Building Opening for Services
We will continue to put out an online offering twice a week.
Midweek Message - this will still be a short message on a variety of topics sent out ever Wednesday.
Sunday - we will send out an online service like we were doing prior to the ’Sunday at Home’ series. There will be hymn, a reading, prayers and whoever is due to speak on Sunday will record the talk that they will be giving on Sunday and that will be included.
Church Services in the Building
From this Sunday we are coming back into the building for some church services, which will be wonderful but not as easy as you might think!
We will be running a 9:15am communion service. This will be a simple communion similar to an 8:45am communion as singing is still not permitted, nor is sharing the Peace or refreshments afterwards. We are also asked to make sure services are not unduly long. We are having it at 9:15am to allow for a second service to run afterwards. Once a fortnight we will be running a children’s service at 10:30am, but on the other weeks if we are finding we cannot accommodate all those who wish to come we could introduce a second communion service, or move this service to 10am.
In order to allow us time to get used to our new set up for the first two weeks we will just have a 9:15am service.
We have created 18 islands, which can seat up to 32 people so that families and couples can sit together. Each island is spaced 2m apart.
Entrance & Exit
- For all services you will enter via the Hall doors.
- The church doors will be open for ventilation, but entry this way is not permitted.
- You will be asked to sanitise your hands on arrival and again when you leave.
- Please do not congregate in the hall and chat to others, you will be asked to go straight into church and take your seat.
- At the end of the service please remain in your seat until you are asked to leave.
- Then please leave through the hall and go straight out of the building, please do not congregate in the hall for a post service chat.
- Masks are required to be worn by everyone as soon as you enter the hall and until you leave.
- Children under 11 and those with medical exemptions are not required to wear masks.
- If you are using disposable masks, please ensure you use a new one every day (at least).
- If you are using a fabric mask please sure it is freshly washed - these should be washed at least daily, if not after every use.
- Reusing or not washing masks increases the risk to you and us as they harbour all sorts of germs, not just COVID-19.
9:15am Communion Service
- You will be required to book for this service.
- You can only book for one week at a time, you cannot block book! However, you do not have to book for the next Sunday, you can choose a future Sunday.
- You will be allocated a seat and you will be asked to remain in that seat throughout the service.
- Communion will be brought to you and at this time you can only receive the bread and not wine.
- A mask must be worn throughout and you are asked not to remove it to consume your wafer until Sue has stepped away from you.
- The leader and speaker are not required to mask whilst speaking, but they will do so when they are seated.
- Sue will wear a mask whilst she distributes communion.
- This service begins on Sunday 4th October
- Booking will be helpful as it will help us to arrange seating and ensure that we do not have to turn people away.
- This will be an interactive service aimed at our children as we cannot run their groups at this time, but they must be accompanied by a parent.
- Children do not have to wear masks if they are under 11, accompanying adults must wear masks.
- Separate publicity will be sent out nearer the time.
- Our younger youth provision starts again on Sunday 27th September at the same time as the communion service.
- In order to book in for a service please contact the office.
- You can ring the office on 020 8393 7273 or email Karen on email@example.com
- Please do not text Karen or ring her at home to book for a service.
- The office is now open again, but I am afraid you cannot come and see us in the office.
- You need to book by 11am on a Friday so that Karen has time to complete the plan for the Sunday and print it off.
- If you don’t book and want to try turning up you can, but we may not be able to accommodate you.
The church will now be open for private prayer on a Wednesday from 11:30am - 12:30pm. Please note this change of time.
If you are ill after attending a service in the building and test positive for COVID-19 please tell me as soon as possible.
The collection will not be passed around, we will put a basket out for donations, but if you are able to make a contactless donation that would be much appreciated.
I know all of this might seem daunting, frustrating and possibly even annoying. It does not bring us any joy to say you must book for services, numbers are limited etc…
If we find we regularly have more people wanting to come for communion than we can accommodate I will introduce those additional services. This is new territory for all of us and we are learning as we go along and as the regulations keep changing.
Please be patient with us and with those who will be hosting on Sunday and who will be asking you to sit in specific places, sanitise your hands, leave the building etc… They are trying to keep us all safe.
We need to see how this works, we will review as we go along, depending on number, demands and rule changes.
I look forward to seeing some of you in the flesh on Sunday.
With my love as ever,
Letter from the Wardens & PCC
Dear Church Family,
We are sure that by now you will have read or heard the news that Sue has been called by God to move to a new parish later this year.
Our loss is obviously their blessing and we hope and pray that she will bring the same expansion of faith, prayer, spirituality, growth and fellowship to her new church that we have experienced over the past years. Change is never easy and we know that Sue will be sorely missed. However, reflecting on our last sermon series, we know that God has a plan for us as individuals and as a church and so we look to the future sure in the belief that our journeying with Jesus will continue under the guidance of our new vicar, whoever that may be. As some of you may know, we are unable to advertise the post until Sue is formally inducted into her new church. We will be doing much of the groundwork and preparing the Parish Profile (for use in the job posting) whilst Sue is still with us and with her blessing and support. The time between Sue’s leaving and our new Vicar beginning is called the “Interregnum’. During this time the churchwardens and PCC, supported by the diocese, will be responsible for running All Saints. We commit to you that we will do all in our power to maintain the momentum Sue has started – we do not underestimate the challenge! Obviously this will be a period of uncertainty and we would ask all of you to pray for our future, pray for Sue in her new role and pray especially for the churchwardens and PCC members. We will do our best and with the support of all of you we are confident that All Saints will prepare itself well for our next season.
At our APCM yesterday we gave our thanks to the outgoing members of the PCC and welcomed our new members in. We will be allocating them to the church members in due course. We also elected a new Church Warden, Elaine Craggs, and Deputy Warden, Barbara Clarke. Dave Underwood will be continuing as the other Church Warden. Please include our PCC, Wardens and the other church leaders in your prayers as their wisdom and hard work will be critical over the Interregnum. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact any of them. As we look to the next few months we remain confident in the promises made to us in the bible: “For I know the plans I have for you “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We look forward to our future together!
Thanking you in anticipation for your prayers and support over the next months,
The Churchwardens and PCC
APCM Slideshow - 2019 in Photos!!
Sunday 23rd August 2020
To my fabulous church family,
In March 2016 when I came to visit All Saints prior to my interview the question I knew God was asking me was, “Can you love these people?”. It was not at that stage about what I was to do, change, introduce, start, close, or tidy up! Simply could I love you and I knew I could. Since that day I have done my best to love you as a church and to love you as individuals. In Romans 12, Paul encourages us to “rejoice with those rejoice and to weep with those who weep”. I’ve definitely rejoiced with you – we have laughed, danced, played, cleaned, gardened, adventured, eaten and drunk a lot of tea (and some G&Ts) together. I have also wept with you as you have gone through trials, illnesses and bereavements. I don’t take lightly the privilege of any of what we have shared.
The call to serve and love a church family is amazing and costly and it’s especially costly when God’s call to move on and leave comes. I am writing today to let you all know that I have been offered (subject to checks) and accepted a new post as Vicar of ‘St Thomas with St Stephen’ in Telford Park, Balham in the Diocese of Southwark.
“Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths.” Psalm 25:4
None of us could have imagined how this year was going to turn out when God gave us this verse and this has not been an easy decision. Every obstacle I put in the way God has dealt with. I prayed about the implications of my leaving for what will be a newly elected churchwarden and Dave our continuing churchwarden. It is their responsibility to lead the church during an interregnum. Dave works full-time in a busy job with a lot of travelling. I knew that when I persuaded him to be churchwarden three years ago, but I also knew then that he was the right person. I felt that to leave at this time would be too much and I would withdraw. Only hours later Dave told me that he was taking early retirement from his job, that he did not know why but he knew God had a plan for him and he would be able to give more time to the church in just a few months. He had no idea about my potential new post.
The God who calls us is faithful and He will provide for all I need and for all we as a church need for this current season and all you as a church will require in the season after I leave and all future seasons.
I will be leaving around Christmas time, but exact dates and plans are yet to be confirmed. Covid and social distancing mean that Christmas will already have to be very different from anything we have experienced before but plans and preparations for that are for another time.
What I can assure you of is that in the coming months I will continue to work hard, to serve, lead and love you – I hope you know that there will be no slacking off from me! I will be working with the wardens and the PCC to help them plan and prepare for the interregnum and to get our profile and all that is required ready for the vacancy to be advertised as soon as is permitted. I have no doubt this will be an easy post to fill – who wouldn’t want to have the delight and privilege of being your Vicar?
You are the most wonderful church; I cannot even begin to think yet about how much I will miss each and every one of you and for now I am going to keep treasuring all the adventures God still has planned for us.
Please don’t be sad or angry. Please pray, trust that God knows what He is doing, and He is already preparing your next Vicar for you, who will be exactly what you need for your next season. Maybe part of His plan is moving me out the way to make space for that person! If you want to talk or have questions, please pick up the phone or join me for our online communion on Tuesday.
With much love and my prayers for you all, Sue xx
Vicar's Letter - July 2020
Thank You from Fiona
Cream Tea Saturday
Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported our cream tea take away. We made over 110 cream teas and raised over £500. It was wonderful to see so many of you over the fence and great to have a final event to mark Fiona's time in charge. Honeycomb would never have got off the ground without Fiona's vision, courage and delicious baking skills. We are going to miss her a lot when they do move at the end of the summer.
The team had lunch together yesterday and were able to present Fiona with all of her gifts:
APCM & Electoral Roll
Our annual church meeting is on Sunday 29th March
2020 at 4pm. We begin with worship and formal business and we conclude with tea
and a review of the year! All are welcome – children and adults, the business
part should not last too long!
If you are not currently on the Electoral Roll and you either live in the parish or have been regularly attending worship in the parish for at least six months, then now is the time to sign up. You need to be on the ER to stand for PCC and to vote at the APCM.
There are sign-up sheets in church for food contributions for the tea.
Here you can find the reports ahead of the meeting:
If you have any questions, please email them to Rev Sue by Wednesday 25th March so that she can give full answers at the meeting.
Hope to see you all on the 29th!
Invitation from SEASONS café
(next to Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford)
We are running an event called “Time for a cuppa” and we will be raising money for dementia UK. There will be a tea and cake stall, Tombola, Bottle bola and a couple of craft stalls. Everyone is welcome. Date – Tuesday 3rd March, Time 2.30pm – 4.30pm
The King’s StoreroomGraham, who used to run CLC in Tolworth, has opened a bookshop in The Richard Mayo Centre in Kingston. Graham can be contacted by phone on 0208 3905400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Christmas - Thank You!!
you so much to everyone who worked so hard over the Christmas period, what a
brilliant time we had. We
began with the St Ebba’s Nativity, then the workshop, Christingle, cafe
nativity, quiet communion, carol singing at the club, carol singing at St
Ebba’s, our carol service, No Room at the Igloo, late night communion, then
Christmas Day and finally our NYE party!
I am so grateful to every single one of you. It began with those who delivered all our leaflets and then continued with people who organised services, read readings, prayed prayers, led the music, played in the bands, sang their hearts out, built igloos, conjured up incredible crafts, served teas, created beautiful flower displays, heated the mulled wine, acted in our plays, hosted the services and generally all pulled together. What an incredible team we make. Thank you to all of you who gave up your time and energy and sacrificed time with friends and families to make it all happen. All of it of course made possible by God who sustained us, inspired us and brought people to all of our services.
Following our collections we were able to send £200 to the Children’s Society and we collected about £1300 for MERU which the church made up to £1500.
Finally, a personal thank you for your many kind messages, cards and beautiful gifts. I was overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity.
Happy New Year to each and every one of you, I am praying God blesses and guides us into more adventures together in 2020.
Anniversary letter from Rev Sue
Three year ago Rev Sue became the Vicar of All Saints. Here is her 'anniversary letter':
Eco Church Bronze Award
We are thrilled to announce that All Saints has just been awarded the Eco Church Bronze Award for our efforts to become a more eco-friendly church. It is so important to we recognise our responsibility for God creation and becoming an Eco Church is the first step towards this. If you would like to read more about the Eco Church idea, please click here. Fantastic news indeed - but of course we won't stop there!
For more APCM news and the full report click here.
2020 Vision Launch
We are excited to have launched our new 2-year vision plan on January 13th. If you want to know about where we are heading and what is guiding us, you can find out more on the Vision 2020 link. You can also listen to Rev Sue's talk, which you can find here.
Forthcoming Events in March
Prayer meeting at 27 Fulford Road
Games Night in the Community Hall
St Ebba’s – Cakes & Crafts
Prayer Meeting at 27 Fulford Road
Cake and Company
Games Night in the Community Hall
Prayer meeting at 27 Fulford Road
*if you need further information regarding the location of an event, please contact the Church Office or Rev Sue and they will be happy to provide additional details.
We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our many activities and events!