The latest news from the parish
The finances of the church continue to be of some concern but we have been able to continue covering our general expenses and one further quota payment of £1,416.67 was made in August against our pledge for the calendar year 2020, this being the third installment we have made for the current year (i.e. March’s installment). Six installments, however, remain outstanding as at the end of September.
A payment of £5,666.68 was also made to the Diocese in September against our parish pledge for the previous year – the calendar year 2019. The amount due for that year has now been settled in full.
As previously reported, hall lettings income ceased at the time the church closed in March. The hall lettings income reported opposite therefore relates to a prior period. However, Jenny has been working hard to reinstate lettings where the guidance permits and they have recently resumed, albeit on a smaller scale. The additional income is very welcome. Thank you, Jenny, for the work you are doing.
Planning was recently approved for the proposed new notice boards and a deposit of £2,400 has been paid to Gatton Joinery Ltd out of the legacy held in the reserve fund for this purpose.
The sponsored walk completed on the August Bank Holiday Monday has raised £650 to date (2019 – £1,155). Thank you so much to everyone who supported the walk in any way and helped to raise this money.
Please stay safe and well and thank you for all you do and all your ongoing support.
Allison Scandrett – Treasurer.
Dates for your Diary
Sunday 11th Ocotber
‘Teddy Bear Church’
Our ‘Teddy Bear Church’ will meet again on Sunday 11th October beginning at 10.00.a.m.
Because of the Covid restrictions it will be a little different than before, but we do hope that many of you with young children will want to come along.
For further information please contact Roger Stanley.
Our Quiz Nite scheduled for Saturday 24th October has regrettably had to be cancelled.
Our Harvest festival will be on Sunday 4th October. We will not be able to have our Harvest Meal this year, but you are invited to bring a Harvest Gift (non-perishable food or a monetary donation) which will be donated to a Wimbledon Foodbank.
This Year’s A.P.C.M.
Our APCM – this was scheduled to take place on 26th April 2020.
Following the closure of all church buildings, Bishop Christopher signed an instrument extending the time limit for the election of churchwardens and holding the APCM. He has extended the time to elect churchwardens and for the APCM to be held (and the business transacted there, including the elections to the PCC and Deanery Synod) to 31st October 2020.
The rescheduled date for our APCM is now Sunday 25th October. Papers for the meeting will be available in advance.
Daily Hope — a free national phone line.
When church buildings were closed for services, some clergy decide to stream their services on Facebook for members of the congregation – but to view them requires access to the internet, and many elderly members of the congregation do not have internet access.
So shortly after Easter, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Archbishop Justin Welby answers your call with a short message followed by a choice of options:
Press 1 to listen to hymns we love with a series of short talks based on the well loved hymn.
Press 2 to listen to a different daily hymn.
Press 3 for the Prayers which are specific for the Coronavirus pandemic.
Press 4 to hear options 5 to 7:
Press 5 to hear a Church of England weekly Service.
Press 6 to join in with traditional Morning and Evening Prayers.
Press 7 to hear the latest Government advice on the Coronavirus pandemic.
Press 0 to hear the first menu.
Weekend Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 2021
Friday 23rd – Monday 26th JULY 2021.
The 2020 weekend pilgrimage to Walsingham, led by Fr. Christopher, which had to be postponed because of the pandemic will, all being well, now take place from Friday 23rd – Monday 26th July 2021.
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, (we hope they wont have to increase their prices too much as a result of being closed), and to this has to be added the cost of transport – but I hope to make it not more than £260 – 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 had to be booked well in advance, and I have paid an initial deposit of £300 to secure the places on the weekend we wanted.
I hope all who had booked for 2020 will still be able to come, and any money you paid will be carried over to 2021 in full. but there are still several spaces, so I am asking for names and a £10 deposit per person from anyone else 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!)
There should be room for all who would like to go as I increased our numbers from 25 to 30 when the pilgrimage was postponed – 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?
Jenny Hardy (Cell Secretary / Pilgrimage Organiser)
Discover more about Walsingham, by visiting their website: http://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk
The Latest News from our School
“Growing Stronger Together in God’s Love.”
News from All Saints’ School.
If you have walked past the school recently, you may have already noticed their new new logo and signage! The changes reflect the updates in the school’s mission statement and vision and have been made after consulting with all stakeholders, including parents, staff and children.
The main logo represents Jesus’ cross and the many hands of the diverse and unique school family, and each of the smaller logos have been suggested and selected based on the schools values and what is important to them.
The new All Saints’ emojis, listed as shown, from left to right, represent these values —Learning, Love, Peace, Friendship, Attainment, Environment, Safety and Church.
Every class has this poster in their Prayer Corner, and a larger one is displayed in the hall on both sites.
All Saints’ welcomes children . . . .
.… and caters for them as follows:
- Teddy Bear Service – 2nd Sunday of each month at 10 am
A short service for the under 6’s and their families.
Older children who come are encouraged to take part by reading the prayers. Everyone welcome!
- Junior Church – held during the 11 am Sunday Service.
Mainly for children of Primary School age. The children go into the hall after the opening prayers, for a programme of music, activities and prayer based on Bible Stories.
They come back into Church in time for Communion.
- Older children who come regularly will be encouraged to consider training as Servers, or to join the Choir.
Also … .
- Throughout the year, we support our Church School. We welcome them into church for school services. Apart from the end of each term, they have a service in church on All Saints’ Day and for other special occasions.
Each month, the ‘Parish News’ includes a write-up, often with photographs, produced by a different class each time. In addition, Art Work from the children is displayed in church for special occasions throughout the year.
If you would be interested in helping with any of our children’s activities, or have any suggestions to make about our work with children, please have a word with Roger.