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Weekly Newsletter
Sunday 18th October 2020

Worship this week at All Saints

Currently, Sunday services (with a limited capacity) take place at 9.30am. This service is a Parish Eucharist put together with a broad and mixed congregation in mind (including young people and families).  Children are very welcome to attend but please note that children need to stay in family groups and that there will be no Junior Church ‘Saints on Sunday’ activities or shared children’s corner. Bringing your own toys and books is fine! 

Don't forget that you need to email allsaintskingslangley@outlook.com by noon on Saturday if you are planning to attend church, with your track and trace information.  HERE are more details.  Face coverings are also now required in church services.

If you are unable to join the service in church on Sunday, it will be live streamed from church at 9.30am HERE and will be available afterwards both there and on our YouTube channel.
Find the order of service and children's activity sheet by clicking on the images below:


 

APCM

Thank you to our newly elected PCC members (Andrew Wragg, Clare Gilden and Lynne Head) and our continuing Deanery Synod Reps (Sheila Peevers and Carolyn Andrews). Congratulations and thank you to our Churchwardens, Ingrid Allen and Sheila Ashman. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the meeting through their reports, comments and presence, and to Mark Gritten for helping us to connect with those who joined us on Zoom!

Place an order with Flamingo Paperie and All Saints Church will benefit once again!

A local lady, on Chipperfield Road, has kindly agreed to donate 10% to All Saints Church from any order placed through her website or from her brochure. You can request a brochure by calling her.

Flamingo Paperie offer greetings cards, wrap, Christmas cards, crafting kit and lots more! Stocking fillers for children are available such as colouring sheets, bookmarks and chatterboxes. Please CLICK HERE to take a look and if you decide to order simply use the link and quote reference 'ASKL'.

Any questions around the products, offers, ordering etc,
please call Sonya on 07855 487 342.

This donation offer is valid for any order placed
between 18th October and 7th November 2020.
It is really important to use the link and quote the reference to ensure we receive the donation. Please note the 10% donation will be based on the order value only, not including VAT or any delivery costs.
Bible Study
Each Friday at 10am on Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82367431316?pwd=ZVl6anFOUk1jd3g2YnQxeTlUR0RwQT09
Meeting ID: 823 6743 1316        Password: 073996
Or join by phone: 0203 051 2874

There is no Saturday bible study this coming week.

All are welcome to join either group.   
Both groups have been looking at the gospel of Luke over the summer.  Get in touch with Father James (01923 903531) or Eric Martin (01923 267604) for more information.
      
Holding the Balance

Dear Friends,

October is a month when I am often thinking about my maternal grandfather, Kenneth Chitty. It is the month of his birthday and of the anniversary of his death. This year isn’t a significant anniversary (11 years since he was promoted to glory) but it does have some extra poignancy. My grandmother, Sheila Chitty died last year, so my Mum and my Aunt inherited Grandma and Grandad’s house: this month they have finally been able to sell it. 

I’m finding that I’ve got all sorts of mixed feelings about it. I’m relieved that my parents haven’t got the stress of the sale, surveys, solicitors and estate agents hanging over them anymore, and I’m really glad that my Aunt will be able to move somewhere more up to date and nearer my parents, and I share part of their relief. But I am sad too. I have lots of happy memories of spending time in that house and in the huge (and immaculate!) garden, with my Grandad in particular. And because I am not nearby, I feel a bit like I’ve not had chance to say ‘goodbye’ to the place. 

I realize that I am in danger of being overly sentimental! It is sensible for my aunt to move nearer to my parents and it is good that the new family who are moving into Grandad’s house will be able to make new memories there. But this is the stuff of life. We balance how we feel with what is practical and sensible; we weigh what we want on the scales with what we know is good and life giving for others; we hold the specialness of people and places in our past with the potential for new things in the future.

In my report to the annual meeting last week I mentioned our aspiration to pursue a reordering project as part of our Mission Action Plan. All Saints is at a season in its life where we are holding the specialness of what we have inherited on the one hand with the need to adapt and renew our building for the future on the other. We are balancing how we feel about the place, with how our building can best serve others. The generations before us sought to balance the same things as they responded to the needs of their times. It is surely right for us to consider the same questions. Doing so is about faith and hope in God’s future. It is about supporting our vision for our church family, making All Saints a truly welcoming place for all, a place of inspiration and encounter in worship and prayer and more widely used by and connected to the community we seek to be at the heart of.

There will be more information from the reordering committee in the coming weeks about the needs that we want to meet in those three areas (welcome, worship, wider community use) and there will be opportunity for everyone to contribute their feedback and ideas. We will all no doubt have a mixture of feelings as we consider the possibilities and balance the specialness of what we have inherited with the future to which God calls us. But before we were known as Christians, the Church was called ‘the way’. We are a pilgrim people, a people on the move. And sometimes we need to ask God to help us see different possibilities so that we can follow him more closely on the way. Just as I need to see things differently about the loss of Grandad’s house. It doesn’t mean that any of what was good in my experience is lost, and the way to remember is to live out the care and fun that we had in my relationships with those around me now.  

With my love and prayers for you,
James
Click here to DONATE to All Saints
Sponsored cycle ride for Christian Aid
Normally by September our local Christian Aid fundraising group would have raised about £7,000 but this year, because of COVID-19, has managed only just over £3,000. The group’s chairman, Paul Tucker, has taken this problem to heart and is planning a sponsored cycle ride from Kings Langley to Regent’s Park via the Grand Union Canal to boost funds. Although many people in the UK face hardship because of the pandemic, those who were already struggling elsewhere in the world are even worse off. You can sponsor Paul per mile, per bridge or per lock! He hasn’t set a date yet but the fundraising group promises to make sure that he goes before Christmas! To sponsor him please click here

RESUMING PUBLIC WORSHIP AT All SAINTS

We are pleased to announce the limited resumption of public worship in our church building.
 
We are following the latest regulations regarding cleaning, hygiene, social distancing and the Test and Trace system, all of which significantly impact what we are able to do at this time.
 
Please click HERE to read the full information including how to provide your test and trace details..  You can find our risk assessment here.
 
Those hoping to attend All Saints for worship will need to ensure they have done a number of things beforehand, including emailing some information to us, and follow a number of guidelines around their visit.
 
Arrangements may need to change on a weekly basis, as we discover how things work. Keep an eye on our email newsletter, website and social media for updates.  

There are a number of changes we have had to make to the worship space, to the content and shape of our services, and to our methods for welcoming and seating worshippers. 

Contact details

Fr. James McDonald – Team Vicar
01923 903531       
james.a.mcdonald@live.co.uk

Churchwardens
Brian McAdam 01923 266667         Ingrid Allen 01923 268253
 
Safeguarding coordinator 
Lynne Head  07496 994091
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