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Diary Dates for November 2020

Due to the new government regulation, there will be no Sunday worship until at least Sunday the 6th of December 2020.

Church is open for Private prayer on Sundays 4pm -5pm

Financial update from the APCM.

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held on Sunday 27th September having been postponed from April due to Covid. On the agenda was the presentation of the Annual accounts for the year ended 31st December 2019 and for those that could not be at the open meeting the following are extracts from the Treasurers report.

Payments were in excess of receipts by £788 on the general fund, and the restricted funds decreased by £15,896.

This year planned giving, which together with the associated Gift Aid decreased by £4,386 as a result of recent joiners moving, wiping out previous TRIO generated gains, and members redirecting their giving to restricted funds. General collections also decreased by £256. The decrease in planned giving, coupled with the pledged increase of £400 in Parish Share for 2020, probably means a Parish Share level of £29,000 is unsustainable without further action.

We are very grateful to those who give regular amounts via the planned giving scheme envelopes and increasingly by standing order. It is so important for budgeting as we now have to pledge our parish share in advance.

Tax refunds decreased by £5 overall due to reduced claims on the Gift Aid Small Donations (GASD) scheme because of a decrease in eligible donations. Our thanks go to Simon Garson for facilitating new planned giving and Gift Aid signings and to Ruth Barcoleskin for continuing the counting and banking the weekly collections.

The choir income was used pay for RSCM membership, half the cost of the Yamaha Piano and choir practice expenses. Choir & organ expenses increased by £478.

Due to concern that previously choir income had been set against general choir & organ expenses rather than exclusive choir expenses, a new restricted fund was set up specifically to fund Choir Music Purchases. The Choir Music Fund stands at £216.

Church usage income increased by £70. The cost of Church light and heat increased by £481, due to price increases and increased usage. The insurance and water rates increased by £89. The contract with Ecclesiastical includes a ‘rate stability agreement’, which now combines the Church and Hall insurance under one policy, runs until 30th September 2020.

Advertising revenue for the Magazine exceeded the production cost by £581, however this includes advanced advertising space and the additional £400 in cost is due to greater use of colour, larger page content and additional copies in accordance with the mission action plan.

Revenues from fund raising increased by £185, due to new activities (the Bayeaux Tapestry talk and a quiz night) and receipts from the Family Fun day made up for the fall in receipts from the Michealmas Fair and New Eltham Village Festival. ‘MyDonate’ closed its operation in 2019.

Hall income increased by £1,499 due to a long postponed rent increase and a temporary increase in hall use by a number of different regular groups following reopening the hall after a month while the toilets were redeveloped for full disabled facilities. However there was an increase in expenditure of £301, as the energy saved from closing the hall in winter were offset by the cost of redecorating the Hall, Hall corridor and Savage Room.

The cost of redeveloping the Hall toilets (£21,000) was met from the Disabled Facilities Fund, funds being withdrawn from the CBF Deposit fund, with the shortfall of £974 being met from general funds.

The ‘Mission Development Fund’, was used to fund the other half of the Yamaha Piano purchase and support a parishioner in financial difficulty. The shortfall of £525 was met from general funds.

The market value of our CBF Property Fund holding decreased by £444, but generated £913.66 in interest, which is returned to the Deposit Fund.

The market value of our CBF Fixed Securities Fund increased by £107, and generated £200.84 in interest, which is returned to the Deposit Fund.

The CBF Property Fund, held in trust by the diocese, decreased in capital value by £881 but generated a further £1,949 in interest for use in exceptional circumstances.

The above movement of funds resulted in a net annual loss on the general fund of £2,624 in 2019.

Bob Avery, Treasurer (until October 2020)

Sunday 29th November from 4pm we will be having on online Christingle Service! Don’t forget to add and orange – or any other round fruit!.

Prayers are asked for:
The sick and frail, including, Daphne Crof, Pam, Sharan, Jean and Sharon. Those in the parish who live on Green Lane. Pray for the Church’s missionary work Pray for the bishops, priests and people of the Lusitanian Church (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury); and for The Rt Revd Jorge Pina Cabral, Bishop of the Lusitanian Church.

Years Mind (November) 
Renelda Hake nee Crumnack, Len French, Leslie Sly, Harry Hasell, Simon Tucker, Eileen Towell, Dorothy Withers, Alfred Currall, George Peacock, Vinet Westmoreland, Joan Lorraine Carter, Dorothy Johnson, baby Robin Wiffen, Kenneth George Barefort, Pat Everness, Tina Nicholson, Eric James Green and Cyril Brind.

In The Parish
Prayers are asked for all those who live in Gerda Road.

Real Advent Calendar 
Please contact Ruth. Socially distanced deliveries arranged.

Fundraising: We are still collecting for the foodbank and also have a raffle to raise funds. If you would like to join the raffle you can email me back and I can collect money from you at a later date cost is £1 a strip.

Future Events (until further notice)
Sunday 20th December, Nativity Service 10 am
Sunday 20th, December, CTNE Videoed Carol Service 6 pm.

Funerals
29th September, Edith Reed.

100 Club
Thanks to all those who have supported the 100 club to enable it to run for another year. The winner of the October prize draw will be announced in next month’s magazine.

Quiz Results
The September Quiz prize of £14.50 was won by Beryl Garson, whose entry was picked from the correct quiz sheets returned.

Monthly Charity
This month we are raising money for Greenwich Night Shelter, a local charity that provides support for the homeless.

All Saints Choir
Following the information given from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer about singing spreading the virus a lot easier than talking, I don’t think bringing the choir back is a good idea at the current time.
I think we should hold off and wait till it is safer due to the age of the people in the choir and that I work in a school and could end up giving it to the people in the choir without realising.
For more details please contact Aaron Mather by e-mail at  anjmather@gmail.com

Church Magazine Sponsorship

We thank the following sponsors for supporting our monthly magazine. Your sponsorship enables us to distribute the magazine for free. For £10 a month we could include your advert in our printed magazine and include a link to your website here. Please contact the Vicar or Churchwardens for more details.

Please click the image for more information (if available). 

Piano lessons
Our talented young organist, Aaron Mather, Bmus (Hons), will be offering piano lessons for all age and ability levels. Lessons can be for either an hour or half-hour. If you are interested please contact Aaron on 07984783910 or email him on: anjmather@gmail.com

Counselling/bereavement support
On the first Saturday morning of every month from 10.00 – 1.00, Erica Stewart is offering four sessions to anyone of any age who would simply like to talk through issues affecting them in a quiet and completely confidential environment.

Erica is a highly experienced integrative counsellor who has worked for the charity Sands (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) for the last twenty years, where she has supported a large number of parents, grand-parents and siblings. If you are interested in
talking with Erica please let either Annette or Neal know and we will reserve you one of the fifty minute sessions. There is no cost, we ask simply that you make a small donation to All Saints depending on what you can afford

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First Saturday of the Month – Garden Working Party from 10.00 – 12.00
On the first Saturday of every month the Garden Working Party meets, without fail (not even the Beast from the East stopped us!) Any one is welcome to join us, gardening tools and gloves are provided, as we undertake a wide range of jobs, including, digging, weeding, pruning, laying paths and the jewel in our crown – COMPOSTING!

Inspired by the music of little Wings and by the food cooked by gastro-chefs Evelyn, Brenda and Dennis, the first Saturday of the month has become a regular fixture; a testament to the care and affection that so many have for the All Saints Church Gardens.

Stop Press!
The rumours were true. During the refreshment break of a recent Garden Working Party morning, Evergreen Evelyn, the long-time Gardener No 1, made Neal, the ruthlessly ambitious and Machiavellian Gardener No 3, kneel before her and with a symbolic spade,
formally appointed him the new Gardener No 1!

Apparently, Neal had drafted an Oscar speech thanking everyone in his life who had helped to prepare him for such an honour, but fortunately, since his knees are no longer quite what they used to be, by the time he had managed to stand up, the moment had passed!

FAIRTRADE

All Saints is proud to be a Fairtrade Church, we were among the first in our Diocese to declare ourselves as such.

We have pledged to serve Fairtrade beverages wherever we cater and as many other refreshments as possible. We seek to the best of our abilities to uphold & promote the 10 principles of Fairtrade as laid down by the World Fairtrade Foundation:

1. Create Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
2. Transparency and Accountability
3. Fair Trading Practices
4. Payment of a Fair Price
5. Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
6. Commitment to Non-Discrimination, Gender Equality, Freedom of Association
7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions
8. Providing Capacity Building
9. Promoting Fair Trade
10. Respect for the Environment

The above list is a reduced version of the 10 Principles of Fair Trade. To see the full WFTO list, please
visit their website here: www.wfto.com/fair-trade/10-principles-fair-trade

To promote Fairtrade within our Church community, we have a Traidcraft stall in the church hall on
the 3 rd Sunday of each month following the 10am Service where Fairtrade groceries & crafts/gifts
may be purchased or ordered from the Traidcraft catalogue.

All are welcome to visit this stall, even if they do not choose to attend the service. A Traidcraft stall is also available at our twice-a-month
Fairtrade Cafés , held on 2 nd and 4 th Wednesdays in the Savage Room (to the rear of our hall) from 10.30am-12noon where we serve Fairtrade Teas & Coffees (or hot chocolate!) together with homemade cakes (always containing at least one Fairtrade ingredient!) at reasonable prices.

All are welcome to join us for a friendly cuppa & a chat, all profits go to our month’s Good Cause.

For more information on Fairtrade, visit: www.fairtrade.org.uk on Traidcraft, visit: www.traidcraftshop.co.uk