A Message from the Wardens – 22nd October 2021

Dear Friends,

Sunday’s service will be a Communion service and the last in the series looking at Generosity and Giving. The following week will be our Commitment Sunday with an opportunity to indicate what our financial giving to All Saints will be in the year ahead. (Details about the practicalities to follow.) We have been encouraged by peoples’ generosity over the last three weeks. Last Sunday £401 was given for David Kereto’s work in Kenya.

In last week’s letter we asked you to pray for the PCC meeting on Monday. PCC agendas are usually wide ranging and this one was no exception. We had an update on the Church Graft with Christ Church, Endcliffe, and will share that with the congregation on Sunday. It was good to have Ben leading our service on Sunday and to meet his wife Rachel at coffee time.

Financial matters always feature and we took the decision to pledge £30,000 as our contribution to the Common Fund for next year towards the work of the church throughout the Diocese. We also agreed that it was time to install broadband in the church hall and move into the 21st century! This should be especially helpful for children’s and youth work and is due to be activated on 28th October.

There is always a report on the grounds and buildings and we have earmarked 29th and 30th October and 12th and 13th November as working mornings from 9.30.There is an extract from the report below to give an idea of what needs doing. Please try and come to one or more of the sessions. If you can’t manage those times but could help at a different time please have a word with Neil.

These are the tasks that still need to be done this month. All offers of help will be welcome

  • Leaf clearing from around church and the church hall
    Cut hedges along drive
    Clear path to vicarage cut back grass
  • Tidy up garden at entrance
  • Tidy up church garden clearing any growth from near base of church wall. 
  • Clear path from boiler house around to organ loft. 
  • Remove all weeds and saplings from retaining wall and ground. 
  • Check drains are clear and down pipes are not blocked.
  • Clear the moss on north side of church and outside the main entrance.

The scaffolding for the repair to the church hall roof was due to go up on Friday and work is due to begin on Monday. The full buildings report is attached which gives an idea of some of the work which goes on behind the scenes to enable us to meet safely and in comfort. Many thanks to Neil and the buildings and grounds team.

The Natter Group has continued to meet at the library on Thursday mornings from 10.30- 11.30. It has been encouraging to see numbers slowly but steadily growing and a friendly group of people coming along. There will be no meeting during half term but starting again on 4th November.

The next FILLING STATION will take place on Saturday 23rd October in Christ Church Dore Community Hall. 7pm start with fellowship- refreshments etc. until 7.45. Ends 8.45. The main speaker is Rev Richard Fothergill, founder of The Filling Station. Worship led by Audacious Worship, Manchester and prayers led by Andrew Evers, Life Dronfield & Dronfield Baptist Church. Refreshments by Ginger Grazing Co.

For the first time in many months we will have flowers above the Book of Remembrance on Sunday in memory of Catherine Snow. Frank sends his best wishes to everyone at All Saints from Chapeltown, where he now lives with his daughter.

Every Blessing, Ann & James