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From the Rector — August/September One of the advantages of living in a more multi-cultural society than we used to be – apart from discovering great new foods and music for instance – is that we get to see our own inherited culture a little more clearly, as others see us. We understand better both its strengths and its weaknesses. It happens in everyday conversations between people of different backgrounds; at the office or in the taxi, about family traditions, for example. One of the strengths of “Western” culture is the freedom and priority it gives to the individual. Though it may not always happen in practice, it is a value and a belief of modern Western culture that people are free to choose what they make of their lives. This value has grown in importance through history and one reflection of it is the growth in freedom for women. This shows me that Western culture has developed something good and important. Strengths also provide clues as to limits. The very thing which is a strength in a culture can also give rise to its weaknesses. The down side of individualism, when it goes too far, is a loss of connection and community. Families care less for their members. Relationships become expendable. The gap between the rich and the poor widens. The hidden costs of individual choices in lifestyles get dumped on to other people and the environment without caring about the impact on them. A recent report by the Children’s Society charity highlighted the “excessive individualism” of society in Britain as the main reason why children in this country have the lowest levels of well-being of any developed economy. Excessive individualism can blind us to the importance of interconnection and community. It seems one reason why the global financial system virtually collapsed last year was that lots of people in the financial world were doing their own thing without really understanding what and how others were doing, but also knowing that their jobs were on the line if they didn’t keep up with the Jones’ (or the Goldmans’ maybe as you might say in this case!). So they lost sight of the bigger picture.
Europe has the lowest reported level of belief in God, or gods, of any region in the world. The average atheist blogger will tell you this is because modern Western culture has seen the scientific light – thanks to people like Darwin - and shed itself of illusions about other worlds. But historians of Western culture know the real reasons are far more complicated than that. Why is it that 500 years ago in Britain it was the social norm to both believe in God and express it, but now it’s a minority belief? The reasons for that change are probably to do more with the rise of individual freedom than of science. This happens because people are now free to make up their own mind about God; which is a strength; but the weakness is, people don’t get round to it, because modern society protects us, blinds us really, from any need to think about God and the bigger picture. Some religious leaders in the world therefore regret the increase in individual freedom; and others are actively opposing it. I believe this is a mistake for religious people to make. Instead, we need to embrace the freedom of the individual which Western culture offers, welcome it and promote it (so, for example,women bishops now, not later!) It gives all faith communities more opportunities to share their vision of life without the sense that they are trying to impose it or “brainwash” others. The more freedom people have to disbelieve in God if they so choose the happier religious leaders should be! But of course the down sides of individualism in Western culture need to be addressed vigourously as well. There needs to be support for other values which restrain the excesses of individual freedom. This is why faith communities like local churches have such an important role in our communities today. We offer a home place for people who care for community and the bigger picture to come together and learn together. The local church enables people to get involved together to support and strengthen the wider community. Supporting children and families, education and nurture, relationships, and the natural world, are all part of this vision. This is not about being judgemental or “better” than others – it is about finding a well of fresh water when thirsty and wanting to drink from it and share it. If you do have the opportunity for a holiday this summer – and even if not – I hope that you have some respite from the usual busy routines of life and get a chance to think calmly about where you fit in the bigger picture! David Hodgson
CLERGY and OFFICERS Rector Assistant Curate Community Priest (Youth) Honorary Assistant Curate Church Wardens
The Revd. David Hodgson 979 2999 Vacant The Revd Michael Johnson 979 0098 The Revd. Colin James 978 1515 Jo Robinson 978 9730 John Smith 979 0948 Margaret Raggett 962 9378 Director of Music David Rance 947 6734 Head Server Chris Gillham 978 3948 Deputy Head Server Ruth Smith 978 7065 Tower Foreman John Harrison 978 5520 PCC Secretary Vacant: Could you be of help? Deputy PCC Secretary John Smith 979 0948 PCC Treasurer Stephen Smith 979 4407 Deputy PCC Treasurer John Alp 979 2797 PCC Treasurerâ€™s Team Margaret Hawkins 962 9792 Dickon Snell 978 1044 Gift Aid Co-ordinator Peter Whittaker 978 6225 Honorary Verger Vacant Electoral Roll Officer Joyce Baldry 978 8506 Stewardship Recorder Jim Creech 377 4194 Flower Guild Chairman Pam Gilbey 978 5694 Children & Youth Co-ordinator Margaret Raggett 962 9378 Parish Secretary Jo Asplin 979 2797 Clergy days off: David Hodgson Thursday Colin James Thurs/Fri Michael Johnson Saturday The Parish Office (0118 979 2797), in the Cornerstone, can be contacted about church related issues (Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals). It is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.15 am to 1.00 pm and for urgent matters or by telephone on Monday and Thursday from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. e-mail: email@example.com The Parish Office, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham RG40 1UE All Saints website: www.allsaintswokingham.org.uk The Cornerstone : For room bookings and general enquiries please phone 0118 979 7778. Monica Martin, Administrator, 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
WORSHIP 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. 9.30 a.m.
11.15 am. 11.15am
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. The last Sunday in the month is Parish Communion for the Whole Church and often includes Parade, children 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) No Service (2nd Sunday) Holy Communion. A said service using the Book of Common Prayer.
(3rd Sunday) No Service Occasionally Baptisms will take place during this time
(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 Sunday 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 Tuesday
9.30 am. 9.30 am.
Wednesday 10.00 am.
(Common Worship Order One) (Common Worship Order One with short address, followed by coffee) (Simple form of Common Worship Order One and short address (particularly for parents and child minders of babies and pre-school children)
Friday in various Residential Homes Major festivals are also marked by additional celebrations of Holy Communion. Please see diary, or for whole year’s dates, see leaflet “Days to Remember at All Saints”.
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 O f f i c e on 979 2797 TRANSPORT. Pat Forsyth (979 7023) or Sue Farrington (978 2371).
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Flower Guild I do so love blue flowers – delphiniums, agapanthus and scabious all so tempting to buy and yet impossible to use in church. Blue is a recessive colour and so however you try to use it in an arrangement it always looks like a black hole when viewed from afar. Really the only place it can be arranged successfully is the porch where there is plenty of light and the flowers are seen from close by. Normally at this time of year I have an enormous pot of agapanthus creating a stunning display on my patio but as they came from South Africa they were victims of our harsh winter. We are always told not to dig anything up for at least six months until we are positive that it is dead - I am now able to see the tiniest of agapanthus shoots appearing in my pot although I suspect that it will be many years before it recovers, if ever!
Dates for your Diary Wedding Workshop – Thursday August 13th at 7.30pm If you would like to help and have not already given me your name, please ring by the beginning of August. Guild meeting – Wednesday September 2nd at 8pm Those of you who came to the ‘Fun with Leaves’ day will be able to use your cube vase in a totally different style of arrangement at this meeting. We still have some vases to spare (approx £2) but you will need to let me know if you would like us to keep one for you. Details of the arrangement will be displayed on the Guild cupboard in the vestry and in the weekly sheet nearer the time. Harvest Festival arranging – Thursday September 24th at 7.30pm There will be choristers’ exams taking place in church on the Saturday and so in order to give everyone a chance to help we will be arranging on Thursday evening. Pam Gilbey
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Flowers in church during August and September Mrs J Goodchild Miss B Branson Mrs L Barrell Mrs P Gilbey Mrs B Hayley Guild Members Mrs E Goddard Mrs J Potter Mrs G Jones Mrs L Williams Mrs K Thomas Mrs S Boylan Mrs M Hughes Mrs V Briault Mrs T Freeston Mrs J Tatterdill Mrs J Jones Harvest Festival
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CHANGES QUIZ The Transfiguration Aug 6, was when Jesusâ€™ appearance was changed. These 5 Bible characters and 5 people well known for other reasons, changed their names, not their appearance. Can you give their original names? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Abraham Sarah Paul Israel Peter Ringo Starr Marilyn Monroe Eminem Bob Dylan Mohammed Ali Answers are on pg. 37
Mothers’ Union We are delighted to welcome our branch treasurer, Mr Keith Goddard as our newest branch member; Keith was enrolled at our July Corporate Communion. Corporate Communion will continue as usual over the summer break, but there will be no branch meeting during August. At our September meeting we will welcome Mrs Sylvia Haslam to talk about the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Anyone who is interested in coming along will be most welcome. Please would members also remember our fund-raising after the 9.30am service on 13th September. There will be an Archdeaconry Day on Tuesday 29th September at St. Peter’s, Earley, when there will be a guest speaker. For more information on any MU matters or for a lift to meetings, please call Valerie (978 7363) or Mary (978 2678).
Dates for your Diary Tues 11th Aug
Tues 8th Sept
Corporate Communion Branch meeting
Sun 13th Sept
Coffee after 9.30 am service
Tues 29th Sept 10 for 10.30
Archdeaconry Day at St. Peter’s, Earley (until 12:30)
Group of the Month for August: Serendipity SERENDIPITY evolved in 1997 from the Journey of Faith course organised by Martin Haslam and Barbara Smith and is now one of our Eureka house-groups. Those who attended the course felt they would like to continue with their studies – and it has run continuously since then with various leaders and members. The well chosen name came from the publishers of the Journey of Faith study books - Serendipity - which is described as meaning the effect by which one accidentally discovers something. Judith Clark hosts the meetings which are held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month (excluding holidays). The Lifebuilder Bible Study books are used and over the years many parts of the bible have been read with “New Testament Characters” being the current guidebook. As a group on some Tuesdays we have supported Colin James, Chairman of the local branch of the Council of Christians and Jews, by attending meetings at many interesting churches as well as at a synagogue. On asking the group what Serendipity meant to them a common theme evolved: Makes us dip into the bible - Share views and opinions - Support, friendship and laughter. The current members are: Judith Clark, Shirley Colwill, Anne Hawkins, Margaret Hawkins, Mary Hopkins, Peter Mason and Ris May Please pray for our housegroup as we continue on our "Journey of Faith" Please remember ‘Serendipity’ in your prayers during August
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All Saints Friday Drop-In (FDI) Next year it will be 10 years since All Saints Church began to explore how we could better serve the young people of our immediate community. Led by the then Youth Committee we met with local young people, youth workers and interested members of All Saints congregation and Friday Drop-In (FDI) was born. The FDI leaders’ team always welcomes new members and this is a good time to join as we begin to plan a new year and anticipate a new intake of young people. There is a range of roles and training is given. As a team we’ll be meeting in early September to plan the programme and update any training needs. So please get in touch if you think you might like to join us. Feel free to speak to any of the current team to find out more. Lorraine Hodgson, Jo Robinson, John Smith, Chris Frame, Simon Martin, Mike Moulds, Helen Charlton, Peter Fellows, James Taylor
ALL SAINTS CHURCH SOCIAL COMMITTEE SUNDAY 30th AUGUST Tickets go on sale for HARVEST SUPPER on SATURDAY 3rd OCTOBER. Please get your tickets from Su McArthur at 8.00am service and a member of Social Committee at 9.30am. only until TUESDAY 28th SEPTEMBER SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER service
Coffee in Church following 9.30am
SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER Light refreshments in Cornerstone following 3.00pm Animal Service CHILDRENS’ ACTIVITY TABLE – The table will be in the Cornerstone after the 9.30am service on some Sundays in autumn. Please see weekly leaflet for dates.
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HARVEST FESTIVAL FLOWERS The time is fast approaching when harvest will again be here. Each year we make small flower arrangements and distribute them to the local care homes, elderly members of the congregation, the sick and housebound, home communicants and those bereaved during the past year. Each year our request for help is so generously responded to by many of you. Thank you. I hope this year is no exception. DONATIONS REQUIRED This year we need to replenish our financial resources, to ensure Harvest Flowers can be bought. Please look out for the forthcoming retiring collection and give what you can. Any monies over and above requirements will be kept in a fund for harvest flowers in subsequent years. We are in need of small, round, clear plastic containers of the sort used by the supermarkets to put fresh olives in. They must have no writing on please. If you have any, please save them. These can be donated to Evelyn Goddard or me, nearer the time. Or perhaps you can provide some greenery or berries from your garden (for small arrangements) on the morning of Saturday 26th September? Just bring them to church on the day. ASSISTANCE REQUIRED Making the Arrangements We are also looking for assistance on Saturday morning, the 26th September to make small flower arrangements. You do not even need to be a flower arranger and children (7 year olds+) are welcome to get involved too, though we do ask that you accompany the younger ones especially. All flowers will be provided but greenery and berries suitable for small arrangements would be greatly appreciated. If you could also bring a pair of secateurs / scissors with which you can cut the greenery, it would also help. We usually spend a pleasant morning in the corner of the church, whilst the flower arrangers work their magic on larger arrangements in the church. You are welcome to pop in for half an hour or as long as you like!
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Distributing the Arrangements After the Harvest Festival, we are very much in need of firm offers of help from volunteers from 9am on Monday 28th September, who can assist in distributing the flowers to a number of addresses in the local neighbourhood. Please notify me in advance and meet at the Vestry door at church. We aim for each person to deliver no more than about 6 or 8 arrangements in a similar locality and close to where you live (maps will be provided if necessary). Obviously, the more volunteers we have, the fewer deliveries per person! We usually have approximately 60 to deliver in total and they are all with small cards. All that needs to be said is “With compliments from All Saints Church, Wokingham” or you are welcome to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers. They can be left on the doorstep if no-one is in. It is not an onerous task and often a delight to receive some of the responses first hand. Please don’t be shy about coming forward! It helps if you have the use of a car but even the delivery of one or two can make a big difference. Finally, I wish to say a big thank you to all those who assist in any way with these things, whether it be once in a while or consistently each year; whether it be spiritual support through prayer or physical support over the harvest festival weekend, it really helps to make a difference to those who most need our assistance and care. With gratitude, Sue James.
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MUSIC LIST - August/September 2009 Sunday
Trinity 8 - 2nd August
Eucharist: Archer - St Mark's Setting
Hymns Service Sunday
Trinity 9 - 9th August
Eucharist: Archer - St Mark's Setting
Trinity 10 - 16th August
Eucharist: Archer - St Mark's Setting
Trinity 11 - 23rd August
Eucharist: Archer - St Mark's Setting
Trinity 12 - 30th August
Eucharist: Archer - St Mark's Setting
Hymns Final Voluntary Service
Evening Healing Service
Trinity 13 - Creationtime begins - 6th September
Eucharist: Archer - St Mark's Setting
He that shall endure to the end - Mendelssohn
Prelude in G major (BWV 568) â€“ J.S.Bach
MUSIC LIST - August/September 2009 Service Introit Responses Psalm Canticles Hymns Music Final Voluntary
Choral Evensong Cantate Domino – Pitoni Spedding 119, vv. 41-56 Stanford in C
Sunday Service Hymns Music Final Voluntary
Trinity 14 - 13th September Eucharist: Archer - St. Mark's Setting
Service Psalm Hymns Music Final Voluntary
Sung Evensong: Ferial Responses (McKie Amen) 119, vv. 73-88
Sunday Service Psalm Hymns Music Final Voluntary
Trinity 15 - St Matthew - 20th September Eucharist (Healing): Archer - St Mark's Setting 54
Said Evensong with Piano
Sunday Service Hymns Music Final Voluntary
Trinity 16 - Harvest Festival - 27th September Whole Church Communion
Choral Eucharist at 18.30
Exsultate justi - Viadana Prelude & Fugue (Op. 18) - César Franck
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life - Malcolm Archer Introduction-Chorale and Menuet Gothique - Boëllman DAR
O Lord, the maker of all thing – Mundy Short Prelude and Fugue in C (BWV 553) – J.S.Bach
Teach me O Lord - Thomas Attwood Fugue in E flat (“St. Anne”, BWV 552)- J.S.Bach ---
Thou visitest the earth – Maurice Greene Canon in D – Pachelbel DAR
Little Organ Mass - Haydn
Tantum ergo – Laloux
Prelude to a Te Deum - Charpentier
Parish Diary for August 2009 Sunday
Monday to Saturday
Tu 08.15 pm Serendipity
We Flower Guild
Th 08.00 pm Julian Group
Trinity 9 08.00am
Tu Mothers' Union
Tu 08.15 pm Serendipity
We All Saints Fellowship
Th Healing Prayer Group
Parish Communion (not Whole Church)
and 4.30: Holy Baptism
Forthcoming Events Choir on holiday this month September information was not yet available at time of printing
ANIMAL SERVICE This year the service is on SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER at 3.00pm. We are delighted to welcome The Bishop of Oxford, The Right Reverend John Pritchard as guest speaker. After the service we look forward to seeing you in the Cornerstone for light refreshment – that is refreshment for all whether you usually walk on two or four legs, fly, swim, jump, gander climb, slither, gallop, crawl, waddle, have skin, scales, feathers, fur, shell or whatever – just come along! From Diana Clifford: Marcelle Williams asked me to put this reminder about the Animal Service in the magazine as she is still in hospital. I am sure you join with me in asking for God’s Blessing for her and that she will be at the service and taking care of God’s creatures as she has done all her life.
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Anointing at All Saints The practice of anointing has its origins in earliest biblical times. We read in Genesis 28.v.18 that Jacob poured oil on the stone on which he laid his head when he dreamt the dream of the ladder leading from earth to heaven with, “the angels of God ascending and descending on it”. In the Book of Exodus, in Chapter 30, we read that God instructed Moses to take some of the finest spices and mix them with olive oil to make a “holy anointing oil” with which he was instructed to, “anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the covenant, and the table and all its utensils, and the altar of incense…..you shall consecrate them in order that they be most holy.” Finally God told him to, “anoint Aaron and his sons that they may serve as my priests”. In 1 Samuel, 20, we read that Samuel, having been told by God to anoint Saul to be ruler over Israel, took a vial of oil and poured it over his head, and kissed him, and said “The Lord has anointed you ruler over his people Israel”. And, in 1 Samuel, chapter16, we read how Samuel was sent by God to choose one of Jesse’s sons to succeed Saul as king over Israel, and after seeing all of his sons except David, the youngest and the shepherd boy, he was told that he was the one to be anointed king. “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward”. In the gospels we find few references to the use of anointing with oil in Jesus’ healing ministry. One reference I have found is that in Mark, chapter 6, where we read about Jesus sending out his twelve disciples,
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From Colin James Dear Friends Among my many weaknesses is that of acquiring books faster than I can read them! So they pile up waiting for a time (such as holidays) when I make some inroads into the stock. That’s how I came to be reading, very unseasonably, “The Nativity” by one of my favourite authors, Geza Vermes. He was born a Jew in Hungary in 1924, subsequently converted to Christianity and was ordained as a catholic priest, but eventually reverted to Judaism. He has been described as “the greatest Jesus scholar of his generation”, and certainly the dozen books I have of his on my shelves make that claim very credible. However, I am not going to write about Christmas in mid-summer! My reason for mentioning my current choice of reading was a sentence commenting on the way Christmas has become “a season of overspending, overeating and uncontrolled merry-making” Vermes adds “The new Christmas mirrors its pagan predecessor which celebrated the winter solstice.” As I read that I thought how far those words could be applied more generally to the place occupied by faith throughout the year in today’s Britain. Did you for example see the television pictures of the pagan celebrations of the summer solstice at Stonehenge? If people want to get up before dawn to welcome the sun, I suppose it doesn’t do anyone any harm. But what struck me was not their ceremonials. It was the mountains of rubbish they had left behind for others to clear up. If the future of our planet is the hands of these “worshippers”, we are indeed all doomed. If it had been a Christian rally which had left the place in such an unholy mess, I feel sure the TV commentator would have had something to say about it. As it was, no comment was passed. Distressing as this incident may have been, it is as a symptom of something wider that it disturbs me. Vermes’ remarks about the pagan echoes to be found in the practice of “overspending, overeating and uncontrolled merry-making” are worrying for what they tell us about the
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society we have become. In particular this sort of behaviour cannot be justified in a world where millions still go hungry, lack pure water supplies, proper housing, medical care and basic education. It was not only the banks which spent money they didn’t possess. Credit card debt on the part of individuals is in its own way just as shocking. The excessive accumulation of possessions is bad enough even when they are paid for. When they are acquired on the promise to pay at some future date, what was merely morally offensive becomes dangerous, as so many are finding out to their cost. And as to overeating, you hardly need me to remind you of the threat represented by obesity to individuals and to the health service’s ability to cope. It may sound as though I am just a kill-joy, if I add the third category of neo-pagan excesses which Vermes associates with the modern way of celebrating Christmas. But we all know at least by report, if not by personal experience, of those who imagine that the best way of having a good time is to get hopelessly drunk with all that that implies in terms of anti-social behaviour and damage to their bodies. What above all saddens me about this baleful state of affairs is that you and I know that there is a better way. We know that a life based on unselfish love is one of fulfillment and one which offers hope and joy to others. We know the truth of Jesus’ words that where our treasure is there our heart will be also. But what we don’t know is how to offer this good news to a needy world in a form which it can receive. When I pose a problem like this, I usually try to suggest a solution. But I don’t believe that humanly speaking there is one. Faced with such apparently overwhelming odds, surely all we can do is to cast ourselves on the mercy of God. We can only repent on our own account and on behalf of all humanity for the mess we have made of the wonders of the creation he entrusted to us. We can pray that his healing balm may be poured out to restore all things to the perfection which is his will and that the process will begin with us. With love and prayers Colin
All Saints’ Fellowship Do you remember the swinging sixties or would like to hear about that time? Then come along to Fellowship on WENESDAY 16th SEPTEMBER when Mr. Tony King will be giving a talk and showing slides. Perhaps you have photos, an item of clothing or something from the era to bring. Here are some memories of the sixties when we girls started the decade by wearing mini skirts and finished in long psychedelic garments – so did many of the men! Our hair styles went from behive/chignon to long and flowing as again did the mens style once they departed from their Beatles cut. Fashion was influenced by Biba, Jean Shrimpton, Mary Quant and Twiggy with shopping boutiques being the places to shop. Carnaby Street led the changes in men’s fashion including ‘flares’ in trouser style. Magazines such as Petticoat, Flair and Vogue kept us up to date. To wash our clothes on to the market came, among others, Tide, Daz, Omo, the fabric softener Comfort and to wash up Fairy, Squeezy and Quix. For the house we had Pledge, O-Cedar, Ajax, Vim and for the smallest room Harpic, Sanilav and Timothy White’s lavatory cleaner. Self-service super markets opened with new brands, packaging and size choice. Smash, yogurt, instant coffee and Mr. Kipling’s Cakes became part of the weekly shop. There was a huge increase in the variety of chocolate – Munchies, Bliss, Aztec and children’s sweet cigarettes containing pictures of favourite characters form T.V. Films and comics. Children enjoyed reading Wham, Buster, Pippin and we had Jackie, Honey and Go-Girl. Music played a large part in our lives as we listen to, jived, twisted, did the Bosa Nova and the Locomotion to Gerry and the Pacemakers, Dave Clark Five, Status Quo (bless their hearts), The Rolling Stones and, of course, Elvis and The Beatles never forgetting dear Cliff. We went to the cinema to see A Hard Day’s Night, 2001 Space Odyessy, Dr. Zhivago and on T.V. we watched Cathy Come Home, Coronation Street, Till Death Us Do Part and Morecomb & Wise. In the kitchen came fridges, food mixers, Tupperware, in the bathroom we cleaned our teeth with Pepsodent, Kolynos, Dentifresh, drove the mini and Triumph cars
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and started taking package holidays. As with other times the decade brought tremendous worries not least being the Cold War with the constant threat of a nuclear war. I remember attending a training course brought in by the government and organised by a group such as the Toc H (it was not that group but perhaps somebody could enlighten me) so that one in five women knew how to prepare a house in case of an attack. We were told to imagine a fried egg on a plate. The yolk represented the place where the bomb would fall and everybody would be killed, the albumen area people would be killed but mostly injured, the plate nobody killed but most would eventually succumb to radiation fall out. Afterwards I could not look at a fried egg for months. Many illnesses curable now people died from and medicines were nowhere near so advanced. People were living in dreadful housing conditions in many towns and education was still much more limited then it is today. I could fill the Church magazine but to finish just a few world events from the sixties – end of national service, Lady Chatterley’s Lover published, first man in space, The Profumo Affair, President Kennedy assassinated, Vietnam War, Winston Churchill died, Concorde’s maiden flight and finally we had Woodstock and the Isle of Wight pop festivals to which we flocked dreaming as Mary Hopkin sang; “Those were the days my friend we thought they’d never end……………” Alas they did and those of us teenagers/early twenties in the sixties now have our bus passes but we also have great memories. Diana Clifford WEDNESDAY 21st OCTOBER To this meeting we welcome Mr. Quentin Clark who is a senior buyer for Waitrose dealing in poultry, fish and eggs – so anything you always wanted to know but did not like to ask – here is your chance – don’t miss it!
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WEDNESDAY 18th NOVEMBER Mrs. Karen Arding from the local council talking about safety in the home. WEDNESDAY 16th DECEMBER Parkes
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PCC Notes From 1st July 2009 meeting On our agenda one hour had been allocated to the “Future Shape and Ministry in Winnersh & Woosehill”. It seemed rather puzzling that we where going to spend half our meeting discussing something that on the face of it had no implication for All Saints, and we were not being asked to pass a resolution at the end. David as area Dean started by sharing with us the new 5 year vision for the Oxford Diocese: “To join with God in creating a caring, sustainable and growing Christian presence in every part of the diocese of Oxford, enabling every Christian and every Christian community to live and share the love of God, seen in the life of Jesus Christ” He then took the meeting through a presentation explaining the background to and possible solutions of how the ministry might be delivered in light of the new diocese vision going forward to this growing area of our local community. David explained that through extensive consultation and prayer the ways forward had been reduced to two. He was now sharing this with external parishes. The conclusion was that the parish boundaries should be changed to either: A, Create a new parish covering Sindlesham and Winnersh, and attach Hurst to Twyford and Ruscombe, and Woosehill to a Wokingham parish. B, Create a new parish including Winnersh, Sindlesham,and Hurst village, attaching Woosehill to a Wokingham parish. It was now clear why an hour had been set aside. Woosehill Community Church is currently linked to Bearwood Parish, under either of the preferred options, this community could become either part of St Paul’s, which it is geographically next to, or us at All Saints. We were asked for our views. A consensus quickly emerged, that we would of course welcome them to become part of our parish, but all felt it would be more logical for them to become part of St Paul’s. It was agreed that a letter would be sent to the leadership of the Woosehill Community Church offering to meet with representatives of All Saints if they would like to, and all agreed we should make time to pray for them, as they decide how they move
forward. As part of our preparation for the meeting, we had been sent a well prepared paper on the issue of allowing people to reserve burial plots in our churchyard. The issue was we had run out of space, and were being asked to pass a resolution, not to support applications going forward for the reservation burial plots. This was unanimously agreed to, but it was noted that individuals would still have the right to apply for a reservation as the final decision rested with Church Authorities. Among other matters we also approved our Health & Safety Policy as updated, for the coming twelve months. After the Grace, which is said at the end of all PCC meetings, we were invited outside by a Church Warden to view an idea to help us celebrate Christmas. We all approved, but it would be spoiling it, if your reporter for this month told you what the surprise was. So you will all have to wait till Christmas! Robert Newman PCC Member This article is the opinion of the writer and not an official record of the meeting which can be found in the published minutes.
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Filming at All Saints! Would you like to appear? We are producing a DVD for use at information evenings for Baptism families. We are planning to film on Sunday September 20th 2009 after the 9.30 am service. We need as many of you as possible to stay after the service to be the congregation, in other words, be yourselves! Coffee and biscuits will be provided. More information will be available nearer the time but please put this date in your diary! Maggie Holden, Baptism Group Coordinator
Using the Online Edition of the Parish Magazine I’m sure by now most people are aware that the Parish Magazine is reproduced online in a dedicated section of the church’s website. You can now have access to the current magazine while you are on the go; at work, at friends, or at the library. In addition, the previous two months are also available online. Simply type www.allsaintswokingham.org.uk into your web browser, and the Parish website appears. Along the top are a series of words that act as quicklinks to other sections of the site, and on the second row is a link that says “Parish Magazine”. Clicking here takes you to a new page showing the front cover of the current issue of the magazine. Now, click the magazine cover and you will see your magazine, in all its glory, as big and wide as your computer monitor will allow! Along the sides of the pages you should be able to spot two white arrows, one at the top right, one half way down the sides. The top arrows jumps to first page or the last page, depending on which direction you choose. The middle arrows turns your pages, and in very realistic fashion. It’s a virtual ‘page turner’, this online magazine! The icon row along the bottom of your screen view offers mini-versions of each page, and allows you to jump to specific pages in the magazine by clicking its mini icon. To close the Full Screen mode and return to the website, simply press ‘escape’ (the Esc key, top left of your keyboard). Reading online offers improved readability for those who find the print format to be too small. Also, the online version can at times contain information that has arrived too late to make the print edition. Happy reading, and let us know how you get on. Andrew McKenna
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Burial of Ashes 3 May John Norman Morris 20 June Wendy Anne Flint 26 June Paul Smith-Crallan
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At Easthampstead Park Crematorium 2 July Margaret Patricia Perry 7 July Ernest Steward 9 July Marjorie Hudson 16 July Dorothy Lilian Childs
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