Vicar's quarterly update

15th September 2019

Revd Beverly Watson

What’s been happening at All Saints over the past three months, and since our last update on the 23rd June?

Sunday 23rd June: Youth Led Social at Willow Grange. A dozen or so of our young people served at a Clergy Families event for over 100 people, then enjoyed a BBQ and boating together afterwards

27th June: First meeting to discuss the relocation of the Diocesan Resource Centre to All Saints. The library will move to All Saints on the 5th November, in time for the launch on the 30th November.

29th June: Friends International BBQ hosted at All Saints, 60 or so people attending.

Saturday 6th July: All Saints Summer Fete! A wonderful occasion enjoyed by both church and community. Thanks to Henrietta Harding for leading the venture so skilfully.

Sunday 7th July: Songs of Praise, and farewell to Revd Phillip Jones, URC minister living in the parish.

10th July: First meeting of the Church Seating Group, to explore the possibility of new seating in the main body of the church. Comments to Paddy and Richard Pointer by the end of September please. There will be a parish consultation on Sunday 17th November at 11.30am.

Sunday 14th July: First Sunday of our preaching series on the 'Five Marks of Mission'. Thanks to Alison Moulden, Julie Shaw and the Altogether Worship Team for their contributions.

16th July: Messy Church at Onslow Infants on a creation theme. More than 60 people attended.

Sunday 28th July: Strawberry tea and produce sale at the Vicarage. Thanks to our wonderful events team.

During August: Much work done on our new website; many thanks to Trish. The website will be launched towards the end of this month; keep an eye out!

During August: Much work done by our Premises Vision Group including: redecoration of the Reading Room; refurbishment of the garden area with new turf, and renovated sand pit; new LED lighting in the hall.

21st August: 'Holiday at Home' at Dray Court. Lovely afternoon of games, activities and singing; supported by a strong team from All Saints, supplemented by Julie Lodge and some of our young people.

7th September: Autumn work morning including: completion of the painting of the Reading Room, cleaning in church, and also hedging and clearing in our outside spaces. All followed by lunch at the Vicarage.

Sunday 8th September: Return of our Choir after the summer break, and the beginning of a new term for Children’s Church. Then the church family picnic, for which beautiful sunny weather attracted a good number of people, including some of our families with young children. A game of French cricket was enjoyed my many of us!

As ever, there is much to give thanks for and to celebrate. Many thanks to all who give so much to make All Saints the very special community that it is. And many thanks to our Lord for his ongoing faithfulness to us.

Revd Beverly Watson