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December 2013

Sunday 29th December
The 10am service was a Service of the Word rather than a fifth Sunday Holy Communion Servoce.

Christmas in All Saints Parish
Friday 20th in the evening Carol singing around Ballingdon
Sunday 22nd 10 am Nativity & Communion 6.30 pm Carols by candlelight
Christmas Eve 3.30 pm Christingle & Crib service
Christmas Day 10 am Family Communion

November 2013

Day of Prayer and Gift Day
Sunday 17th November was the Gift Day, which is more usually held on the Sunday nearest to All Saints' Day. This gave an opportunity to give financial support to the work of the Church over and above our regular giving as a thank offering. Over £4,500 was raised.

Coffee Morning
This month's coffee morning, held in the Church Hall on 23rd November raised over £160 from Christmas decorations and gifts as well as the usual cake stall. Many thanks to all.

The Taste of Sunday Evenings
You are invited to the next TASTE, Talking And Sharing Together Evenings. The next will be at 8pm on Sunday 24th November at 98 Melford Road. These are relaxed times of fellowship, offering refreshment both for the soul and the body. For more details contact Malcolm or Judith.

Day of Prayer and Gift Day
Saturday 16th November was our yearly Day Of Prayer when we prayed for our own parish specifically and asked for guidance for the future in all the areas that the Lord is showing us that He has work for us in extending his kingdom upon earth. Sunday 17th November was the Gift Day, which is more usually held on the Sunday nearest to All Saints' Day. This gives an opportunity to give financial support to the work of the Church over and above our regular giving as a thank offering.

October 2013

Church Street to close again
The road will be closed for half term week - beginning 28th October.

Autumn Fayre
Our major fund raising event of the year in St.Peter’s Market Hill for our Restoration and Development fund will be held on Saturday October 19th from 9.30am – 2.30pm.
Gifts of books, toys, second time around collectibles, games, sweets, gifts, jewellery, china, glass and preserves for sale at the fayre may be left at the back of the church now. Cakes on the Friday or Saturday, please.
Vernon Lever will be giving demonstrations of painting in water colour during the day and there will be the usual delicious soup and home made refreshments.

Sermon series: Worship
All the sermons in this series are available on the "Sermons" page as well as in note form from whoever preached or on a CD from Simon.
In conjunction with these sermons, Simon is making his personal Bible Index available to those who would find it helpful. Click here to read more.

Thinking about being confirmed? Interested in discovering more about Christianity? Have friends who might be? Do you want to explore the beginning of faith? This course can also be seen as a preparation for confirmation but is also for those who simply want to explore the basics of the Christian faith. Contact Simon for time and venue as a new course is just beginning.

September 2013

Solos lunch
The next three course homemade meal will be served in the Church Hall at 12.30pm Sunday 29th September. Anyone who would otherwise be eating alone on that Sunday will be welcomed. Tickets are available at £5 from Joyce or otherwise must be booked in advance by phone.

The Taste of Sunday Evenings
You are invited to the next TASTE, Talking And Sharing Together Evenings, beginning 8pm on Sunday 22nd September at 98 Melford Road. These be will relaxed times of fellowship, offering refreshment both for the soul and the body. For more details contact Malcolm or Judith.

What does the future hold for us?
Anyone who would like the first issue of the news bulletin, primarily for regular members of the congregation, can find one at the back of the church. It mentions that permission has at last been granted to begin work on the tea bar in the aisle near the North door and that preliminary investigations of the concrete floor there are about to be started.

Church Street Closure
The church yard should be accessible from both ends of Church Street again this weekend. There is still some work to do but the barriers should have been be taken away.

August 2013

New home group
Robert and Lynne invited any who would like to join the new evening house group at their home on Thursday evenings at 7.45pm.
The group will ran for only six weeks from August 4th and the theme was be ‘Hot Potatoes’, i.e. controversial topics that, for various reasons, Christians sometimes try and avoid discussing. These evenings proved very popular.

Coffee morning
The coffee morning held at 98, Melford Road on Saturday, 17th August from 10am to 12 noon made a profit of £165.05. Thank you Malcolm and judith.

Mother's Union met in St Andrews Church, Great Cornard on Tuesday 6th August at 2.30pm for the Wave of Prayer service. Young mums were particularly invited to this meeting during the school holiday so they could bring all their children and enjoy the "Bring and Share" tea

July 2013

Sunday 14th July Group Service

The next service with St Gregory’s and St. Andrew’s will be on 14th July at 10am at St. Andrew’s Church, Great Cornard. There will be no service at all here in All Saints on that Sunday.

Ladies group
Tuesday 9th July at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Margot Bartlett will be talked about her daughter, Karen’s, new book – “After Auschwitz”.

June 2013

Sunday 7th July
The 10am service was be organised by the Causeway group and included a dramatic presentation of Jesus’ baptism. Causeway members also served the after service coffee. Everyone was warmly welcomed at this exciting service.

Mothers' Union
The MU extended an invitation to this open meeting in All Saints Church Hall on Tuesday, 2nd July, at 2.30pm when Mr and Mrs Beech spoke about "Tools with a Mission".

Open Garden with cream teas
Many thanks to everyone who gave their time and energy to make Saturday afternoon such a friendly and enjoyable occasion and a success despite hardly seeing the sun. Including the donations for going up the tower, the games, stalls and 91 cream teas we made £635-76
Thank you to everyone who helped with moving the chairs and tables from the hall and back, to those who ran games, stalls, stewarded the tower, gave books, grew plants, baked cakes, served teas or just patronised the event. Extra special thanks go to Ian and Suzie who gave us so much help and allowed us to use their lovely garden, which made the whole project possible.

Ladies Group
Tuesday 11th June. Visit to Eden Rose Coppice. Meet at 7pm at Sudbury Office Supplies, Edgeworth Road, for the short walk and afterwards return to Joyce’s house for refreshment. The visit is open to anyone who wishes to join us and that we will be collecting £2 per person (£1 subs and £1 donation to the charity).

6.30pm Services
It has been decided to discontinue our regular evening services. The last service was on April 28th.

Rare opportunity at All Saints
Ian and Suzie Liddell opened their beautiful garden behind All Saints Old Vicarage from 1 to 4pm on Saturday 8th June to benefit All Saints' Restoration and Development Fund. Admission to the garden was £1 or included in a cream tea for £2.50. There were plants, books and jigsaws and cakes for sale. The Church tower was also be opened to be climbed for £1. Everyone was welcomed to enjoy the afternoon.

Old Vicarage Open Garden - Saturday June 8th
We would like donations of paperback books, boxed games and jigsaws (each complete and sealed in a plastic bag inside its box) from now on. Please leave them at the back of the church. Later on we would like cakes and those plants you have been nursing. If you need further information. Phone Pat and Roy on Sudbury 377697

May 2013

Pentecost Praise 2013.
6.30 for refreshments for a 7pm start in St. Peter’s. Jeff Lucas, international speaker, broadcaster and bestselling author, currently teaching pastor at Timberline Church Fort Collins, Colorado, will be preaching.

Ladies Group Cake Stall
Cakes and preserves please
The annual Ladies Group Charity cake stall on Market Hill on May 18th. Jane would be delighted to receive any contributions delivered to the cake stall from 8.30am.

5th May
at Unit 4, Inca Business Park, Acton,
CO10 0BB
11am – 6p.m.
A day out for Christians and non Christians alike

find out how cars and people can be reclaimed and transformed
see the display of classic Jaguars
Scalectrix races
find something at the auction of memorabilia
photo opportunities
and loads more going on

In aid of:

Eden’s youth project and other local social needs
For further information contact Peter Sebbage on 01787 249828
Thank you!

There will be a quiz in aid of All Saints' Restoration and Development Fund, in the Church Hall on 11th May with a 7.15 for 7.30pm start.
Teams of up to 6 may enter or teams of 6 can be put together on the night from people who have bought tickets in advance. As space is limited tickets will not be available on the door.
Tickets cost £5 per person from Sudbury 373566 or Sudbury 372642 and include soft drinks and nibbles. Bring your own wine.

April 2013

Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Sunday 21st April at 11.30am after the service 10am in the church hall. Everyone is invited to attend this important business meeting.

This Sunday,21st April, we will be going to the Confirmation Service at Bures; our last oportunity to meet Bishop Clive before his retirement.

Mother's Union
Monday 8th April: Annual Mothers’ Union Cathedral Service

Ladies Group
Tuesday 9th April in the Church Hall. Our speaker was Peter Whiteley from the Quakers.

Parish Prayer Walk
The walk on Sunday 7th April, after the morning service, visited Church Street, Plough Lane and Friars Street. If anyone has any particular prayer requests they would like offered to God just contact any church member who will be pleased to pass the message on or they can be e-mailed to

March 2013

A knitting group is meeting at Kettle and Fish from 12.30am - 1.30pm. Learn to knit then make squares for emergency blankets etc. Contact Judith by phone for details.

Services leading up to Easter.

7.30pm Maundy Thursday: Remembering the Last Supper.
We joined the Baptist congregation for our shared Holy Communion Service in the Baptist Church this year. Simon gave the address

10.30am Good Friday: Small Saints.
Beginning in the church and taking the format of our usual Small Saints, a warm welcome will be extended to any families wishing to share this very special part of the Christian story. You will be able to hear the Easter story and take part in craft activities, play with toys and enjoy refreshments.

2 to 3pm Good Friday: An Hour at the Cross
The gift of life poured out to us in grace was not without its cost; the cost and agony of the cross.
This year's Hour at the Cross will include Taize songs, readings and visual images to support our time of reflection and contemplation.

Please note: the church will remain open as a place of quiet reflection until 3.30pm. Those wishing to chat or arrange flowers etc are invited to enjoy hot cross buns in the hall between 3 and 3.30pm.

Church Decoration
There is a list to sign at the back of the church for those who can decorate a windowsill or other place in the building. This year we would like all the flowers to be white, if possible, please.

I Spy Easter

On Saturday 30th March, children are invited to take part in a fun and exciting event in the centre of Sudbury. Following on from the highly successful event that we first held back in 2011 Churches Together in Sudbury have decided to hold this event again.

From 10am to 2pm there will be characters from the Easter Story dotted around the Market Place and they cannot be missed because they will be wearing replica costumes of the period – so catch Barabbas, or a Priest or even the Centurion!

So what is it all about? Well, easy. Children just come along with your mums or dads to St Peter’s at 10 am on the Saturday morning and pick up an I – Spy collection card take it with you around the Market and as you see one of the characters get them to sign the card (and if you are good, the character will even give you a chocolate egg!). There will be 10 characters in all and once you have collected a full card take it back to St Peter’s to enter it into a prize competition. Whilst you are there in the church, why not stay because we are holding an Easter Party! There will be fun activities taking place from drawing, dancing, flag waving, making paper aeroplanes, face painting, drumming and much more - there will even be a beautiful Easter Garden with a Tomb somewhere in the church – why not take a peek at it?

At 11.30 and 1.30 pm a short Easter Story drama will take place when all the characters from the streets will come into the church and you can see them together and watch the drama unfold – “Were you there…..?” The prize draw will take place at 1.50 pm and YOU could be a winner!
Refreshments available courtesy of Kettle & Fish.

All this is free so what a wonderful way to spend Easter Saturday!

Lent Course
All Saints, St John’s Methodists and Springlands Fellowship met together during Lent 5/6 times to share in a course entitled Transformed by the Presence of Jesus.

Easter lilies
Sue will order Easter lilies if you wish to remember a loved one at this special time of rejoicing in the Resurrection of Our Lord. The lilies cost £3 each.

Lent Lunches
On Sundays 3rd,17th and 24th of March there will be simple bread and soup lunch in the Church Hall at 12 noon. There is no need to book and no set price but donations of about what you would expect your own Sunday lunch to cost, can be given to TEAR fund.

Coffee Morning and Sale
The event raised about £150. Many thanks to all who conributed in any way.

Coffee Morning
The March coffee morning in the Church Hall - Saturday 16th from 10am to noon - will be our annual clearance sale of all the accumulated stuff, bric-a-brac and so on to make room to store the donations for the bigger fund raising events later in the year: the 8th June (Garden Party) and 5th October (Autumn Market). the event raised about £150. many thanks to all who contributed in any way.

February 2013

MICS “JagFest” introduction.
2nd March 11.00am at The Jaguar Centre. Acton.
Invitation to all who would like to know more about the event being held on 4th May.
Contact Martin Sparks or
Paul Roach .

Women’s World Day of Prayer
Friday 1st March. This year the service is being held at St. John’s Methodist Church beginning at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Susannah Spall on “Praying for France”

January 2013

Fish and chip baby knitting
Please bring all completed garments to church or make sure Jane has them as they have to be sent off this week. No further garments of this sort need to be knitted.

We were on the lookout for a freezer for the church hall. One has been donated. Thank you.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Monday 21st January, 12:30 St Andrews, Great Cornard
Tuesday 22nd January, 11am at All Saints SCHOOL, Acton Lane, CO10 0AA
Wednesday 23rd January, 12:30 St John’s Methodist Church, Sudbury
Thursday 24th January, 12:30 St Gregory’s Church, Sudbury
Friday 25th January, 12:30 Roman Catholic Church, Sudbury
Saturday 26th January, 8 – 9:30 am Prayer Breakfast at Sudbury Baptist Church
Sunday 27th January, the week concludes in our own churches
Refreshments will be provided after most services

Coffee morning
Last Saturday’s coffee morning was cancelled due to the weather

Sunday,20th January at 6.30pm there was a Churches Together service at Living Waters Church in Gregory Street to mark the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. There was no service at 6.30pm in All Saints'.

Knitting for the Fish and Chip babies in Africa, who are really poorly babies, many of whom are born with Aids and are so poor that they are sent home wrapped in newspaper hence “fish and chip” babies. In Africa, the nights are cold and the babies have no clothes.
The jumpers are very easy one piece garments, usually taking one afternoon or evening to complete. They should be knitted in bright, dark colours rather than pastel shades (bright stripes look good and use up only small bits of double knitting wool). For more infomation look at one of the "knitforafrica" sites

All Sorts @ All Saints
Not your ordinary Sunday School. We met again on 20th from 10am – 11.15am in the Church Hall. A fun filled sharing activity for children between 5 and 11. Parents with younger children (and every one else this Sunday) were also welcome.

Simon writes
One of our two boilers at All Saints' Church has broken down and cannot be repaired in time for this Sunday 20th January. These leaves us with inadequate heating. The temperature when I led Small Saints on Friday morning was 10°C - cold!

I have arranged with Lynne Fish that we will not meet in church at 10am, but instead join with the All Sorts service in the hall which has already been planned. Judith Offord was due to be our preacher, preaching about faith. She has agreed to postpone this, so we won't miss out. I might try and lead something else in the back hall after the All Sorts service, e.g. a guided meditation, otherwise we will just join the All Sorts folk for refreshments.

I have arranged with Peter Hunt that, snow permitting, we will still hold the 8 am communion service, but if you are intending to come to that please come even more wrapped up than normal..

Coffee morning Cancelled
The Hall was be too cold to be comfortable to open for coffee on Saturday 19th January from 10am until noon.

Parish Prayer Walk 13th January
The Walk to Bulmer Road and Bush Grove will begin after the morning service at approximately 11.30am and last for half an hour. We will need transport to get there. Offers of help to Malcolm, please - phone 315689 or e-mail

Mother's Union
Tuesday 8th January at 2.30pm in the Bannister Room Great Cornard.
Chris Ramsey spoke then the AGM followed.

Ladies Group
Tuesday 8th January at 7.30 pm at the Strannacks'.
Speaker: David Stranack on Favourite Poetry



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Rev'd. Simon Gill Telephone: Sudbury 375334

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