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December 2014

Crib and Christingle

The crib service was held on Christmas Eve with the giving and receiving of Christingles. The work of the Childrens Society, which cares for children in poverty or distress for any reason throughout the the UK, was mentioned and there was an opportunity to make a donation to help achieve the aim of giving every child in this country the greatest possible chance in life.

Heating restored
On Friday 19th December the second boiler had the necessary spare parts fitted. With both boilers back in action heating is now better than before the leak.

Sunday 21st December
The 10am Service of the Word was prepared and led by All Sorts with a Nativity.
The Carol Service at 6.30pm was followed by refreshments in the church hall including mulled wine and mince pies.

The gas supply was restored on Monday 8th December. After a few hours, both boilers then failed to operate and the building was cold by the morning. On Friday the service engineer put in new parts and took working parts from one boiler to repair the other. Heating has been restored by running the one working boiler longer. The failed components of the second boiler are awaiting replacement before it can be fired up again. The temperature of the church was comfortable on Sunday 14th. We hope to have both boilers working by next Sunday for the Nativity and Carol Services.


Gas leak - update
The head of the engineering group, which is repairing the pipe, rang Simon to say that they were still working on the repair and hoped to complete the drilling by Friday 5th December evening. Assuming that was successful, all other work would be completed by Monday 7th lunch time. In order to get the Church ready for the children of St. Gregory's school to hold their Nativity, can anyone help, please, in tidying and cleaning on Monday afternoon – say 2pm onwards? Please contact Simon today if you can assist. Thank you.

Deck the Halls
December 6th “Deck the Halls” was held in the church hall. A seasonal mixture of words and music by the talented instrumental duo, Chanter's Jigge, offered a wide range of different sorts of music from the 13th to 21st centuries on various instruments with enthusiastic audience participation with clapping, foot tapping and vocally in the choruses. A profit of £269 was given to of All Saints' Restoration and Development Fund after a delightful evening's entertainment.

November 2014

Deck the Halls
December 6th “Deck the Halls” in the church. A seasonal mixture of words and music by the talented instrumental duo, Chanter's Jigge, offering a wide range of traditional music from the 13th to 17th centuries on various instruments with audience participation in the choruses. Entrance by programme available in advance from the Library or from David for £9 or on the door at £10 in aid of All Saints' Restoration and Development Fund

Gas leak update
The gas, which normally fuels our boilers, has been turned off for the present, so we have been holding the services in the Church Hall for the whole of November.
We expect the repair work to be carried out on Thursday 4th December so that the heating will be back on in time for the Christmas concert on Saturday 6th.
Should the work not be completed in time Chanter's Jigge will perform their merry seasonal entertainment in the church hall. Extra parking has been arranged, by kind permission of the school, in St. Gregory's School car park.
Blue badge holders only may use the churchyard.

Gas leak
When our Community Warden, Bradley Smith, came to put the church clock back, he noticed a strong smell of gas. The Gas Board confirmed the leak and the supply was turned off. While the old iron pipe is being replaced there is no heating in church. We will be holding the services in the Church Hall until the supply is restored as the weather has turned a little colder.
Our Community Warden, Bradley Smith, is available for everyone to consult on community matters by phone Sudbury 311642 or by email: We are very grateful for his swft action in reporting the gas leak to Elizabeth.

All Saints Day Market
All Saints' Day ( November 1st ) was our annual fair in St. Peter's.

Day of Prayer
This year the market coincided with our day of prayer for the parish so there wasl be space among the bustle of stalls and refreshments for a place to pray.

October 2014

The 10 am service on 5th October was a Celebration in Songs of Praise. Our gifts of food in thanks for all the good things the Lord gives us were donated to Storehouse ( check list for suitable items) to distribute to those in need locally. Everyone was welcome to request songs and hymns for the service. Your favourite may not be have been sung but titles were collected on a slip from the welcomers' table to have a chance of its being chosen

September 2014

Carpenter's music concert
A talented group of 11 musicians and singers will be bringing their programme “Close to you” the music of the 70s, into All Saints on Saturday September 20th at 7.30pm. Karen Carpenter was an iconic figure on the music scene during that decade. Noted as a drummer and singer, she and her brother, who played piano and arranged the music, became famous in America in the early 70s with hits such as “Close to you” and “Only just begun”. Her albums included songs written by Burt Bacharach, the Beatles etc. which are still familiar years after her tragic death from anorexia at the age of 33. The evening of live entertainment by this versatile group tells her life story in the music she recorded. David Webb has tickets for £10 which include refreshments.

August 2014

Afternoon tea
Cream teas was served in the garden at 98, Melford Road from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 16th August. There were cakes, preserves, plants and bric-a-brac stalls

Freedom Ministry
Here at All Saints, in the Church Hall we are ran a 'Foundations of Freedom' series which is aimed at helping us discover our identity in Christ and to enlist the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to overcome those things in our lives that prevent us from experiencing the full life that Jesus promises us.

Sunday 13 July at 4pm we repeated the first session, followed at 6pm by the second session; then for the next four weeks; sessions ran from 6pm till 8pm.
Tea, coffee and so on were available between sessions.
Contact the Vicar or Graham Naylor for further details.

July 2014

12th July with Ploughman's Platter
6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Church Hall for teams of up to 6
tickets £7.50 per head

June 2014

Ordination Service
Jennie was ordained on Sunday 29th June at the Cathedral in Bury St. Edmunds. There was no service in All Saints that day. Everyone was invited to join Jennie and her family in a celebration lunch in our church hall following the service.

Healing Service at Pentecost
There was a Service for Healing at 6.30 this Sunday, 8th June. A good number came and to pray to be healed or to pray for healing for someone else.

Christian Aid Week 2014 - A massive thank you!
This is to thank everyone who was involved in
any way with Christian Aid Week,
whether collecting, giving, publicising,
worshiping, praying, counting, ...
The total so far in Sudbury and Great Cornard,
including the United Service, is £5,001.79. This is a good result in current financial circumstances and with several regular collectors unable to take part this year. Late contributions are expected to increase this figure. The final amount last year was £5,606. These numbers exclude Gift Aid, which provides a further boost.

May 2014

Two Rivers Mission
The mission concluded on Sunday 11th May with a Thanksgiving service in the afternoon. The visiting teams from the whole area joined for a farewell at All Saints reflecting on a time when they had joined the locals to walk alongside the people from all over the Sudbury area and to talk to them about the power Jesus brings into our lives. The visitors were a great bunch of people and we are all grateful they gave up their time to witness to and with us during the week.

Coffee Morning
The Coffee morning was held on May 17th at the Cygnets, Church Street from 10am to 12 noonby kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs Alan Wickens. This will have cakes, plants, books and a bring and buy stall.

Two Rivers Mission
Pointers for prayer can be found on this link.
Anyone who would like to know more or become involved should contact Arthur. You can hear the talk given by the missioners from Through Faith Missions, who will coming to strengthen the local team here. The Two Rivers Mission web site is now up and running. You can keep up to date with all that is happening on this link.

April 2014Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday 27th April at 11.30am in the Church Hall
The yearly business meeting of All Saints Church.

Those elected to serve for the coming year are:-
Church warden: Mrs Elizabeth Wiles
Representatives to serve on the deanery synod: Mrs Amanda Reavell and Mr. Graham Naylor
Members of the PCC: Mrs Anne Bateman, Mrs Lynne Fish, Mrs Sue Gilbert, Mrs Judith Offord, Mrs Jane Penson, Mrs Jennie Ridley, Mr. Paul Roach
Reports of our finances and activities in the past year were presented and future plans for the parish were discussed.

Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday 27th April at 11.30am in the Church Hall
This is the yearly business meeting of All Saints Church.
We will need to elect
--2 new churchwardens
--2 representatives to serve on the deanery synod
--7 members for the PCC
to hear reports of our finances and activities in the past year. and to explore future plans for the parish. Everyone on the electoral roll is entitled to vote.

March 2014

Early morning Holy Communion Services
The 8am service was on Mothering Sunday, 30th March and not on the 1st Sunday in April as is usual. The 3rd Sunday in April the usual pattern was resumed.

Series of sermons and home groups for Lent
Our lent course this year is based on a book by the Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft: Exploring God's Mercy. The sermons will be on each of 5 topics from that book on a Sunday. Then at two different home groups during this season there will be time to explore them further. Simon will be leading a new home group for the period of Lent, meeting each Wednesday evening in Gaol Lane: please ring or e-mail him if you wish to join. The afternoon meeting on the Lent theme will be fortnightly beginning on Wednesday 12th March in Cross Street: please contact Malcolm about joining this group.

Two Rivers Mission
Regular prayer sessions for the mission have been held every third Sunday, following the 10am Service.

Coffee Morning Saturday 15th March
in the Church Hall from 10am to 12noon. We raised £70.

Two Rivers Mission - Training sessions
Mondays March 3, 10 & 17

There were three evenings of interactive Mission training, led by Through Faith Missions. All three were in the All Saints Church Hall and all three started at 8:00pm and finished around 9:30.
Light refreshments were served from 7:45.

The first of these sessions was on Monday 3rd March, and covered:
Introduction to Mission teams
Mission spirituality

The second was on Monday 10th March, and concentrated on:
Listening to others
Joining activities of others

The third session, on Monday 17th March, helped us in:
Visiting where others live
Mission practicalities

Ash Wednesday
There was a celebration of Holy Communion at 7.45 pm on Wednesday 5th March in church.

Gathering for Prayer for the Two Rivers Mission
On Saturday 1st March we'll meet and start our prayers in All Saints at 3.00pm, then move on to St. Peter's, and pray there. We will then walk to St. Gregory's to pray inside and then on to Sudbury Baptist Church for final prayer, short worship and tea. We expect to be finished by 5.30pm.

February 2014

Serious Questions
Leading up to lent and continuing after Easter this year we are listening to a series of sermons that address objections to Christianity. Those that have already been given can be found on the "Sermons" button on the right or click here. There is also a talk given by the Vicar explaining why people from All Saints will be taking part in the Three Rivers Mission that will come to Sudbury in early May.

January 2014

New series of Sermons
Sunday, 12th January, there was a sermon which introduced the series of 10 sermons which will lead up to Easter. This first sermon looked at handling questions about belief in general. Each following sermon will cover a question that is often asked about our Christian faith - an objection to it or one of the great mysteries that need an explanation.



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Rev'd. Simon Gill Telephone: Sudbury 375334

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