Vicar's quarterly update - January 2020

12th January 2020

My last update was on 15th September 2019; much has happened since then.

Significant events:

Revd Beverly Watson
  • The Church Seating Consultation on 17th November – to review the work of the Church Seating Group. There is a clear sense (70% of those who responded to the questionnaire) that there is a need for more comfortable, flexible and attractive seating, for both our own needs and the needs of the wider community. The PCC have approved that we replace the pews with chairs. The process now begins,  involving applying for a Faculty and setting up a separate fund to pay for the new furniture. We plan to refurbish the floor as part of the project.
  • The launch of the Resource Library at All Saints on 30th November. The Library has relocated from Church House Guildford, as part of the Diocesan central team review. Ven. Paul Davies came to the open the Library, and people are starting to use it on a regular basis.
  • Worship Review, November 2019. We have had 75 responses from a wide range of people. The Worship Vision Group looked will look at the results on 13th January, and will make proposals for the PCC to consider.

Special Services:

  • Harvest Festival on the 22nd September, preceded by our Supper and Quiz night the day before. The Sunday was a lovely church and community event, with a special All-Age Communion. The flowers were beautiful. We also held Harvest Festivals at All Saints for both our local schools, and another one at Dray Court.
  • Patronal Festival on the 3rd November. We held an All-Age Communion in the morning, and a beautiful choral evensong in the evening which many people came to. Our choir has been given a boost by the new choral scholars, under the directorship of Jeremy Barham (now a professor at the university).
  • Christmas Services. We began with an Altogether Worship Christingle on Advent Sunday, and carried right through to our Epiphany Service last Sunday. Some very special moments of note;  Nine Lessons and Carols with an extended choir; Nativity and Crib Service which the children and young people led beautifully; Midnight Communion with quite a few people from the local community; Christmas day bake-off which I particularly enjoyed! New people came along, and some have come back since then.

Special events:

  • Bonfire and Fireworks on the 9th November. Almost sold-out as usual. The rain stopped just in time for people to come, and it turned into a lovely, still evening. Great church and community event – one of our best. Thanks to Events Vision Group.
  • All Saints got Talent on the 7th December at Willow Grange. Great display of a wide range of talents, from people of all ages. Delicious meal cooked by the Events team once again.

Beyond the walls of our church:

  • Young people took part in a play at St. Francis’ church, to celebrate 800 year anniversary of St. Francis meeting the Sultan.
  • Work in and with the schools continues to grow: assemblies, services in church, Messy Church now in 3 different locations.
  • Dray Court Service continues to grow; many thanks to our gifted and able team.

Behind the scenes:

A huge amount of work goes on, particularly in the areas of our buildings, finance, missions, pastoral care, administration and Children & Young people.

Looking forwards:

  • Lent, Holy Week and Easter. The Lent Courses start on 28th February (daytime) and 4th March (evening), and a Reflection Morning at Willow Grange on 14th March. The Palm Sunday donkey is booked again this year!
  • Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) on 15th March. We’re looking for new PCC members and a new deputy warden. Please apply!
  • I’d value your prayers for my eye, which is slowly recovering; it is likely to take 6-9 months for improvement to happen.

Revd Beverly Watson

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