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December 2011

Committed giving for the needs of All Saints
Arthur has the envelopes ready now for 2012. If you do not already donate through this scheme, please consider taking a box of envelopes dated for each Sunday throughout the year. The box will have a unique number, known only to you and Arthur. If you are a taxpayer your gift can be enhanced by 25p for each £1 you give by signing a Gift Aid form. Ask Arthur to explain it to you.

Our current financial situation
Now that the payment for the window repair is complete, we have a clearer idea of how our finances will look at the end of the year. We estimate that we will be able to pay a little more than £26,000 towards our parish share. We are due to pay approx. £40,000.

Good news!
The diocese has agreed that we are due £30,000 from the sale of the old vicarage, which can be used towards installing of a tea bar area in church.

Quiz night
We thank Lilian and Robert for the very enjoyable evening on Saturday which raised a welcome £104 for the Restoration Fund.

November 2011

Coffee Morning
The coffee mornng with Aladin's cave raised £128. The next will be on 21st January from 10am to 12noon in the church hall.

Quiz Night
Saturday 26 November - contact Robert or Lilian (Tel: 376433)
in the Church Hall raised £104 for the restoration fund

Gift Day
The day when we were invited to make offerings over and above our normal giving for the work of the Lord in this parish was on Sunday, November 6th this year. £5,000 was given.

November Market
Fouty-nine members and friends of All Saints worked at the Market in St Peters to raise over £2,300 for the Restoration Fund. Thanks go to them for their generosity and to the people who came form far and near to 'bag a bargain' although they have never been inside All Saints Church.

Bike ride
The Historic churches Trust Bike ride raised £627.85 and a share of our organist, Stuart Mattieson's sponser money. Half of the total will will be given back to us.

Christmas shoeboxes
Jane would like to thank everyone who has helped the shoebox project again this year Any remaining boxes must be in church on Sunday 13th November. They will then be taken to the warehouse.

November Market
Remember this is our annual major fund raising effort to keep the fabric of our building in good repair for us and our children's children.
We will be having the usual stalls – collectibles, crafts, gifts, jewellery, books, toys, preserves and produce, cakes, bread and biscuits – you will know from the past what goes down well! If you have any bright ideas for new things to try please make your views known to Jane, Win, Dorothy, Caryl or Pat.
Now is the time to volunteer for whichever stall you would like to help on, or maybe be on the rota for refreshments We will be putting the usual Tea Chests at the back of church for your contributions to the stalls, and if there is anything we can collect from you, please let us know. You can ring Jane on 373566 or Caryl on 371916.

Financial Situation
Our current financial situation this year is comparable with 2010, which is good considering the economic situation, but still will leave us with a shortfall at the end of this year of something like £8,000.

Coffee Morning
The October coffee mornjng raised £103.

October 2011

Day of Prayer
Saturday 29th October in Church - Starting with a service at 10am and ending at 5pm with a closing service. There is a sheet at the back of the church to sign for those who would like to come in and pray to form a continuous chain of prayer. Remember the chuch will be open between 11 and 1 on Friday and again during choir practice on Friday evening if you have not yet signed up for a half hour time slot on Saturday.

CAP Money Course
It will be start 7.30pm Thursdays 13, 20 October then a gap for half term and finishing 3 November at Number Seventy Two, North Street. Ruth can be contacted via the CAP mobile (07583 467190) or the new email address set up for CAP ( if you want to get in touch about the course.

First Aid
Does anyone have current first aid training and would be prepared to be named as a First Aider for church please? Please speak to Simon or the churchwardens.

A time for quiet meditation
From 10am on Thursday 13th October, you are invited to come aside and refresh your spirit for an hour or so at 98 Melford Road.

Understanding Islam - A Talk and discussion led by Rev’d Colin Chapman on Saturday October 15th in St Gregory’s Church. 7.30pm - Refreshments served from 7pm.

Explore the Christian Faith
We will be running a START course in our hall, beginning Monday 3rd October at 6.30pm, in conjunction with St. Andrew's Great Cornard. If you, or anyone you know would like to come on the course, please contact Simon

Jennie has been recommended by our PCC to seek ordination in the Church of England. Our prayers go with her as she takes this step of faith.

Churches Together in Sudbury and District
The A.G.M. will be on Wednesday 5th October in Suffolk Road Church at 7.30pm. Refreshments from 7pm. See poster at the back of the church.
The representatives elected to serve us at the CTiS forum are Malcolm Offord and Jean Willings.

Back to Church Sunday
Many thanks to all who made Back to Church Sunday a success, 25% of the morning congregation were guests invited by friends.

Harvest Festival The harvest charity is Samaritan's Purse - the money going to buy equipment for vegetable gardens. See Simon's letter Additional donations may be left in the 'vegetables' on the font.

Harvest Supper
Saturday 1st October at 6.30pm in the Church Hall. There will be a two-course meal and soft drinks (bring your own wine) Tickets from Lilian: Adults £5 and children £3.

September 2011

St Gregory's School Harvest Festival
The school will be in church to celebrated harvest at 10am on Wednesday 28th September. Ian Copeman of Future Vision was the speaker.

Explore the Christian Faith
We will be running a START course in our hall, beginning Monday 3rd October at 6.30pm, in conjunction with St. Andrew's Great Cornard. If you, or anyone you know would like to come on the course, please contact Simon.

Jennie has been recommended by our PCC to seek ordination in the Church of England. Our prayers go with her as she takes this step of faith.

We will be had our own Harvest Supper and celebration Monday evening - 26th September.

Historic Churches Annual Bike Ride - Saturday 10th September
Sponsor forms were available from Jenny, 378924 and at the back of the church.
Enjoyable to take part in and great for raising funds
This event gives 50% of the money raised to the Historic Churches Fund and 50% to our church restoration fund.

Jazz Concert
David has arranged this event featuring
The Stowe Valley Stompers Jazz Band
Traditional jazz - Dixieland style - Saturday, 10th September 7.30pm
Admission (by ticket) £8.00 (including refreshments)
Tickets available from David Webb 01787 372352 or at the door
In aid of All Saints Restoration Fund

Coffee rota
If there is anyone else who knows they will not be in church when they are on the rota to make coffee, please let Maggie know – telephone 372279

August 2011

Art and Soul Christian Art Exhibition
was in St Peter’s, 16th July - 21st August. Open 10am to 6 pm, 7 days a week. Admission is free.

Open Churches Week
The dinner for 40 on Tuesday, the quiz walk and the 'Bijou Bazaar' at the coffee morning in the church hall raised over £850 toward paying for the newly restored window. We extend sincere and hearty thanks to the organisers of these events and to all who helped them. Everybody enjoyed the delicious food, David's talk and Graham's Quiz. Our thanks go to Vanners Silks, Seedee Pets, Byhams Dairy, Hill Farm, Val Hemingway, Bulmer Brick, The Bridge Project and the Ridley family, who supplied the exhibits and to those who acted as stewards throughout the week and those who cimbed up and down the tower with 50+ adult visitors and their children on Saturday.

Prayer for All Saints: Monday 8th August
There were two opportunities to pray specifcally for our parish, one at 9am and a second at 7.30 pm. Each will lasted for about 40 minutes.

Open Churches Week: 9th - 13th August
The church was open Tuesday to Friday from 10.30am to 3.00pm and on Saturday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. The dinner for 40 on Tuesday, the quiz walk and Bijou Bazaar at the coffee morning, in association with the Open Churches week, in the church hall raised over £800.

July 2011

Party in the Park on Sunday 24th July
Party in the Park 11.00am – 5.00pm. CTiS&D had two areas to use. One was activities for children and the other a quiet, reflective place for adults. Men in Christ will be provided a barbecue

Open Churches Week dinner
Tuesday August 9th: four courses with after dinner speaker. Tickets at 12.50 each sold out.

Cleaning Day for Open Churches Week
We are planning to open the church during the day from Tues 9th of August. A morning of cleaning was from 10 - 12 on Wed 20th of July, although the scaffolding from the window had not been taken away. The window is now finished.

June 2011

Ladies Group
Tuesday 12th July at 7.45 pm in the church hall. Our speaker was the Revd. John Boardman from the Methodist Church. We welcomed all old and new members who joined us for this evening meeting.

All Saints Middle School Awards Evening
took place on Wednesday 29th June, 6.30pm in the church. A very warm welcome was extended to all.

The June coffee morning raised £65.

Viginia has become Reader Emeritus, in recognition of her long years of faithful service in All Saints, following her retirement from active work as a Reader

Make your mark with the People's Bible
11am - 2.30 pm, Thursday 23 June, Market Hill, Sudbury. Write at least two verses by hand with a digital pen, to be published on paper and on line. (for you to see your contribution)
The project begins at Edinburgh Castle on 19 June 2011 and ends at Westminster Abbey on 16 November 2011 at a service attended by Her Majesty The Queen to mark the anniversary of the birth of King James VI/I

CAP Money
Christians Against Poverty is a group which All Saints supports. It runs courses in No 72 North Street which are to help people who have money problems or just want to have a better grip of how they spend their money. The course was on Fridays 10, 17 and 24 June 1pm

Day of spiritual refreshment
Saturday 18th June 10am - 4pm at Sudbury Baptist Church led by Val Ford. It is titled 'Daughters of the King'. More information and registration forms are in a red leaflet on the table behind the back pew. Lunch is provided. Book by June 11th.

Ladies Group
Tuesday 14th June visited Gestingthorpe church with Ashley Cooper. Leaving All Saints Church at 7pm the visit cost £2.

Pentecost Praise - combined service
Sunday 12th June from 6.30pm - St Gregory's Church
Refreshments from 6.30pm – the service will start at 7.00pm
= Worship will be lead by the Cornard Christian Fellowship worship group
= The speaker will be the Rev Mark Melluish. Mark, together with his wife Lindsay, are the New Wine London & South East Regional Directors. They live in West London where they lead St Paul’s Ealing, a vibrant and lively church. They have a particular heart to make church relevant and accessible in today’s culture, and have worked at this during their 17 years at St Paul’s – we look forward to welcoming mark to Sudbury
= During and after the service there will be opportunities for personal prayer. There was no evening service at All Saints.

Barbecue and Pentcost Praise
Saturday 11th June. The barbecue was in the hall garden 3.30pm for 4.00pm (tickets £1.50 each or £5 per family) and the praise party followed iin the church at about 5.00pm. ,
The event was not restricted to All Saints folk

May 2011

Child protection training day
Anyone who works with children in a church setting is required to attend a part 1 course every 3 years. We could have one on the afternoon of June 10th if enough people apply or we would have to go further afield to join a course. Application forms from the Church Wardens or Angela.

A Walk to Fish and Chips
There was an evening walk on Wednesday May 25th starting at 6.30pm. We met outside our chuch hall for a walk across the meadows, finishing up at the church hall for fish and chips. The cost £5 for adults and £2 for children. For more information fromKaren or Lilian.

Coffee Morning with Granny's Attic Sale realised £302-45 including rereshments

Future Vision - Lifepath
Have you got a 3m x 3m garden gazebo that we could borrow for Lifepath on 8th and 9th June. If you have please let me know. Thank you.
We need half a dozen!!!! From Chris Rowe []

April 2011

Church hall history
Caryl is researching the history of the chuch hall when it was the primary school. Has anyone got memorabilia or photos from that time which she may look at or borrow?

Lent Lunches donations
The four lunches raised £285.60 which is to be sent to the Wycliffe Bible Translaters

The bells will peal
A rare opportunity to hear all our bells rung by the Suffolk Guild of Ringers
on Friday 29th April 2011 to celebrate the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton. Beginning at 2.30, the bells will be rung for about 3 hours.

Coffee Morning
The April coffee morning raised £131.10 for the Restoration Fund.

Please bring your empty bottle refilled with change on Easter Day 0r as soon axter as possible

Annual General Meeting
Sunday 10th April at 3.30pm in the Church Hall we met to recieve and discuss the report of the church's business over the last year. The nominations exactly matched the vacancies so all posts were filled. Those chosen to serve were:- Church Wardens: Dorothy and Lilian, PCC: Amanda, Eve, Graham, Jane, Jennie, Karen, Laurie, Robert, Sarah, Deanery Synod Members: Amanda and Graham.

Good Friday: 2.00- 3.00pm - An hour at the cross
This will adopt a similar creative and reflective format to last year with a prayer walk between different 'stations' within the church. Each 'station' will focus on words spoken by Jesus from the cross and include visual and interactive elements and also songs to support meditative payer. All welcome.

Coffee Morning
The coffee mornng on 16th April at the home of Marion Hopps, 31 Church Street from 10am to 12 noon with a Bring and Buy stall.

The flower rota is at the back of the church. Please sign if you will supply and arrange or if you only wish to supply but would like someone else to arrange them for you. The Easter lilies ( £3 each) list is there too. Sign or contact Sue.

Future Vision
Future Vision wants to broaden their church base and would welcome volunteers to serve on the Council of Reference. Meetings are normally only once a term. If you can help, please contact Chris Rowe Sudbury 370844 or e-mail

"I Spy Easter" Children's party
Saturday 23rd April in St. Peters and on Market Hill 10am - 2pm Characters in costume will walk in the market chatting to children and there will be crafts and activities and refreshments in St. Peters.

Books for Living
“Bookends” bookshop in Gaol Lane is now selling books for CTiS&D on Life issues. Ideal for understanding complex issues or for giving to someone who is struggling .Call in and look for the revolving bookstand with the sign “Books for Living”. Julia (the owner) sells other second hand books on religion. You could try selling her some of your books.

March 2011

Lost and Found
The medieval terra cotta figure, which had been put away so safely that it could not be found, was rediscovered when the Vicar's vestry was cleared last week, much to the relief of the Church wardens. It is hoped to put it on display during open churches week in August.

Beetle Drive
The beetle drive was enjoyed by all and raised £163 for the restoration fund. Many thanks to Joyce and Lilian for organising this.

Coffee Morning
The coffee mornng on 19th March raised £90. Thanks go to Dorothy and her helpers.

Friends of St. Peters AGM
Tuesday 22nd March at 8pm. View the new lighting system and give your views on how the church is run. Apologies to Philip Ivins on Sudbury 371876.

Men Unleashed
Men Unleashed met on 12th March at the Stevenson Centre Great Cornard. speakers Andy Drake of CVM & Victor Jack were excellent as was the food and the worship band. All who attended had a great time.

Kitchen Plans
The proposed plans for the new Kitchenette will be displayed on the North door for the next week. Please look at them and leave any written comments in the box provided or speak to Judith or Jane.

February 2011

Men Unleashed
Hi Guy’s, Yes its still on Men Unleashed 12th March at the Stevenson Centre Great Cornard. Steering group has been meeting finalising with CVM advertising flyers and posters (now at the printers), speakers Andy Drake of CVM & Victor Jack - Hog Roast booked, worship band sorted, sound and projection equipment sorted, various displays of local Christian out- reach have been asked to come display what they are about. To know more or BOOK YOUR PLACE ring Martin on 07505 333075

The February coffee morning raised £90 for the Restoration Fund.

After Service Discussion 27.2.11
The overwhelming feeling of the meeting is that option A is the prefered way forward despite obvious difficulties. The Deanery options may be obtained from Simon or seen at the back of the church

New Zealand Earthquake
Dorothy writes:- I've just spoken to my daughter, Caroline, in Wellington and you may already have received requests for prayer; just in case you haven't...... her request is specifically for the people and area of CANTERBURY in Christchurch which has been most seriously affected. The community is very close and will support each other but there have been fatalities and much damage. My grandchildren are at uni. in Dunedin and have fellow students from Canterbury. On a practical note the Cathedral is in Canterbury. It is understood the spire has collapsed and the remainder of the building could be in danger.

There are folk in Sudbury who will remember Caroline, she was a member of All Saints in her youth. She and her family are safe.

Turn on the Tap
You can raise funds for this project by sponsored entry or by sponsoring someone on the Sudbury Fun Run/Walk on Good Friday morning. Places are limited so you need to register promptly- details at http;// Sponsor forms for Turn on the Tap from Jennie

Vulnerable Adult Training from Sudbury Baptist Church
We would like to invite anyone involved in visitation and pastoral care of "Vulnerable Adults" to join with us at Sudbury Baptist Church for a half-day training session on Saturday 12th March, which will be led by Rev'd Richard Lewis, a Regional Minister in the Eastern Baptist Association. The session will run from 9.30am to 1pm, with a coffee break. We will also be serving coffee on arrival from 9am. We may use of the St Gregory's School car park. Register (free) in advance to attend with Paul Mizen on 01787 375178 or email by 28th Feb.

Marriage Focus Group
The relaunched MARRIAGE FOCUS GROUP is meeting at 10am on the Monday (7th) at St Johns Methodist Church, and we would like as many as possible who feel we need to support marriage in the UK, to come along.

CAP Money course
(from Christians Against Poverty – the debt counselling charity). A new course starts Friday 4th Feb
CAP Money is a free 3 week course “To get you back in control of your money – Learn a simple system to help you budget, save and plan for the future”. It is open to anyone who would like some help and ideas on how to manage their money, or indeed would like to get ideas on how to help others with this. If you know people who could be helped by this course please tell them about it and consider coming along with them to give them moral support. Contact Ellie on 07583 467190 or Ruth on 01787 227689 or go on to the website to find out more and book a place

January 2011

Update from the pulpit
23rd January. As part of the sermon, Simon explained:- The Diocese needs to reduce its deficit - currently running at £500,000 per year and increasing. The Deanery has been asked to suggest a way of providing the same or better quality and level of spiritual support throughout its parishes with a lower finacial outlay. The suggestion on the table at present has not been voted on nor is it thought by some to be the best way forward. Nothing has been decided. It is possible that, when in the fullness of time Simon decides to move on, he may or may not be replaced.
He pointed to the example of Hezekiah, who prepared for a siege and when all seemed lost, discovered that the whole Assyrian Army had been destroyed even before it attempted to assault the walls of Jerusalem.
Simon also commended the evening service on the second Sunday of the month which gives more time for prayer.

Coffee Morning and Penny Pinching Sale
The cofee morning and sale raised over £200.

Interested in discovering more about Christianity? have friends who might be? The next course will begin on Wednesday 19th January at 8pm. Contact Simon

More furniture etc needed!
Storehouse (Stour Valley Vineyard) have an urgent request for help for someone moving into an empty apartment this week. Needs everything: beds, table, chairs, white goods, kettle, crockery, pots & pans etc. Can you help please? They will collect. Just ring Mandy Hill on 079 395 28953 or email Thank you!

Happy New Year
For the first few weeks of the New Year we are looking at the book of Ephesians. Please read through chapters 3 and 4 before coming to the 10am service Sunday, 16th January.





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