Diary Dates for January 2021
-. Sunday 3rd EPIPHANY 10.00 am Holy Communion
-. Thursday 7th 11.00 am Holy Communion
-. Sunday 10th 10.00 am Holy Communion
-. Wednesday 13th 7.30 pm PCC (Zoom)
-. Thursday 14th 11.00 am Holy communion
-. Sunday 17th 10.00 am Holy Communion
-. Monday 18th 7.30 pm CTNE (Zoom)
-. Thursday 21st 11.00 am Holy Communion
-. Sunday 24th 10.00 am Holy Communion
-. Wednesday 27th 11.00 am Chapter Meeting (Zoom)
-. Thursday 28th 11.00 am Holy Communion
-. Sunday 31st 10.00 am Holy Communion
These are subject to the R rate and also what is safe for us to do in church. Please do look at the notice boards in church and outside church as well as our website
A happy and prosperous new year to us all, may 2021 be better than 2020, and we pray for continued recovery and restoration of our world.
The winner of the £175 December prize draw was Neil Long.
Due to lockdown restrictions the November picture quiz deadline was extended to Sunday 27th December 2020. The answers appear later in this magazine and the winner will be announced next month.
Collecting pennies for Penny (de Marcés/Everness), from our parish, to support her missionary work in Peru is a continuing charity we support. We are grateful that Cynthia Peacock maintains contact with Penny and her family, who send a monthly newsletter, an extract, “Praying for Peru”, featured in last month’s magazine. (Still available on our website).
Bexley Food bank
For some years we have been collecting food donations for the Bexley food bank, and have continued to do so when All Saints has been able to be open to receive them. Our thanks go to Simon Garson for delivering your donations to Avery Hill Christian Fellowship where the Bexley food bank is located.
We are grateful to Ruth and Graham Fancett for continuing to hold FairTrade Cafés during the restricted periods last year. To maintain social distancing these were held in their garden and numbers restricted. £146 was raised for Traidcraft exchange. We were extremely lucky to have had such wonderful weather.
At their meeting on 13th January the PCC will be deciding which monthly charities to support for the rest of the year. Suggestions for deserving causes will be welcomed.
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.
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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: email@example.com
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
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.
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!
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.