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Church Flowers

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.

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 10th 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. (As Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, it will be Advent 4 in the morning - so the arranging will have to be done in the hall on Saturday 23rd, and moved into church on Sunday afternoon. )

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.

November Finances

Income: - £2897.33

Expenditure: - £3131.59

There have been no large monetary transactions this month, so it is easier to see that we are fairly stable at present.  The organist is paid up to date and when I have paid this month's quota we will only be one month in arrears.

The hall roof is a constant concern, but with Mr. Hornegold's repairs we seem to be watertight for the present.

I know everyone is working very hard to make our Christmas Fair a success. It is hard work but very rewarding when we all pull together for a common cause. Let us hope we will have had a successful day when you read this.

Once the Fair is over, we will be working towards Christmas. (Where has this year gone?) We hope to have our usual floral displays, so any donations towards the flowers will be very welcome as money for church flowers is never taken from general church funds, and at present our flower fund is almost empty.

My thanks to all for your constant support

Ann Wasielewska - Treasurer


For all those on the Freewill Offering Scheme, your set of envelopes for 2018 will be out on a table at the back of the church from next Sunday (10th December.) Please remember to take them.

Ann has 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 her as soon as possible

Thank you to those who brought back their All Saints Boxes last month. If anyone has an All Saints Box that has not yet been emptied, please bring  it back to church as soon as possible so the money can be included in our  2017 accounts.

If you have a Children's Society Box, please bring it back to church before Christmas so it can be emptied, and the money sent off with our  Carol Singing collections.  If anyone else would like a box, please have a word with Ann.

Dates for your Diaries

Parish Walk - Saturday 16th December

We will, as far as possible, be following the River Wandle from Colliers Wood to it's meeting with the River Thames.

We will pass through Wandle Park, Wandle Meadows, Garret Park, Earlsfield, King George's Park and Wandsworth to the banks of the Thames.

We will meet at 10 am by the bridge outside of Sainsburys and return by bus from Wandsworth to Tooting Broadway. The walk is 4 miles, and should take about 3 hours. The route is flat, there are places to buy refreshments and it is well served by public transport if you do not wish to walk the whole distance.

If you have any questions, speak to Roger.


All being well, we will again be going carol singing on two evenings in the week before Christmas - Thursday 14th and Monday 18th December.

On both evenings, we will be leaving from the church hall at 6.30 pm prompt, and returning there for hot soup afterwards. (This year, we will not be singing after about 7.45 pm - so if you are unable to get to the hall by 6.30 pm, you can always join us 'en  route'.

This annual event is important for two reasons:

⦁    It provides an opportunity for us to be seen about the parish - and many people who don't come to church tell us that they enjoy our carol singing, and look forward to it. So it could be seen as an area of 'outreach' / mission action.
⦁    It is an opportunity to do something for others, as we collect for The Children's Society. (Most events involve fund raising for ourselves).

Each evening, we need singers (not only the choir) so that the carols can be heard in the houses we pass and people will be encouraged to come to the door, and to give generously. We also need collectors - ideally about 6, for the more collectors we have, the faster we can go, and the more of the parish we can cover in an evening.  Nearer the time, we will put out a list for singers and collectors to sign. We hope that you will feel able to give the carol singing your support this year. (It is 'open to all' - so please feel free to bring your friends, especially if they are willing to knock on doors with a collecting tin!)


Sunday 17th December  - Candlelit Carol Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies - 6.30.p.m.

Sunday 24th December -  11.00.a.m. Solemn Mass.   5.00.p.m. Crib & Christingle Service. 11.45.p.m. Midnight Mass

Monday 25th December -  11.00.a.m. Mass with Carols.

Sunday 31st December     11.00.a.m. Solemn Mass - The Holy Family

Monday 1st January          12 noon Low Mass (Mary, Mother of God)

Sunday 7th January          11.00.a.m. Solemn Mass - The Epiphany of the Lord

Theft at the Vicarage!!

You will remember last month that I said I would be sharing with you some articles from the All Saints' Parish Paper. In September 1908 the Vicarage suffered a break-in and the Vicar wrote as follows:

"If this should meet the eye of any of the gentlemen of the burglar persuasion who broke into the Vicarage house the other night, may I say how much I appreciated the good taste which they displayed in searching for, and forcing open, the box where I keep my notes of sermons. I have always myself felt sure that there was great value in those sermons, but hitherto I have not as a rule found this view shared by others. Now I know that I was right all the time; for why should they have been sought after so carefully unless there was value in them? I cannot honestly say to these gentlemen that I am sorry they should have found the house to contain so little else that was worth their taking away. They must have been disappointed; but perhaps, if they will kindly mention the fact to other gentlemen of their persuasion, it might save future trouble on both sides. In the meantime, their evident appreciation of one's sermons is highly gratifying, and one's congregation might well take note of it. The sermons were not taken away - which I suppose was due to some sudden hurry: afterwards, no doubt, the oversight was bitterly regretted."

The Vicar - who wrote the majority of the magazine content himself - clearly sometimes found it a chore as he had this to say, also in September 1908:

"I wish I did not do all the talking in this Parish Paper. A letter from someone now and then would be a great relief. Or an extract from some book or paper that one of you might have been reading. Or an account of some interesting meeting that you may have gone to. Or a request for information (if it is not too much of a stumper). Or a grumble of some kind. Or indeed anything that would make a bit of a variation. You will say that I evidently had not a great deal to write on my own account this month. You are quite right. I hadn't. But I have directed you to what is infinitely better - what the Bishops have said. And now I am a bit tired of you, and am off to bed. Goodnight"

Chris M.

Morden Park Choral Society

53rd Annual Carol Service

S. John the Divine Church, High Path, Merton, SW19 2JY

Saturday 9th December at 6.00.p.m. - Conductor - David Coram. Organ & Piano - David Gammie

Adults £5.00  Senior Citizens & Children Free


Social Evenings

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.

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 2017 will be on Monday 18th December. The lunches, followed by the 'Over 50's Club' will re-commence on Monday 8th January 2018.

Next year, all money raised from the lunches (which cost £1.50 for a cup of soup, cheese roll and a piece of fruit) will go towards a new church hall.

Friday Morning Open Church will be closing for one week over Christmas. It will be open as usual on Friday 22nd December and on Friday 5th January 2018 - 9 am to 12 noon - but closed on Friday 29th December 2017.

It would be good to see more support from church members in 2018. Perhaps you could make a resolution to drop in - for lunch on a Monday or coffee on a Friday - at least once a month.

   Walsingham News

Now that Fr. Christopher has been licensed as our Parish Priest, it is hoped that we will resume the meetings of our Walsingham Cell at All  Saints' on a regular basis.

As Fr. Christopher is a Priest Associate of Walsingham, he will be taking over from Fr. Michael as our Cell Superior.  Fr. Christopher hopes to celebrate Mass followed by a Cell meeting on  one Saturday every other month, starting at 12 noon.  The first of these will be on The Annunciation of The Lord, which is on  Saturday 25th March.

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.)


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

On the week of the 13th November Year 5 went on their residential trip to the PGL centre in Liddington, near Swindon. They had an action packed week. The activities included Zip wire, (which was a huge favourite), archery, a challenge course, aeroball, giant swing ( which was another huge favourite) and quad biking (also popular), to name a few. All of the children that went had a fabulous time trying activities that they would not usually have a chance to try. They were all utterly exhausted, but happy when we returned on Friday afternoon to parents that had missed them a lot.

Here are a few quotes from the children.

Donny Li: The thing I liked most about PGL was the Zip wire, it was very high and good fun. Miss Reed also did this and screamed all the way down! I loved the food especially dinner, as there was puddinq. The breakfast was awesome too. I also enjoyed the tunnel crawling as people kept getting lost.

Maryam : I loved PGL it was the best trip ever! I enjoyed the giant swing best and I had an awesome, epic crash on the Quad bikes. All activities were cool. I'd like to thank all the teachers that gave us this opportunity. I liked that my room-mates were my best friends. We had an epic time. I wish I could go again.

By the time you read this, the end of term will be fast approaching. The whole school will be busy working towards Christmas. Rehearsals for the Nativity Plays and Carol Service will be in full swing. The school Toy Service will be held on Tuesday 5th December, and the following day the children will have their Christmas Dinner. After this come the Christmas performances.

Early Years Nativity - : Thursday 14th @ 9.30 am and Friday 15th @ 9.30 pm Hanover Road

KS 1 Nativity:  Wednesday 13th @ 9.30 am  and Thursday 14th @ 2.00 pm Hanover Road

KS2: Carol Service: Friday 8th @ 10.00 am  in Church

The term is rounded off with Christmas parties on Tuesday 19th 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 Wednesday 20th December at 9.30 am, and the school breaks up at 2.00 pm on that day.

It re-opens after the Christmas break on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

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