Christmas at All Saints'
Sunday 20th December
At 10 am there was be a presentation of the Nativity as part of the 10am
Service with the age old story retold in modern words while the children
bring the baby to the manger.
In the evening at 6.30 pm the readings and carols. The great mystery
of Christ's coming was celebrated in traditional carols and less familiar
songs. There were mince pies and mulled wine after the service in the
On Christmas Eve at 3.30 pm the children made the manger scene around
the crib and received and lit a Christingle
There was a collection for the work of the Children's Society which amounted
Celebration of Holy Communion was at 10am.
Light up a life
Christmas is a season of joy but for many people it can also be a time
to remember loved ones.
St Nicholas Hospice Care and Suffolk Churches Together work in partnership
to offer the opportunity for bereaved families to celebrate and remember
those they miss. Light up a Life services across West Suffolk. Sudbury's
service was led by All Saints' this year. It was in St. Peters on 6th
December at 6.30pm and included music and the opportunity to hear the
names of loved ones read out.
The folk group "Shipshpe," named after the Ship Inn,
came to the Church Hall on Saturday 28th November. 6 musicians playing
old songs and tunes from East Anglia on hammered dulcimers, concertinas,
melodeons, banjos, 'cello and guitar offer toe tapping music from our
rural region. Tickets, price £10, which includes light seasonal
refreshments were available from David.
A great evening with these talented musicians. £530 was raised for
All Saints' Restoration and Development Fund.
Concert in Church
Saturday 12th September at 7.30pm
The Sheringham Shantymen will be singing "Sea Shanties for All"
in aid of the RNLI and .
Tickets £10 (including light refreshments during the interval) may
be obtained from David
The Sheringham Shantymen were formally launched in 1990 having started
singing some two years earlier as a group of local lifeboat men and friends
celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the private sailing and pulling Sheringham
lifeboat the ‘Augusta’.
Over the next 20 years the group developed their own style of performing
songs of the sea constantly refining the music and always trying to entertain
the public and raising funds for charity.
The group has remained true to its roots and still maintains a very close
connection with the RNLI which is reflected in its membership. Billy Thirtle,
ex crew member, has a record of fifty years continuous RNLI service and
other members include Brian Farrow the Lifeboat Operations Manager, and
Mick Holford the Treasurer.
Jenny Ridley was ordained priest at the Cathedral on Saturday 4th July
by Bishop Martin. She presided at the 10am Holy Communion service on Sunday
5th July. She is a great blessing to have working among us at this time
when there is so much to be done in the Deanery and in the parish.
Despite the disappointing weather the Old Vicarage Garden impressed the
visitors and many of the plants from the stall were sold to enthusiasts.
The main stalls were put in the church and the hall housed the games and
the cream teas. Everyone who came enjoyed the afternoon and even in the
drizzle about 35 people climbed the tower to see the rain-soaked Sudbury
All Saints' Old Vicarage 13th June 2-5pm
Setting up: help needed
Friday June 12th from 10am: moving chairs, tables and goods to the back
of the church near the North door.
Saturday June 13th: help in the morning from 10am – 12noon and with
clearing away from 5pm at the Old Vicarage.
Clear your cupboards
We will need merchandise to sell on the day. The tea chests are at the
back of the church now to store your gifts. We will also need people to
man the stalls and help with the games and refreshments. Stalls will be
plants, cakes, jigsaws, paperbacks (no hardbacks, thank you), a white
elephant stall and games. There will be no Autumn Market in St. Peters
The tower will be open from 2 pm – 4.30pm. Jane
is co-ordinating the volunteer to help.
Tower will be open, stalls in church, teas and cakes and games in the
hall, golfing umbrellas to loan between venues needed, please.
This is our major fund raising event this year. it allows the building
to remain open for worship and maintains it as a community landmark and
asset. Please help.
Christian Aid - Thanks
On behalf of Christian Aid I would like to thank all those who
contributed during the recent Christian Aid Week in the Sudbury and Great
Cornard area and also all those who gave of their time to collect. £5,260.93
was received from the house to house collections and the United Service,
held this year at All Saints’ Church, and this together with money
from Gift Aid will go to help many who live in dire poverty to find hope
for their future. The Aid goes to help such people whatever their beliefs
in many parts of the world. Every donation however large or small is of
great value and helps those in need to know that they are not forgotten.
Thank you for your support.
It is interesting to note that last year Christian Aid in Britain and
Ireland raised some £11million and has given help in many parts
of the world including a large donation to Nepal on the first day of the
David Stranack (Chairman of the Local Christian Aid Committee)
Annual Parish Church Meeting
This took place on Sunday. This yearly business meeting of All Saints'
Church included written reports on all aspects of the life of the Church:
spiritual, charitable, social, financial and fabric.
For the coming year the PCC will be
Rev'd Simon Gill Chairman (ex officio)
Rev'd Jennie Ridley (ex officio)
Mrs Jane Penson
Mrs Elizabeth Wiles
Deanery Synod Representatives:
Mr. Graham Naylor
Mrs Anne Bateman
Mrs Lynne Fish
Mrs Sue Gilbert
Mrs Judith Offord (Secretary)
Dr. Malcolm Offord
Mrs Helen Perrot
Mrs Amanda Reavell: (Treasurer)
This socialable get together with a chance to be creatve, from 10.30am
to 12 o'clock runs every Friday in the church hall. The group is for anyone
who would like to either bring their own project to work on in company
or to join others in whatever is being made that week or just for a time
of conversation and coffee. The full programme for the coming months is
available there. There will be activities for any small children who come
with their carer. Activities will include knitting, sewing, painting on
glass and card making. The group hopes to complete new banners for the
church by Easter so wil be continuing with this project in March. All
are welcome to come for coffee, chatter or crafts.
Solos April Lunch Cancelled
Due to unforseen circumstances the April lunch has had to be cancelled.
The next Solos lunch will be on Sunday 3rd May at 12.30pm as the first
Sunday. Please book in advance with Joyce.
Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday 26th April at 11.30am in the Church Hall
This is the yearly business meeting of All Saints Church.
We will need to elect
--1 new churchwarden
--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.
Our Bishop-designate Rev. Canon Martin Seeley for St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
has been anounced. He will first have to be consecrated as a bishop by
the Archbishop of Canterbury before he can take over from our caretaker
Bishop David and this will be followed by an official welcome to the diocese
after Easter 2015, on a date to be announced. Canon Seeley's interests
include cooking and learning to play the tenor saxophone
Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes
This year's donations of 56 filled gift shoe boxes for the children of
Roumania have been collected ready to be included in this year's consignment
which will be dispatched on Saturday 6th December.