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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.

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.

January Finances

Income: - £3621.84

Expenditure: - £ 3773.50

Church Hall Fund: - £235

My first thanks this month must go to the generous member of our congregation who gave us a donation of £2,000 for general funds. This has enabled me to pay for the gas heater service and the first quota of the year. Without this of course our expenditure would be in excess this month.

We have managed to get a substantial reduction to our quota for this year from £23,000 - 00 to £17,000 - 00 which means our monthly payment will be £1,416 - 67 per month instead of £1,933 - 40. I have paid the first installment for this year, and all payments for 2017 have been paid. However, the diocese only agreed this reduction to our quota as we made a case for putting the money raised from hall lettings into a fund for re-building our church hall rather than using it to cover our monthly expenses.

As you know, our present hall has an uncertain future - and although we may be able to apply for grants towards the re-building costs, these days they cannot be applied for until we can show we have raised a significant sum ourselves. So hopefully we will be able to put most of the hall lettings money aside this year - and no doubt there will also be one or two special events to raise funds for this. Any ideas gratefully received - just have a word with one of the Wardens.

We had another very successful jumble sale this month, so many thanks to all who helped in any way.

My thanks to all for your constant support

Ann Wasielewska - Treasurer

Dates for your Diaries

Parish Walk - Saturday 24th February

We will, as far as possible, be following the River Wandle from Colliers Wood to its 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 10.00 am by the bridge outside 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.

The Parish Walks are open to all - not just members of All Saints. (Walkers can just turn up on the day - but if you hope to be walking, it would be an idea to let Roger know beforehand, especially if you will be travelling to the meeting point by public transport.)

Ash Wednesday - 14th February

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a day of fasting when we consider our lives and reflect upon our sins and God's love for us in forgiving them through the death and resurrection of His Son. This year, Ash Wednesday is on Wednesday 14th February.

At Mass on Ash Wednesday our foreheads are marked with ash as a sign of our penitence. The ash is made from the palms blessed and distributed the previous Palm Sunday. This serves to remind us that as we journey through Lent we journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and Calvary.

At All Saints' we collect last years Palm Crosses which are brought back by members of the congregation during the two weeks before Ash Wednesday so that these can be burnt ready for the Imposition. So this year, please bring them by Sunday 11th February.

Table Top Sale - Saturday 17th February

There will be a 'Table-Top-Sale' in S. Saviour's Church Hall, Grand Drive, SW20 9 DL on Saturday 17th February in aid of transport costs for our Walsingham Pilgrimage.

Opening times are 10.00.a.m. - 12.30.p.m. and admission is 30p (£1.00 before 10.00)

Tables cost £6.00 and can be booked through Jenny or by phoning Margaret on 020 8540 2493

Lent at All Saints

Ash Wednesday 14th February - Litany, Impositition of Ashes & Solemn Mass - 8.00 pm

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 .)

Electoral Roll

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.)

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.

   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 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

It's been a busy month at school with lots of exciting things taking place. Last week Year 1 took their first trip out of school to visit the Golden Hinde Ship in London. They started their day by walking to the tube station and catching a tube to London Bridge. From here they travelled to the Golden Hinde; a full size replica of the ship that Sir Francis Drake completed the second-ever circumnavigation of the world between 1577 - 1580 on.

The children went on board and met Captain Sir Francis Drake who showed them around his ship.

The children were eager to know what the 'poop deck' really is.... It actually means the highest deck of a ship, not quite what they all had thought!

They enjoyed seeing a cannon called a minion; different to the minions that they are used to! After learning lots about boat life and the ship, the classes enjoyed a relaxing lunch beside the ship!

For those who are accustomed to collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers for the school at this time of year - they have informed us that they will not be running the scheme this year.

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