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December 2015

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 Church Hall.

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 to £239.

Christmas Day
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.

Folk Evening
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.

July 2015

Our Curate
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.

June 2015

Open garden
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 vista.

Open Garden
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 this year.
The tower will be open from 2 pm – 4.30pm. Jane is co-ordinating the volunteer to help.
If wet
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 earthquake.

David Stranack (Chairman of the Local Christian Aid Committee)

May 2015

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.

April 2015

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.

February 2015

New Bishop
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

January 2015

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.















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