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From the Rector â€” October 2010 All Saints is a church community which has a vision. We have agreed our purposes and our values. This vision has been developed over recent years as a response to the key question: What is God calling us to be and to do? Since 2005 we have also held five strategic goals to aim for. These goals have inspired us to go further and guided us in our activities. We have reached some of these goals well, and others we have achieved less well. The important thing is that we were given a direction of travel as a community which, as far as we were able to discern together, was the right one during that time. As our situation and the community around us changes and moves on we need to set fresh goals. Our purposes and values as agreed remain the same; but there are new tasks to complete, new callings to heed. Some of the tasks and aspirations of the earlier goals will be included in new goals , but now there are other areas of our mission we see a need to focus on. During the next three months therefore as a church community we will be setting our new strategic goals. The clergy, wardens and PCC officers have been meeting at the request of the PCC to draft our new goals. These are not being dreamed up out of thin air but are based on the needs and priorities which have been emerging through the ongoing life of the church. These proposed new goals will be shared first with the Leadership Forum in early October for the responses and input and soon afterwards with everyone at All Saints Church for your response. We need goals as a church community to help us focus our prayer and our energies. They help us properly to steward our God-given gifts of time, talents, and money. Having strategic goals is not a new thing for a Christian community to do.
The Lord Jesus had a strategy: ‘Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’ (Mk. 1 v38) St Paul and the first apostles set strategic goals for their God-given mission, guided by prayer and discussion. But on the other hand we know there is more to life than activity and achievement. God loves us for who we are, not for what we do. We need to reflect on our actions, to think, and think again, to be moved, to be attentive, to look and to listen; to pray. We need balance – in our own lives – and in the life of a church community - a balance between action to serve Christ; and listening; learning from Christ through prayer, worship, reflection on the Scriptures. Action and reflection – it is like a cycle. So let us create opportunities for stillness as well as action. One such opportunity is during Advent. This Advent let’s highlight its character as a season of stillness – of watching and waiting on God. As before there will be the Advent Carol Service, on the last Sunday in November, with its combination of sacred music and Scripture readings an hour of candlelit contemplation as we hear again the opening chapters in the mystical story of God’s love for us all in Jesus Christ’s coming. There will also be a Sunday - 5th December – which will have a special focus on prayer and stillness. This will be another one of our “Sunday Plus” dates, like the Harvest Festival, but instead of an extra time of activity after church, there will be extra time of quiet and prayer with ideas and help to guide you into being still and praying in ways you may not have tried before. Please make those events to remember; and watch out for more information about our new strategic goals and ways you can give your response. Finally falling at the end of this month but before publication of our next magazine remember Sunday 31st October is All Saints Sunday – our dedication festival.
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FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT For more than fifty years a group of friends has met on the first Friday evening of the month to listen to a programme of recorded classical music. I started attending nearly ten years ago and now provide the programmes. These include orchestral, instrumental, chamber, vocal, choral music and opera chosen around a theme. We meet at 7.45pm in the Friendsâ€™ Meeting House, 28 Denton Road. Anybody interested in joining us will be very welcome. If you would like to know more, why not give me a ring on 9781515? Colin James
MAGAZINE INFORMATION Please leave items for publication in the Magazine tray in the Parish Office or email directly to the editor on or before the Copy Date please. Contributions can be typed, handwritten, or e-mailed. All Saints PCC Wokingham, is a Registered Charity, Nbr. 1127585
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Oct. 17th 2010
Oct. 29th 2010
Clergy and Officers Parish Clergy Rector Associate Priest Honorary Asst. Curate Honorary Asst. Curate
The Revd. Canon David Hodgson The Revd. Caroline Kramer The Revd. Colin James The Revd. Helen Charlton
Attached Clergy Deanery of Sonning “Fresh Expressions” Mission Priest The Revd Michael Johnson Church Wardens Parish Administrator
Jo Robinson John Smith Vacancy Jo Asplin
Children and Youth Safeguarding Co-ordinator and Children’s Advocate Margaret Raggett Crêche Leader Rachel Garlish Junior Church Co-ordinator Harriet Swinyard Youth Church Co-ordinator (Acting) Revd. Michael Johnson Friday Night Youth Drop-In (FDI) Co-ordinator Lorraine Hodgson Worship and Music Director of Music (inc. Choir) David Rance Music Group Leader Gail Houghton Head Server Chris Gilham Deputy Head Server Ruth Smith Bible Readers’ rota Joyce Baldry Tower Foreman John Harrison Flower Guild Chairman Pam Gilbey Worship Rota and Prayer Lists Co-ordinator Revd. Colin James Lay Co-Chair of Worship & Music Development Liz Rippon PCC Secretary Deputy PCC Secretary PCC Treasurer Deputy PCC Treasurer
Parochial Church Council David Atkinson John Smith Stephen Smith John Alp
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979 0098 978 9730 979 0948 — 979 2797
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Clergy and Officers PCC Treasurerâ€™s Team Stewardship Co-ordinator Gift Aid Co-ordinator
Margaret Hawkins Dickon Snell Jo Robinson Peter Whittaker
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Stewardship Recorder Electoral Roll Officer Leadership Forum Convenor Asst. Stewardship Recorder Asst. Gift Aid Coordinator
Jim Creech Joyce Baldry Barbara Smith Chris Westgate Chris Westgate
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Pastoral Care contacts Home Communion Barbara Smith Healing Prayer Group Jack Hayley Pastoral Care contact Jo Robinson Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals Parish Office
979 4407 979 2797 978 9730 979 2797
Clergy days off:
David Caroline Colin Michael
Thursday Friday Thurs/Friday 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: Postal address: All Saints website:
firstname.lastname@example.org The Parish Office, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham RG40 1UE www.allsaintswokingham.org.uk
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: email@example.com
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. 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
(Some 4th Sundays)
Occasionally Baptisms will take place during this time 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)
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 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 Office on 979 2797
Transportation: Volunteers needed to assist other parishioners. Please help.
Flower Guild Having celebrated Harvest Festival we are hopefully still enjoying the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. That line from the poem entitled ‘Autumn’ by Keats, encompasses so much of nature and all the things which we sometimes take for granted. What a wonderful time of the year to appreciate some gentle sunshine and its impact on the depth of colour in our gardens and countryside, unfolding the spectacle of vibrant colours in the trees and hedgerows. We can take advantage of all those gifts around us to make arrangements for a friend or for our homes by using some colourful berries, autumn foliage and a few garden flowers, all growing in our midst and for free. When you are out and about don’t forget to purchase some flowering bulbs. Pot some scented ones for indoors and plant even more in the garden so that the promise of spring can give each of us an uplifting surprise, because if like me, you forget what you put in, and where, the excitement of their eventual appearance will be magical. As an extra bonus we may be able to use some of the flowers in church at Easter. Dates for your Diary The next full Guild Meeting on 18th November takes place in the Cornerstone commencing at 8pm. Many of us may like to use the figurine made at the Flower day school on 2nd October or you could use an alternative Christmas figure as part of a festive arrangement. We look forward to seeing you there. Hazel Matthews 8
Flowers in church during October Oct 3 Oct 10 Oct 17 Oct 24 Oct 31
Mrs L Taylor Mrs H Matthews Mrs L Hodgson Mrs S Newman Mrs S James Mrs E Shelley Mrs S Anderson Mrs S Weston Mrs S Shields Mrs A Welch Mrs S Watson
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HEALTH TRAINER SERVICE NHS - Berkshire West This is a new service that was only launched in March this year. Our aim is to help individuals to live healthier lifestyles – to eat more healthily, be more active, lose weight, stop smoking, drink sensibly and more… Health Trainers meet clients on a one-to-one basis on 8 occasions, spread over several months, to encourage them to establish new healthier habits. The service is available to anyone over 16 and is FREE. Our leaflet can be viewed online at http://www.berkshirewest-pct.nhs.uk/_store/documents/ health_trainers_leafletv2.pdf I will be talking at The Mother’s Union meeting on Wednesday 27 October, if you would like to find out more. Elaine Fraser Health Trainer for Wokingham
Mothers’ Union Join us in saying Bye to Buying Childhood. September sees the launch of The Mothers’ Union’s Latest Campaign entitled ‘Bye Buy Childhood’. The campaign will call for children to be valued as children, not consumers and for the end of inappropriate marketing and advertising aimed at children. It will aim to:• • •
Raise awareness of the issue within the MU and wider society Empower families to consider how they can counter the harmful effects of commercialism and to take action in their homes Encourage the manufacturing, marketing and advertising industries to apply ethical and responsible standards to their goods aimed at children Lobby Parliament to keep the issue on the agenda and take action where it can.
The Coalition Government has already promised to tackle the commercialisation and sexualisation of children; currently talks are taking place with some MPs interested in championing our campaign. A report on the research commissioned prior to the campaign’s launch and a booklet of information are being produced; the booklet will include ideas on how to address the commercialisation of childhood within the home and how to lobby politicians. It is expected that the campaign will a long term one and that this issue will be a complex and sometimes overwhelming with no easy remedy. Please consider the issues and pray for the campaign as it starts to tackle this important subject. Branch News Thank you to everybody who provided items for the John Radcliffe Hospital children’s ward and for the money we received from the cakes to
purchase more items. These have now all been passed on to a Trustee who will take them to Oxford this month. We will continue to collect items at MU meetings and on the last Sunday of each month in the Cornerstone after the 9.30am service. For our October meeting we will be welcoming Elaine Fraser from the NHS Berkshire West Health Trainer Service. Please do try and come to hear our speaker – non-members are also very welcome. There is an article written by Elaine elsewhere in the magazine outlining this new service. More information on The Mothers Union’s work worldwide can be found on the website www.themothersunion.org. For branch information or a lift to meetings, please call Valerie (978 7363) or Mary (978 2678). Tues 12th Oct Wed 27th Oct
9.30am Corporate Communion 7.45 for 8pm
Branch meeting – Elaine Fraser from the Health Training Service
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Wokingham Volunteer Centre operates a low cost transport scheme to enable those who cannot use public transport get to their hospital/doctor appointments Due to the increase in demand for our help we have recently had to let some of our clients down. We desperately need more drivers (we naturally pay for your petrol). We would love to be able to expand the driving scheme to enable us to take people shopping or for a short outing to say a garden centre. However, to operate this service we do need the help of more drivers. If you can spare just a couple of hours a week to help with this scheme, or with any other opportunities available throughout the district we would like to hear
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The Choir at Llandaff Cathedral It’s ten years since the choir sang at Llandaff. Since then there has been a complete change of personnel among the junior choristers but many of the older members of the choir are still the same – and look the same! We missed having Ed Johnson, Esmé Few and Victor Forsyth with us but it was nice to welcome back Liz Rippon (a former head chorister) together with daughter Josie as well as a number of new faces/voices. The Cathedral has also changed. They now have a brand new organ at a cost of over £1 million which was opened at Easter this year. We asked some of the congregation what they thought of the new organ. “It’s very loud,” one of them replied! Andrew Cummings, our usual organist for the week, resisted the temptation to prove this point for most of the time but instead explored the organ’s subtle timbres when accompanying us. However he was more adventurous after the Sunday Cathedral Eucharist, playing as the final voluntary “Toccata alla Rumba” by a modern Austrian composer, Peter Planyavsky Once again our trebles came in for particular praise and it was felt that the overall sound of the choir was better balanced this year than ever before in the recent past. We were the only parish choir to be singing a whole week of services this year at Llandaff (six choral evensongs and and a Sunday Cathedral Eucharist). The Canon Residentiary, who appears to do the work normally done by a precentor, was very complimentary about our singing. He confessed to having his doubts as to whether we could keep up the high standard with which we started, saying that most parish choirs that do a whole week start to sound tired towards the end of the week. He said that we sounded as fresh for the last services as we did for the first! And the final compliment was from two ladies walking back to their car after the last evensong. They were overheard saying, “That choir was truly magnificent. Why, they were even better than …..” We never did find out who we were better than because they passed out of earshot. But did they really mean us……? It was perhaps a long way for people from All Saints to come and hear us, though we were very pleased to see the Rector and his wife on the Saturday. Next year we shall be at Chichester Cathedral which is rather more accessible.
As the first step in a revamp of the choir’s website there is now a news and blog page where you can find a video of an anthem that we sang recently at Dorchester Abbey. You will find it at: http://www.allsaintschoirwokingham.org.uk/Blog … and for a complete list of the music we sang at Dorchester and Llandaff this year visit: http://www.allsaintschoirwokingham.org.uk/MusicLists/MusicLists2010/ CathedralsMusicList2010.htm Oh, and don’t forget, we sing a Choral Evensong at All Saints on the first Sunday of nearly every month. You will always be welcome to come and worship with us. David Rance
BREAKFAST A continental breakfast will be held in the Cornerstone following the 8.00am service (you might prefer to come before the 9.30am service) on Sunday 28th November. Everybody very welcome – there is no need to book – just come along. If you have any particular dietary requirements please contact Diana 979 2614
Group of the Month Tuesday Morning Eureka Group This group has been running for about four years meeting twice monthly at 45 Oxford Road on Tuesdays from 10.00 to 11.30 a.m. We also enjoy a lunch each summer together. We are a small but disparate group, mainly ladies, though Peter Wellman joined us for over a year, work permitting. Our youngest is Rachel Westgate who came aged two days – a record! And our ages traverse seven decades with her. We are Merial Dickson, Margaret Hendra, Gail Houghton, Valerie Kemp, Hilary Martin, Jo Robinson, Barbara Thompson, Sue Westgate, and myself Christine Snell. We began by studying Canon Brian Mountford’s memorable book, subtitled “Why liberal Christianity might be the faith you’re looking for”. Since then we have read books by Keith Ward, Bishop Stephen Cotterell and Jay Colwill, and followed course books of Bible readings and questions, one of the best being the York Courses, entitled “Faith in the Fire” where prominent religious leaders and Christians tackle today’s issues. As a group we meet to strengthen each other in our Christian faith, so that we can witness to that faith with those we meet. We ask your prayers to help us reach out to support others and to open our eyes to see our purpose in All Saints’ role in the wider community of Wokingham. Christine Snell
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Focus on…. Stewardship Over the next few months the Stewardship Team will be contributing to the Parish Magazine to give you a better understanding of Stewardship at All Saints. It was 10 years ago that Stan, the Stewardship Student, entered into the life of All Saints. As in true student fashion, he was very good at asking questions trying to get to grips with understanding what stewardship at All Saints actually meant. Some of you may remember him, but we would also like to introduce him to those who don’t. After Stan graduated in Stewardship Studies at University he moved away from the area. During this time he married Stella and they now have two small children Sally and Simon. As a family, Mr and Mrs Steward are now returning to worship at All Saints and Stan feels that he would like to use his extensive knowledge to help and inform us about stewardship. He also wants to see how we have been getting on since he left and to see how our understanding of stewardship, both financial and the giving of our time and talents, is progressing. He plans to unravel a number of topics through the pages of the magazine in future editions. Firstly, Stan and Stella thought that the Stewardship Team should be made known to you all, and to give you a bit of ‘church’ information about each so you can hopefully identify them! Jo Robinson – Chairman Jo is a churchwarden and helps at the Friday Drop In and can be found at any of the Sunday services throughout the month. Peter Whittaker – Gift Aid Coordinator. Peter is Chair of the Governors at All Saints School and acts as a sidesman at some of the 8am services Jim Creech – Stewardship Recorder
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Jim also helps with the baptism families and occasionally plays the piano at the 6.30pm services Judith Clark – Pledge coordinator Judith leads one of our house groups called Serendipity and usually attends the 9.30am service Chris Westgate – Assistant to both Gift Aid Coordinator and Stewardship Recorder Chris usually attends the 9.30am Sunday service with Susan and his 3 daughters. Stephen Smith – Treasurer Steve is also one of our bell ringers and attends all of the Sunday services at some time All these job titles may sound daunting but all will be revealed over the next few months! Secondly, Stan has asked, to get you thinking, what your interpretation of stewardship is at All Saints and to think of any other ways that the word steward occurs in everyday life. For example, a football match steward, shop stewards and so on. He set the Stewardship Team the task of finding out how many times the word steward or stewards is mentioned in the bible ....... 17 references altogether - 9 times in the Old Testament and 8 times in the New Testament! (where exactly in the bible will be revealed in a later edition of the magazine) Look out for us in the November magazine
Music List October 2010 Sunday
Trinity 18 - 3rd October
Eucharist: Archer - St. Mark's Setting
(Christ be our Light)
O Lord, increase our faith - Loosemore
Introduction-Chorale and Menuet Gothique - Boëllman
Mass in A minor - Casciolini
Bone Pastor - Hilarión Eslava
Hymns Final Voluntary
Praise, my soul, the Lord of Glory - Karg-Elert
Trinity 19 - 10th October
Eucharist: Archer - St. Mark's Setting
(I'm not ashamed)
Search me, O God - James Nares
Prelude & Fugue (Op 18) - César Franck
Sung Evensong: Ferial Responses (McKie Amen)
Greater love hath no man - John Ireland
Short Prelude & Fugue in G minor (BWV 558) - J S Bach
Trinity 20 - 17th October
Eucharist: Archer - St. Mark's Setting
Thou knowest, Lord - Henry Purcell
Scherzo in G minor - Enrico Bossi
Said Evensong with Piano
Music List October 2010 Sunday
Trinity 21 - Bible Sunday - 24th October
Eucharist: Archer - St. Mark's Setting
(O Breath of Life)
A Prayer of King Henry VI - Henry G Ley
Sortie in B flat - Lefébure-Wély
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Ireland in F
Beati Quorum Via - Stanford
Pæan (Five Short Pieces) - Percy Whitlock
Said Evensong with Piano
All Saints - 31st October
Whole Church Communion
Scherzo Symphonique - Alexandre Guilmant
Evening Healing Service
Parish Diary October 2010
Monday to Saturday
Th Julian Group
Tu Mothers' Union
Parish Communion (Laying on Hands)
We All Saints Fellowship
Th Healing Prayer Group
All Saints Sunday
Parish Communion for Whole Church
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TWENTY YEARS ON This article marks the twentieth anniversary of the first article the Group provided for the magazine. We made it our intention to make it a regular feature of the Parish Magazine, as part of our objective in developing an active healing ministry within the parish. We are proud to say that not a month has gone by without one of our articles appearing in the magazine. In that article we declared our intention of attempting to provide: (a) an understanding of what is meant by the Healing Ministry of the Church (it is not all about â€œmiraculous healingâ€?), (b) information as to the means by which the Ministry is put into effect, (c) a channel through which healing needs may be made known and prayer activity initiated, (d) information about healing activities within the parish and elsewhere, including healing services. We decided to meet monthly as a prayer group, initially, to include study of the training and guidance material provided by the Acorn Christian Healing Trust at Whitehill Chase, Bordon. We discuss various issues related to the healing ministry at All Saints and initiate prayer support and update information on those for whom our prayers have been asked. It is important to emphasise that we treat all information with the strictest confidence within the Group. We commit ourselves to include all, or some, of those on our list in our daily prayers. After various trials and visits to other churches in the early days of the Group, we finally arrived at the present form of healing services; that is, making available the laying on of hands during the Parish Communion on one Sunday, and an evening Healing Service on the Sunday of the alternate month.
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.Of the original members of the Group, Joan Thomason and I are the only ones remaining. Other original members were Dr Ian Murray, Mavis Stannard, Liz Phillips, Victoria Sturdy, Maggie Holden, Brian Bailey (ex-officio as Rector), and Margot Glennie and Joy Cowie who have both died. Among the members of the Group there is a small group of us, referred to as the Healing Team, who, having attended various courses in the Healing Ministry and have been considered by the clergy to be suitably motivated, have been formally commissioned by the clergy at the Parish Communion to perform the laying on of hands at healing services or on a one to one basis, or in small groups. This is what Jesus commissioned his disciples to do in his last words to them as recorded by St Mark (chapter 16 v.18), “…they will lay their hands on the sick and they shall be healed”. The Group came about as a result of a two weeks visit to the parish of a lovely group of Franciscans in 1987. Amongst the various comments of the group following their visit was that they thought that the parish lacked an effective healing ministry. Following various submissions and discussions within the PCC it was decided that a Healing Group should be formed to promote an effective ministry within the parish. I will close with a prayer with which we concluded our first article in October 1990: Bless, O Lord our God, your Church in its ministry to the sick, that it may fulfil your holy will and purpose, and use all means of grace for the healing of your people; and grant to those who desire your healing true penitence, full pardon and perfect peace, for your dear Son’s sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Guild of St Raphael Jack Hayley Members of the Group are Gill Allen, Maggie Bateman, Jack Hayley, Mary Hughes, Anne Penn, Joan Thomason, Joan Watts and Karen Wellman. Please let us know of any need for healing prayer support.. Confidentiality is assured. The Laying on of Hands will be made available at the Parish Communion on Sunday 17th October. The next Healing Service will be held on Sunday 21st November at 6.30pm.
….from Colin James Dear Friends The other day I saw the film “Amazing Grace” which tells the story of the long struggle of William Wilberforce to abolish the slave trade. As I watched, I was struck once more by the similarities with the continuing struggle to eradicate other forms of prejudice and injustice which are still with us today. In particular I was made aware again of the blindness and irrationality which stand in the way of our accepting wholeheartedly that women and men are equally made in God’s image and deserving of the same honour and respect. I am thinking specifically of course to the place of women in the ordained ministry of the church. We at All Saints hardly need to be told what blessings we have received since women were first able to become priests sixteen years ago. But God has more blessing in store for us, if we can only find the faith to remove the final obstacle and accept women also as bishops. Fourteen other Anglican provinces have taken this step, and the Church of England is now close to doing so. But we should take nothing for granted. Those who are opposed to this reform have not given up hope of stopping it. And a major problem is that in our typically muddled English way we are looking for a formula which will allow us both to have and not to have women bishops! The so-called “traditionalists”, whether at the catholic or evangelical ends of the spectrum, object to being under the authority of a woman. Meanwhile those of us who having been campaigning for women bishops say that, if we are to have them, they must be the real thing, not subject to any restrictions which do not apply equally to men. It would be far too lengthy and complicated to go into all that has happened in an attempt to meet the concerns of both sides. Suffice it to say that in July the General Synod approved draft legislation prepared by its Revision Committee. This is not all that the supporters had hoped for, but it preserves the important principle of equality. The Synod after many hours of debate agreed by 373 votes to 14 to send this draft legislation to the dioceses for consultation. Earlier an amendment proposed by the two archbishops to share episcopal authority in dioceses between the bishop of the diocese
and another appointed centrally had been narrowly defeated. As things stand all diocesan bishops will have to publish a code of practice setting out how the needs of those unwilling to accept their authority will be met. Consultation with the dioceses is likely to take some eighteen months. If a majority of them approves the draft legislation, it will return to the General Synod. This time it will require a two thirds majority in each of the three houses (bishops, clergy and laity) before going to Parliament for final approval. Back in 1992 there were doubts how this stage of the process might go. Times have changed, and the MP who will be responsible for seeing the legislation through has warned that it will be impossible “if there is a scintilla of a suggestion that women bishops are in some way second-class bishops“. In the meantime a completely new General Synod is about to be elected which will have to pick up the baton. Clearly those on either side of the issue of women bishops will hope to win as many seats as they can. The electors for the House of Clergy are all licensed clergy, while those for the House of Laity are the lay members of deanery synods. We shall shortly receive the election addresses of the candidates and have the chance to attend “hustings” before casting our votes. We ask that all church members will pray that the electors will use our votes responsibly and for the benefit of God’s church and people. You may like to know that our deanery members are Meriel Dickson, Anne King, Mike Moulds, John Smith, Colin Stone and all the clergy. I am sure that any of us would be happy to hear any views you would like us to bear in mind. For my part I should be glad to offer further details to individuals or groups about what is going on. Above all let us pray for all that makes for peace and builds up our common life. With love and prayers, Colin
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Dates for your Diary
WED. 20th OCT. HISTORY OF POLICE – with Mr. Ken Wells. Many of you will have spent a happy evening laughing at Ken in productions at Wokingham Theatre. Now he comes to Fellowship with his ‘real job’ as Curator at Sulhamstead Thames Valley Police Training College. We are sure this will be informative and amusing so don’t miss it! WED. 17th NOV.
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WED. 15th DEC. DELIGHTED – this will be a joint meeting with ALL SAINTS CHURCH MOTHER’S UNION - so come along for a CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER which will include a performance by ALL SAINTS CHURCH HAND BELL RINGERS. 2011 WED. 19th Jan. A.G.M. WED. 16th Feb. Slides presentation of Washington D.C. with Mrs. Diane Hayes
October Quiz One October 16, a great storm arose with very strong, destructive winds. The quiz is all about winds, whirlwinds, hurricanes…(answrs pg. 42) 1) In which year was the above-mentioned storm? 2) After which occasion did God send a great wind over all the earth? (Genesis,8,1) 3) Which scale is used to measure wind strength? 4) Moses raised his hand over the sea, God sent a great wind-what happened next? (Exodus,14,21) 5) Which 2 famous snooker players had ”windy” nicknames? 6) Which prophet said ”sow the wind and reap the whirlwind”? 7) Who wrote ”Wind in the Willows”? 8) Which prophet was taken to Heaven in a whirlwind? 9) Which 1961 film has 3 children who think a murderer on the run is Jesus? 10) On which day did the disciples hear a rushing, mighty wind and see tongues of fire? (Acts 2,2)
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Towards A True Balance Be mindful! Husband the earth Protect her from greed and violence Build humbly, plant trees, grow flowers and food And clothe her with dignity Respect all her creatures Honour her natural laws and the universe which cradles her Above all, heartily worship the source of all that is. This world needs secret heroes! Be brave, speak the truth, heal the sick, make peace Be strong, serve patiently, love generously, live simply Enjoy fellowship, eat and drink modestly, celebrate the festivals Breathe deeply, sing and make music, walk often, cycle and recycle Be thrifty, prefer cash flow to possession, give good measure Let your work be your prayer. Put on the whole armour of light! Unearth the beauty in everything Inhale the Spirit of goodness Kindle kindness, especially towards yourself Embracing the sweet silence of your soul Fear nothing Accept what you are And – while you have breath – give thanks.
John P Rogers © 1987 With thanks to Peter Barrett
ALL SAINTS CHURCH SOCIAL COMMITTEE Joint Chair – Mavis Mason 9792940 Diana Clifford 9792614 THE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY TABLE Thank you very much for the appreciation shown to us for organising the table from time to time – honestly we love doing it and hope to continue so please bring your children to the table following the 9.30am service on dates below. Please check weekly leaflet for confirmation of date – we try not to cancel but this does happen occasionally and date has to be changed. TABLE ON: SUNDAY 3rd OCTOBER SUNDAY 7th NOVEMBER SUNDAY 21st NOVEMBER SUNDAY 28th NOVEMBER SUNDAY 10th OCTOBER Refreshments for all – two or four legged after 3.00pm Church Animal Blessing Service. We like seeing your pets in the Cornerstone whether they walk, hop, crawl, slither or whatever. We also know that Marcelle Williams has been busy with the preparations so do come along. SUNDAY 17th OCTOBER Coffee-time Café in the Cornerstone after 9.30am Church service. We are pleased that you enjoyed the last one with strawberries & cream – this time we will be having ‘posh biscuits’ so The Ritz beware of the competition! SUNDAY 7th NOVEMBER Bereavement Service. After attending the 3.00pm service we hope you will stay for a quiet cup of tea/biscuits served in the Church. SUNDAY 12th DECEMBER Christingle Tea. After 4.00pm Church service SUNDAY 19th DECEMBER Church service.
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A tale of ringing, wobbling and singing The ringers’ outing in July was to Oxfordshire. After ringing on the heavyish eight at Blewberry, we went to Wallingford, where we had time for refreshments served in the back of what is now a very airy church, before ringing on the ten upstairs. After a leisurely lunch at the White Hart in Dorchester, we crossed the Thames to ring on the light ground-floor eight at Warborough. The next village was Drayton St Leonard, where the six bells proved to be quite a challenge, despite their lightness. The tower is made of timber, and in dry weather the joints loosen as the timber shrinks. Such wobbly towers move when the bells are swung, which causes a lot of creaking and groaning from the woodwork, and makes the bells behave unpredictably. One minute your bell may swing higher than you expected, and the next it may drop like a stone. All towers move a bit, but this was extreme – so extreme that you could see the tower moving if you looked up at it from the churchyard. Our final ringing was at Dorchester Abbey, whose bells are about the same weight as ours, and whose Tenor was cast by the Wokingham foundry around 1600. We had allowed time to enjoy tea and home made cakes in the Abbey Museum tea shop before ringing for evensong, which was sung by All Saints choir. Several of us stayed for the service, and helped to swell the congregation. The day finished with a barbecue at Jane & Nigel Mellor’s, by which time the temperature was far more comfortable than it had been all day. John Harrison
Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals News ASWA’s new Vice-President is the Reverend Dr Martin Henig – see the September issue of the Door. He campaigns for and is passionate about animal rights. He is an archaeologist and an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He will preach at the Service of Thanksgiving for Creation and Blessing of Animals at All Saints on 10 October and is looking forward to coming. A report in a recent Church Times refers to a Canadian priest causing an outcry after giving Holy Communion to a dog, and for which she later apologised, saying she saw it as “a simple act of reaching out”. An interesting comment was made by the Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, saying that it did not make sense theologically to give communion to animals, as humans needed moral regeneration in a way that animals did not, as “animals can’t sin, and are therefore morally blameless. Humans, on the other hand, need sacramental grace so they might, inter alia, stop being so cruel and selfish to God’s other creatures.” Marcelle Williams
QUIZ ANSWERS (from pg. 35) 1987-16th October After the Flood The Beaufort Scale The sea divided, the wind blew all night, drying the ground for the Israelites to walk through the sea. 5) Alex “Hurricane” Higgins and Jimmy “Whirlwind” White 6) Hosea (chapter 8,v.7) 7) Kenneth Grahame 8) Elijah 9) “Whistle down the Wind” 10) Pentecost 1) 2) 3) 4)
Money for old rope We normally associate that phrase with dubious commercial activity, which has nothing to do with rope, but in our case there was nothing dubious about it, and it was very much to do with rope. Bell ropes aren’t just any old bits of rope. Each has three parts with a different function. The top-end runs all the way up from the ringer to the bell, where it is fixed to the bell-wheel. Any springiness in the top end makes the bell difficult to control, especially with long ropes like ours, which are over 50 feet long. To avoid this problem, our top-ends use high grade pre-stretched polyester, which also stops them shrinking in damp weather like natural fibre. At the other end is what the ringer holds. The tail-end length is half the circumference of the bell wheel (8 to 10 feet in our case). The rope is tucked through itself, which provides a double thickness to grip, and allows the length to be adjusted. It is natural fibre, normally flax. The sally is between tail-end and top-end, about a yard of thick woollen tufting built into the rope. The ringer holds the sally at alternate strokes. The custom made ropes are not cheap (ours are about £150 each) so we try to get as much life out of them as possible. The shortest lived part is the tail end. The tucks weaken it, and the stress concentrates at the weak points. It is continually bending, and hitting the floor, all of which take their toll. Splicing on a new tail end gives a failed rope a new lease of life. We have a stock of rope, cannibalised from old bell ropes (prior to polyester tops) and even when that runs out, plain rope is cheap to buy. Polyester top ends are virtually indestructible. In 30 years we have never thrown one away. Sallies are quite durable, but they eventually wear thin in the middle. Most sallies don’t last quite that long though, and have to be discarded when successive splices shorten the stub of rope attached to the sally, making it too short to splice. We had several rope failures in recent months, which ate into our stock of (repaired) spares. So with her exams behind her, our steeple keeper Mhairi Miller organised a mass splicing morning to repair the backlog. Between us we repaired six ropes. To buy six new ropes would have cost £900. That’s not bad for a morning’s work. Money for old rope in fact. John Harrison
Baptisms 25 July 29 Aug.
Alex George Berry Jessica Kay Louise Yelland Brooke Antonia Thompson Zoe Elaine Lightstone Isabelle Scarlett Clubley Fraya Brombley Harry Martin Player
Marriages 7 Aug. 28 Aug. 3 Sept.
Paul Ellis Stephenson with Sarah Louise Keen Mark John Belcher with Helen Marie Smith Lee Ronald Jones with Rebecca Louise Duff
Burials 27 Aug.
Lorenzo Robert Jones Age 7 months
At Easthampstead Park Crematorium 9 Aug. 16 Aug. 2 Sept. 8 Sept.
John Cuthbert Andrew Offen Grigg Georgina Swanton David Nuttall
Number of Sundays Sundays Week days
Age 70 Age 70 Age 89 Age 55
8 1108 235