The latest news from the parish
I hope you all enjoyed Easter. In these current times, when the opportunities for fundraising and hall letting income are still a distant memory, I would like to thank you all for the continuing high level of support you give to the church, particularly with congregational giving and donations. Your contributions towards the cost of the Easter flowers were also very much appreciated. As you are aware, we have a policy of limiting spending on flowers to the money donated. The flowers were more expensive this year (supplies are less reliable because of Brexit) but we continue to be able to make the church look wonderful with your generous donations. Thank you to all who helped in all ways to prepare the church for Easter.
Cromwell Engineering remains booked to carry out the previously reported remedial work needed on some of the heaters at a cost of £2,218 – 80 +VAT. The necessary parts have been ordered, but they are still waiting to receive them. then they will be able to arrange a time to come and carry out the work.
Thanks once again for your ongoing support and for all you do for the church. Stay safe.
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
Our May Parish Walk
Saturday 15th May
On this walk we will be exploring some of the open spaces of the Merton Park area.
We will meet at 10am at South Wimbledon Tube Station.
Walking along the Merton Park Green Walks, the old course of the railway, we cross the tram line into the Merton Park area. Then, via Church Lane playing fields to St. Marys Church.
There may be a opportunity to visit the church.
Passing through the church yard and the Glebe Fields, we come to John Innes Park. After a quick circuit of the park we will walk on down Mostyn Road to Mostyn Gardens. This brings us to Morden.
The walk can be terminated here, if you wish, by returning to South Wimbledon by tube.
We will continue walking through Kendor Gardens and Abbey Rec. to South Wimbledon, taking a look at Nelson Gardens on the way.
The open spaces of the area are attractive and at this time of year full of life. As one of the early garden suburbs the houses are also of interest – a quirky architectural mix.
The paths are level and for the most part surfaced.
Unless they have reopened the toilets in John Innes Park there are none on route. Refreshments can be brought at South Wimbledon and Morden.
If you intend to join us please let me know the Sunday before.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting – Sunday 16th May
The meeting to elect Churchwardens, followed by our A.P.C.M. will be held in church after Mass on Sunday 16th May.
Church members will be elected to serve on the P.C.C. (there are three vacancies this year).
There will be reports given on the electoral roll, the work of the P.C.C., the church fabric, our church school and Deanery Synod. There will also be a financial report – including the church accounts.
Revision of the electoral roll was completed on 25th April, and the list of those on the revised roll is now on display at the back of the church.
Nomination forms are now at the back of the church as well as ‘A.P.C.M. Packs.’
This is an important meeting so please try to attend if at all possible.
From Sunday 2nd May we will again be serving coffee after Mass.
It will be served in disposable cups, and initially you will have to drink it outside in Socially Distanced groups, so we will only be able to have it if the weather is fine.
However, if all goes well, from 17th May you should be able to have it in church if necessary – providing Social Distancing is observed.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’
Christians from more than 170 countries and 65 denominations have taken part.
Thy Kingdom Come takes place in a world where the need for prayer has never been greater. We have an incredible opportunity to show the love and peace of Jesus Christ, not just in our own lives but in our communities, too.
Thy Kingdom Come focuses on both prayer and care: encouraging people to pray for others to come to know Jesus’ love in their own lives, and also to demonstrate that love in action.
Thy Kingdom Come runs between Ascension and Pentecost, and in 2021 will take place from 13 – 23 May.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
¨ Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
¨ Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
¨ Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness
What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
Thy Kingdom Come continues to grow, especially in its ecumenical reach of different churches and denominations involved. In particular, both the Methodist and Roman Catholic churches have a more formal part to play, with their own dedicated resources and videos being produced for their national networks.
A wide range of resources are available on the Thy Kingdom Come website: www.thykingdomcome.global/
Further information can also be found on the Southwark website: http://www.southwark.anglican.org/mission-ministry/mission/mission-evangelism/thy-kingdom-come/
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.
At the time of writing the school has only been back for one week after their Easter break – so the first part of this report is based on the final newsletter sent out at the end of last term. On 31st March, Mrs. Filsell wrote:
“With the sun shining over the last few days, it really has served to lift our spirits even higher, filling us with even more hope and joy as we enter into a much needed Easter break. Whether children have been working at home or at school for the majority of the term, some time for everyone to just ‘be’ and have much needed playdates and family time (hopefully a bit more sunshine) will be most enjoyable I am sure.
In line with our Journey of Hope over the last term, children selected by their class teachers today been awarded Christian Value of Hope certificates, as well as our termly ‘stars’. Within the assembly, we also awarded many, many certificates for those children who have completed their bookmarks with housepoint stickers. As I pointed out to the children, each sticker represented one good deed, or piece of work, so the amount is truly staggering – it is lovely to see this visual representation of what makes our school such a wonderful place to be. Well done to all certificate winners!
Last week, we had a special visitor, the local mayor visited school and presented staff with a certificate in recognition of our school’s ‘committed dedication, professionalism and resilience in educating children during this exceedingly difficult Covid-19 pandemic’. It has been lovely to share this with staff as formal recognition of all that they have done, and continue to do, thank you for always supporting us!
I would like to send my thanks to all families who donated much needed cleaning supplies/goods to school, as well as dressing up and donating money to the Red Nose Day Appeal. This week’s Easter Egg Hunts, although a little different in style (Covid secure!), have created much fun and excitement. A huge thank you to the PTFA team who work so hard in organising these events and raising funds for school and various charities – we appreciate all that you do!”
Year 1 Easter Egg Hunt
Year 1 making bunnies!
Year 1 have been learning about saints in RE. This week they learnt about St George and created their own flag using banana and water melon. They did really well with placing and arranging and using equipment safely.
Workshop with the author Joseph Coelho and illustrator Fiona Lumbers.
In her first newsletter of Summer term Mrs. Filsell wrote:.
“I do hope that you all had a wonderfully restful Easter break and enjoyed spending some time with friends and family outdoors. The sun has continued to shine on All Saints’ this week and the children have returned with even sunnier smiles! One of my favourite things to do is to stop and catch up with their news.
Over the course of the week, the children have been busy working hard, with Year 4 creating some beautiful RE bunting, with special messages from the children to our local community. Stop and take a look on the Victory Road fencing to see their work.”
The special messages included:
¨ Save paper. Every piece you use was once part of a tree.
¨ Recycle everything you can. Every bit counts.
¨ Share the word of God. Sharing the word of God will make people think about their actions.
¨ Never give up. just keep on trying. You can do it, believe in yourself.
Year 2 have been making clay pots
“With so much sun around, I know that staff will be taking the opportunity to do more outside learning…
In assemblies this week, we have been discussing the theme of the resurrection, such a perfect time to be reflecting on this theme with so much to be thankful for and celebrate in the season of growth and new life. This can be seen in Early Years at the moment where they have been excitedly watching ducklings hatch!”
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.