The building is open again...!
We are very grateful that we can now meet face-to-face in church again. In line with guidelines, spaces will need to be pre-booked (via the church office) and are limited. Please note that you will have to wear face coverings throughout the service and will have to keep to social distancing rules.
*if you need further information regarding the location of an event, please contact the Church Office and Karen will be happy to provide additional details.
Online ServicesWe will continue to put out an online offering every Sunday via our YouTube channel. Some of our services will now also be live on Zoom, followed by a virtual coffee morning - please do come and join us, using the church Zoom link.
There will usually 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.
If you would like to receive the service order and song sheet in advance, please feel free to contact the office and Karen will send it to you.
The King’s Storeroom
Graham, 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 email@example.com.
Letter from the Wardens & PCC
Dear Church Family,
We hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe!
Well, it's finally happened! Following Sue's induction on Sunday into her new position at St Thomas with St Stephen in Balham, we are now officially without a vicar! But rest assured the leadership team will do everything we can to continue our work at All Saints during this period.
It is therefore unfortunate that one of the first decisions we have had to make is to suspend services in the church during this lockdown period. There are two main reasons for this, both linked to the safety and welfare of our family: firstly the significant increases in the number of cases in our area (you may have seen Epsom on the news recently as one of the hot spots in the country) and secondly, it is proving difficult to maintain the level of mitigations required by our risk assessment for Sunday Services.
It was not an easy decision, but ultimately we believe it is the right decision.
At this stage, we are planning for our first service back in the church on Sunday 21st February, but we have to say that this is dependent on both the government/church guidance as well as the situation in our town at that time. We will keep you updated.
However, it's not all bad news - we will be continuing with our online services and, as before, they can be found on our YouTube channel.
During this period, when we are unable to meet face to face, it is important that we stay connected and support one another. In our PCC meeting yesterday we read some bible quotes to remind us of the importance of mutual support, one of which we share here:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up" (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
So please stay connected with each other - reach out to each other to provide support but also reach out if you need support. Both are equally important.
To help, we have our Facebook page and also our Whatsap support group. If you are not in that group and would like to be, please contact the church office.
It is refreshing to remember that we are part of a wider body of Christ, all going through the same restrictions and life impacts. We have the opportunity to share some prayer time with other Christians in our area through a request from Churches Together in Ewell. Please see the attached letter from Anne Brown with details of how we can all join in with this year’s Week of Prayer.
As always, if there is anything you need us to do or have any suggestions for how we do things better as a church during this period, please contact your PCC rep, any of the Church Wardens or the church office.
Kind regards and Blessings
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