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.
Christmas Flowers: - If you would like to contribute towards the cost of flowers to decorate our church for Christmas, please give your donation to Ann W. - by Sunday 9th December at the very latest, as the flowers have to be ordered well in advance and we can only spend the money we collect. (If you pay tax, please put the money in an envelope, together with your name, so we can claim back the tax paid on your donation.) If you are willing to help arrange the Christmas flowers, please have a word with Ann as soon as possible, and let her know what time you will be available. (The flowers will be arranged on Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) from about 10.00 am - we don't need an early start now the Crib Service is at 5.00 pm.)
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: - £1732.47
Expenditure: - £2673.13
Church Hall Fund: - £75.50
November has been another busy month. It started with a very special celebration - our patronal festival - with Fr John Hall, the Dean of Westminster being welcomed by a large congregation. It was a lovely evening, followed by refreshments afterwards in the hall. The flower arrangements in the church for the occasion were beautiful and I would like to thank all who contributed towards the buying and the arranging of the flowers in any way. Likewise, a big thank you to all who helped organise and provide refreshments for our visitors or, indeed, contributed in any other way towards making the night such a big success. Great teamwork !!
Thank you, also, for your contributions to gift day which raised a final total of £292 - 43.
Our Christmas Fair is on the immediate horizon and I know you will all do whatever you can to support the event in any way and make it successful, as in previous years. As you can see from the accounts, our expenditure has exceeded our income again this month and a boost to our income would be very much welcomed.
My thanks once again for all that you do and all your hard work.
Allison Scandrett - Treasurer.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES.
For all those on the Freewill Offering Scheme, your set of envelopes for 2019 will be put out on a table at the back of the church on Sunday 9th December. Please remember to take yours. I have a few spare sets, so if anyone else would like to start using envelopes, or would like to know more about the Freewill Offering Scheme, they should have a word with me as soon as possible.
Ann Wasielewska - Freewill Offering Recorder.
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 9th December
(If you know any families with young children please tell them about the service and encourage them to come.)
In the past, we have gone Carol singing around the parish on a couple of evenings before Christmas to collect money for the Children's Society. But over the years, as our congregation gets older, it has become more and more difficult to find enough people to collect. So there will be no Carol singing around the parish this year, although the choir will continue to sing in the Sultan before Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
As some members of the congregation like to support the work of the Children's Society at this time, there will be a collecting box on the table at the back of the church during Advent.
One or two people still have a Children's Society box at home. If you do, please bring it to church to be emptied so we can send them the lump sum early in the new year as usual.
All Saints' Christmas Meal
Sunday 16th December - sit down at 1.00.p.m.
A choice of: - Roast Turkey, Roast Beef or Vegetarian with Roast Potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Christmas Pudding or Profiteroles with custard or cream.
Bring your own drinks.
Cost £6.00 to be paid in advance to Rita or Elizabeth. Please write your name on the list at the back of the church to book.
Sunday 23rd December - Advent 4
Solemn Mass 11.00.a.m. Carol Service by Candlelight 6.30.p.m. Followed by Mulled Wine & Mince Pies in the Church Hall.
Monday 24th December
Crib & Christingle Service 5.00.p.m. Midnight Mass 11.45.p.m.
Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day
Solemn Mass 11.00.a.m.
Sunday 30th December
The Holy Family - Solemn Mass 11.00.a.m.
Tuesday 1st January
Mary, Mother of God - Low Mass 12 noon.
Sunday 6th January - The Epiphany of the Lord
Solemn Mass 11.00.a.m.
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.
There will be no Monday Lunches and Friday Open Church over the Christmas period.
The last Monday Lunch and meeting of the 'Over 50's Club' of 2018 will be on Monday 17th December. The lunches, followed by the 'Over 50's Club' will re-commence on Monday 7th January 2019.
Friday Morning Open Church will be closing for one week over Christmas. It will be open as usual on Friday 21st December and on Friday 4th January 2019 - 9 am to 12 noon - but closed on Friday 29th December 2018.
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
When the children came into church on Thursday 1st November for their All Saints' Day assembly, they were each wearing a PE top of their house colour - red, blue, green or yellow. The school is divided into four houses - St. George, St. Joseph, St. Teresa and St Cecilia - and the newly-appointed House Captains had discovered some information about their house saint which they read out during the service.
The following week, on Friday 9th November, the children came to church again, for their Remembrance Day Service. This time, they were all looking very smart in their school uniform and wearing a poppy. During that week, the children had learnt about Remembrance and why they wear a poppy. It is a symbol of Remembrance and hope, and to remember and honour the fallen solders and those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. The children all created artwork to show what they had learnt. This was put up in church before the service, and left up for a week for all to enjoy.
In November, children from All Saints' took part in a couple of sports activities.
On 1st November, a group braved the wind and the rain and spent the day at Riccards Lodge High School, representing All Saints' at the Years 5 & 6 Netball Tournament. Everyone participated with such enthusiasm and they put their netball skills on show! All Saints' won a few of their games and even went into shoot outs for their final game (which they won!). The staff who went said it was a fantastic day, with the children behaving incredibly well. A member of All Saints', Jedaiah in Year 5 received the individiual Refspect award on the day This award is given to one child who has demonstrated superb sportsmanship throughout the day and is nominated by children and teachers from other schools! Well done to the whole team - especially to Jedaiah!!
Football tournaments are always popular, and all the Year 5 and 6 girls were so enthusiastic that it was incredibly tough to choose only 17 girls to represent All Saints school at the Girls Football Tournament on November 11th! The girls did a wonderful job winning two games on the day, and kept on smiling from ear to ear (as well as getting ridiculously muddy').
The girls were all so respectful that All Saints received the Refspect award above all the other schools that took part. All Saints is incredibly proud of them.
By the time you read this, the end of term will be fast approaching. The whole school will be busy working towards Christmas, and rehearsals for the Nativity Plays and Carol Service will be in full swing. The Toy Services will be held in school on Tuesday 4th December and the following day the children will have their Christmas Dinner.
After this come the Christmas performances:
Early Years Nativity - : Tuesday 18th @ 9.30 am and Wednesday 19th @ 9.30 pm Hanover Road
KS1 Nativity: Wednesday 12th @ 9.30 am and Thursday 13th @ 2.30 pm Hanover Road
KS2: Carol Service: Friday 7th @ 10.00 am in Church
The term is rounded off with Christmas parties on Thursday 20th December, in the afternoon, and finally the whole school comes into church for an end of term service, to which all parents are invited. This will be on Friday 21st December at 1.00 pm, after which the school breaks up for the Christmas holidays .
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