All Saints Wokingham Parish Magazine June 2014
June at All Saints this year is a month of festival and thanksgiving from the beginning to the end of the month. To begin we have a festival of music â€“ Wokingham Summer Music Festival. This is five days of concerts, recitals and choral worship in the church, starting on Wednesday 4th June with Vivaldi's Four Seasons. The festival culminates at Pentecost with services of Choral Evensong on Saturday 7th June and festal Choral Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday evening, sandwiching a Saturday night performance of the much-loved Requiem by John Rutter to be sung by All Saints Church Choir; and an All Together Communion service for Pentecost morning. During the week we will welcome world-class guitar player and folk singer Martin Simpson, twice winner of the BBC Musician of the Year award. Going beyond the Western music tradition, there's also the opportunity to enjoy an evening of Indian classical music with vocalist Prabhat Rao and friends. And there is more â€“ please find all the details in the programme flier or on the website www.allsaintsmusic.org.uk The music festival is part of our desire as a church to offer a positive contribution in the life of our local community of Wokingham as a town. We want to make the fullest use of the gifts and resources we have been given by God. A vital and viable church community connects with its wider community. In this way we will sustain an active and living church into the future able to share the good news of God's love in Jesus Christ. Pentecost is the Sunday for celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Jesus. This is the Spirit of God which moves us and fires us to live lives of compassion; which produces love, joy, peace, kindness, generosity,faithfulness, gentleness, selfcontrol. (Galatians 5: 22-23). It's worth celebrating, and looking for more of, the Spirit! And then at the end of the month, we will celebrate and affirm the ministry with children and youth in a special All Together 9.30am Communion service on 29 th June. The service will be planned and led by youth church members. There will be breakfast beforehand and a family picnic afterwards. Please contact our youth leader Kat Vaughan if you'd like to get involved. This will be part of a summer weekend of activity as we hold the Parish Barn Dance on the night before, Saturday 28th June in celebration of The Cornerstone's 10th birthday. The Cornerstone is the single biggest of our projects to make a positive contribution to the life of the local community. The vision we had for The Cornerstone continues to be 1
fulfilled. It's purpose is to enrich the lives of the people of Wokingham and to deepen our spirit of community. A deeper spirit of community involves a greater awareness of the lives of others around us – their interests, their needs, their experiences, their gifts. And more than awareness. It suggests a greater understanding and empathy with those around us too. This means a greater level of interest and concern, a sense of shared interest; that what matters to my neighbour whose life and perspective is very different also matters to me. In fact I don’t see a huge difference in meaning between “deepening our spirit of community” and a more overtly biblical phrase like “love your neighbour as yourself”. I recall at the opening of The Cornerstone someone said to me that they felt good about the Cornerstone because it is obviously a co-operative venture, with different partners involved. After 10 years that is still the case. Our Steering Group made up of representatives of users, residents, the Church Council and the Borough Council has just had its 33rd meeting. The Cornerstone has helped us as a church to unlearn old habits of thought which no longer serve us well in the 21st century. The old way of thinking is that there is a clear and fixed boundary between church and community. Now we see that church and community are intermixed and there is ministry and sharing in all directions – the Spirit of God is not confined to our pre-determined categories! However, old habits of thinking have a way of biting back sometimes. So it's really important, as we celebrate the achievement of the first 10 years of The Cornerstone project and thank God we have sustained the vision, also to re-visit and refresh the spirit in which we first founded it. “Flaming June”is usually said in hope of good weather this month. But this year it can also be about our celebration of the gift of the Spirit; as in the words of one of the prayers for Pentecost Sunday:
Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire; strengthen your children with the gift of faith, revive your Church with the breath of love, and renew the face of the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
David Hodgson 2
Let’s treasure the trees in our churchyards There are some 10,000 Church of England churchyards – that adds up to huge amount of biodiversity involving many thousands of trees. Trees are a traditional feature of churchyards and are valued for their beauty, history and environmental functions as well as for the awe evoked by their longevity, individuality and sheer magnificence of being. Churchyards house a disproportionate number of our country’s most ancient and greatest trees. Trees play a pivotal role in the history of salvation from Creation; two trees in Eden, through the crucifixion (the cross is sometimes referred to as a tree); to the New Jerusalem; trees with leaves for the healing of the nations in Revelation. It is a privilege for the Church to be their guardian, and as such we must be mindful of their care and protection. The CofE is rewriting the Faculty rules which will include new rules on when faculties will be required in tree work. The current situation can be found at www.churchcare.co.uk/images/Trees_Guidance. David Shreeve of the Conservation Foundation
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Clergy and Officers Parish Clergy Rector Associate Priest Honorary Asst. Curate Honorary Priest
The Revd. Canon David Hodgson Vacancy The Revd. Helen Charlton The Revd. Colin James
John Smith Anne King Vacancy Jo Asplin
979 0948 07768 923608
Parish Youth Leader
Judi Arnold Dave Chapman
977 2981 07771 994461
Junior Church Co-ordinator
978 9153 978 1515
Children and Youth
Worship and Music Director of Music (inc. Choir)
Bible Readers’ rota
Flower Guild Chairman
Worship Rota and Prayer Lists Co-ordinator
The Revd. Colin James
Lay Co-Chair of Transforming Worship
Parochial Church Council PCC Secretary
Stewardship Co-ordinator Gift Aid Co-ordinator
Jo Robinson Peter Whittaker
978 9730 978 6225
Clergy and Officers Electoral Roll Officer
Pastoral Care Pastoral Care Team Co-ordinator Home Communion Healing Prayer Group Bereavement Care Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals Transportation
Jo Robinson Barbara Smith Jack Hayley Claire Jones Parish Office Susan Westgate
978 9730 979 4407 978 3939 01344 301888 979 2797 977 1041
First Aid Co-ordinator
Pastoral Care Team Members
Christine Burtenshaw, Sarah Boylan, Pam Gilbey, Jo Robinson, Barbara Smith, Jennifer Spratley, Rosemary Sturmer
Clergy available days:
David Colin Helen Kat
All days except Thursday Mon to Wed, Sat Sun Usually Tuesday & Sunday Tues to Friday and Sun.
The Parish Office (0118 979 2797), in the Cornerstone, can be contacted about church related issues (Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals). It is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm. e-mail:
The Parish Office, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham RG40 1UE
All Saints website:
The Cornerstone: For room bookings and general enquiries please phone 0118 979 7778. Administrator Monica Martin is in the office: Monday 2-5pm, Tuesday 12.15-4.30pm, Wednesday 2-5.30pm, Thursday 1.45 - 6.00pm. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 5
Worship at All Saints Services at All Saints' Church embrace a wide range of formats. An outline is given below but for details and information about occasional services, see the weekly leaflet.
Sunday Services 8.00 a.m.
Holy Communion. A said service with a brief address using the traditional language version of the Common Worship Order One Eucharist.
Parish Communion. The service is sung, with hymns, and follows Common Worship Order One Eucharist. Children are catered for in the CrĂ¨che and Junior Church. On certain special Sundays in the year there is All Together Communion which often includes Parade; children and young people are present throughout and contribute to the worship. Prayer for Healing with Laying on of Hands is offered regularly at certain Parish Communion services (see diary). Coffee is served after the service and this is the weekly 'social gathering' of the Congregation. Please come and meet us there if you are a visitor to the church or would like to get to know us better.
(1st Sunday) Family Service The service is simple with songs, prayers and a talk for children. Everyone is invited but especially parents and children. If you ever worry that your children are too noisy for Church, this is the place to try!
(2nd Sunday) Holy Communion A said service using the Book of Common Prayer.
(3rd Sunday) Family Service
(Some 4th Sundays) Matins using the Book of Common Prayer, usually sung and including a sermon.
(1st - 3rd Sundays) Evensong using the Book of Common Prayer with sermon. Choral Evensong is sung usually on the first and third Sundays of each month. (An alternative form of worship on 4th & 5th Sundays; and Services of Healing)
Weekday Services Morning and Evening Prayer are said, using Common Worship Daily Prayer, at 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. each day from Monday to Saturday. All may, and are encouraged, to attend. These services may be led by a Priest or members of the Laity. Holy Communion is celebrated as follows: Monday
(Common Worship Order One)
(Common Worship Order One with short address, followed by coffee)
Wednesday 10.00 a.m.
(Simple form of Common Worship Order One and short address (particularly for parents and child-minders of babies and pre-school children)
in various Residential Homes
Major festivals are also marked by additional celebrations of Holy Communion. Please see the Parish Diary elsewhere in the magazine, or see our Services leaflet.
******************************************** Home Communion: If anyone knows of a housebound parishioner, either temporarily or long term, who would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact the Parish Office (979 2797). Confirmation, Welcome or Growth Groups: Anyone interested in confirmation, a refresher course, or learning about the Christian faith is invited to join one of the Eureka! groups or a confirmation course - contact Barbara Smith on 979 4407. Baptisms: are usually conducted at a special afternoon service on the last Sunday of each month; or occasionally in Sunday morning services if requested. Baptisms can be booked via the Parish Office (979 2797). Wedding Bookings: Clergy are available in the Cornerstone on Monday from 6.30 pm 7.30 pm and on Saturday from 10.30 am - 11.30 am on an appointment basis. Please book via the Parish Office (979 2797).
Flower Guild “Summer afternoon summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” How right Henry James was when he wrote these words. After all, what could be better, now the high days of summer are here, than to sit in the garden, drinking in the fragrance of all those beautiful flowers that are in full bloom- heaven. With long light evenings giving us the chance to eat outside, basking in the warmth of the late sunshine, entertained by the gentle buzzing of the bees, delicate butterflies fluttering from flower to flower and birds swooping in and out of the trees. Trees are in full leaf and fruit is starting to form with the promise of bumper harvest to come. Hedgerows are filled with wildflower, poppies are waving at the edge of cornfields and the fragile pink flowers of the dog roses delight the eye. It is a time of simple pleasures- a day at the beach, stroll in the countryside, reading a book in the garden, scones with homemade jam and cream, crisp salads and fresh fruit – what could be better.
June Rota June 8th Pentecost Mrs K Thomas, Mrs E Goss, Mrs A Wade, Mrs J Mellor, Mrs L Barrell June 15th
Mrs G Houghton, Mrs L Barrell
Mrs L Taylor, Mrs M Davies
Mrs S James, Mrs E Shelley
For further information contact Lucille Taylor 9786847 or Hazel Matthews 9786700 9
Wokingham & District Association for the Elderly ARE YOU OVER 60 YRS OF AGE ? A warm welcome awaits you at WADE Day Centre in Wokingham if you are over 60. We provide morning coffee, a hot two course lunch and afternoon tea. The centre is open from
10.30am-4.30pm Activities range from quizzes, entertainment, gardening sessions to outings and sing-a-longs. We have a mini bus so may be able to collect and return you. Please phone for details of costs WADE 01189 787 025 and ask for Jane Porter or Stevie on 0791 767 2222
Vacant Please contact editor for details.
All Saints We very much enjoyed welcoming Janice Tattersdil who gave us a demonstration of flower arranging. The three arrangements were raffled off for ‘The Link visiting service’ our charity for this year. We look forward to welcoming John Harrison on 18 June who is giving us a talk on Iceland. We are doing quite a lot of armchair travelling around this year, what with China in March, Iceland in June and in October we hope to go to India. We are still collecting foreign and old British coins, to help raise money for ‘Robbie Robot’ at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. These may be given to Gill Sutterby at 8.00 am or any Fellowship member at 9.30 am services. Our meetings are held in the Cornerstone De Vitre Room at 7.45 pm for 7.55 pm. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings the charge is £1.50. Teas, coffee and biscuits are provided.
Any enquiries contact Gill Sutterby 9770223 ************************* THE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY TABLE We are hoping to have the table in the Cornerstone following the 9.30am service on two or three occasions during June and July. Please see weekly Sunday leaflet for dates.
EARLY BREAKFAST A warm welcome on SUNDAY 29th JUNE to a continental breakfast in the Cornerstone following the 8.00am service or come along before the 9.30am service. We will be serving coffee, tea and fruit juices plus lots of strawberries! Also available bread rolls, croissants etc. If you have a dietary requirement please contact Diana 9792614. 11
WJSC is dedicated to offering FREE support and guidance to people living in the Wokingham Borough. WJSC prides itself on providing friendly, professional support in an atmosphere where you can spend time in a motivational, open environment which can help remove the feeling of isolation that job searching can sometimes bring. You can also interact with staff who are on hand to answer your questions and give dedicated support to you. So come along and see how we can help.
1 to 1 Advisor Support
CV writing Interview techniques/skills/mock Career Matching programme Microsoft office / Internet access/Free WiFi Printing/Telephone Newspapers
Workshops are an integral part of the services that WJSC offer: CV Writing, Interview Skills and Over 50’s are run every 3 – 4 weeks from 10:30 – 12:30pm at The Cornerstone. Contact us to book yourself a place. The Cornerstone Norreys Avenue Wokingham RG40 1UE or call Nicola/Alison Tel: 01189 770517 for an appointment. Email: Jobsearch@wjsc.org.uk. Website: www.wjsc.org.uk 12
If you are looking for a magazine to read you might consider Families First , (formerly Home and Family). It is published 6 times a year and all profits support the work of the Mother'sUnion. The current issue has articles on being a Dad and reflections on fatherhood. Gadget Grandma is looking at the olloclip lens this month. In the last issue she set up her own website. Andrew Wooding reviews websites in his regular feature Families online. There are other regular features like a letters page, childrenâ€™s activity and puzzle pages, book, music and film reviews. A copy is always put in the Cornerstone please do look at it and consider taking out a subscription. (In case you were wondering the olloclip lens attaches to an iPhone or iPod touch.) As I write this the news is full of the girls abducted in Nigeria. Mothers' Union has responded to the call from Archbishop Justin Welby and has a section on their website with prayer pointers and a copy of the prayer written by Elizabeth Smith from the Diocese of Perth Anglican Church of Australia . I pray that by the time you read this the girls are safely home with their families. We are asked to pray for Nigeria in our wave of prayer on June 30th with a prayer for their work with young boys to teach them the responsibilities of family life and a prayer that this work will benefit many future generations of families.
" O God, we cry out to you for the lives and freedom of the 276 kidnapped girls in Nigeria. In their time of danger and fear, pour out your strong Spirit for them. Make a way home for them in safety. Make a way back for them to the education that will lift them up. Hold them in the knowledge that they are not captive slaves, they are not purchased brides, but they are your beloved daughters, precious in your sight. Change the hearts and minds of their kidnappers and of all who choose violence against women and girls. Cast down the mighty from their seat, and lift up the humble and meek, through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen." (Elizabeth Smith) Cont page15 13
Future events. 10th June
Corporate communion 9:30am Lady Chapel
Wave of prayer
Diocesan summer meeting at St Andrew's High Wycombe
7:45 for 8pm Branch Meeting De Vitre Room
Information table and MU e stall after 9:30 service
**************************** PCC report May 2014 The meeting was opened by David Hodgson with prayers in church and he formally welcomed everyone to what was the first meeting of our new PCC and particularly those who were newly elected and those returning after some absence. A number of formal roles and appointments were agreed, most notably with Pam Gilbey becoming Vice Chair. The PCC are there for everyone, therefore, should you have any comments and feedback (positive or otherwise) you’re encouraged to speak to any member of PCC (many were introduced at the 8am and 9:30am Services on Sunday 4th May). An update was given on ‘Mission Action Planning’ and the Open Forum on Saturday 17 th May, when we will be moving to the ‘choose’ phase and looking to work out the priorities for the church. Key themes emerging from the Review Process and first Open Forum in March were; Making our church increasingly approachable and relevant with Outside: In thinking; pushing the boundaries and engaging everyone. By the time you read this article, we really hope that as many people as possible were either able to have attended the second Open Forum or completed the questionnaire. There was a reminder of the upcoming Summer Music Festival, being held at All Saints Church between 4th – 8th June. Please come and enjoy the music – bring your friends and family and let’s make it a huge success!
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8th - Day of Pentecost – Whit Sunday Pentecost took place on the well-established Jewish festival of Firstfruits, which was observed at the beginning of the wheat harvest. It was exactly 50 days after the Passover, the time of Jesus’ crucifixion. A feast day to celebrate the country’s wheat harvest does not sound exactly worldchanging, but that year, it became one of the most important days in world history. For Pentecost was the day that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit - the day the Church was born. Jesus had told his apostles that something big was going to happen, and that they were to wait for it in Jerusalem, instead of returning to Galilee. Jesus had plans for his apostles – but he knew they could not do the work themselves – they would need his help. And so the apostles and disciples waited in Jerusalem, praying together for several days. And then on that fateful morning there was suddenly the sound as of a mighty rushing wind. Tongues of flame flickered on their heads, and they began to praise God in many tongues – to the astonishment of those who heard them. The curse of Babel (Genesis 11: 1- 9) was dramatically reversed that morning. That morning the Holy Spirit came to indwell the apostles and disciples of Jesus: and the Church was born. The Christians were suddenly full of life and power, utterly different from their former fearful selves. The change in them was permanent. Peter gave the first ever sermon of the Christian Church that morning: proclaiming Jesus was the Messiah. His boldness in the face of possible death was in marked contrast to the man who had denied Jesus 50 days before. And 3,000 people responded, were converted, and were baptised. How’s that for fast church growth! Of course Pentecost was not the first time the Holy Spirit had acted in this world. All through the Old Testament there are accounts of how God’s Spirit guided people and strengthened them. But now, because of Christ’s death and resurrection, he could INDWELL them. From now on, every Christian could have the confidence that Jesus was with them constantly, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Courtesy of Parish Pump 17
Parish Diary - June 2014 Sunday
Monday to Saturday 2
1 Holy Communion
Tu Serendipity 8.15pm
Th Julian Group 8.00pm
Tu MU Corporate Communion
Parish Communion All Together
Th To 15th MU Wave of Prayer
Sa Diocesan Summer Meeting
Parish Communion Lay on hands
Tu Serendipity 8.15pm We All Saints Fellowship
Th Healing Prayer Group
Trinity 1 Pr7
We Mothers Union
Peter & Paul
Parish Com. All Together
29th - Feast of SS Peter & Paul - the two most famous apostles The two most famous apostles are remembered this month, for they share a feast day. St Peter (d. c. 64AD), originally called Simon, was a married fisherman from Bethsaida, near the Sea of Galilee. He met Jesus through his brother, Andrew. Jesus gave him the name of Cephas (Peter) which means rock. Peter is always named first in the list of apostles. He was one of the three apostles who were privileged to witness the Transfiguration, the raising of the daughter of Jairus, and the Agony in the Garden. When Peter made his famous confession of faith, that Jesus was the Christ, Jesus recognised it as being the result of a revelation from the Father. He in turn told Peter that he would be the rock on which his Church would be built, that the ‘gates of hell’ would never prevail against it. Peter and the apostles would have the power of ‘binding and loosing’, but Peter would be personally given ‘the keys of the kingdom of heaven’. Jesus also forewarned Peter of his betrayal and subsequent strengthening of the other apostles. After his Resurrection, Jesus appeared to Peter before the other apostles, and later entrusted him with the mission to feed both the lambs and the sheep of Christ’s flock. Peter played a big part in the early Church, and is mentioned many times in the Book of Acts, where in the early chapters he organised the choice of Judas’ successor, preached with stirring authority at Pentecost; and was the very first apostle to work a miracle. Peter went on to defend the apostles’ right to teach at the Sanhedrin, and to condemn Ananias and Sapphira. It was Peter who first realised that Christianity was also for the Gentiles, after his meeting with Cornelius. Later he took a prominent part in the council at Jerusalem, and went on to clash with St Paul at Antioch for hesitating about eating with Gentiles. Early tradition links Peter with an apostolate and martyrdom at Rome. The New Testament does not tell us either way, but Peter being in Rome would make sense, especially as Peter’s first epistle refers to ‘Babylon’, which was usually identified with Rome. Peter’s presence in Rome is mentioned by early church fathers such as Clement of Rome and Irenaeus. Tradition also tells us that Peter suffered under Nero and was crucified head-downwards. There is no conclusive proof either way that St Peter’s relics are at the Vatican, but it is significant that Rome is the only city that ever claimed to be Peter’s place of death. St Peter was a major influence on Mark when writing his gospel, and the First Epistle of Peter was very probably his. (Many scholars believe that the Second Epistle was written at a later date.)From very early times Peter was invoked by Christians as a universal 20
saint. He was the heavenly door-keeper, the patron of the Church and the papacy, a saint both powerful and accessible. In England there were important dedications to Peter from early times: monasteries such as Canterbury, Glastonbury, Malmesbury, Peterborough, Lindisfarne, Whitby, Wearmouth, and especially Westminster. Cathedrals were named after him, too: York, Lichfield, Worcester and Selsey. In all, it has been calculated that 1,129 pre-Reformation churches were dedicated to St Peter, and another 283 to SS Peter and Paul together. Images of Peter are innumerable, but his portraiture remains curiously the same: a man with a square face, a bald or tonsured head, and a short square, curly beard. Not surprisingly, his chief emblem is a set of keys, sometimes along with a ship or fish. St Paul (d. c. 65) Like Peter, Paul also started life with another name: Saul. This great apostle to the Gentiles was a Jew born in Tarsus, and brought up by Gamaliel as a Pharisee. So keen was he to defend the god of his fathers that he became a persecutor of Christianity, and even took part in the stoning of Stephen. He hunted Christians down and imprisoned them, and it was while on his way to persecute more Christians in Damascus that he was suddenly given his vision of Christ. It was the decisive moment of Paul’s life – Paul suddenly realised that Jesus was truly the Messiah, and the Son of God, and that He was calling Paul to bring the Christian faith to the Gentiles. Paul was then healed of his temporary blindness, baptised, and retired to Arabia for about three years of prayer and solitude, before returning to Damascus. From then on Paul seems to have lived a life full of hazard and hardship. He made many Jewish enemies, who stoned him, and wanted to kill him. Nevertheless, Paul made three great missionary journeys, first to Cyprus, then to Asia Minor and eastern Greece, and lastly to Ephesus, where he wrote 1 Corinthians, then to Macedonia and Achaia, where he wrote Romans, before returning to Jerusalem. After stonings, beatings and imprisonment in Jerusalem he was sent to Rome for trial as a Roman citizen. On the way he was shipwrecked at Malta; when he finally reached Rome he was put under housearrest for two years, during which time he wrote the four ‘captivity’ epistles. Later Paul may have revisited Ephesus and even have reached Spain. Tradition tells he was eventually martyred at Rome during the persecution of Nero, being beheaded (as a Roman citizen) at Tre Fontane and buried where the basilica of St Paul ‘outside the walls’ now stands. The belief that Peter and Paul died on the same day was caused by their sharing the same feast day. Courtesy of Parish Pump 21
From Colin Dear Friends Some people look at me with curiosity or disbelief when I describe myself as a feminist! Of course it depends on what you understand by the term. But for me it simply means that I long for a world in which men and women respect and value each other and have equal opportunities to find fulfilment in their personal and professional lives. I am not quite sure quite when (or for that matter why) I came to hold this view. But it certainly had a lot to do with my growing belief that, while we were all equally children of God, the discrimination against women in the church completely failed to honour this. Decades ago when my sister became aware of my growing involvement in the Movement for the Ordination of Women, she said to me, “But as an undergraduate didn’t you always oppose the admission of women to the Oxford Union?” Having always had a strong facetious element in my character, I admit that I replied, “Ah, but some things are sacred!” Of course the truth is that, in this respect at least, I had changed, and for the better. I had attended all boys’ schools from the age of about seven, and in my day my Oxford college was strictly for men only. So I suppose there were some reasons why I was unfamiliar with girls, and perhaps even a little scared of them. All that was to change however, and largely I think because of the one place I did meet them, namely at church. I hope I shall not live to regret saying this, but as time passed I gradually came to realise that I was no longer completely at ease in all male company. I was more comfortable among women, and they make up most of my closest friends! So I was thrilled to be present at St Paul’s Cathedral in May to celebrate twenty years of women priests in the Church of England. In June I shall attend a similar event in Oxford. That too will doubtless be full of joy and thanksgiving, of re-discovering old friends from the campaigning days, reliving the moments of shared happiness, but also of setbacks sometimes bordering on despair. One of the worst aspects of this in past years has been the unpleasantness, even cruelty, displayed by some of those wanting to keep the doors tightly shut against women. Things have been said and done which cannot by any stretch of the imagination be called Christian. And all this time the world has looked on scornfully and too often been justified in saying “See how these Christians hate each other!” But God is good, and little by little the divine love has worked to bring about a transformation. 22
Regular readers of this magazine will know (and perhaps be sick of) how often I have returned to subject of our painfully slow and tortuous progress towards accepting women bishops. But now the prospects are very good indeed. In July the General Synod will be asked to give final approval to the necessary legislation. In view of the overwhelming support this has been getting in the dioceses (more than ninety percent in most cases) it must surely be unthinkable that it could fail again, as it did in 2012. Now we look forward to the first women bishopsâ€™ being nominated before the end of the year. And with the retirement of our wonderful Bishop John Pritchard of Oxford at the end of October, might we just hope that our new bishop could be one of the first women to be consecrated? John has been such a strong supporter of this development that it would seem highly appropriate. We need also to pay tribute to Archbishop Justin for his vital role in moving us forward. With his unparalleled experience of reconciling people who disagree he has, greatly strengthened by the Holy Spirit, got the Church at last to start behaving like people who love each other. Thank God for that and for him. At last the Church will be able to hold up its head again and start to offer a lead in tackling the many other areas in life in which women are still shamefully undervalued, or worse. Meanwhile thank God also for sending us Anna to be our seventh woman priest at All Saints. And thatâ€™s not counting those who began their training here and went elsewhere to minister. I know we shall all give Anna a very warm welcome, and in no time we shall be appreciating the many qualities God has given her to share with us. With love and prayers
Colin ******************* A Visit to Rome and The Vatican On Sunday, June 22 following the 9.30 service, in the DeVitre room, open to all ,Monica Martin will talk to us about her visit to Rome and The Vatican for the Installation of Cardinals earlier this year. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster is her cousin.
Jan Douglas 23
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An interview with Esme Few
Anne King I met Esme at her very appropriately named home, Cat's Haven to talk about music, young people and her generosity. The Esme Few Fund has been established with a very generous donation from Esme herself to train and support young singers people who might be on a similar journey to the one she followed from Caversham to Kuwait and back to Wokingham. Esme tells me that she comes from a musical family: her father a proficient tenor and brother, Eric, a pianist as a boy and later an accomplished organist and choir master at Holy Trinity, Bracknell. Eric’s piano teacher wanted Esme to learn too, but Esme was not so keen and her father suggested singing lessons instead. Esme was delighted and aged 11, she started classes with Mrs Leaman, (known to her friends as “The Yorkshire Nightingale”) and trained as a contralto soloist. Her Presbyterian family worshipped at St Paul’s in Reading but Esme wanted to be confirmed and went to St Peter’s church, where of course they had a choir, but this was not one in which Esme sang. Esme always wanted to be a nurse. She had her eighteenth birthday in 1943. So it was not difficult for her to decide what to contribute to the war effort. She trained at Guys Hospital and this was her first choral singing experience. Mostly though she was singing solos in concerts and pantomimes, where she was cast as the principal boy. When she got to Kuwait in 1979, she started regular choral singing when she joined five others in a very small choir at St Paul's Church in Ahmadi, a church in the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. When she retired in 1983 she returned to Berkshire and came to All Saints, where she auditioned for the choir, led then by Tony Kemp. He told her she was no good at sight reading, but her voice was good so he would accept her. Within days she was made "Mistress of the Wardrobe” and was washing a mass of surplices for the smaller choir members. Her neighbour’s young daughter asked "Why does the lady who has moved in next door have all those little white nighties hanging on the line?” Esme never married but she told me that if she had had children, she would have wanted them to be musical. She has found it a joy to work alongside young people in choir. The joy was sometimes tempered on the choir trips ….. Esme was always the appointed first aider and she has dealt with wasp stings, asthma, cuts, blisters and bruises, sickness and home sickness. On one occasion her bedroom was flooded when a choir member ignored the "not working" sign on a toilet door, climbed over the partition and pulled the chain – and only then discovered that the notice really 28
meant what it said. Sometimes the joy seems to come in an unusual way – “we could have washed up for ever” is Esme’s report of the trip to Worcester where the window over the kitchen sink had a beautiful view of the Malvern Hills. I could not leave an interview without asking Esme about her favourite music. “Very classical” she said. “Tallis, Britten, Debussy and ..... then of course Rachmaninov and Rutter...........yes they are probably my favourites”. Why an Esme Few fund? Esme has set up the Fund to help others have the same chances she did. It is not just for the practical training but also for the self-esteem that she hopes they will gain from their singing role. And she has set it up now while she is alive to see some of the good things it is doing. The fund now stands at £4,530 and has paid already for the training of some young people and grants to young choristers. You will see collection plates for contributions to the fund at all our concerts (usually conveniently positioned near the refreshments) or a cheque may be handed to the Rector or the Director of Music at any time. Donations may of course be gift aided. Cheques should be made payable to All Saints Church, and marked Esme Few fund on the reverse. .
What does a youth worker actually do? What have I been doing with my time?
Friday Drop In (FDI) ran for 11 years on a Friday Evening as a drop in youth club for young people. (This has closed for the moment due to low volunteer numbers)
Xpansion – fortnightly on a Wednesday evening for sch yrs 8+
Monthly youth socials – sch yrs 6+ once a month on a Saturday evening
Links with the community development worker and organising joint initiatives
Planning with local church youth workers about how we can better our links with the council youth provision
Links with other local church and secular youth workers to run joint events, such as The Warehouse ( a youth event held in Trademark Windows showroom in Molly Millars Industrial estate. Bi- monthly. And the now finished WOW worship event for young people
Weekly lunchtime club in St.Crispins on a Wednesday in conjunction with Soulscape (WASCWT)
Lessons in St.Crispins, in conjunction with Soulscape.
Assemblies in All Saints School
Transition work for sch yrs 6 as they go into Yr 7, lessons, lunchtime clubs, going to the new school with them, etc
One off events for schools – Easter Experience etc
Pastoral support for young people
Sunday morning youth sessions in the church sch yrs 6+
Messy Church Training
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What could we be doing?
Start up a weekly drop in club again Boys groups/ Girls groups – developing skills, and also self-esteem
Youth café after school School Holiday provision drop in / programme of events Sponsored events to raise money for charity Groups for older young people Detached youth work around the estate in the evenings Youth festival Mentoring Youth Community Action/ Social Justice Activities Youth weekends away More specialised training for volunteers Midweek house group for youth. Young people leading team What do we need in order to do this?
People - more volunteers, who are willing to commit to the activity/ activities. Train as a mentor Pray for the work Help set up/ take down Offer admin support Help prepare crafts/ come up with craft ideas Occasional volunteers Tuck Shop. Serve Drinks
Resources – equipment and finance
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Why does a youth worker do what they do? Kat’s Rap If there’s noise and chaos and mess around, In the middle of it all, a youth worker’s found. It’s not just Sundays and youth club nights. It’s about interceding, praying, fighting those fights It’s fighting for honesty, integrity, discipleship and passion, Even when those words have gone out of fashion, It’s seeing hurts, and responding to needs, It’s a heart calling, and not just good deeds, It’s fighting and pushing when doors seem to close, Seeing the pain that no-one else knows. Our role is this, I think it’s quite clear, We need to show Gods love, without fear, To a young generation bombarded by lies, Look closely, see what’s behind their eyes, Let’s stand up, jump up, get out of our pews, Tell the next generation this life-changing news, There’s visions and plans and opportunities ahead, Let’s show this generation that God’s not dead.
From the Parish Register Baptisms 27 April
Marriages Matilda Rae Harwood Chloe Joana Showell Amy Louise Showell Bobby-Jay Clarke Kimmy Louise Clarke Zach Frederick Stuart Brombley Kai Michael James Brombley
4 May Mark Andrew Scott with Emily Frances Deniece Jones 17 May Edward James Thorne with Amy Catherine Halliday
Burial of Ashes 15 April George Albert Rose 30 April Lance Anthony Lake 13 May Arthur William Rance
Age 90 Age One month Age 98
At Easthampstead Park Crematorium 2 May Phyllis Doreen Beales
Funeral in Church followed by Cremation at Easthampstead Park Crematorium 28 April Peter Scott-Dunn CVO MRCVS Age 89 14 May Cyril Percy Till Age 89
Communicants Recorded Number of Sundays Sundays Weekdays
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