The latest news from the parish
At last we are beginning to see income from the hall lettings. Although the expected further relaxation of the rules towards a wider re-opening in the community has been delayed by another month, some sense of normality seems now to be within our sights !.
Cromwell Engineering has now carried out the remedial work on the heaters and their bill of £2,655 – 36 has been paid,
The sixth instalment of this year’s quota is being paid to the Diocese this month, although 9 instalments (amounting to £12,750 – 03) remain unpaid from 2020.
Our insurance renewal notice has just been received and our monthly instalments will be £530.49 for July and £528 – 04 thereafter until July 2022 (an increase of £29 – 51 per month).
The church’s quinquennial inspection has been carried out and the report is awaited. A tree surgeon has recently visited to reduce the height of a tree in our garden by 20-30%, which was overshadowing an adjacent property. The bill for this work and also for the quinquennial report are awaited.
Commencing this November, the church will have to move towards a LED lighting system, due to the withdrawal of sales of halogen lights from the market. The money raised from the sponsored walk this coming August bank holiday is being designated for meeting the cost of updating the 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.
Finally, I would like to thank you all for your continuing support for the church. We have weathered a particularly difficult storm and are still able, with your valuable support and goodwill, to keep our church running.
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 July Parish Walk
Saturday 24th July
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.)
There are toilets in the park and refreshments available at Colliers Wood and at Crystal Palace.
If you intend to join us please let me know the Sunday before.
Annual Sponsored Walk
CHURCH SPONSORED WALK 2021.
August Bank Holiday Monday.
For the past few years, we have had a sponsored walk to raise funds for a special project rather than for general church funds. This years walk, will be taking place on Monday 30th August. We will be walking to raise money towards updating the church lighting.
We walk at a leisurely pace, and the route should be suitable for all, with ‘dropping off’ points for those unable to last the distance. Past walkers have said that it is always ‘an enjoyable social occasion’ – even in 2015, when we walked for at least some of the time in the rain!
So make a note of the date in your diary, then come along, and bring your friends (the more the merrier!!)
Sponsor forms will be available on the table at the back of church from Sunday 8th July. We are inviting people to sponsor the group, rather than an individual walker, so even if you are unable to walk, please take a form to collect sponsors for those who can.
Some of you will have heard that, from the autumn, the sale of halogen light bulbs will be banned – with fluorescent tubes to follow later in the year. The lighting in the church uses halogen bulbs and that in the hall fluorescent tubes, so we will need to contact our electrician as to the way forward. A full wiring inspection is due in the New Year, which may well be the ideal time to update our lighting to more efficient fittings. As this will inevitably incur additional expenditure we thought it appropriate this year that our Sponsored Walk should seek to raise money for this project,
So – Please support the Sponsored Walk – every penny counts!
Information about the walk.
We will meet by the bridge outside Sainsbury’s, (Merton High Street) at 10 am, from where we will catch a 57 to Kingston where we will begin our walk. (Anyone wishing to make their own way to Kingston can meet us at Fairfield Bus station at about 10.45 am – but please remember to let us know you are coming, so we don’t leave there without you.)
From the Bus Station, we will make our way to Kingston Bridge, and follow the Barge Walk alongside the River Thames to Hampton Court.
After stopping for refreshments, we will make our way back to Kingston through Bushy Park.
The distance is about 5½ miles, and the whole route is flat – but Hampton Court is served by public transport for any who don’t wish to walk the whole way.
There are toilets in Kingston, and also at Hampton Court.
Those who are walking should bring a packed lunch, something to sit on, and a bottle of water (most important with the present weather – we don’t want anyone to become dehydrated.) It would also be advisable to wear a hat.
If it is raining, or rain is forecast, you should also bring wet weather gear as we will be going whatever the weather.
A list for those planning to walk will be out on the table at the back of the church from August 15th.
If you are walking, please sign the list in church, and indicate where you will be meeting us. – We don’t want to leave anyone behind!
We are now serving coffee after Mass on a Sunday
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.
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.
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.