA held a 'Silly Wig and Silly Hairstyle Day' to raise money for Macmillan Cancer. For a £1 donation the children were invited to create a silly hairstyle to wear to school and enter into the Silly Hairstyle competition, which was judged by professional stylists.
Reception Class News.
We have already had an action packed start to the Spring Term with the children excited and enthusiastic about our topic 'Amazing Adventures'. We were visited by Tony the T-Rex, who caused quite a commotion in Columba class, and we have been learning to move like dinosaurs in our PE lessons. Next we were transported to Africa with the story 'Handa's Surprise' and we got to taste some yummy fruit from around the world.
We have also sailed the seven seas with Pirates, and visited space with Baby Bear!!
Our final adventures will be under the sea and Super Heroes, which I am sure will be very popular with the children. We also had much fun on Crazy Hair day. So thank you to everyone that took part and helped to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Charity
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