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December 2012

Fair trade sale
150 High Street, Kelvedon Thu 3–Sat 5 January 10–5 PM
2 display rooms of Traidcraft, Created + Bishopston Trading clothes, chocolate, food, crafts, toys, jewellery, cards, gifts, etc. Fair Trade talks, services, displays, Sale/Return packs, fashion shows etc. or visit for a Fair Trade group outing! p: 01376 570200 e:
Parking on High St EXCEPT 10 - 11

All Sorts @ All Saints
Not your ordinary Sunday School. We are meeting again on Sunday 16th December between 10am – 11.15am in the Church Hall. A fun filled sharing activity for children between 5 and 11. Preparing to act in the Nativity in church during the service on 23rd. Parents staying with younger children are also welcome.

Can you help?
Volunteers are needed to fill the rota for the monthly coffee mornings and the weekly church open time on Fridays. See Dorothy if you can help with either: phone 01787 888018 or e-mail

Christmas Card
We have a joint card for All Saints which is on the font, rather than sending each other Christmas cards. Please sign this and make a donation to Tear Fund, with the money saved from sending lots of individual cards.

November 2012

Quiz evening
Robert was quiz master at another of his popular quiz evenings, which raised over £250 for the Restoration Fund on December 1st at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Teams of up to 6 - so come as a team or join others to form a team on the night. Tickets from Jane or Win - £5 per person including festive nibbles. Bring your own wine but soft drinks will be provided.

Coffee morning
The November coffee morning realised £131. Thanks go to Jean and all her helpers and, of course, to the coffee drinkers.

Friday church opening
Dorothy had a rota for those who can volunteer to be stewards on Fridays, after Small Saints, when the church will be open from 11am to 1pm for prayer, visitors and companionship. Our Community Warden, Bradley Smith, will be coming into church some open mornings and you can talk to him there about any neighbourhood queries or by phone Sudbury 311642 or by Email: The church will not be opening for the two hours on Fridays untilfurther notice. The keyholders are usually able to let visitors in upon request.

Service of Thanksgiving
A thanksgiving for Les Gore's life was held here in All Saints Church at on 21st November. Over 70 close family members came on from the crematorium to join the church family in an uplifting memorial service.

Prayer walk
Last Sunday November 11th about a dozen of us from All Saints’ prayed our way through Blackfriars.
Next Prayer Walk – 9th December, to Middleton Road Estate will need transport to get there. Offers of help to Malcolm, please.

The King’s Men
K.M. met on Wednesday 21st November at the King’s Head Public House in Ballingdon from 8pm to 9.30pm for an evening of convivial companionship. Further information from Gary Mon – Fri 9am-5pm on 020 7393 3678 or Email:

Historic Churches Bike Ride - 8th September
Jenny writes :- The sponsorship money for the Bike Ride has all been collected and has been sent off to the Trust.
The total amount raised is £414, which means that we will have £207 sent back to us at All Saints. Thank you again to all who supported this event by cycling, sponsorship or recording in the church. Well done!

Ladies Group
Tuesday 15th November Speaker: Nicky Russell of the Suffolk Befrienders. There will be a Bring and Buy table

Operation Christmas Child
The shoebox table was set up in church. Gifts for the shoeboxes (destined for Belarus) were left on the table or collected from there and included in boxes. 85 Filled boxes were returnedto church by Sunday 11th November.
There was a meeting for anyone wishing to help with checking the boxes at 10.30am on Tuesday 13th November at Bob’s warehouse on the Ballingdon Industrial estate. The warehouse will be open to receive boxes from 10.00am until 3.30pm from Monday to Thursday starting from Wednesday 14th November.

All Saints'-tide
Saturday, 3rd November, was our Day of Prayer and began with an opening service at 10am and ended with the closing service at 4pm.

The Sunday nearest to All Saints Day is our Gift Day: an opportunity to make an extra thanks offering for all the Lord has done for us during the past year.
The 10am Service was Holy Communion: a combined service, here in All Saints', with St. Gregory’s and St. Andrew's

October 2012

Autumn Fayre
A dry and sunny day brought over 200 people into St. Peters on Saturday 13th October to buy the goods we had for sale. Over 40 people helped with transport to and from St. Peters, manned stalls and the door, provided and served refreshments and all the things for the stalls. The hard work by the whole team was rewarded by £1,800 for the Restoration Fund. Thank you everyone from the parish who took part and to the townspeople of Sudbury and the visitors from further away who made the day so enjoyable.

The well attended morning Harvest Celebration service took place in the beautifully decorated Church. Among the flower topped windowsills were a couple of less traditional displays. One bore farm animals and produce and another had a collection of bottles of different makes of beer (empty of the brew of hops and barley) in front of a background of coloured "stained glass windows". Many thanks to all who helped fill the building with the fruits of the Harvest.

The Harvest Lunch fed 47 people and raised £173.25 for TEAR fund. Thanks go to all who entertained us, cooked for us and served us.

Before the evening service the bell ringers visited us to ring the bells for about an hour. We thank them for adding an extra dimension to our Harvest Thanksgiving.

The evening Songs of Praise service had a larger than the usual congregation who sang their own choice of traditional and more modern hymns. Judith had researched these so was able to give each a brief introduction setting it in its context.

Moving On
This 7 week discipleship course is continuing on Tuesday 16th October at 8pm in the Church Hall If you would like to join the group and deepen your knowledge of the Cristian faith, please contact Simon

Autumn Fayre in St Peters’
Saturday 13th October 9.30am –2.30pm
Can you help on the day or help transport goods to St. Peters? Have you unwanted gifts we could sell? Is it time to declutter your attic, shelves and cupboards? The tea chests are at the back of the church ready to store your donations. Your dusty relics could be others prized possessions and raise money to upkeep our Grade1 listed building. Contact Jane.

Ladies group
Regretably the speaker for October 9th is unable to come so the meeting has been cancelled. However, Amanda has the tickets for the group outing to the Quay Theatre on Tuesday 16th at 7.45pm to see Calendar Girls. Please contact her for details.

Mission Shaped Ministry
A training course on how to start new forms of church is starting in early October. There are flyers at the back of church. Contact Simon for details. Simon was part of the steering group that brought this training course to the diocese.

Jazz in All Saints'
On Saturday 29th September about 140 jazz devotees raised £500 for the restoration fund while being delighted by the superb combination of six talented jazz musicians brought together by Digby Fairweather as his All Star Dixielanders with Digby himself on trumpet/vocals, Jim Douglas (guitar/banjo) Tim Huskisson (clarinet) Chris Gower (trombone) Stan Bourke (drums) and Ron Russell (bass). Each indeed proved to be a star in his own right while playing together to fill the building with two hours of brilliant improvisations. Our special thanks go to Stan who gave a virtuoso display on the drums despite being in considerable discomfort from injury in his recent accident. The mood was both underlined and enhanced by the use of coloured spotlights and projected patterns of light by a top lighting specialist Andy Baldwin of Event Production, Sound & Light (EPSL) which caught the feel of the jazz and bathed the building in Medieval colour. Our thanks go to David Webb for organising the whole evening, to Graham Naylor for roping in Andy to provide the lighting and helping erect it and to the events group for the refreshments.

September 2012

The Prayer Walk
The progess along Ballingdon Street on Sunday, after the morning service, was a joyful experience and opened up unexpected opportunities for prayer and praise.

Saturday 29th September 7.30pm Jazz with Digby Fairweather's All Star Dixielanders, featuring Ron Russell. Tickets £15 inc. a glass of wine and nibbles from David Webb

Carrie Allen
The Memorial Service to give thanks for Carrie Allen's life will be held at St. Andrews' Great Cornard at 11am on Friday 21st September.

All Sorts @ All Saints
Not your ordinary Sunday School. We are meeting for the first time on Sunday 16th September between 10am – 11.15am in the Church Hall. A fun filled sharing activity for children between 5 and 11. Parents staying with younger children are also welcome.

Suffolk Historic Churches Bike Ride
We were blessed with a beautiful day for the Historic Churches Bike Ride last Saturday. All six of us returned safe and sound apart from Patrick who sustained a few grazes when he fell in a hedge! Many thanks to all who supported this event, by cycling, recording visitors to our church and by sponsoring us. The amount raised will be on a future pew sheet when all the money is collected and counted.
Jenny Ince

The King’s Men
We will be going over to Colchester on Saturday 8th September for the Ministry 2 Men morning. Early start 7am to arrive for 8am start and back about 11. Full details

Ladies’ Group
At our next meeting on Tuesday 11th September we will welcome Faith Marsden as our speaker and any new members who wish to attend. We meet in the Church Hall at 7.45pm.

Tuesday 4th September at 2.30 pm in the Church Hall. A talk by Mrs Val Jeffreys, the Mothers’ Union Diocesan President . A special meeting open to all who would enjoy hearing Mrs Jeffreys speak about, “What the Mothers’ Union is good at”. Come and find out.

Suffolk Historic Churches’ Trust Bike Ride: 8th September
We are looking for riders or walkers to visit churches and for pairs of recorders to sit in our church to take part this year. Both sorts of participation can be sponsored. A list to sign by those collecting sponsor forms, will be with the forms at the back of the church soon.
For information contact Jenny

Open Churches Weekend 8th and 9th September
We will be opening the tower again this year and still need volunteers to steward the church from 9am - 5pm Saturday and on Sunday afternoon between 12 noon and 3pm. There will also be a bookstall and tea and biscuits available. Contact Dorothy or Jane

August 2012

Pray for the parish
If you could adopt a small part of the parish to pray for especially, there is a list in the prayer corner of roads for you to choose from. Signing against a street name will ensure all the homes in our part of the town are regularly mentioned in prayer. A leaflet is available with suggestions to help you tackle the task.

The King's Men
The All Saints’ Men’s Group will next be meeting on Wednesday 15th August and joining Men in Christ for a barbecue. If any men wish to join us we will gladly make you welcome. For when and where contact Gary Mon – Fri 9am-5pm on 020 7393 3678 or Email: or ring Peter Sebbage 279829

Open Garden and Teas
Saturday 11th August at 98 Melford Road from 2.30 - 4.30pm to view the garden, receive advice on organic gadening, buy plants, cakes and preserves and to enjoy a tradional afternoon tea.

July 2012

Family news
Jennie and Colin have just become grandparents. Their daughter Louise gave birth to Oscar on Sunday 29th - 3 weeks early - weighing in at 5lbs 9oz. Our congratulations to Louise & Mike.

Sunday - 29th July
6.30 pm - Songs of Praise at Hanover Court
The 6.30 service having been transferred from All Saints’ Church this evening.

Monday 23rd July 7.30pm
the Prospects Causeway theme is “A Place for Me” in the hall followed by a barbecue.

Moving On
Simon has details of this course which is a follow on from "START". If you would like to deepen your knowledge of the Cristian faith, please contact Simon

The King's Men
The embryonic All Saints’ Men’s Group will next be meeting on Wednesday 18th July at the King’s Head Public House in Ballingdon from 8pm to 9.30pm for an evening of gentle conversation and company. If any men wish to join us we will gladly make you welcome and buy you a drink [or two] Contact Gary Mon – Fri 9am-5pm on 020 7393 3678 or Email:

Prospects Causeway
Saturday 14th July. The Causeway group successfully hosted a celebration in the church hall for the Bury St Edmunds group from 2 - 4.30 pm

Ministry 2 Men
Ministry 2 Men in Colchester is beginning a new series of talks called 'Proclaiming Jesus in Unity, Not as Orphans' (Acts 1).
And the first of these will be on Saturday 14th July 2012
As usual some of the men from church will be going so if anyone would like a lift they can contact me,Gary, as above,and I’ll try to sort transport [or supply additional details if required]
The talk starts at 8am and is followed by a group breakfast so we normally leave Sudbury around 7am and are back by 11am ish …

Ladies' Group
Tuesday, 10th July. Rev'd Judith Sweetman spoke on her 'Route to the Ministry'. This talk was followed by the AGM, during which ideas for next year's programme were much appreciated.

Christmas Craft Club
We are preparing for next Christmas. The craft club is meeting at 98 Melford Road on the last Tuesday afternoon of the month from 2-4pm. We are following a different theme each month making Christmas gifts or decorations. Come and learn a new skill. You would also be welcome to bring your own craft project with you. Contact Judith on Sudbury 315689

June 2012

Interested in discovering more about Christianity? Have friends who might be? Thinking of being confirmed? Contact Simon has been arranging a START course which explores the Christian faith, helps to unravel difficult questions and is a preparation for confirmation. It began on Wednesday 27th June in the evening. There is still time to join the group.

Coffee Morning
Saturday 16th June in the church hall !0am - 12 noon. Together with the usual cakes, preserves and bring and buy, there will be a bric-a-brac stall.

Taming the Tiger
CTiS and Eden's Evangelistic Event with International Evangelist Tony Anthony:
This Event is taking place on Sunday 17th June at 6.30pm, with refreshments from 6.15pm. Please keep praying about whom you could invite to this event and then contact Simon for free tickets.

Diamond Jubilee
We celebrated with a Jubilee Cream Tea Tuesday June 5th in the church hall. About 70 people ate freshly baked scones with cream and strawberry jam and bought from a display of Betty Bone's early canvases. About £620 was donated to the restoration fund, including a Gift Aided cheque for £500. Many thanks to all who made the tea and to all who supported the event. Thanks also go to the Suffolk Guild of ringers who rang the bells for two hours from 2.45pm

God in Contempory Society
Saturday June 16th, 9.30am-2.30pm at 'Number 72' 72 North Street
Cost, including light lunch, £20. Contact:
Session 1: Past God’s sell by date?
What happens when God is marginalized even murdered in society?
Session 2: At the Pick & Mix Counter
Is God one or many?
Session 3: Gagging God
Why should Christians be confident about God in public?

Churches Together in Sudbury Open Forum
Thursday 14th June 2012 at Lavenham Church at 7.30pm preceded by a barbecue and refreshments from 6.30pm.
The main focus :
Missing Generation?
Our recent survey shows 93% of local 18-35s have little or no involvement with church. What’s to be done?
Hear and question Dave Gardner, Vicar of St John’s Woodbridge, who has a passion for outreach.
ALSO: a full report on our Survey of 18-35s in local churches
AND: review of the debut of SOUL CAFÉ in Sudbury

Coffee morning
Saturday May 28th from 10am - 12 noon at Marion's The Cygnets, Church Street raised £114

Sunday 3rd June - Trinity Sunday
The 10am service was be led by the Causeway group.

May 2012

Christian Aid Week
Jenny would like to thank all the envelope collectors. The total for Sudbury and Great Cornard is £5,383.35 - about £350 up on last year. Gift Aid will increase this year's total.

Ladies Group
The Ladies' group cake stall raised £130. The brilliant weather was an answer to prayer. This year's Summer outing on Tuesday 12th June, is to Long Melford Church, costing £3. We will leave the church at 7pm. Contact Jane if you need a lift.

Simon's sermon, May 20th 10am service
Simon talked in some length about God's call to our future in All Saints. He spoke of his conviction that God has more planned for both the current and future members of the worshipping community in our parish. Simon issued a call to commitment, prayer and involvement in the work of the church to the whole congregation. If you would like to read his sermon notes, please click here.

The King's Men
The Kings Head, Ballingdon Wednesday May 23rd from 8pm - 9.30pm ish.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! . .
For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life for evermore.” Ps. 133
No special agenda – just a chance for the men of the Church to meet socially and explore life. Contact Gary Mon – Fri 9am-5pm on 020 7393 3678 or Email:

Ascension Day
Thursday, 17th May was a Deanery Holy Communion Service at Edwardstone Church conducted out of doors, followed by a bring and share meal.

Street Pastors
Simon has a CD of the Pastor's work on the streets of Sudbury which you may borrow from him.

Late Spring Dinner
There was an excellent four course meal with a guest after dinner speaker Rev'd Tony Moore on Wednesday 16th May at 7.30pm in the church hall. Tickets £12.50 Sold out -profit £400

Cake stall
Remember to support the Ladies Group cake stall on Market Hill on Saturday 19th May by making and buying cakes. Profit £178

Christian Aid Week 13 - 19 May
Many thanks to the regular collectors who are taking part again this year. Any extra volunteers, please contact Jenny on Sudbury 378924

Ladies Group
Tuesday 8th May at 7.30pm when Chris Rowe talked about "An Orphanage in Goa".

Ministry 2 Men
St Margaret’s, Berechurch, Colchester.Saturday May 12th.
A time to share fellowship, prayer and worship A full cooked celebration breakfast – and a reflection on the series ‘Finding God in . . . . ‘ It means an early start from Sudbury [around 7am!!] and we’re normally back by 11am / 11.30am Lifts available. Contact Gary to book your breakfast and/or lift, Mon – Fri 9am-5pm on 020 7393 3678 or Email:

April 2012

CAP Money Course
The next course has been fixed for Fridays 27 April; 4 & 11 May – at 13.15 for a 13.30 start. Each session at 72, North Street lasts just one hour.
Ellie Reed, who runs the course, would be prepared to talk to anyone interested – she can be reached on 01787 373727 or 07989 446127

Annual General Meeting
Sunday 29th April in the church hall at 3.30pm, followed by a bring and share tea (with drinks provided). Copies of the Annual Report are at the back of the church as are the nomination forms for the PCC.

Prom Praise
Saturday 21st April at the Royal Albert Hall. A bus is being arranged from Sudbury to attend the amazing event of Christian musicon the 40th anniversary of All Souls Orchestra. Contact Malcolm for details.

March 2012

Lent Study Groups
We all used the six week York Course entitled "Live your faith"

Lent Lunches
This year, the lunches took place on all the Fridays in Lent at 12.30pm in the church hall. There was no set charge or need to book for the meal. Donations will be sent to the Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Palm Sunday
As well as receiving Palm Crosses, there was an oportunity to meet our missionaries and to hear about their work at the 10 am service.

Ladies Group
We held our annual group dinner at the Angel on Tuesday, 13th March.

Mayor's Charity Coffee Morning
Saturday 17th March in All Saints Church Hall 10.30 - noon instead of our usual coffee morning. Coffee and biscuits will be available at £1 per head. Procedes to the Mayor's Charities: Eden's Project, Kernos Centre, Sudbury Breast Cancer Appeal, West Suffolk Cruse. Further information from Sudbury Town Council (01787) 372331

Sunday 11th March at 4 pm in All Saints church hall. All ages welcome.
Informal worship and exploration* of the theme: “Living as Christ’s body”
*Exploring with drama, music, art & creative activity and in thoughtful reflection. Tea and cake will be served.

Communion Survey Result
Exploring the options - which would you prefer?
a) Eucharistic prayer at central table, distribution at the Sanctuary rail - the current practice and the preferred option by the majority.
The other options were:-
b) Eucharistic prayer and distribution at central table in the nave
c) Eucharistic prayer and distribution at the table and rail in the Sanctuary

February 2012

Sunday 28th February
After the lunch following the joint service at St. Gregory's, Simon reported on the the meeting on Monday 20th between the PCC and ministry team and the Rural Dean and others. There followed a time for prayer with positive results.

Songs of Praise
Sunday 19th February at 10am: The service will have eight hymns and songs chosen by members of the congregation including three chosen and led by the Causeway group.

Ladies group Cancelled due to inclement weather.
Tuesday 14th February will welcome Malcolm Offord as speaker. Faith Marsden will now join us later in the year. Book now for the Ladies Group Dinner at the Angel on 13th March.

January 2012

Churches Together in Sudbury & District Healing Ministry Task Group invites you to:-
“Pastoral care of the terminally ill and bereaved”, on Thursday, 2nd February 2012 at Suffolk Road Church, Sudbury, 7.30pm – 9pm with refreshments from 7pm. Guest speaker: The Rev’d Charles Amoah, Chaplain at St Nicholas Hospice.

Children and bereavement
Thursday, 9th February 2012, at Suffolk Road Church, Sudbury, 7.30pm – 9pm, with refreshments from 7pm. Guest speaker: Yvonne Holman, Family Support Social Worker at St Nicholas Hospice.
Booking essential – please contact Lynda Sebbage, indicating which (or if both) session you wish to attend. Please note there is limited availability so early booking is strongly recommended. No charge but there will a retiring collection for the work of St Nicholas Hospice.

Education Sunday posponed to 25th March due to bad weather.
You are invited to this year’s Sudbury Schools’ Education Sunday Service, Sunday 5th February 2012, at St Peter’s Church, Sudbury at 2.30 pm. If you are involved in education – as a pupil, parent, grandparent, Teacher, Governor, Teaching Assistant – or you simply care about education… Then this occasion is for you! This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating Learning’, with contributions by pupils and staff of Sudbury Schools. All are welcome.

Week of prayer for Christian unity - 15th-22nd January
The aims of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are
· To pray as Christ prayed ‘That they may be one’.
· To pray for the unity of all Christian people as we share in Christ’s ministry.
The Week of Prayer offers opportunities to meet and pray with fellow Christians of different denominations.
The theme for 2012 is "We will all be changed".
Change is at the heart of our Christian faith. Saint Paul said that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation and we are called to live as children in the light. The theme comes to us from the churches in Poland, who have reflected upon their own experience as a nation, and in particular how, as a nation, they have been changed and transformed by the many upheavals of their history, and sustained by their faith.
Change is also at the heart of the ecumenical movement. When we pray for the unity of the church we are praying that the churches that we know and which are so familiar to us will change as they conform more closely to Christ. This is an exciting vision, but also a challenging one. Furthermore, when we pray for this transforming unity we are also praying for change in the world.
For the final Sunday, 22nd, Rev. John Boardman of St. John's Methodist Church will preach in All Saints at the 10am Service of the Word, while Simon is at St. John's. The 6.30 service will be Holy Communion.

Coffee Morning
The Coffee Morning was held in the church hall on Saturday 21st January from 10am to 12 noon. There was a bring and buy sale.

CAP Money
The next Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money Course will run at Number Seventy Two, North Street, Sudbury, on Fridays 1pm – 2.45pm starting on Friday 20th January. CAP Money is a free 3 week course. If you or anyone you know needs to have better control of their money and would like to book a place or find out more phone/text Ruth on 07583 467190 or email

Contact vicar:

Rev'd. Simon Gill Telephone: Sudbury 375334

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