Recent Happenings

Here is a selection of things we have been up to in the last months.

Children’s Toy Collection

hospital toyThank you so much to everyone who donated new toys and books for our appeal for the children's department at Epsom Hospital. They were all safely delivered this morning and the staff were thrilled - they literally clapped their hands with joy! This year we decided to do this instead of collecting shoeboxes as we have done in the past. The hospital really needed new toys to give as gifts over Christmas and lots of craft supplies to use with children whilst they are in hospital. I was certainly able to deliver plenty of everything and felt very proud to be your Vicar whilst doing it.

Remembrance Day 2018


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We were delighted to be joined by so many visitors for our service on Sunday morning followed by our Act Of Remembrance. Gathering as a community to remember, to reflect, to pray and to commit ourselves to working for peace was significant and moving for us all.  We really enjoyed having members of the uniformed organisations with us. We are grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund who supplied our silhouettes for inside the church and Andy Hayward  who made the two Tommies for outside by our war memorial.


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sparkling tea

In the afternoon we held a ’Sparkling Afternoon Tea’. Songs from the time of WW1 were sung, poems were read and copies amounts of scones and cake were eaten and all washed down with plenty of tea and fizz! Thank you to those who entertained us, those who baked for us, those who helped set up and clear away and our young people who were fabulous hosts.

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The collection from the service and the tea meant that we have been able to write a cheque to the Royal British Legion for £675.

Thank you to you all for joining with us.



Youth weekend away

Here you can see some impressions from the Youth Weekend away; click here to see more photos via Facebook.

The Great All Saints Bike Off

We knew it was going to be a long 24 hours. We knew we needed to be focussed, resilient and to work as a team. We also knew it was a totally mad idea to cycle on static bikes for 24 hours and have a cake sale. Everything we do at All Saints seems to involve cake! 

“Perhaps 12 hours is enough we said”; “Perhaps you could just do some car washing to raise funds for the weekend away in October?” But the Genesis group were adamant. They could do it, and they wanted to do it, so the Great All Saints Bike Off was born. When Andrew stood up in church and announced the event four Sundays ago, the reaction from church was overwhelming and the following Sunday when we began to ask for sponsorship for our weekend away in October and our soon to be launched Youth Café, we could see that we clearly had incredible support. So, on Saturday 14th July at precisely 10 am we started to cycle on static bikes, under the gazebo on the meadow and continued until Sunday 15th July at 10 am. We decided to change cyclists every 20 mins as it was such a hot day and that’s how we did it – 72 slots of 20 mins with no breaks = 1440 minutes. It was so important that we complete the challenge properly, so one of the three bikes we were using was in motion the whole time. Sometimes the changeover of the cyclists was tricky, as we needed to have a second bike going for a few seconds so one rider could get off and another get on the same bike, so we maintained the objective of cycling continuously. Sometimes just one cyclist was in motion, but often a second cyclist would start just to offer a bit of support or have a chat. All through the day and evening we had visitors from church who came and spent time chatting with us and drinking tea and buying cakes. It felt like something bigger than just a sponsored event, it felt God driven. We laughed, we played games on the meadow, we ate lots, had a BBQ, watched films, chatted, saw Jupiter and the space station fly over (or maybe it was a satellite), said hello to a mother fox and her cub, prayed and some of us even slept. For 24 hours the meadow was our home and all the while the wheels on the bikes turned. When the sun came up on Sunday morning, we knew we were going to complete our challenge and Rev Sue got us a live interview on BBC Sussex and Surrey radio. 

Carried along by the support from everyone around us a very loud impromptu singalong began as the meadow began to fill ready for the service at 10am. Genesis may have looked like they had been up all night but they certainly didn’t sound like it! I will always remember the 24 hours I was lucky to spend with an amazing group of young people and a team of leaders who really care. 

Thank you to Pete, Freya, Nathan, Chris, Andrew, Lucy, Katie, William, Alicia and Robert. 

The total raised to date is over £750 and counting which will go towards our weekend away and youth café. 

Fiona Scullion. 

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Youth Project 'Foodbank'

Many thanks to everyone who supported our young people collecting donations for the local Foodbank on two Sundays in April & May. They received an amazing response!

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FaithQuesitons

Questions of Faith

In January and February we run a course in which we discussed some of the big questions of Faith in an informal group setting. Over juice and wine, we had some lively discussions, ranging from Big Bang theory over personal experiences to Jesus' life.  If you have missed the course but would like to know more, please contact Rev Sue Cooke for more information on future course or simply to discuss some of the these questions over a cup of tea. Hand-outs from the discussions are available upon request from rev Sue Cooke. Also - keep an eye on our website for more courses to come in the near future.



Service of Cleaning 2018

Twice a year we put our faith into practise and get together for a big clean of the Church and the Halls. This is always a lot of fun and even includes Communion as well as Coffee and Tea and Cake. Thank you to all the Church family for the great turnout and the great enthusiasm with which we got together to work and to have some great conversations.

More fun photos can be found here.

Christmas at All Saints 2017

Christmas always is a busy time and there were plenty of activities going on in the run-up to Christmas. If you'd like to see more photos, please click on the links below - this will bring you to our Facebook page photo albums.

Nativity 2017

Christingle and workshop 2017

Festive Fayre 2017

Toddler christmas party 2017

Summer Fun Party 2017

More photos can be found here.

Beer Festival 2017

More photos can be found here.

Easter 2017

More photos can be found here.

Dinner Dance 2017

More photos can be found here.