The latest news from the parish
July and August have been quiet months. Hall letting income, although at a reduced level when compared with lettings income pre-Covid, is slowly improving (£615 received during June/July).
We continue to pay the installments relating to this year’s quota to the Diocese as they become due, although 9 installments (amounting to £12,750.03) remain unpaid from 2020.
We have paid our builder, Mr Hornegold, for carrying out repairs to the church roof, guttering and brickwork (£220) and paid £350 to the tree surgeon, Toby Gilbert, for reducing the height of a tree in the church grounds.
As mentioned in my previous report, the money raised from the sponsored walk this coming August bank holiday is being designated for meeting the cost of updating the church’s lighting system. Please support this event in any way you are able, whether by sponsoring or taking part, to make it a huge fund-raising success.
Thank you all for your continuing support for the church.
Best wishes Allison Scandrett – Treasurer.
If anyone would like to know more about the Freewill Offering Scheme, or would like to start using Freewill Offering Envelopes, please have a word with me and I can give you a set.
Gift Aid on your Giving
If you pay tax – please also consider filling in a Gift Aid form, if you have not already done so. This enables the church to claim an additional (much needed!) 25p from HMRC for every £1 you give us.
Dates for your Diary
Walsingham Cell Mass.
The next Walsingham Mass will be at All Saints’ on Saturday 4th September at 12 noon, followed by Coffee and a short meeting.You don’t have to be a member to come – all are welcome, especially as there wont be any Thursday morning Masses in September.
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There is no Office Hour at present.
Enquiries about baptisms, weddings and banns of marriage should be made by e-mail to allsaintschurchSW19@gmail.com or telephone 020 8542 5514 and leave a clear message.
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Fr. Christopher will be off on holiday during September.
He will celebrate Mass on Sunday 5th, and on Tuesday 7th September, then be away until Tuesday 28th September.
There will be NO Thursday morning Masses in September. The next Thursday morning Mass will be on Thursday 7th October.
There will be no live-streamed Masses from All Saints’ while Fr. Christopher is away.
Sunday 12th September and Sunday 26th September
11.00 am Solemn Mass followed by Coffee, as usual.
Sunday 19th September.
Arrangements for this Sunday are different than usual.
8.00 am – Said Mass – followed by Breakfast in the Church Hall (No set price – but all donations welcomed.) We need an idea of numbers—so there will be a list for you to sign, and indicate your choices.
11.00 am Morning Prayer : Prayer Book Matins — including hymns.
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By now you have probably heard that Gwendoline Watts, a lifelong member of All Saints’ Church, died on 13th August aged 95. Her Funeral (A Requiem Mass) will be held in All Saints’ Church on Thursday 7th October at 12.15.p.m.
Sunday 3rd October – 11.00 am Solemn Mass.
You are invited to bring a Harvest Gift – either non-perishable produce , (tins & packets) which will be given to a Wimbledon Food Bank, or money (in an envelope labelled ‘Harvest’ if possible).
Our next Parish Walk
As our Sponsored Walk was at the end of August, there won’t be a Parish Walk in September. The next one will be on a Saturday in October – date to be arranged – when Roger hopes it will be ‘third time lucky’ for the walk originally advertised for June.
This short circular walk will explore the Crystal Palace Park, visiting the dinosaur lake, the visitor centre, the maze and the Italian Terrace.
We will meet at 10am outside Collier’s Wood station and travel by tube to Balham and then by train to Crystal Palace.
(Please remember to bring a face covering. It wont be needed for the walk, but at present one must be worn when travelling on public transport.)
The walk is on paths and the park is on the side of a hill. It is only 2 miles and should take about an hour or two.
There are toilets in the park and refreshments available at Colliers Wood and at Crystal Palace.
If you intend to join us, please let Roger know the Sunday before.
The return of Friday Morning Open Church!
From Friday 3rd September All Saints’ Church will again be open on Friday mornings from 9.00 am – 12 noon.
Somewhere dry and warm to sit and chat to your friends over a cup of tea or coffee.
You may also come in and sit quietly, or light a candle, – and there is a prayer board if you would like us to remember someone in our prayers.
The Quiet Garden will also be available for those who would prefer to sit outside. (if the weather permits!)
Things wont be ‘exactly the same as before’ as we need to be aware that the pandemic is not over.
The wearing of Face Masks is optional, but please be aware of the protection of others and respect safe distancing.
You must sanitise your hands before entry, and sanitiser is provided by each door for your use.
To ensure good ventilation, the main door will be left open when the weather permits, and the gates will be open and the garden door unlocked for those who require level access.
Following the prolonged closure, it will no doubt take time for our former ‘regulars’ to return — but it is hoped that church members will drop in for a short time on a regular basis so there will be people on hand to welcome our visitors.
And if you would be willing to come and make the coffee from time to time, please have a word with Jenny as there may be an occasional Friday when she is unable to be there and having re-opened, it would be a shame to close if this situation arose.
Weekend Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 2022
Our Annual Pilgrimage to Walsingham has once again been postponed – It will now take place from Friday 29th July – Monday 1st August 2022
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.”
This month’s ‘News’ from All Saints’ School can now be found here
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.
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- 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.