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A (Sometimes) Quarterly Newsletter! All Saints started as a church plant of Canterbury church in 1870. You may possibly know that after the turn of the last century All Saints herself planted churches in Leichhardt, Summer Hill, Marrickville, Stanmore and Enmore. It was a time of furious church growth driven by a theology that placed a big emphasis on the needs of outsiders to hear the gospel over and above the needs of the congregation to be pampered. We gain an insight into the theology of our forerunners simply by looking at what they did. However, looking carefully around the church also tells us a lot about the theological comings and goings over the last 140 years?

Volume III, Issue No 7: October 2010 beautification of the front of the church was completed in this era. The reredos (even the organ was painted to imitate the oak reredos), combined with the previously installed marble elevated steps provided the impression of leading up to a holier space. The large communion table replaced a smaller original, imposes itself within this setting as the central feature one sees from the pews. At the same time, the now redundant side chapel was installed to provide small space for mid-week and private sacramental services (these types of spaces are also found in Roman Catholic cathedrals for private ceremonies). The sacraments were now central to the theology and practice of the church.

You’ve probably noticed that the floor of church slopes to the front. This is a tell tale sign that The ensuing history of All the church was designed for Saints is a matter for preaching – a concern of another occasion, but evangelicals for whom the sadly there was decline relationship between God after WWII and a dabble and man is understood to with charismatic theology. be mediated by the Word of Our present story is one of God. Next, compared to the rebuilding - both physical obstructive stone columns and spiritual. In 2006 the of many churches the cast A theology of Church Architecture Federal Government iron columns provide for completed the sound greater ease of viewing. proofing of the church under is Sydney Aircraft Combine this with the fact that the church is Noise Insulation Program (SANIP). We took relatively wide for its depth – we have again design advantage of the occasion to reconfigure the features indicating evangelical priorities. The pulpit building in a way that reflected its original design (now off to the side), like in many older churches, priorities and suited the needs of 21st century raises the preacher so that he may be easily seen ministry. The unused choir pews were removed as and heard by all. Each of these architectural with the foot high barrier at the leading edge of the features betrays a theological concern by the marble area. This opens up the space for architect and founders for the Word of God to have multipurpose use and invites all into the space. central place in the life of the congregation. No Preaching now takes place from a lectern at the wonder this kind of church ended up planting as centre of the marble area. many local churches as they did!

Buildings & Beliefs

Comparing the colour of the wood in the church betrays a shift in theology priority. The pulpit and pews are original and made of a dark wood, but the wood at the very front of the church (the reredos) is oak. This ornate wall feature was installed in the 1932 as a result of a worldwide theological movement within Anglicanism called the Oxford movement. This movement was a deliberate reCatholicization of the Anglican Church which placed more emphasis on the sacraments and liturgy than on the Word. The impact at All Saints in clear. The Find us online:

More importantly the spiritual rebuilding of the church is also taking place. Thankfully, under God, the congregation is growing, the word is preached and has central place in the life of the congregation. We can thank God for those who spend incredible sums to build a building we can use today for the ministry of the gospel. Let’s hope and pray that we might soon return to an era of church planting where the needs of the lost to Christ trump our own concerns.

Meet the Family! Well meet some of them anyway… We had 60 second interviews with 7 All Saints members, some are new-comers and others (let’s say) have been around a while... Page 2

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Salt October Camp. Each year the Salt youth group goes away for the Salt October Camp, so what did they get up to this year? Page 3

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Blast from the Past! The recent removal of the church fence, and the much anticipated rebuilding has prompted our very own Noel Cragg to dig out some historical records about the building & consecration of the original fence. Page 3

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Rebecca Barrett I've been at All Saints for... Nearly 10 years (Bazz followed us from St. Clements Mosman, such is our influence :) Once upon a time... I wanted to be a vet. But in Year 10 work experience the only thing I saw was cats being desexed or put down, & I realised I didn't have the stomach for it. I find a lot of joy in... hanging out with my boys: Michael, Henry (8) and Tom (6). Snatching time with Michael either having coffee at Cam pos or eating beef noodle soup on King st., Yoga & running for my sanity. It's not fashionable but... I love wea ring ugg boots. They were never meant to leave the house but one day I wore them to yoga and have neve r looked back. You need a bit of bogan in the inne r west. That's why there's a "west" in it! If my life was a book, the title wou ld be… A journey: From a glass half empty to glass half full. I came to All Saints because… it was the first church we went to when we moved Ian Thornell from Cremorne to Stanmore in 2001 and never needed to look elsewhere. One thing I love about All Sain ts is… the plunger coffee and a robust discussion (yes I know that's 2 thing s).

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I've been at All Saints for... 5 years. Once upon a tim e... I knew lots more th an I know now. I find a lot of joy in... doing stuff with Lyn (my wife). It’s not fashionab le but... I like vintag e music (e.g. Quee n). If my life was a book, the title wo uld be... "I think its all starting to make sense". I came to All Sain ts because... Mart in Pakula (next door neighbour at the time) told me it wa s the best in the west, and he was right! One thing I love about All Saints is... the excellence of the teaching.

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That evening a lot of posters were stealthily hung around walls and doors as part of the secret ninja missions, and this year was by far the best effort by everyone to ensure that their chosen person had a great time on camp. All weekend there were posters, banners, decorated chairs, song dedications and thoughtful gifts.

This year 32 teens, 8 leaders, 1 speaker and 3 infants went on the 4th annual Salt October Camp (SOC). Erin (17) fills us in on what went on and her reflections about camp... After a speedy trip down to the campsite together by coach, we dumped our bags and started our first evening by making our own (stick-on) tattoos, which turned out to be a great way to get to know everyone in our cabins (we had to make a ‘cabin badge’ and create matching tattoos for everyone in our cabin). It was lots of fun and we trudged off to bed exhausted but eager for the next day. 3"

Friday morning we were greeted with ice cold showers (the previous campers switched off the hot water system!) and after breakfast we headed off for Quiet Times - a half hour spent reading the bible on your own and praying to God. We did this three times over the weekend and it’s always a great way to make sure that the time spent on camp really is for God, and it gets us fired up for the talks later on. Dan Webster was the speaker this year, and he did a fantastic job preaching to us from the gospel of John. We were very thankful to have him as our speaker. He used great illustrations in his talks, and was really good at connecting to us as Find us online:

teenagers. Throughout the camp we did fun activities like the raft challenge, master chef challenge, talent quest and scavenger hunt. We also had bible studies each day following the talks which was a good way to get to know each other and to talk about questions we had after the talks. This was my fourth year at SOC and every time I learn a lot about God and have a great time away with my friends. I’ve met new people every year and enjoyed the time spent with leaders, building friendships and being encouraged by everyone’s fire for God and eagerness to reach out to everyone on camp. If you’re reading this and you’re in high school, I hope you join us next year at SOC, because it’s so worth it, thanks to the wonderful effort all the leaders put in to make sure camp is the best it can be. Erin Latimer

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K e e p a lo o k o u t f or t he se t h ing s .. . Outreach Poster - October 2010

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Christmas season is drawing closer (decorations are starting to appear in shopping centres everywhere!) and that means that the All Saints & Petersham Evening Church Carols in the Park are coming up too! So set aside Saturday December 18th to be down in Maundrell Park (across the road from All Saints) starting from 6:00pm.

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1. What is the name of the movement that tried to return the Anglican church to Catholicism around the 1930's? 3. The original design of All Saints represents what type of theology? 4. In John 10:9 Jesus says "I am the..." 6. The Outreach poster for October is all about... 7. The name of the decorative woodwork at the front of church is...

WHO ARE THE CHURCH STAFF?!

Senior Minister Antony Barraclough 0413 933 838

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Administrator Chris Daniel 9569 4735

……… Student Ministers …….. David Al Blowes Green 0425 262 060 0407 861 585

Year 13 Charles Cleworth 0430 392 434

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Youth Minister Michael Dicker 0400 308 112

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