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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.

All Saints' Tide Flowers

As usual, we hope to decorate the church for our Patronal Festival - but as flowers are never bought from Church Funds, we would be grateful for donations towards the cost. These should be given to Ann or Jenny. As the flowers have to be bought in advance, we need to know how much we have to spend by Sunday 21st October.
Also, if you are able to help by doing an arrangement, please let Jenny know. They will hopefully be done on Wednesday, 31st October - preferably in the morning, although It should be possible for the church to be opened up later in the day if necessary.

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.

September Finances

Income: - £2060.00

Expenditure: - £3226.40

Church Hall Fund: - £2201.40

September heralds a return to our normal activities, with the children returning to school and the church looking again to fund-raising to bolster both the "General Fund" and the "Church Hall Fund".

This year the August Bank Holiday sponsored walk was undertaken to raise funds for rebuilding the church hall. My thanks to everyone that took part or helped support this event by sponsoring someone walking. A grand total of £1,453 - 00 was raised.

The Hall Fund also benefited from the proceeds of the Harvest lunch, which raised a further £198 - 65. At the Harvest service you also donated £100 for our nominated charity, Water Aid. Thank you everyone for your generosity. Gift Aid will be added to this payment to the charity and the tax will be recovered in our next claim.

Despite the worry that we might not have enough bodies to help, our Jumble Sale went ahead on 22nd September and was, once again, successful. Thank you to all who turned up and helped in any way on the day. We raised, with a £25 donation, the total sum of £298 - 46.

Thank you all for your ongoing support.

Allison Scandrett - Treasurer.

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 11th October

(If you know any families with young children please tell them about the service and encourage them to come.)

Jumble Sale - Saturday 20th October

Our next Jumble Sale will be on Saturday 20th October, and will be open from 12 noon - 2.00 pm. ('Early Birds'  can come in for £ I from 11.30 am - 12 noon.)

Posters will be available from Sunday 7th October.

All Saints' Quiz Nite - Saturday 27th October

Doors open at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start.

Every year, as part of our Patronal Festival Celebrations, we hold an inter-church quiz. Hopefully the questions are not too difficult, often amusing, and certainly wide-ranging, so it promises to be an entertaining and enjoyable evening.

Invitations are being sent to a number of churches who usually take part, and to the school, and we usually field at least two teams from All Saints' Church. The evening includes a choice of Fish' n Chips (£8.50 each), Sausage and Chips (£7.50 each), or just Chips (£4.50 each). There is also a reduced price ticket (£3.00 each) for those who do not require any food. People are asked to bring their own drinks, glasses and eating utensils if required.

As we have to order the food in advance, (and pay for it) we must know how many are coming, and have their payment for food, by Friday 19th October.  At this stage please note the date in your diary if you are interested.  From the end of September, there will be a list on the board at the  back of the church for people from All Saints' to 'sign up', and indicate their choice of food.

All Saints' Day 2018

Thursday 1st November 2018  is, of course, All Saints' Day - our Patronal Festival.

We will celebrate it with Solemn Mass at which the preacher will be: The Very Revd. Dr. John Hall - Dean of Westminster

The service will be followed by refreshments in the church hall.

Father John was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of All Saints' on All Saints' Day 1978 so this year marks the 40th anniversary of that occasion. Before coming to All Saints' he had been a Curate at S. John the Divine, Kennington - so All Saints was his first parish. He moved on from All Saints' in 1982, a year after the opening of the (then new) All Saints' School in East Road by Princess Margaret.

He has kindly agreed to come and preach at our Patronal Festival this year - so we are hoping to fill the church.

Please make a note of the date in your diary and keep it free - and help us by 'spreading the word', especially to friends and neighbours who would have known him. It may seem we are advertising this a long time ahead - but we wanted to give you plenty of notice, as weknow how many peoples diaries get filled up these days.

Our Patronal Festival is also our traditional Gift Day - which will hopefully boost Church Funds. Also, if you have an All Saints' Box at home, please bring it to church to be emptied.

(Children's Society boxes should be brought back to church in December, as that money is usually sent off in January.)

All Souls - Friday 2nd November

Solemn Mass - 7.30.p.m.

(The slips for names of the departed to be remembered at this Mass will be given out in church towards the end of October.)

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.

   Walsingham News

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.)



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

The school celebrated Harvest with an assembly in school on the last Friday of September. The children learnt about Harvest Festival during the week, and every class did art. Year 2 have been studying 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl. At the end of this topic, they celebrated by dressing up as their favourite Roald Dahl character. They also invited their parents and carers to come into school so they could show them the wonderful stories they had written. Their end goal was to re create the famous story 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by including their own ideas and following the skills they had been learning throughout English since the start of Year 2.

The children had a lot of fun dressing up and also showing off their fabulous pieces of writing!

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