Parish News

The latest news from the parish

Treasurer’s report

This last year seems to have passed by so quickly and here we are at the start of a fresh Christian Year and Christmas is fast approaching yet again. The Quiz Night was successful in raising £290 and our thanks go to those who supported this event. I understand that it was quite a lively evening. Thank you also for your generous Gift Day donations.

It is a constant battle to raise sufficient funds to pay our ongoing bills, even with such generosity, and the current month’s quota has therefore again been paid from hall letting income.

I hope to be able to report in the next magazine that the Christmas Fair being held on the 26th November has been a huge success. Also we can look forward to a visit from the Aber Valley Male Voice Choir. The concert is in the church on the 10th December and it is hoped it will be a big fund-raising occasion. Please support both these events in any way you can.

Best wishes

Allison Scandrett – Treasurer.

Planned giving

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

There is no Office Hour at present.

Enquiries about baptisms, weddings and banns of marriage should be made by: e-mail to – or telephone 020 8542 5514 and leave a clear message.

As the second Sunday in November was Remembrance Sunday, there will be NO Teddy Bear Church in November.

So the next Teddy Bear Church will be on the second Sunday in December (11th).

Last year we were able to keep the church heating on 24 / 7 during the cold weather – but with the increased cost of gas and electricity we are sorry to say that we will not be able to  leave it on all the time this winter. If we did so, we would very soon find we had run out of money.

So during the winter months, we trust that all members of the congregation will help us  to keep the church as warm as    possible by shutting the outside doors behind them  instead of leaving them open. This will keep in what heat there is, and keep out the cold winter winds.

Our Support for the Children’s Society.

In the past, we have gone Carol Singing around the parish on a couple of evenings before Christmas to collect money for the Children’s Society. But over the years, as our congregation gets older, it has become more and more difficult to find enough people to collect so there will be no Carol Singing this year.

As some members of the congregation like to support the work of the Children’s Society at this time, there will be a collecting box on the table at the back of the church from Advent 1 until Epiphany.

Also – one or two people still have a Children’s Society box at home. If you do, please bring it to church to be emptied so we can send them the lump sum early in the new year as usual.

FRIDAY MORNING OPEN CHURCH will be having a break over Christmas! 

The last Open Church of 2022 will be on Friday 16th December,  It will then be closed for two Fridays – 23th December and    30th December  – and will re-open from 9.00 am to 12 noon on Friday 6th January 2023.

We now have a number of ‘regulars’ each week, but it would be good to see more support from Church members in 2023.    Perhaps you could make a resolution to drop in for coffee and a chat at least once a month in 2023.


For all those on the Freewill Offering Scheme, your set of  envelopes for 2023 will be put out on a table at the back of the church on Sunday 11th December.    Please remember to take yours.

I have a few spare sets, so if anyone else would like to start using    envelopes, or would like to know more about the Freewill Offering Scheme,  they should have a word with me as soon as possible.

Allison Scandrett – Freewill Offering Recorder



presents its 57th  ANNUAL CAROL  CONCERT

at St John the Divine Church, High Path, Merton SW19 2JY on

Saturday  17th December 2022 at 7.00pm

Conductor – David Coram

Organ and Piano – David Gammie

Adults £5

(includes a glass of wine or soft drink)      

Concessions and children free



Sunday  18th December – 6.30 pm  Carol Service by candlelight followed by mince pies and mulled wine, in church.

Saturday 24th December – 5.00 pm  Crib and Christingle Service. A family service        

                                             11.45 pm – Midnight Mass.

Sunday 25th December  –  11.00 am – Mass with Carols. (Christmas Day)


Sunday 1st January              11.00 am – Solemn Mass. (Mary,Mother of God)             

Sunday 8th January             11.00 am – Solemn Mass. (The Epiphany of the Lord.)

Monday  9th January             ‘Ordinary Time’ – the Green Season begins.

Sunday 30th January              11.00 am – Solemn Mass. ( Candlemas).

Details of any changes, and of the mid week services, will be given in  the Sunday notices, and displayed on the board outside church.

Open Church

Friday Morning Open Church!

All Saints’ Church is 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 is also be available for those who would prefer to sit outside. (if the weather permits!)

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.

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 – 2023

Weekend  Pilgrimage  to  Walsingham.

Friday 21st  – Monday 24th July 2023

Our 2023 weekend pilgrimage to Walsingham will take place from Friday 21st  –  Monday 24th July 2023.

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, 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 has to be booked well in advance, and I have already had to pay an initial deposit of £200 to secure places on the weekend we want. So I am already asking for names and a £10 deposit per person from those 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!)

We have reserved 20 places, so there should be room for all who would like to go – but all 10 of those who came this year are hoping to go again, so 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 20 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 came on our pilgrimage this year.

If you have never been to Walsingham,

why not think about going next year?

If you would like your name added to the list, please have a word with me as soon as possible.

Jenny Hardy (Cell Secretary / Pilgrimage Organiser.)

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.

  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.

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