The latest news from the parish
Treasurer’s report for June & July
By the time you read this, I may have seen some of you at private prayer on Sunday morning. It is certainly a step in the right direction, albeit a very small one, to see the reopening of the church premises and we can now look forward to services resuming when this is deemed safe.
We have been able to continue covering our standing order/direct debit payments for insurance, utilities and telephone. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, hall lettings and all sources of income, apart from giving, have completely dried up following the church closure in March. In the circumstances it has been necessary for individual church members to pay some of the church bills thereby avoiding the general bank account becoming overdrawn. The church members concerned can be reimbursed when church income improves.
The Parish Share remains unpaid and we are now four months in arrears for this year (we normally pay £1,1416.67 per month).
As you are aware, our fund-raising campaign for this year will be limited because of the restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Our expenditure is expected to be far in excess of our income. However, I am pleased to say that the sponsored walk will be going ahead as planned on August Bank Holiday Monday – on a “socially-distanced” basis. It is, of course, an outdoor activity and, therefore, low risk. Can you please support the sponsored walk in any way you are able – by participation, advertising and/or sponsoring – so that we can raise as much money as possible. Thank you in anticipation of your support.
I must also apologise to anyone who tried but couldn’t contact me on the telephone number I gave out in the last newsletter (repeated below). Unfortunately, a fault occurred on the line the same day the newsletter went out. It took the engineers 4 days to resolve the problem !!.
Members of the congregation can make donations to the general fund either by cheque or by on-line banking. Please contact me for the bank sort code and bank account number, if you wish to make a donation on-line. Cheques can be posted to the church. My telephone number is given below.
Please stay safe, well and hopefully we will all see each other soon.
Allison Scandrett – Treasurer.
Tel No: 020 8241 7330
Dates for your Diary
We hope to hold a sponsored walk this year depending on the situation at the end of August. It will be a local walk of about five miles starting and finishing at the church. We may have to walk keeping a safe distance apart.
The walk will take in Wandle Park, River and Meadows Nature Reserve, Garfield Rec and on then to Wimbledon Park, the lake and woods. Returning to the church via Haydons Road Rec. We will have a lunch break in Wimbledon Park. There are toilets at the church and maybe in Wimbledon Park. The paths are firm and there will be some walking on pavements. There are shops along the route.
The walk will take place on Bank holiday Monday 31st August. We will meet at 10.30 am and finish about 2 pm.
We have had to cancel many of our fund raising events this year and much of the collections in church are on hold, so this will be an important source of money to top up our funds.
As many of you are not be coming to the church at present, we have enclosed a Sponsor Form and hope that you will feel able to give this event your full support.
More details will be available nearer the time, or you can speak to Roger. In any case, please let him know if you are hoping to do the walk so he can check you have receive them.
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.
A rescheduled date for our APCM will be arranged once church buildings are reopened, and every thing is back to normal.
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 – 2020 (Now Cancelled)
The Latest News from our School
“Growing Stronger Together in God’s Love.”
News from All Saints’ School.
As reported in June News, All Saints’ School remained open from Monday 24th March for children of Key / Critical workers and for ‘vulnerable’ children. The All Saints’ Adventure Club catered for these children – and the staff running it worked through the Easter holidays without a break. This Club is still running – although it was decided to close during the half term week at the end of May to allow for deep cleaning and to prepare school for a potential re-opening after the holidays.
The Government issued lots of guidance to schools about re-opening, but it was non-statutory, so the decision of when to open and for which group was left to the individual schools. All Saints’ decided to open one year group at a time, starting with Year 6, who are based on the Haydons site, on Monday 8th June.
On Friday 12th the Head Teacher wrote:
‘This week has been an exciting week here at All’ Saints’, as we welcomed the first of our pupils back since we closed in March. It was wonderful to see so many familiar Year 6 faces coming through the gates. There were some nerves and some smiles from everyone, but the week has been fantastic! The children quickly got to grips with our ’new normal’ and have been able to stick to all of our rules brilliantly – I am really proud of the children and staff. Learning in the main has mirrored home learning, but the children have really enjoyed seeing each other again. Work has begun around what life will be like in High School come September. Children drew themselves in their new school uniform and in their writing, played ‘Agony Aunt’
With Year 6 settled, preparations were made for the return of Year 1 to the Hanover Road site, followed by the Nursery and Reception children on the 29th June.
Back on the Haydons site, it will also be possible to for the Year 5 children to return for a limited number days in order to prepare them for their Year 6 learning next year. This will also be from 29th June.
Unfortunately it is not possible to offer school provision for Years 2, 3 and 4, as with the 2 meter social distancing there are simply not enough rooms to accommodate them all.
With this in mind, and knowing that some families will be choosing to keep their children at home, the school intends to make some changes to home learning. They plan to launch ‘Google Classrooms’, where more topic based work will be assigned. This will also allow children to upload photos/work for direct teacher feedback, and for their peers to see. It allows safe communication amongst members of class communities, which the school hopes will help children feel more connected.
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.