The latest news from the parish
Can I wish you all a peaceful and happy New Year. I hope you all had a good Christmas.
December has been a relatively quiet month, after services resumed from 2 December, and there is little to report. We have continued paying our usual general expenses for this time of year, other than the quota payment.
A further bill of £600 has been paid to Total Contracts for work in relation to future sign supports and removing waste materials.
Please stay safe and well. I do hope that 2021 is a better year for everyone and my thanks once again for all that you do for the church and for your ongoing support.
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.
Allison Scandrett – Treasurer.
Dates for your Diary
There are no planned social events at the moment, but please watch this space
Father Christopher blessed the Epiphany Chalk and marked the door of the church at the conclusion of Mass on 3rd January. You can find more about the tradition of the Epiphany Chalk here
Bible Reading Notes
‘New Daylight provides four months of daily Bible readings and comment, with a regular team of contributors drawn from a range of church backgrounds. It is ideal for anyone wanting an accessible yet stimulating aid to spending time with God each day, deepening their faith and their knowledge of Scripture.’
Each day offers a short Bible passage (text included), a thought-provoking comment and a prayer or point for reflection.
Several members of the congregation already subscribe to New Daylight – but if anyone else would like to receive it, please have a word with Jenny as soon as possible.
Anyone wishing to cancel their subscription for the coming year should also let Jenny know as soon as possible.
The group subscription is £14 – 25 for the coming year (which runs from 1st May 2021 to 30th April 2022.)
The subscription will not be collected until April – but the notes are always sent out well in advance, so our order form for the coming year must be returned by the end of January.
(If you would like to find out more, there are several ‘past copies’ on the bookshelves at the back of the church. If you are interested, you are welcome to take one home with you – just ask Jenny or Roger, as they are not freely available at present due to the Covid regulations.)
Our New Noticeboards
Our new notice boards, designed by Marcus Beale and in memory of David Willis, have now been installed. You can find a bit more about them as well as some more pictures here
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 beginning of December, a couple of special events took place. Wednesday 2nd was the day for the annual Christmas lunch. There was gravy and crackers galore, plus Christmas music, which everyone enjoyed while remaining in their class bubbles.
Much missed retail therapy was also on offer, as the PTFA opened up their Christmas shop. Each class was allocated a slot to visit the shop – a Covid secure experience this year in support of our children and school.
On Thursday 10th December the school held their annual Toy Service. They had been in contact with the local Don’s Action Group to see if they could be of help to them. The Group were delighted with the offer of support and said they couldn’t wait to distribute the children’s donations to children in need this Christmas
Preparations for the Christmas productions had begun in earnest by the end of November, and singing could be heard all around the school as the children practiced for their Christmas productions. You may be wondering how the performances and services could go ahead this year, when, due to the Covid-19 restrictions, parents are not permitted to go into school. But the EYS, KS1 and KS2 staff, were not deterred. They put their ‘tech hats on’ and each phase group created their own Virtual Nativity production – a time limited YouTube video which were only shared to the families of All Saints’.
The children worked in their class bubbles, and were recorded. The recordings were then combined into a single video for each phase. It was amazing to see how the recordings had been knitted together – often showing different class bubbles in the same screen. The staff are to be congratulated on their apparent expertise.
The staff introduced their Videos with the following comments:
Early Years – I spy with my little eye….. All children in Early Years love to play a game of eye spy and this is how we have retold the Nativity Story this year. All of the children have done a wonderful job of learning their parts, lines or song words and it is our pleasure to share this with you. We hope that this will bring some much needed Christmas Spirit to each and everyone of you.
KS1 – KS1 children have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to give you this year’s Nativity performance. We know things had to be very different this year, but we are just so pleased we could still give the children this opportunity to perform. We are so proud of each and every one of them! Please sit back and enjoy!
KS2 – KS2 have been practicing so hard this half term and we have some really amazing talent in our school. We cannot wait to show case this for you! We are so proud of each and every student for the dedication they have shown throughout this process. Well done team!
Alongside these Christmas preparations, work continued. Key Stage 2 focused on times table knowledge by holding a Times Table Morning. Children were encouraged to participate in the Times Table Rockstars games; renewing the children’s interest in this as knowing these facts is of course vital to all areas of the maths curriculum. The most dedicated class received the TTRS Trophy – well done to the children in St Isabelle!
St Theodore have also been busy working on very tricky maths investigations using their multiples, factors, prime numbers and square numbers knowledge.
Years 4 and 5 have been making their own maths games in ICT.
Here are some pictures of Christmas parties enjoyed by all.
A Newsletter is sent to all parents and school governors at the end of each week. In the final letter of term, Mrs. Filsell wrote:
“Welcome to the last edition of our 2020 newsletter! Not a year many of us will be sad to say goodbye to! We have finally reached the end of what feels like a very long term. Here at school, we are all very tired, but can look back knowing that we have done our best by the children in our All Saints’ Family, wider community and for each other. Our All Saints’ Family has continued to flourish in the face of many, many obstacles and I am so thankful for the love in our school community. The children have made good progress over the term and we are very proud of them, there is still much work to do to ensure that the gaps from lost learning are filled and this will continue to be the main focus of our journey as we enter into the Spring term.
Over the course of this week, Christmas has really exploded! We have enjoyed fun-filled parties, with a special Christmas message from Father Christmas, as well as some special gifts being delivered too! The children were very excited to hear from Father Christmas, who had left special messages on my phone, just for them. Headteachers have a hotline to the man himself you know!
You will have by now seen the children’s Christmas performances via the links. The children have been AMAZING in their commitment to them and we are all so very proud of them. A huge thanks to Mrs Kent, Miss Ghassibe and Miss Miskimmin in organising these events to share with you. It takes much time and organisation to make these things happen. Miss Miskimmin certainly is very au fait with all things technological these days.
A huge thanks to all families who have supported us through what has been a difficult time for all, the words of kindness and compassion are appreciated and do not go unnoticed. This is as well as the ongoing support for the charities that we have chosen to support this year. This leaves me with only good wishes for your health and happiness over the Christmas season. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Merry Christmas!”
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.